S.C. coastal fishing report – what’s biting right now

coastal fishing report

Big variety of species biting along S.C. coast

As the summer weather continues to heat up, so has the fishing off South Carolina’s coastline. Whether it’s offshore, nearshore, or inshore, anglers are catching plenty of fish, and a big variety of species.

It’s tough to say which species is the hottest biting one right now. They are all feeding consistently, and on some days, anglers are catching whatever they are targeting as well as anglers who are targeting something else.

Capt. Addison Rupert with Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures has been spending some days on nearshore structure. And his anglers have been spanking the spadefish and redfish. He’s also spent some time fishing around the jetties and putting his clients on big redfish and some keeper redfish. They’ve also landed some large bonnethead sharks there.

Redfish are always on the menu for Capt. Addison Rupert’s clients, but they aren’t the only species they’re catching. (photo courtesy Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures)

But plenty of cobia are still around, and he’s been catching his share of those as well. Sheepshead and black drum are also frequent catches for his customers.

Many inshore anglers catching the inshore slam

Lowcountry Lazy Charters has also been catching plenty of spadefish on nearshore structure. And they’ve been catching the inshore slam of flounder, redfish, and sea trout inshore around Kiawah Island. On some days, they’ve been catching huge numbers of a variety of sizes. On others, the bite has been a little slower, but has produced larger fish in all three species.

Trout and redfish are two of the numerous species biting in the lowcountry. (photo courtesy of Lowcountry Lazy Charters)

Up the coast around the N.C. border, Salt Fever Guide Service has been on some quality king mackerel. They’re catching their share of Spanish mackerel too. Offshore, they’ve been catching plenty of snapper, grouper, and triggerfish.

And like many anglers along both Carolina coastlines, they are still catching cobia often enough that it’s not a surprise when they do.

Cobia are still being caught in big numbers along the Carolina coastlines. (photo courtesy of Salt Fever Guide Service)

The folks at Carolina Hook and Line Co. in the Murrells Inlet area have been racking up on cobia, king mackerel, and Spanish mackerel. And inshore, they’ve been catching a lot of quality flounder. Black drum and redfish have also been frequent inshore catches. And when heading offshore, they’re catching plenty of snapper and grouper.

Carolina Hook and Line Co. are catching plenty of mackerel, and they’re catching lots of other species too. (photo courtesy of Carolina Hook and Line Co.)
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Brian Cope of Edisto Island, S.C., is a retired Air Force combat communications technician. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He’s spent half his life hunting and fishing. The rest, he said, has been wasted.