Charleston Fishing Report
Trout and spottail bass: Good. Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that this is a great time of year to get up early and try to catch trout and redfish (and blues) on topwater lures. Most any “walk the dog”-style lure will catch fish, and Super Spook, Jrs. are a good choice. Once the sun gets up switch to suspending baits such as the MirroLure 17 MR in the same areas. Besides artificials, live minnows and shrimp will catch slot-sized reds and smaller trout along shell rakes and rock piles.
Bull drum and tarpon: Good. Bull reds have showed up in great numbers around the Charleston Jetties and area inlets, and tarpon are just starting to show up in the inlets. Large live baits will catch both species, and half blue crabs are good bait for bull drum. Sharks are also around in full force.
Spanish mackerel: Good. Spanish mackerel are hanging around Castle Pinckney on the falling tide as well as the “tideline” outside of many of our inlets. A silver casting jig or a #00 Clarks Spoon is a good bet for fast Spanish mackerel action.
Folly Beach Pier (843-588-3474) reports that lots of whiting have been caught off the pier as well as some black drum, sheepshead and a few pompano. Kings and Spanish have not been landed recently but some nice flounder including a 7 plus pound fish have been caught.
Offshore: Haddrell’s Point reports that dolphin numbers are down but reports of 4-10 fish per trip are still common, and some very nice wahoo have also been caught. Some of the best reports have been coming in only 80-130 feet of water. A steady blue marlin bite continues to be found out in 350-1200 feet. Bottom fishing continues to produce solid reports of large sea bass in 70-110 feet of water, along with good numbers of vermillion snapper and some large grouper being caught on butterfly jigs and live baits (including pinfish and cigar minnows). Kings have pushed into shallower water recently, with some solid reports of kings in the 25-35 pound range coming in 45-75 feet of water.