The tide was low as Capt. Mark Stacy headed to Tubbs Inlet to spend an hour or two fishing for redfish and flounder while waiting for the tide to rise enough to reach a section of marsh near Calabash where he had plans to chase redfish on the incoming tide.
For anglers around South Carolina, summer fishing breaks out this month in inshore, nearshore and offshore waters, and for the angler with a taste for grilled dolphin filets, it’s prime time to find a school of these pelagic pleasures not far from the Charleston skyline.
My hip-boots did little to stave off the cold water that rushed by as I balanced on moss-covered rocks. Ahead of me, fast, rushing riffles faded into a deep hole that swirled in different directions. Large rocks deflected the current, forming small eddies of respite behind the rushing torrent.
“You’re gonna have to horse him out of there. Don’t give him any slack,” said Capt. Addison Rupert of Charleston’s Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures, coaching a client who was hooked up with a bull redfish around some wooden structure in the Wando River. A few minutes later, Rupert hoisted the 42-inch redfish aboard, then asked his client if she was ready to go for the speckled trout and flounder. They were after an “inshore slam.”
Redfish are the focus of a lot of fishing effort in June, but there also are some great catfishing opportunities.