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Summer Fishing Report

Capt. Charlie Beadon
July 15, 2012
Hilton Head - Saltwater Fishing Report

By this time of the year the water temperature has warmed up significantly and we're getting into the dog days of summer. Just because it's hot don't think that the fishing will slow down, this is the time of year when we go after the big fish. With the exception of the afternoon thunderstorms the weather is less of a factor inshore, and we will still be looking for calm days to venture out towards open water to fish the offshore wrecks and live bottom areas.

Inshore Fishing and Flats Fishing: If you're looking to catch a trophy fish this is the time of year to do it. Our inshore waters are holding good numbers of big sharks and tarpon. Look to catch tarpon in the 100 to 150 pound range, these bruisers fight hard and put on a powerful aerial show. While tarpon fishing we will also be looking to catch a variety of sharks to include; black tips, duskies, bonnetheads and nurse sharks. This is also an excellent month to fish the flats for tailing redfish. Sight fishing for tailing reds is one of the most exciting inshore fisheries in the Lowcountry and is also the best chance to take fish while fly fishing. Nearshore we have huge schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows to the surface. Both of these fisheries create a good opportunity for those of you who like to toss lures and flies at big fish. Moreover, look to catch good numbers of redfish, sea trout and ladyfish as they feed around the creek mouths and shell bars. With an abundance of bait fish in the salt marsh the falling tide will push baits out of the grass and funnel them through the creeks to ambush points that are a sure bet for some excellent inshore action!

Offshore Wreck Fishing: The offshore wrecks will be holding cobia and king mackerel. Along with cobia and kings expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), jacks and various bottom fish. Kingfish are without a doubt a blast to catch! We call the little guy's snakes and the big boys smokers, but make no mistake any size king will get your heart racing as it peels off line with blistering runs. These guys are built for speed, and have a set of dentures like a serrated knife which they use to take pray in open water. Did I mention that they are pretty good to eat as well…you can't beat fresh grilled or smoked king mackerel. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to head offshore.


Target Species:

redfish, trout, tarpon, shark

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310 Bulls End Rd.
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-592-0897
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