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North Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that June should be an excellent month of inshore fishing, especially as it looks unlikely that water temperatures will get too hot. Redfish, trout, black drum and bluefish will eat shrimp, and as the mullet get bigger they will become a more consistent bait source for most species. Topwater baits will catch fish early. Mud minnows, menhaden and live finger mullet should catch flounder in the creeks, and a variety of artificial lures will also work.

Cherry Grove Pier: (843-249-1625) predicts that June will be a good month for a variety of species including whiting, croaker and bluefish off the pier. With clear water Spanish mackerel and kings should show up.

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Southern Grand Strand

Inshore: Captain J Baisch (843-902-0356) also of Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle (843-651-1915) reports that this month flounder should bite well on mud minnows in the creeks. It should be the beginning of July before finger mullet get big enough to be a consistent bait. Redfish should be caught around oyster beds in the creeks on a variety of baits, and early in the morning there should be some good trout fishing on topwater lures or live shrimp.

Surf and pier: Captain J reports that the pompano fishing got off to an early start and should stay good the whole month of June, and whiting should bite well too. Bluefish should also be caught as well as mackerel.

Nearshore/offshore: Captain J reports that Spanish mackerel fishing should be good off-and-on, and king mackerel fishing should be good in 40-60 feet. Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo and even billfish should all be caught offshore this month.

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Inshore: Captain Fred Rourk (843-241-4767) reports that this month the usual suspects of redfish, trout and flounder will all be caught around Georgetown. Things have been so unsettled in May that June should bring an improvement in the fishing, but if it gets too hot action will slow down again. Mullet and menhaden are already prolific and will catch all three species, although the trout specialists will likely focus on fishing artificial lures early and late this month. There should also be good action for tailing redfish on flood tides.

Surf and nearshore: Sharks will become prolific this month, and Spanish and king mackerel will also arrive off the beaches. Cobia should also be caught, and when temperatures get very warm tarpon should arrive.

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Inshore: Redfin Charters (843-277-5255) and Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports that mild conditions could make for above-average June fishing as the summer heat can make for tricky inshore conditions. Early in the morning there should be a topwater bite for both trout and redfish, and trout should also be caught on live bait under a popping cork. Bull redfish are showing up in the harbor this month, and smaller redfish will be in small schools around structure or grasslines. Sheepshead can be caught around most any hard structure on fiddler crabs, and tarpon will arrive this month off the beaches and sandbars.

Surf and pier: Folly Beach Pier (843-762-9516) reports that June is an excellent month off the pier, and you can expect some of everything to be caught. Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, black drum, sheepshead, and pompano should be some of the popular species.

Nearshore: Captain Rob Bennett (843-367-3777) reports that in June the spadefish bite should be wide open at the nearshore reefs, and Spanish mackerel and king mackerel can both be caught.

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Edisto Island

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that in June the trout bite will be strong around main river points with mud minnows, shrimp or artificials, and redfish action should improve on the flats as fish start to concentrate on bigger bait. Redfish will also be caught around structure in the creeks. Flounder fishing will be good with live minnows or mullet, and sheepshead will be caught around structure on fiddler crabs. Tarpon should show up off the beaches in June.

Nearshort/offshore: Spanish mackerel should be thick at the reefs, and cobia and bottom fish will be catchable in 90-100 feet of water. The mahi run will fall off but fishing should still be good.

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Inshore: Captain Tuck Scott with Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that in June tailing redfish should be visible on high flood tides, and they will also be caught on lower tides along grass lines or oysters. Trout will hold in slightly deeper water as it gets hot, and migratory species like tripletail and jacks should be around. Cobia fishing should continue well into this month, especially if it stays cool.

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Hilton Head

Inshore: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) and Captain Kai Williams (843-816-7475) report that a mild May will likely prolong the spring bite, but once temperatures heat up in June the best fishing for redfish will be around low tide in the creeks. However, when there is a good tailing tide in the evening that can also be a very strong time to catch reds. Trout will be caught on topwater lures during the morning and during the day they will move into slightly deeper water and be caught on mud minnows, live shrimp and Trout Tricks. At the beginning of the month cobia should still be around, but as water temperatures climb tarpon and jacks up to 30 pounds will show up in Port Royal Sounds, Calibogue Sound and on the front beaches. Spanish mackerel and bluefish should also be around.

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