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AHQ INSIDER Charleston (SC) Summer Fishing Report – Updated June 9

  • by Jay

The newest Charleston fishing report, updated July 1, can be found at:

June 9

Inshore water temperatures in the Charleston area are around 80 degrees, and Captain Rob Bennett of Lowcountry Inshore Charters (843-367-3777) reports that overall fishing is pretty outstanding right now.

Probably thanks to a series of warm winters, troutfishing in the Charleston area is excellent.  Rob reports that he is catching fish in about 2 to 2 ½ feet of water, and live shrimp or DOA shrimp fished under a popping cork are both working well.  Early morning is the best time, but fish will bite all day.  However, finding some clean water is critical.

To go with a hot trout bite the inshore redfish bite is also good, particularly on mud minnows and finger mullet.  They are also picking up some nice flounder as a by-catch on most trips, with the flounder taking mud minnows and live finger mullet.

Spanish mackerel fishing is also really good, and fish are thick around all of the inlet buoys and in Charleston Harbor around Castle Pinckney.  You can either troll or cast for fish, and size 00 or 0 Clarks spoons and small Sidewinder spoons will both catch fish.

Just off the beaches you can catch tons of blacktip shark, generally running from about 50-150 pounds.  17-25 feet of water is the key depth, and fishing a live bait about 6 feet under a balloon is the best way to target them.  Fishing in areas where shrimp boats have trawled is a good idea because it’s a “buffet” back there.

At the nearshore reefs spadefish are stacked up and will eat jelly balls.

A nice Charleston flounder caught on Captain Rob Bennett's boat
A nice Charleston flounder caught on Captain Rob Bennett’s boat