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June 2016

Charleston Fishing Report – July 2016

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Charleston Fishing Report - July 2016

Could there be a better time of year to fish? There are so many species available to target and so many different ways to fish for them!  Anglers will always find something exciting to do on the water. As the days become progressively warmer, fishermen will want to fish early before the heat of the day arrives.

While the large schools of redfish have now broken up, you can still find pods of dozens of fish roaming the flats and grass banks. In order to get their attention, we have been using baits that leave a hearty scent trail in the water. Cracked blue crab, cut menhaden or cut mullet are all effective choices.  Try using size 3/0 circle hooks and just let the fish hook itself.

This season we have been catching many more “keeper” trout (over 14”) than in recent years. While popping corks are a great option, we’ve also been fishing mud minnows on jigheads. These jigheads allow us to get our bait in front of fish holding in deeper pockets. We use 1/8oz. jigheads and make sure to vary the rate of our retrieve. Bumping your bait along the bottom can be deadly.

As always, sharks are pervasive in our waters during the summertime. Cracked blue crab and menhaden are great for bait but chunks of fresh cut bluefish and ladyfish work very well too. Look to fish drop-offs where there is a sharp change in water depth. As a pleasant surprise, you also stand the chance to find a large bull redfish at the end of your line!

There will be a number of significant high tides in the evening this month. As redfish access areas usually unavailable on normal tides, fishermen can see the backs and tails of redfish as they put their noses in the mud to forage for crabs. These tides are called “tailing tides” and provide awesome sight casting opportunities. Watching a redfish explode in skinny water when you set the hook is truly a sight to behold.

See you on the water!

Fishing Kiawah

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Fishing Kiawah

After catching a fair number of trout on popping corks, we decided to go after redfish in the grass. Lobbed out chunks of blue crab and in no time the water exploded as a fish crushed our bait! Constant action that only stopped because the charter ended. Steve set the mark with this 29″ beauty!

Charleston Kids Fishing

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Charleston Kids Fishing

With the wind and tide in her favor, Emily patiently drifted her cork down a grassy bank. After a few misses, her cork dropped again and she reeled tight! A few moments later, Emily had a nice looking trout in the boat. Great job!

Charleston Fly Fishing

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Charleston Fly Fishing

Rolled up on the flats and found reds so skinny their backs were out of the water. After countless clean casts to big schools and five fly changes, Jonathan had his first redfish on the fly! Mullet pattern in black/purple did the trick.

Sullivan’s Island Fishing Charters

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Sullivan's Island Fishing Charters

Fishing a ledge in the harbor, one of the back rods slowly bent over and then went screaming. After a long fight, Mike landed an 41″ redfish that weighed more than my 30lb scale could handle. It was his biggest fish ever and the heaviest red so far this year!

Folly Beach Fishing

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Folly Beach Fishing

Reds circled our boat on the flats for two hours but only a lone eleven pounder would eat. So, we switched our focus over to trout. While popping corks produced nice legal trout, lines fished out the back with mud minnows were the story of the day. Two trout over 20″ smoked our baits with the largest at four pounds!

Charleston Family Fishing

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Charleston Family Fishing

I had hoped the bite would be strong in front of incoming storm system. Turns out it was on! We had our first hit within minutes of starting and it never slowed. The Spedick clan saw heavy action whether we put down whiting, bluefish or menhaden. By the middle of the charter, we had lost count of how many fish had been brought to the boat. Great family fun!

Isle Of Palms Fishing

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Isle Of Palms Fishing

We started the day looking for Tyler’s first redfish. Early in the charter he landed a nice three pound slot red and we were off to the races from there! By the end of the trip, Tyler was boating big boys like a pro. His heaviest red tipped the scales at 12lbs. and longest was 30″. Way to go!

Kiawah Island Fishing

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Kiawah Island Fishing

Wasn’t sure what we would find on the flats after two days of heavy rain. Even with cloudy water the reds were happy! All fish over slot and Bob’s eleven pounder paced the day. Team aquifer rolls….pour some for Jesus.