South Carolina weekly saltwater fishing report

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Cooler weather equals hot bite along SC coast

Some cooler weather has moved into the coastal areas of South Carolina in the past couple of days, making things a little more enjoyable for anglers. But even before that, the fishing was plenty hot. The short, two-weekend red snapper season was good for anglers. And despite some less-than-stellar weather on the last weekend, many anglers brought good fish home.

And red snapper or not, the summer bite has continued to be a strong one. Multiple species are biting inshore, offshore, from the beaches, and from the piers.

Anglers at Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach have caught numerous Spanish mackerel in the past week. The black drum bite has also been strong. Blues, sheepshead, and spadefish have also been biting.

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Jon Trull Jr. decked this nice Spanish mackerel at Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach.

Capt. Jordan Pate of Carolina Guide Service in Pawleys Island said the tarpon bite is off to a good start. He put one of his anglers on a good one during his first trip in his new 234 Sportsman guide boat. He’s also caught king mackerel while pursuing tarpon. And redfish, flounder, trout, and tripletail are also biting.

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Capt. Jordan Pate and David Coker pose with Coker’s first tarpon.

Don’t forget about shark fishing

Capt. Justin Witten with Ambush Sport Fishing Charters in Murrells Inlet is killing the flounder in the Inlet. He’s also putting his anglers on king mackerel and Spanish mackerel off the beaches. They’re also catching plenty of redfish in a variety of sizes, and one of Witten’s anglers reeled in a giant tiger shark last week.

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A mixed bag has been the norm for Carolina anglers, including this one from Ambush Sport Fishing.

Down in the Charleston area, Capt. Addison Rupert of Low Country Outdoor Adventures is getting his clients into a smorgasbord of fish. Multiple species of sharks, plenty of speckled trout — including some gators, redfish of all sizes, spadefish, jack crevalle, and some big black drum have all been taken aboard Rupert’s boat in the past week.

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This nice flounder was caught while fishing with Capt. Addison Rupert of Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures.

It’s a mixed bag down in the Beaufort area as well. Capt. Rick Percy of Reel Chance Charters has been finding all sorts of fish for his clients. Live shrimp under a popping cork, and live shrimp on the bottom have been producing big numbers of redfish in a variety of sizes. Some nice speckled trout and flounder have been mixed in for the inshore slam. His anglers are also catching a fair share of black drum. And for anglers after a shark, Perry has been catching multiple species of those.

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This young man’s nice trout is one of many species biting for Carolina saltwater anglers.

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