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Hot Weather Boating and Summer Fishing Tips

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The heat, bluebird skies and sudden thunderstorms can make fishing in the summer months difficult. The weather is usually beautiful, which makes it ideal for relaxing on the beach or getting a tan. If you don’t have the right knowledge, you might not be able to fish in these conditions. Although July and August have been the hottest months in South Carolina, the fishing can still be excellent if you plan your trips well.

When Is The Best Time To Go Fishing?

The best time to deep sea fishing is in the morning and the evening. Fish won’t eat as well due to the higher water temperatures at mid day.

Low oxygen levels. Throwing artificial baits at the first light is one of the many things I like to do with our clients. We cover the ground for approximately an hour, then switch to live or cut bait. You can find a lot of Snook on beaches, passes and coastal docks. They should stay there until the water temperatures drop.

Redfish prefer live or cut pinfish as their bait of choice. Trout can still be caught, but it can be difficult to find them. Use a free-lined greenback to find a mixture of grass and sand bottom. If you need to go deeper, add a pinch weight. An area with plenty of fry bait is a good option.

What Is The Best Fishing Method?

Deep sea fishing in Myrtle Beach is the best and most enjoyable way to fish. The targeted species include cobia, sharks, mangrove snapper, Mackerel, and grouper. They can all be found throughout the bay. For the next few weeks, late season Tarpon would be in the  artificial reefs, and shipping channels as a refuge to feed and then seek shelter. If the fish are active during stronger tides, you can use a live Threadfin Herring and large Pilchard.

The Mangrove Snapper bite, on the other hand is at its peak. Many areas in the ocean hold fish up to 5lb. Mixing live and dead pilchards worked perfectly. A few chum bags from the store and some shrimp should suffice. You can also use a 1/4″ net to catch your own bait. Make sure you have enough live pilchards for fishing. You can fill a small cooler full of dead bait, and then anchor it on one the bay’s artificial reefs marked or on your favorite rock pile.

To fool picky eaters, I use dead baits and then small cut and live baits. The Spanish Mackerel is a common sight, often pushing the Snappers back to the bottom. A healthy bottom is indicated by a lot of Mackerel and Snappers. There may also be some groupers.

Even though it can get very hot, we still catch plenty of fish especially when we go deep sea fishing. We also keep our rods bent by changing when, where and for what purpose we fish. You should always bring water and sun protection, especially if it is not a regular activity. As always, be aware of the weather. Summer thunderstorms can be quite severe!

Voyager charter fishing provides all the bait and a rod if needed. Our captains know where the fish are biting any time of the year. 

Call Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises now if you are planning to go on a fishing trip in Myrtle Beach.

Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises
1525 13th Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
(910) 575-0111
(843) 626-9500