Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lowcountry Fishing Report - 6/12/2012

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Charleston Inshore: Bart Manly at the Market Street location of The Charleston Angler says that water temps are hovering in the high 70's and that the redfish are feeding around structure at low tide. If the water level is high enough, then the reds are moving up into the flats before the bite gets going good. Try Redfish Magic spinners and Gulp artificials for the redfish. The trout bite is on around shell rakes at creek mouths where there is good current, and Bart says to use live bait under a popping cork. Go with mud minnows or live shrimp first, but after that use DOA shrimp for best results. Zman Paddlerz can also be utilized for trout fishing. Sheepshead have been feeding well on fiddler crabs and shrimp along pilings and rock piles. (FYI - the DOA pinch-baits might be a new sheepshead option) Fly fishermen look for good tailing tides and then cast small crab fly patterns. Last but not least, the Folly Pier has been on fire with substantial numbers of sharks, but mainly Atlantic Shaprnose sharks. For all the latest seminar information visit the Internet at The Charleston Angler.

Capt. Chris Keen with youth anglers and a redfish

Scott Hammond from Haddrell's Point West told me he snuck out with Thomas D from the shop to try their hand at some trout fishing once the rain let off a little. They were not expecting much with the great amount of rain that had fallen, but they were pleasantly surprised when they were greeted by a decent bite! They were able to produce 15 trout, a few reds, and a flounder in just a few hours of fishing. In other words, the inshore bite is still going strong. Trout continue to be found in decent numbers in 3 to 6-feet of water fishing submerged shell rakes at high water, and bottom contours at low water levels. While live shrimp and minnows are always a good bait choice, the topwater bite has been very good using Super Spook Jr's and Mirro-Lure top pups. When the topwater slows later in the day, this is the time to switch over to a suspending bait such as the Mirro-Lure 17MR or a SS series Ba-Donk-A-Donk. Reds are still in their "summer time" pattern of hanging around docks and structure around low water, and up along the grass edges on higher water levels. Live minnows and cut mullet are still old stand by baits, but again artificials such as a Gulp Jerkshad or a Zman PaddlerZ have been very productive as well. Flounder have shown up in good numbers fishing around creek mouths and inlets, and dragging a mud minnow slowly along the bottom in these areas is as productive as you can get for the flatties! For the latest seminar information visit Haddrell's Point.

Charleston Offshore: Bart says the results continue to be strong on calm days. Dolphin are still being caught in good numbers in as little as 130-feet of water. Wahoo are being caught along the ledge and temperature breaks and blue marlin out in 200-1600 feet of water. The cobia bite has still been good in the Broad River in Beaufort and sight-casting with live eels has been the most productive method. In the nearshore, bluefish and Spanish mackerel have been biting well when trolling Clarkspoons.

Scott says though the weather has not been too cooperative the last week or so, there has been a couple of days the boats were able to slip out and take advantage of a still strong dolphin bite anywhere from 130-feet out to 600-feet. Blue marlin have shown in great numbers the past week or two. Bottom fishing has been producing some VERY large black sea bass since they opened back up on June 1. Better reports on the sea bass have been from 50 to 90-feet of water using cigar minnows, squid, and larger curl tail jigs. Grouper have been caught in good numbers as well. Taking the time to catch some live pinfish or menhaden to drop down to the bottom can really increase your odds of tangling with a large grouper, but butterfly style jigs can also be very productive this time of year.

To view past fishing reports from the coastal Lowcountry click here.

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