Saltwater Fishing Trends - July, 2019

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North Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that patterns should hold fairly steady in the month of July. By this point mullet are a consistent bait source for trout, redfish and bluefish, and pretty much everything should eat shrimp which will remain prolific in the area. Both the ledges in the Intracoastal Waterway and the rocks at the Little River jetties should be good all month. So far the Little River area has been a little slow for flounder fishing, with the exception of some occasional big fish, but to the north and south catches have been good. Mud minnows and live finger mullet will both work for flounder.

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) predicts that a smorgasbord of species should continue to be caught in July, including whiting, pompano, bluefish, black drum, sheepshead and flounder. Spanish mackerel fishing should stay good this month, and with the first kings of the season already caught they could bite straight the month if the bait stays near shore and water stays clean.

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Southern Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain J. Baisch of Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle (843-651-1915) reports that in July flounder fishing can be a little spotty in the creeks, but fish can be caught on mud minnows or finger mullet if you get into the right schools. At the jetties or nearshore action can be more consistent. Trout fishing will be a little slow, but early some fish can be caught on topwater lures. Inshore redfish action also slows down in the heat of summer, but at the jetties bruiser fish can be caught on mullet.

Surf and pier: Captain J. reports that the pompano fishing should stay excellent throughout July, as should the action for whiting. Bluefish will also be available, and depending on the location of the bait schools Spanish and king mackerel will continue be caught.

Nearshore/offshore: Captain J. reports that Spanish mackerel and king mackerel will both be around nearshore and there should continue to be excellent bottom fishing well offshore.

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Inshore: Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports that the summer heat and the threat of afternoon pop-up storms make morning the best time to fish in July, but if you fish early this month you can still catch trout on live bait under a popping cork. Redfish have moved into deeper holes although there are still some fish inshore, while this is shaping up to be a really good summer for flounder fishing live minnows or mullet around oysters.

Surf and pier: Folly Beach Pier (843-762-9516) reports that July is still a great time to fish off the pier, but with the summer heat you really need to avoid the 1-6 p.m. window when it is usually just too hot for fish to feed well. Expect strong catches of Spanish mackerel, black drum, whiting, pompano, bluefish and even trout to continue this month, and king mackerel should show up in July.

Nearshore: Captain Rob Bennett reports that in July the spadefish bite should continue to be really good at the nearshore reefs with the quantity of jellyballs around, and Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and amberjack should continue to be caught.

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Edisto Island

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that in July the trout bite will continue to be strong around main river points with mud minnows, shrimp or artificials, particularly around new and full moons. Redfish action should be pretty good on the flats with shrimp and in the creeks with mud minnows or finger mullet. It appears to be a well-above-average year for flounder fishing with live minnows or mullet, while sheepshead have moved deeper, but they can still be caught on fiddler crabs. Tarpon have already showed up and fishing for these silver kings should get better and better this month.

Nearshore/offshore: Spanish mackerel and king mackerel are already thick at the nearshore reefs and will hang around throughout the month, while the spadefish action should continue to be excellent all of July. While the mahi run is not as good as at the beginning of the summer they will continue to be caught all month.

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Inshore: Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that in July tailing redfish can be found on good flood tides, and on moving tides fishing live or cut bait around ambush points is a good bet. Trout can be found around ambush points where they will eat live bait or jigheads, and migratory species like jacks and tarpon which are already showing up should be around until the fall.

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Hilton Head

Inshore: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) and Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) report that in July the best fishing for redfish will be around low tide in the creeks, but there should also be some good fishing in areas that drain the flats on dropping tides. When you can find clean water trout should be caught on mud minnows, live shrimp and Trout Tricks. Black drum should set up in deep holes in the creeks where they will take shrimp, and bluefish will be prolific and voracious throughout the month.

Tarpon will continue to be found in the Port Royal Sound, Calibogue Sound and on the front beaches this month, and big jacks up to 30-plus pounds will also stick around through the fall.

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