Charleston fish are settled into a predictable summer pattern as warm water (83 in the harbor yesterday) has everyone feeding on a regular basis. The early morning topwater bite has been fantastic. Put on a Zara Spook and target shallow water points, oyster beds and grass lines. You will know within a few casts if you are around Trout and Redfish. I typically draw the most strikes from sunrise plus 30-40 minutes. If you sense fish are there and they don’t want your topwater bait, try running a Z-Man paddler Z just under the surface on a Gamakatsu # 5 offset wide gap hook.
The early incoming tide has produced nice flounder and redfish. Minnows and shrimp fished under corks always seem to do the trick this time of year. If you are looking for larger flounder, trout and reds try casting a live menhaden into creek mouths, grass and docks. I fish these on a 18 inch, 25 lb flourocarbon leader with a #3 circle hook. Most of the time I use no weight however in water more than 3 feet I will use a split shot to keep the bait from swimming on the surface.
Sharks and Bull Reds are being found near deeper water and heavy structure. 50 lb braid with heavy 50-80 lb leader is a good start. I’ve been baiting up with live or cut Menhaden, lady fish, mullet and blue crab. Just put your rod in a rod holder and relax. You will know when it’s time to get up! If you need to gear up run to your local tackle shop and they will help you get what you need. If you want to try these techniques with me just give me a call at 843-696-4231 and set up a date to get out.
Lets go fishing!
Captain Kevin Blair