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AHQ INSIDER Beaufort (SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated June 22

  • by Jay

The newest Beaufort fishing report, updated June 22, can be found at:

June 22

Inshore water temperatures in the Beaufort area are in the lower 80s, and while clarity has been mixed generally the water is pretty dirty.

Overall the redfish bite in the Beaufort area has been good, and Captain Tuck Scott of Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that on high tide the tailing activity has been strong.  Redfish are gorging on fiddler crabs, and so on the fly Puglisi crab patterns, Dupre spoon flies, or most any weedless fly pattern is working well.  Presentation is more important than the perfect fly, and Gulp! baits are also working well for tailing fish.

There has also been a good redfish bite on moving tides and particularly dropping water, and around creek mouths and oyster bars fish are feeding well on live shrimp, finger mullet, or mud minnows fished below a popping cork.

A strong redfish caught yesterday on Captain Tuck Scotts's boat in the Broad River
A strong redfish caught yesterday on Captain Tuck Scotts’s boat in the Broad River

Troutfishing has also been pretty good on both the incoming and outgoing tides, particularly over oyster shells that have some water rushing over them.  Live shrimp under a popping cork are hard to beat, and Gulp! paddle tail grubs in new penny color fished on a ¼ ounce jighead are also deadly.  Because of the heat trout are likely to be in a little deeper water in the 3 foot plus range.

There have also been some tripletailspotted on the surface, and these fish are likely to be lying on the top along with floating debris.  They will eat a range of small artificial lures, particularly crab imitations.  On the fly black deceivers are a good bet.  While tripletail could be along the edges or flats, generally you will see them out in the middle of the river and so when you are running is the most important time to keep your eyes peeled.

Tarponhave not showed up en masse yet.