A slight break in some of our record rainfall lately has brought forth some solid inshore reports. Most encouraging has been some of the flounder reports coming in, and not just good numbers of flatties but some very good size ones with many exceeding 4-5lbs Edges of rock piles and the edges of “white wash” shell rakes in 2-8ft of water have been producing very well lately using live minnows and/or finger mullet slowly dragged across the bottom…and dont hesitate to put a small colorado spinner blade on top of your hook for added flash! Trout numbers continue to be solid, and though many of them are juvenile fish in the 11-13″ range, we have still been seeing some solid 18-22″ fish here and there. Jerkshads, Trout Tricks, and live shrimp are some of your better choices for trout right now. Large Bull Reds continue to produce drag screaming action around are inlets, and Tarpon are still producing some great stories and heart pounding moments around our inlets as well.
While the trolling side has slowed somewhat regarding action on Dolphin, we still continue to see some quality wahoo hitting the scales as well as a decent sailfish bite going on Best reports on the wahoo have been in 130-200ft of water, and on the sails 350-800ft of water. Bottom fishing is still going strong with plenty of action on grouper, blackfish, triggers, and vermillions in 80-120ft of water. Cigar minnows and cut squid is still a cant fail option for bait while bottom fishing, but butterfly jigs and diamond jigs are another great way to produce action without having to keep up with so much bait. Kings, and some good fish in the 30-35# range, having been showing up in better numbers as of late. Best reports have still been out a little deeper than usual on the kings, 85-110ft, though we are starting to get more frequent reports of some large kings starting to hold on live bottom areas in 40-65ft.
Scott Hammond with a 27.5 inch trout recently caught and released in Charleston.
South Carolina freshwater recreational fishing regulations: (Pdf file): http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/freshfishing.pdf