Charleston anglers have plenty of choices for fishing right now, with the bite hot for many inshore and offshore species. Scott Hammond of Haddrell's Point Tackle said anglers can pick their poison, with dozens of ways to bend a rod, and two hot spots have been Charleston Harbor and the jetties.
"Bluefish and Spanish have been schooling up on the surface inside the harbor and around the jetties early in the mornings," said Hammond, who pointed to Got-Cha plugs – always good bets for Spanish and blues – along with Bomber A-Salt and Magnum Long A lures.
The flounder bite is on fire; anglers are catching them on the bottom around the jetties, other rock piles and inlets. Live minnows fished on Carolina rigs are catching plenty of these flatfish, and white bucktail jigs have also been effective.
Speckled trout are also biting, especially in the early morning on topwater plugs and spinnerbaits. Using live shrimp under a popping cork along oyster shell rakes in 3 to 5 feet of water has been another surefire way to catch specks.
While not as glamorous, bonnethead and Atlantic sharpnose sharks are keeping plenty of anglers busy in the inlets and creeks just off the harbor. Whole and cut blue crabs are productive baits, and good spots to soak them are the mouth of creeks that feed the harbor.
Anglers venturing offshore are catching plenty of dolphin, most in the 25- to 45-pound range, with plenty of fish in the teens also showing up. Hammond said wahoo have also been biting, most of the time in 130 to 250 feet of water.
Cobia are putting on a show everywhere from inshore to offshore, but the bite has been especially strong around artificial reefs in 60 feet of water. Live bait, especially eels, are enticing these brown torpedoes into biting, and anglers are hooking many cobia in the 60-pound range.