Saltwater Fishing Trends - June 25
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that whiting, croaker, perch and bluefish have been caught, as well as pretty good numbers of Spanish mackerel. The Spanish mackerel have been about 50% keepers and 50% under-sized. When the water has been very clear pink Gotcha plugs have been working for the Spanish, and when the water is murkier white Gotcha plugs with a red or yellow head have been working.
- Inshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrells Inlet reports that lots of flounder have been caught off the Pawley’s Island bridges, and flounder also seem to have made their way about half-way into Murrells Inlet. Some random speckled trout have been caught around Pawley’s Island and in the Inlet, and spottail have been biting pretty well in the creeks. Small finger mullet and menhaden are everywhere but they are generally not yet bait size, although in a few weeks they should be big enough.
- Surf and pier: Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught off the beaches as well as a few pompano, and black drum have been caught inshore off the Veteran’s Pier as well as around the ocean piers. Weakfish have been caught on the ledges at Surfside beach as well as at the 3-Mile reef, but kings and cobia have not showed up off the piers yet. There have been some tripletail caught off the Garden City Pier and Surfside.
- Inshore: Spanish mackerel have shown up around the tips of the jetties and inlets, sharks are about as thick as they get, and bull red drum are eating at the jetties as well as in the inlets. Inside the creeks and rivers there is a solid trout bite along shell rakes in 3-6 feet of water using Zman Trout Tricks as well as live bait fished under a popping float. Redfish are in a summer pattern and smaller pods of fish will take cut mullet, live bait or Gulp! fished under docks at low tide. Flounder have also arrived inshore and are eating live minnows, Zman PaddlerZ, and jerk shad fished along the edges of rock piles and sand flats. Folly Beach Pier reports that whiting, small bluefish and spadefish have been caught off the pier as well as a few black drum. Kings and Spanish have not been caught.
- Inshore: Redfish are chasing shrimp in the creeks. Fish can be caught on shrimp and mullet, with live mud minnows not producing as well but still catching a few fish. On cloudy days there has been some topwater activity early on Zara Spooks and Gurgler flies on the fly rod, and sub-surface ¼-ounce jigheads with Gulp! new penny shrimp have been working. For bait fishing spottails have been caught on most any tide, but for sight casting fishing the mud flats on the dropping tide from about three hours to one hour before low tide has been best. The early morning low tides have also been very good. Additionally, there has been some good tailing activity. Trout fishing has been okay, and on cloudy days fish have been willing to take topwater lures. Live bait is also working. The numbers of cobia inshore do not appear to be there. Big schools of menhaden do not seem to have showed up yet around Beaufort, but a couple of very early tarpon have been seen.
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