Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report - 6/24/2015

Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Golden tilefish, not to be confused with sand tilefish
Inshore Report: Scott Hammond at Haddrell's Point West shares that scorching air temps have jumped water temps well into the 80's, and fisherman are having best success inshore during the mornings and evenings. The topwater bite at dawn and dusk is worth trying, but the overall bite during mid-day has dropped off considerably. Flounder continue to take live minnows and jerk shads fished in 3 to 8-feet of water along rock edges and creek mouths. Reds are hanging out in the shade underneath docks right now, with cut mullet and Gulp! shrimp being hard to beat. Trout are still taking live shrimp or a Vudu shrimp fished 3 to 4-feet below a popping cork along shell rakes and drop offs with hard bottom. Sheepshead have been seemingly hit and miss, with one day hearing reports of 20 to 30-sheepies, but the next day only a meager few are caught. Spanish mackerel are thick of the front beaches and inlets right now, providing great fast action when casting clark spoons and small silver casting spoons underneath a frenzy of diving birds. For the latest seminar information visit the Internet at Haddrell's Point.

Offshore Report: The dog days of summer may have slowed the dolphin bite to only a few fish here and there, however the past week has seen some solid wahoo reports coming in from 130 to 250-feet of water. In addition to the wahoo on the trolling side, a fair number of sailfish and white marlin are being found along temperature breaks in 400 to 1200-feet of water. Bottom fishing continues to produce plenty of table fare with vermillion, triggerfish, and sea bass. Occasionally a few golden tilefish can be landed too, like the photo submitted by Capt. Pete Loy. Numerous large red snapper are also being caught, but their is no keeper season for them presently. Live pinfish, cut squid and cigar minnows have all produced solid bottom catches when fishing over live bottom areas in 65 to 110-feet of water. The king mackerel bite is expected to begin to peak heading into July and late summer while slow-trolling over live bottom areas in 50 to 90-feet of water.

To view past Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Reports click here.

To view my story about fishing with Blair Wiggins of Addictive Fishing TV click here.

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