The June heat is bringing more hot inshore action, with the topwater bite really kicking in strong. Early mornings and late evenings have been producing great topwater action on trout, reds, and the ever prevalent bluefish. A Super Spook Jr in chartreuse/black or the silver mullet pattern is a go-to choice, but don’t overlook a bomber 3.5″ popper as well. Reds continue to chomp down live baits such as menhaden and finger mullet, but are still very susceptable to artificial baits such Zman PaddlerZ and Zman MinnowZ…especially in the new “mulletron” color pattern. Though you may see a decrease in the action on gator trout in June, the numbers have been increasing on fish in the 11-18″ range and they have been hanging tight around shell rakes and creek points in 3-6ft of water ready to inhale a live shrimp under a popping float or a DOA shrimp free-lined to them. Spanish have also begun to show themselves around the inlets and jetties the past week or so.
Catch numbers of dolphin have decreased a little bit in the past week or two, but we are still seeing some BIG bull dolphin coming to the docks. Numerous fish in the 50-55lb range have hit the scales recently, and even a stud that tipped the scales at 63lbs 4oz. The blue marlin bite is still holding very strong off the SC coast, and again many of these fish have been larger than average with quite a few in the 400-550lb range being released. Bottom fishing reports have yielded some solid action on grouper and large sea bass in 75-110ft of water (yes the sea bass are open again as of June 1!!) using cigar minnows and butterfly jigs. Cobia reports from the nearshore reefs and live bottom areas out to 80ft of water have also been very strong, and again many of these fish have been big and in the 50 and 60# class range. Try live baits and Hogy Eels or a Hogy Flounder jigged around the reefs and live bottom areas for best success on the cobia.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
South Carolina freshwater recreational fishing regulations: (Pdf file): http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/freshfishing.pdf