The redfish and trout bite continues to be strong in inshore waters, and nowhere is better than the waters around Charleston.

Jonathan Harpe, manager at the Charleston Angler, said the bite has been consistently strong lately, but he expects it to get better this week based on the tide charts.

"The best time to fish is early in the morning and late in the evening," Harpe said. "We're seeing water temps that are super high, so whenever the sun's not blazing, it's typically a good time to fish." 

With the high tide late in the afternoon in the coming days, Harpe said he expects to see the fishing get even better, given that the moving water will be heading out at the perfect time of day. He suggests wading or walking the flats or using a flat-bottom boat and poling the shallows to catch reds tailing as they feed on fiddler crabs. 

"When redfish are feeding on the fiddler crabs, their tails stick out of the water," Harpe said. "You can throw a fly or use spinning tackle, but either way, I'd use crab patterns or D.O.A shrimp rigged weedless. Gulp! shrimp work pretty good, too." 

If you're going to try your hand at fly-fishing, Harpe suggests an 8-weight rod rigged with floating line and a tippet of at least 16 to 20 pounds. If spinning tackle's more your speed, the suggests a reel in the 3000 range with a 6-foot-6 to 7-foot, medium-action rod and 15- to 20-pound braid. Harpe suggests braided line simply because it doesn't have any give to it and is more sensitive than mono.  

"There have been a lot of big redfish caught lately, which is great," Harpe said. "Our redfish keep getting better and better. As for trout, the bigger fish are a little more spread out, but you're catching a ton of 12- to 13-inch fish. They're everywhere…. You can't not catch them." 

If live bait is your thing, Harpe suggests mud minnows or shrimp – typical for this time of year.