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Charleston Fishing News and Report (Updated July 1)

  • by Jay

Inshore: Haddrell’s Point(843-881-3644) reports that scorching air temperatures have pushed water temperatures well into the 80s, and as a result fishermen are having the best inshore success early and late with the midday bite often being slow. Flounder continue to take live minnows and jerk shad fished in 3-8 feet of water along rocks edges and creek mouths. Redfish are hanging out in the shade underneath docks right now, with cut mullet and Gulp! shrimp both working very well. Trout are still taking live shrimp or Vudu shrimp fished 3-4 feet below a popping float along shell rakes and drop-offs with a hard bottom. Sheepshead have been hit-or-miss, with good catches one day and very slow catches the next.   Spanish mackerel are thick off the front beaches and inlets right now, providing great action with Clark spoons and small silver casting spoons. Look for the frenzy of bird activity to locate the fish.

Folly Beach Pier (843-588-3474) reports that a lot of whiting and pretty good numbers of black drum have been caught off the pier, but there have not been any king mackerel or Spanish for a couple of weeks now.

Offshore:  Haddrell’s Pointreports that with the arrival of the dog days of summer the dolphin bite seems to have slowed down and only a few fish are being caught here and there. However, there have been some solid wahoo reports in 130-250 feet of water, and a fair number of sailfish and white marlin have been found on temperature breaks out in 400-1200 feet of water. Bottom fishing continues to produce plenty of table fare with vermillion snapper, triggerfish and sea bass. While numerous large red snapper are being caught this year they all have to be released.   Soon king mackerel fishing around live bottom areas in 50-90 feet of water should come on.