Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report - 6/16/2015

 Fishing Report for the Coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina:
Charles Rooke displays a bright mahi for lady angler
Inshore Report: While the temperatures on land are soaring towards our first 100-degree temperatures in four years, the waters of the Lowcountry still offer a simple measure of relief for those who are able to get in a little time fishing. Sharks are in the news and anyone throwing out some cut bait right now should get a strike. Warmer than usual water in the surf zone due to lack of rain and clouds over several days has increased the number of shark sightings along the East Coast - FYI.

Tailing tides have returned in a big way recently and those wading the grass flats for spot-tail bass are hoisting their toads for digital photos at a brisk pace. The flounder bite is still going strong, while the trout bite is tapering off, but a D.O.A. shrimp fished near creek mouths with oyster bars can be a great lure to prospect for both fatties and specks. Channels of water that are influenced by the Atlantic are beginning to fill up with species that visit in summer like Spanish mackerel and even some triple-tail. When you see the clean green water in the nearshore waters, then its time to slow troll for king mackerel, and it can't be too much longer until the first tarpon are caught off the S.C. coast!

Offshore Report: The billfish bite continues to be great in 2015 for S.C. anglers, and if anything the prospects for bluewater fishing is only getting better in late June with the addition of a few more white marlin and sailfish into the mix. The blackfin tuna remain present, but anglers have to switch to specific tactics to target them that don't usually result in billfish strikes, so less effort is made for tuna. A few wahoo are still being scared up, especially along the ledge, and plenty of dolphin can still be found when weediness and temperature breaks are located. The photo today came from angler Brandon Dodson after a day of charter fishing in late May aboard the Blue Boy with Captain Grant Bentley. And don't forget that June 18 - 20 marks the third leg of the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series at the Carolina Billfish Classic.

To view the latest Lowcountry Saltwater Fishing Report click here.

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