Tar-poooooon! Yup, the tarpon are here and finally in some pretty good numbers. Solid reports of tarpon being found around our inlets have been coming in everyday, with the hot spots being North Edisto inlet, the Charleston Jetties, and from Price’s inlet to Bulls Bay. Large live baits like mullet and menhaden are the preferred option, but do not hesitate to target them with blue crab or large chunk baits as well. Trout continue to produce solid catch numbers inshore, and though the majority are juvenile fish in the 11-13″ range, we are still hearing reports of decent numbers of trout in the 15-20″ range. Live shrimp or minnows under a popping float is always a can’t fail option for the trout, but a Zman PaddlerZ in a “Mulletron” or “Pinfish” pattern have also been very deadly rigged on a standard 1/4oz jighead. Reds continue to be very structure oriented, esp low tide, and are chomping down cut mullet and Gulp! shrimp. High tides during the evening time have also produced some solid “tailing” reports on the reds, with a Zman StreakZ jerkshad or Ultra Shrimp rigged weedless the baits of choice during these wading situations. Sheepshead are still readily available using fiddler crabs around pilings and rock piles, and bluefish have still been schooling in the harbor on a falling tide.
Trolling reports have been consisting of a solid wahoo bite in 130-300ft of water, and a decent sailfish bite is going on in 250-450ft of water. A few slinger dolphin are still being found 110-150ft, and the king bite has been improved with the better reports coming from 85-110ft of water using live mullet or menhaden as well as small ballyhoo trolled behind a sea witch skirt. Bottom fishing reports have consisted of good numbers of triggers and vermillions coming from 80-120ft and some good grouper reports from 90-150ft using live pinfish and butterfly style jigs.
Manager – Haddrell’s Point Tackle – West Ashley
Scott Hammond with a 27.5 inch trout recently caught and released in Charleston.
South Carolina freshwater recreational fishing regulations: (Pdf file): http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/freshfishing.pdf