It’s July and Summer fishing is HOT!
Summer is in full swing and things are getting hot! We have had heat indexes above the 100 degree mark for a few consecutive days. During the dog days of Summer we try and plan our trips as early in the morning as possible. This helps beat the heat and gives the best opportunity when fish are most aggressive. We have been logging our trips from Georgetown’s Winyah Bay to Cape Romain, located in McClellanville, South Carolina. These remote stretches of coast between Myrtle Beach and Charleston are some of the most pristine waterways to navigate. Huge tide swings and ever changing bars and mud flats make navigating very challenging. When fishing in the Summer months, our primary targets are Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and Bonnet head Sharks. Early morning Low Tides can be great for sight casting bonnet head sharks with fly or light tackle. Sharks are excellent targets for newer fly casters and tend to be more tolerant of less than perfect casts than our spooky Redfish. The Sea Trout and Redfish bite has been steady and most productive at day break, finding fish tight to the grass or on deeper shell edges.
We are only a few tides away from our next Tailing Tides cycle and I can’t wait! Tailing tides, or flood tides, are my favorite way to target Redfish. We experience higher than normal tides that flood our spartina flats. When the incoming tide floods the flats, the Redfish move up onto these feeding grounds looking for fiddler crabs or any other morsel they can stir up. We target them by either wading or poling the boat quietly along, looking for the fish’s tail as they root for crabs. Once we locate a fish, we make a stalk, or get the boat into position for a shot at the fish, trying to place the lure or fly in the fish’s path without spooking him. Up on these shallow water flats the eats can be explosive and exhilarating and frankly, I just can’t get enough of it!
I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer and all that our beautiful coast has to offer!