Coming in to July now, the heat is upon us and it is almost a Sin to not enjoy some of the lowcountry’s sunshine. Now is a great time of year to wake up a little extra early before enjoying the sun’s warmth, and slip out at daybreak to take part in some stellar topwater action for trout, redfish, and bluefish. Almost any “walk the dog” style topwater plug is a good choice, with a Super Spook Jr being a personal favorite. Once the sun gets well up on the horizon, switch over to a suspending bait such as the MirroLure 17MR in the same areas that were producing on topwater earlier in the day. In addition to throwing topwater baits and artificials, live minnows and shrimp are still producing good numbers of smaller trout and slot-sized reds fished along shell rakes and rock piles. Want to tangle with a bull red? No problem! The bull reds have been showing up in great numbers around the Charleston Jetties and inlets, with live menhaden and half a blue crab being some of the baits of choice. Tarpon have just started to show up in our inlets recently, and have already mezmorized many unsuspecting anglers fishing with larger live baits. Sharks are around in force as well, perfect for those anglers who want to tangle with one of the many beasts of the ocean that are always eager to take a large cut bait or even a large live bait. Spanish mackerel are hanging around castle pinckney on the falling tide as well as the “tideline” outside of many of our inlets. A silver casting jig or a #00 clarkspoon is all you need for fast paced action with the Spanish.
While, as in most seasons, we have begun to see a slight decline in the number of dolphin being caught as we approach into July, we are still hearing reports of 4-10 dolphin a trip with some stud wahoo mixed in as well. Best part about dolphin later in the season is that they become more susceptable to smaller vessels as some of the best reports have been coming in from 130ft of water and as shallow as 80ft. A steady blue marlin bite continues to be found out in 350-1200ft, proving that 2013 may be one of the better blue marlin seasons we have had in several years. Bottom fishing continues to produce solid reports of large sea bass in 70-110ft of water, along with good numbers of vermillions and some stud grouper being caught by those using butterfly jigs and live baits (pinfish, cigar minnows). Kings have pushed into shallower water the past week, with some solid reports of kings in the 25-35# range coming from 45-75ft of water.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
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