Saltwater Fishing Trends - July 2
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that fishing off the pier has slowed down, but some spots, whiting and croaker are still being caught.
- Spottail bass: Very good. Redfish are feeding heavily in the creeks on moving tides at the mouths of feeder creeks and around shell banks. Live mud minnows, live finger mullet, live shrimp and a variety of artificial lures will all work. Bull red drum are being caught off the beach at the south end of Litchfield, and off boats fishing the end of the North Jetty wall in Murrells Inlet. Fresh cut mullet and sections of blue crabs are popular baits for bull drum.
- Flounder: Fair to good. Flounder fishing in Murrells Inlet has slowed down slightly. Cast or troll Carolina rigged live mud minnows on the bottom over sandy bottoms and around hard structure.
- Trout and spottail bass: Good. This is a great time of year to get up early and try to catch trout and redfish (and blues) on topwater lures. Most any “walk the dog”-style lure will catch fish, and Super Spook, Jrs. are a good choice. Once the sun gets up switch to suspending baits such as the MirroLure 17 MR in the same areas. Besides artificials, live minnows and shrimp will catch slot-sized reds and smaller trout along shell rakes and rock piles.
- Bull drum and tarpon: Good. Bull reds have showed up in great numbers around the Charleston Jetties and area inlets, and tarpon are just starting to show up in the inlets. Large live baits will catch both species, and half blue crabs are good bait for bull drum. Sharks are also around in full force.
- Spottail Bass: Good. most outings they are doing well for redfish. Occasionally in the heat of the day the fish are refusing to eat, but generally they are taking a fly pretty well. On good tailing tides plenty of Redfish have been willing to bite around Hilton Head. Gold spoons like the Nemire Red Ripper are productive, and on the regular tides and around low tide mud minnows fished under a rattling cork have been producing some nice fish.
South Carolina marine recreational fishing regulations - PDF
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