Saltwater Fishing Trends - July 12, 2016

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Update to Cobia Regulations (effective May 1, 2016)

Closed Season

  • May 1 - May 31. Catch and release only in SC waters south of 032 31.0’ N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island).
  • June 20, 2016 – December 31, 2016. Fishery closed in state and federal waters.

Bag Limit

  • 1 per person, per day, and no more than 3 per boat per day. Applies only in SC waters south of 032 31.0’ N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island)
  • 2 per person per day (Federal waters and all other SC state waters)

Charleston (Updated June 2)

Inshore: The Charleston Angler ( reports great high tide fishing for tailing redfish in the spartina grass. Fly fishermen have been using brightly colored crab flies due to increased levels of rain muddying the water. The speckled trout bite is very strong in both shallow and deep water. Larger than average size trout have been caught since spring. Reports of flounder and sheepshead have been excellent.
Nearshore and Offshore: The appearance of Spanish mackerel schooling up nearshore and inshore have been reported. As usual this time of year, bull redfish and plenty of sharks have been caught. The cobia and amberjack bite has increased through the end of May and will continue into June. Several large billfish have been caught and released this week. The offshore surface temperature will climb into the 80s as we progress through June tapering the dolphin bite off a bit.

Little River/North Myrtle Beach (Updated July 12)

Inshore: Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that trout fishing has been good on topwaters as well as live shrimp fished under a popping cork. Tons of small black drum as well as some good-sized sheepshead have been falling prey to live shrimp, and nice flounder have been caught on live minnows, menhaden and Gulp! baits. Slot-sized reds have been a little hard to locate but big fish over the slot are being caught on large menhaden in the channels.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that catches off the pier have been pretty good. In addition to lots of whiting, croaker and a few spots, some very nice flounder in the 24-inch range were caught last week and a bunch in the 16-inch range have been caught this week. Decent runs of bluefish have been reported, a few Spanish mackerel caught, and recently a huge tarpon was jumped!
Nearshore: Smiley reports Spanish mackerel are being caught out by the jetties as well as lots of Atlantic sharpnose sharks, blacktip sharps and some king mackerel at the reefs. Red drum can also be found just beyond the breakers on menhaden balls.

Beaufort Inshore (Updated June 7)

Redfish: Fair to good. Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that on the last set of tailing tides fishing was good in the short grass, but stained water conditions have made for a tough bite for anglers trying to target individual fish on low tide. Blind fishing with cut mullet, mud minnows and live shrimp has been the best pattern lately.
Trout: Fair. Bay Street Outfitters reports that diminished water clarity has killed the topwater bite, but casting grubs and fishing shrimp or mud minnows under a floating cork has caught fish.
Jacks, ladyfish and some early tripletail are starting to show up.
Hunting Island Pier (843-838-7437) reports that whiting and stingray have comprised the main catch lately.

Edisto Island (Updated July 11)

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that when you can locate redfish on the flats or in the creeks the bite has been good, although numbers of bigger fish are still down. 8-10 inch fish are abundant and with the creeks full of shrimp, live shrimp are tough to beat. Trout fishing is good with live shrimp fished 3-5 feet under a popping cork, and flounder fishing is above average with mud minnows and finger mullet fished on the bottom. Sheepshead fishing is good on fiddler crabs around structure.
Nearshore: Just off the beaches anglers can catch Spanish mackerel by following the birds and casting spoons or trolling, and at local hotspots tarpon are around in pretty good numbers. They will eat blue crabs and mullet.

Greater Murrells Inlet (Updated June 16)

Inshore: Perry’s Bait Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrells Inlet and Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) report that flounder catches have slowed with the heat and then started to get better again. Fish are being on mud minnows as well as Gulp! fished in the creeks and inlets. A few slot-sized reds and black drum are being picked up, and sheepshead are biting well on fiddler crabs.
Surf, pier and jetty: Perry’s reports that pompano, whiting and bluefish are all being caught off the piers and in the surf. Winter trout as well as weakfish are being caught on the south end of Garden City.
Nearshore: Just off the beaches schools of menhaden have arrived and are being followed by migratory species such as tarpon and jacks. At the nearshore reefs big Spanish mackerel and spadefish are being caught.
Offshore: Perry’s reports that mahi mahi, blackfin tuna and wahoo are being caught in the Gulf Stream. 30-40 miles offshore grouper, black sea bass, and snapper are being caught bottom fishing.

Hilton Head (Updated June 22)

Information courtesy of Captain Dan "Fishin' Coach" Utley (843-368-2126).
Redfish: Fair to good. Coach reports that fishing is day-to-day and redfish are moving a lot, but up the right small creek on days when fish are there anglers can catch a bunch of fish. Fishing in the ICW and in the major rivers is slower. Mud minnows and cut mullet will both catch fish.
Trout: Fair. The trout bite got tougher after storms muddied the water, but in the right conditions anglers can catch good numbers of fish as well as some nice trout. Bouncing Zman Trout Tricks along the bottom as well fishing live shrimp (ideal) or mud minnows (second choice) under a rattling cork will both catch fish.
With menhaden schools showing up tarpon should be starting to arrive, and blacktip sharks are already here.