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Charleston Inshore: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West shares that June is bringing in the hot topwater bite. Early mornings and late evening have been producing 'Morning Glory' and 'Afternoon Delight' in the form of blow-ups on trout, redfish and bluefish. A Super Spook Jr. in chartreuse and black or the silver mullet pattern are go-to options, with the Bomber 3.5-inch popper as a back up topwater tool. Redfish continue to chomp down live baits such as a menhaden and finger mullet, but they are still susceptible to artificial baits such as Zman Paddlerz and Zman Minnowz - with the new 'Mulletron' coloration working like a 'redfish terminator.' Expect to see a reduction in the number of gator trout in June, the offset will be an increase in total numbers for smaller trout in the 11 to 18-inch range. The trout are hanging tight around shell rakes and creek points in 3 to 6-feet of water, and are ready to inhale a shrimp under a popping float or a DOA shrimp free-lined towards their ambush point. Spanish mackerel have also begun to show themselves around the inlets and jetties in June, and this 'Spanish armada' should only increase over the summer. For all the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.
Offshore Report: Scott begins that catch numbers of dolphin have decreased somewhat, but the BIG bull dolphin are on the prowl. Numerous dolphin in the 50 to 55-pound range have made a splash at the scales - the largest so far going 63.4-pounds. The blue marlin bite is still holding very strong off the S.C. coast, and again many of these fish have been larger than average with quite a few in the 440 to 550-pound range being released. Bottom fishing reports have yielded some solid action on grouper and large sea bass in 75 to 110-feet of water, and YES black sea bass season is open once again as of June 1. Cobia reports from the nearshore reefs and live bottom areas out to 80-feet of water have also been very strong, with many brown bombers in the 50 to 60-pound class. Try live baits and Hogy eels or a Hogy flounder jigged around the reefs and live bottom areas for best success.
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