Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lowcountry Fishing Report - 6/26/2012

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Charleston Inshore Report:

Chris Tierney and friend with a nice Spanish mackerel
Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West asks Have you walked the dog lately?? He explains that he means the topwater 'walk of the dog' since that bite is ON! Early in the morning and late in the evening are the times to cast a Super Spook Jr. or a Ba-Donk-A-Donk in mullet color / pattern. Trout are still being found in great numbers, and while many of them are juveniles, reports of 20 to 50-fish per trip have been common when using live shrimp, mud minnows or D.O.A. shrimp under a popping cork. Redfish have been a little sporadic, which is nothing new during summer weather, but anglers can locate them under docks at low tide and along grass edges with shell rakes at high tide. Spanish mackerel are falling for #00 Clarkspoons both in the harbor and just outside the inlets. Tarpon reports have begun at locations like the jetties, north edisto inlet and Bull's Bay. Bait up with a large mullet to entice the silver king! For all the latest seminar information visit Haddrells Point.

Bart Manly at the Market Street location of The Charleston Angler just finished up a week of fishing down at Edisto. He reports that the water temps at the end of June are hovering in the low to middle-80's. Redfish are still feeding around structure at low tide and moving up into the flats at high tide. The trout bite has improved where there is a good current with most of the fish in the 11 to 13-inch range. Flounder are being caught on artificials like the Zman Paddlerz in shrimp color, and the D.O.A. shrimp in chartreuse. Fly fishermen have seen tailing tides with regularity, and should use a stealthy approach for best results when redfish are keying in on their prey up on the flats. Bart also says that fly anglers should target the schools of ladyfish in the harbor right now for multiple strikes, setting up a dance with this acrobatic fighter that is also known as the poor man's tarpon. Sharks are chewing really well in the surf zone when using cut mullet. For all the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Charleston Angler.

Charleston Offshore Report: Bart reports that the offshore results have not slowed down one bit, since good weather allowed lots of bluewater trips, which yielded a good amount of dolphin and wahoo. Billfish are being caught regularly in deeper waters, but they can be a bit spotty to locate. In the nearshore fishery the cobia bite is ongoing and the spanish mackerel and bluefish have moved in to provide light tackle excitement.

A long stretch of good weather gave Scott's customers multiple chances to get out to the bluewaters of the Gulf Stream. Reports of 10 to 20-dolphin per trip are common, with the fish in as close as 120-feet of water all the way out to 1000-feet. Sailfish have begun to show up in good concentrations from 350 to 600-feet of water. For bottom fishing, large black sea bass have been easy pickings in 55 to 100-feet of water. The grouper bite is also strong over live bottom around 90 to 120-feet when using cigar minnows and live pinfish.

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