Thursday, June 19, 2014
There has been more of the same for anglers lately, which isn’t really a bad thing. Offshore we’re beginning to see some Cobia out there and even a few a bit closer to home, as you can see in this week’s photo.
The Dolphin are still white hot on the open seas and the Flounder and Redfish are out in force inshore. There is some good stuff going down in the area.
Georgetown Landing and Marina (843-546-1776) is reporting that the Dolphin are still biting very well offshore.
Also seeing the other usual meatfish and more than their share of various billfish including Sailfish, Blue Marlin and White Marlin.
Some excellent bottom fishing with some nice Grouper and other species is also being reported out of the marina.
On June 3, Captain Brien Bethards of Reel Nice Charters hooked one of those aforementioned Billfish, a nice Blue Marlin with his charter crew. Congratulations to him.
Top Notch Charters nailed it with the Flounder on June 6, bringing in 23 keepers back to the marina on their charter. Congratulations to Captain Robert Mayer and crew.
Perry’s Bait and Tackle (843-651-2895) is reporting that more and more good sized Flounder are continuing to come out of the creeks as the mature fish continue to come inshore.
As mentioned before, they seem to really be liking the Glass Minnows this year, as well as the baby Croaker with many anglers making the switch from mud minnows. Most of the bigger fish are being pulled out of the deeper holes in the creek.
The Redfish are still more active in the shallow parts of the creeks as well as mixing in the deep holes with the Flounder.
Like almost everything else right now they are still tearing up the Glass Minnows.
Blues and Spanish are still hitting hard from the shore, the piers and also offshore. Quite a few of the Spanish being caught are keepers.
The Whiting have begun to bite in the surf with multiple anglers reportedly bringing them in on land. Some Dogfish Sharks are still showing up in the surf. We still haven’t heard a lot of reports of big Bull Reds, but Barrier Island Guide Service (843-446-7337) did nab a few big ones several weeks ago.
A few reports of some King Mackerel further south but no consistent trends reported up this way yet.
The big Cobia are starting to show up offshore and Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charters (843-450-1430) caught some nice sized ones fairly close to shore on their pontoon recently.
Black Drum are still showing up in decent numbers in the creeks. They are also showing up at the jetties and near the seawall, biting on fiddler crabs shrimp and other live baits. They’ve also started showing up at the Veterans Pier and the Garden City Pier.
Garden City Pier (843-651-9700) is enjoying the Summer season. Some nice Whiting, Perch and Blues are still being caught too as well as some Black Drum. The Spanish are showing up from the end of the pier. The usual small sharks and rays are still abundant.
Sheepshead are a constant presence around the jetties and biting around any kind of artificial structure. They seem to like fiddler crabs or shrimp a lot. They are also showing up offshore at the 10 Mile Reef and the Pawleys Island Reef.
Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charters (843-450-1430) and Barrier Island Guide Services (843-446-7337) are both currently taking bookings for inshore and offshore charter trips.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be conducting a series of family fishing seminars around the state over the next several months.
These clinics teach basic fishing skills such as knot tying, rigging and casting. The clinics are free to the public, but you must register online in advance. You can check out the South Carolina DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov for more details.
Good luck out there.