Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report - 6/2/2015

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Many species of fish are available to anglers in summer
Inshore Report: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West says that water temps have touched 80-degrees for the first time in 2015 and that means ALL of the summer species of fish are in the estuary for the next few months. Spanish mackerel are showing up around the end of the jetties and in numerous inlets, and a silver casting plug works well for the Spaniards. The sharks are about as thick as they can get right now, with Shark Tank's Mark Cuban even in town - at least his megayacht is - and I am hoping to be asked over for some 'yacht dogs' at lunch. The big bull redfish are chomping at the jetties and in deep holes, with smaller rat reds hiding out underneath docks. A solid trout bite is still available along shell rakes in 3 to 6-feet of water using the new Zman Trout Tricks, or by floating a shrimp under a popping float. Flounder have moved in from offshore with the warmer water and are eating live mud minnows, Gulp baits and jerk shads along sand areas near rock piles. For the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.

Offshore Report: It has been an all out Blue Marlin Bonanza off the coast of S.C. says Scott, and many of them being larger females. Most everyone has seen the viral video from Miss Wy's blue marlin at the Georgetown Governor's Cup, so that even non-anglers can get the gist of the lure of big game angling in the deep blue sea. There is also a solid dolphin bite with good numbers of fish, but perhaps not with any state-record size mahi, and they are being found in 150 to 1200-feet of water. Bottom fishing is producing quality grouper on jigs when bottom-bumping with squid or cigar minnows over live bottom. Other catches down there include triggerfish, vermillion snapper and sea bass. Some species like gag grouper spawn in spring and their juvenile fish end up inshore during early growth and before heading back into the ocean for the remainder of their life - to learn more click on Gag Ingress Study.

To view past Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Reports click here.

To view the current 2015 Blue Marlin tournament calendar click here.

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