June Fishing Report
May fished quite well and was a notable improvement over the last two months. The steady influx of bait and warmer water temperatures imply that June will be even better. Redfish remained active and pleasantly the trout bite that many feared gone for this year strongly reemerged towards the end of the month. Spanish Mackerel and bluefish are now available and compliment other seasonal species like shark.
Weve been targeting redfish at mid and high tide with shrimp fished under popping corks. This can be an excellent way to cover a lot of water. Anglers should focus on grass banks, shell rakes and creek mouths. Anywhere that redfish would likely ambush bait. I usually fish a 18-24 leader under the cork and use size 1 circle hooks. Remember to always bring in your slack line if you are fishing in a current. If you can somehow manage to remain calm when a fish hits, reel the line tight instead of lifting the rod tip!
In late April, the Department of Natural Resources issued a statement that back to back cold winters had decimated the trout stock and urged anglers to voluntarily practice catch and release. Anglers would be well advised to follow this request so our fishery can recover. Its that time of year for topwater trout action at first light. Heddons Super Spook Jr. in their silver mullet color works great. Vary retrieve speeds as you work these lures back to the boat. Heres another lure that you should reel tight to the fish before raising your rod tip. Good luck with that as a violent boil erupts around your lure!
Spanish mackerel are beginning to show up especially in the harbor and can be best found at first light. If you find schools of fish slashing across the surface, throw reflective casting jigs and reel them quickly through the school. Alternatively, if you know fish are present but not up top, try trolling Clark Spoons at different depths and different speeds. Remember to check your leader often as it only takes catching a few of these teethy fish to cut through it.
The best flyfishing last month was found in an unlikely place: morning tailing tides. We had many mornings casting to tailing fish during the first hours of the day. These fish were most interested in spoon flies particularly in gold. During mid tide and high tide, redfish were eating larger flies containing red and orange with a bit of sparkle. Anglers have reported good success with bulkier flies that represent the bigger bait in our waters.
See you on the water!
Capt. Geoff Bennett operates Charleston Charter Fishing providing fly fishing and light tackle charters.
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