|Scott Hammond with a 6-pound gator released on June 12|
Offshore: Scott recalls that every year about this time the number of dolphin being caught offshore begins to diminish. Reports of 4 to 10 mahi per trip are more random and a few stud wahoo are being mixed in. One silver lining is that with the calming effect that hot weather has on the ocean, smaller boats can get out to have dolphin trips, with hook-ups coming from 80 to 130-feet of water. Blue marlin are still steady and are found in 350 to 1200-feet of water, and Scott wonders if 2013 is going to be one of our best years for blue marlin fishing ever? Keep in mind that a blue marlin weighed in the S.C. Governor's Cup was heavier than the 2013 Big Rock tourney winner. Bottom fishing continues to produce solid reports of large sea bass in 70 to 110-feet of water, along with good numbers of vermillions and giant grouper, using butterfly jigs and live baits like pinfish and cigar minnows. Solid reports of smoker kings are coming from 45 to 75-feet of water.
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