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North Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain Smiley Fishing Charters (843-361-7445) reports that June should be an excellent month for inshore fishing to the north of Myrtle Beach. Redfish, trout, black drum and more will eat shrimp, and as the mullet get bigger they will become a more consistent bait source for most species. Topwater baits will catch fish early. Mud minnows, menhaden and live finger mullet should catch flounder in the creeks, and a variety of artificial lures will also work.

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South Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain Tom Cushman (843-997-5850) reports that this month flounder should continue to bite very well on mud minnows in the creeks. Redfish should be caught around oyster beds on a variety of baits, and early in the morning there should be some good trout fishing on topwater lures or live shrimp.

Nearshore/Offshore: Captain Tom Cushman reports that Spanish mackerel fishing should be good when you can get out, and king mackerel fishing should be good in 40-60 feet. Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo and even billfish should all be caught in the bluewater zone this month.

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Inshore: Redfin Charters (843-277-5255) and Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports that the summer heat can make for tricky inshore conditions, but early in the morning there should be a topwater bite for both trout and redfish. Both species should also be caught on live bait under a popping cork. Bull redfish will continue to be caught in the harbor this month, and smaller redfish will be in small schools around structure or along grass lines. Reds can also be found tailing on big tides. Sheepshead can be caught around most any hard structure on fiddler crabs, and tarpon will arrive this month off the beaches and sandbars.

Nearshore: Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports that in June the spadefish bite should be wide open at the nearshore reefs and cobia should also continue to be around. Spanish mackerel and king mackerel will likely both be caught as well.

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Edisto Island

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that in June the trout bite will be strong around main river points with small finger mullet, shrimp or imitation shrimp, and redfish action should improve on the flats as fish start to concentrate on bigger bait. But the best fishing for reds will likely be around structure in the creeks. Flounder fishing should remain good with live minnows or mullet, and sheepshead will continue to be caught around structure on fiddler crabs. Tarpon should show up off the beaches in June and whiting will be around all month.

Nearshore/Offshore: Spanish mackerel, cobia and spadefish should be thick at the reefs and bottom fish will be catchable in 90-100 feet of water. The dolphin run was already falling off at the end of May but they should be caught well into the month as well as wahoo and tuna.

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Inshore: Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that in June tailing redfish should be visible on high flood tides, and they will also be caught on lower tides along grass lines or oysters where they are chasing shrimp. Trout will hold in slightly deeper water as it gets hot, and migratory species like tripletail and jacks should be around. Inshore cobia fishing should continue well into this month because it got off to such a late start this year.

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Hilton Head

Inshore: Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) reports that in June fishing early and late is often most effective once it gets very warm. Redfish can be caught around structure on lower stages of the tide, and while on high tide the bite usually gets tough on really high tailing tides the fishing can be excellent. Trout will be caught on topwater lures during the morning while during the day they will move into slightly deeper water and be caught on mud minnows, live shrimp and Trout Tricks. Well into the month cobia should still be around, and as water temperatures climb tarpon and jacks up to 30 pounds will show up in Port Royal Sound, Calibogue Sound and on the front beaches. Spanish mackerel and bluefish should also be around.

Nearshore: Captain Kai Williams reports that at the nearshore reefs and hard bottom areas migratory species like bluefish, Spanish mackerel and cobia will be caught.

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