June is here and things are getting hot! Pawleys Island Fishing Report for early summer. Water temps are rising, large schools of mullet and menhaden are pouring into the back bays and the fish are taking advantage! Big sharks and Bull Drum have been feeding under bait pods along the beaches and deep water rips and ledges. Live baits on Carolina rigs and large Bucktail jigs have been the most productive for Large Red Drum. These big fish are our spawning stock so we must handle them with care. When Bait fishing for Bull Drum I use Heavy action rods with 5000-6000 reels. For Rigs I prefer a short 6″ leader / 4-6 oz’s of lead and a 8/0 circle hook. Circle hooks are key to prevent gut hooking these magnificent fish.
Flounder and Speckled Sea Trout Report
The Flounder fishing the creeks and back bays have been red hot. When Flounder Fishing I prefer mud minnows and artificial lures like Berkley Gulp baits. I rig live or gulp baits on a 1/4 oz jig head and work the baits around oyster points and creeks mouths. I use my sonar a good bit while flounder fishing looking for drop offs and ledges along the bottom. Sea Trout fishing has been hit or miss due to the fresh water from last weeks rains. The fresh water should flush out to the Ocean in after a few tide exchanges. Sea trout are sensitive to salinity changes so I keep and eye on the tide charts and current weather data. Keep an eye out for our long awaited tailing tides and get after those tailing Redfish on the flats. Summer is the best time to catch tailing Redfish on the flats. Check back for more Pawleys Island Fishing Reports.
Captain Jeff Lattig