Despite the hot air and water temperatures, Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that inshore action has been strong in the Hilton Head area. Redfish have been hard to locate on high water, but once the tide is leaving the marsh small schools of spottails have been holding around shell banks extending from the shoreline of large creeks. Cut mullet or chunks of fresh menhaden fished under a rattling cork and allowed to drift with the current around the end of the banks has been producing good activity. Expect to pick up some speedy bonnethead sharks fishing this way, too. Mud minnows will also catch redfish, and they will increase anglers’ chances of catching bonus flounder.
On the incoming tide Coach has been switching directions and targeting trout, and on the flood he reports that they have been picking up decent numbers of smaller trout. Fishing mud minnows under a rattling cork around points with oyster beds has been the ticket.