Saltwater Fishing Trends - July 16
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports the catch has been sporadic at best but there have been some whiting, croaker, flounder, spadefish, small bluefish, and lookdowns caught. A few sheepshead and black drum have also been around.
- Inshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle reports that anglers are catching some spottail bass way back in the smaller parts of the Inlet with reports coming near the oyster shell recycling landing, around Parsonage, and behind Huntington Beach State Park. Flounder are also being caught, but they are mostly smaller fish with some 15-17 inchers mixed in. With the heat, flounder fishing is unfortunately on the decline. There have been some decent catches of black drum in Murrells Inlet, and some random spotted sea trout as well as some big ones have been caught.
- Surf and pier: Perry’s reports that on the beaches pretty good numbers of bluefish are being caught, particularly on bluefish rigs. Spot are also being caught on bloodworms and croaker are around in good numbers. Whiting and some hand-sized pompano are also being caught and around the jetties sheepshead are biting pretty well. At the North Jetty, weakfish are feeding.
- Offshore: Haddrell’s Point reports 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.
- Despite the hot air and water temperatures, Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley 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.
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