Hilton Head: Inshore surface water temperatures around Hilton Head are in the upper 80s, and clarity is below average for now after some bigger tides. It should clear soon.
All things considered the redfish bite has been pretty good in the Hilton Head area, and Captain Dan Fishin Coach Utley (843-368-2126) reports that this week his boat caught some nice reds on the flats along the main river edge around dead oyster shell rakes. On the half tide they have had luck floating cut bait and mud minnows along the edges of shells.
Small redfish in the 12-inch range have also showed up in all the little creeks around oyster beds, trees and docks. The best bait is dead shrimp, and they have largely been a by-catch while trying to catch black drum which are kind of scarce.
Coach has only caught a few larger trout recently, and he is not thrilled that there have not been many fish under 13 inches around. Fishermen are reminded that the SCDNR is strongly encouraging anglers to practice catch and release of all spotted seatrout through the end of September.
There have also been some tarpon jumped at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound.