While the official start of Summer is still three weeks away, it already feels like it along South Carolina’s coast. A cool and windy Spring has quickly morphed in to full-on Summer from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown. We are already seeing water temperatures in the 80’s and daytime temps in the 90’s.
The lack of rain has resulted in extremely high salinity levels and clarity in the waters of Winyah Bay. These two factors, along with a mild Winter, have contributed to a very good trout bite; but it seems like the redfish are a little more spread out. Flounder have been in the creeks for a couple months, now; and they are also being caught on nearshore reefs.
My clients have been able to catch the ‘inshore slam’ on many of our trips, using live bait and artificials. There are a lot of small menhaden and gizzard showing up in Georgetown and Murrells Inlet. I’ve caught a couple shrimp in the cast net, but not really enough to target for bait. As for artificials, the good ol’ Saltwater Assassin in ‘Opening Night’ has been our go-to with a little scent on it.
The nearshore reefs and tidelines have provided flounder and weakfish with some action on false albacore and Spanish mackerel. I’ve been using live menhaden, on a carolina rig, for the flounder and weakfish. The albies and Spanish seem to like white Saltwater Assassins or Gotcha plugs.
There have been a few tarpon sightings, and a report of one being caught off the Murrell’s Inlet jetties. We have plenty of bait, and the water temperature is right for these wild giants to start showing up in numbers. I cannot wait to get one hooked up and in the air!
Harvest Moon Fishing Charters
We have a few spots left for the month of June. If you are looking to get out there give us a call to book today 843-485-7424