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  • Trout and Red Bite in Charleston

    “Because of recent rains, there is a lot of fresh water out there, and the fish are deeper,” reported Capt. John Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters of Charleston.“The trout bite is pretty good, and the reds are at the jetties.”
    Fishing outside the rip, Capt. John is having good luck fishing for trout with a ˝ ounce jig head with a Z-Man grub in blue crab and using a 3-4 feet leader.These fish are biting best in 15 feet of water, and the bigger trout are hitting a slow retrieve.
    For the reds, Capt. John says, “Because of the recent rains, the bite is better at the jetties because of the higher salt content than inshore.”
    Capt. John is fishing cut blue crabs or fresh mullet on a Carolina rig or on a three-way swivel. Depending on the current, Capt. John is using a 5-10 ounce weight and an 8/0-10/0 circle hook.
    Capt. John says, “Take a kid fishing today!” He can be contacted at or 843-425-2939.
    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley