IMPORTANT COBIA MEETING AUGUST 9TH

 

IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING ON COBIA FOR BEAUFORT COUNTY FISHERM

Tuesday August 9th  6 PM

Hampton Inn   Sun City

29 William Pope Dr

Bluffton, SC

 

South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Public Hearings

The SA Council has scheduled three public hearings in SC during August. One of the areas covered will be Framework Amendment 4 dealing with cobia management in federal waters from GA through NY. Even if you cannot attend one of these hearings the links below will take you to the briefing and outreach materials for the amendment. You might find the Interactive Story Map particularly helpful in understanding the issues and options the Council is considering.

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

CMP Framework Amendment 4 Actions

Modify recreational harvest limits for Atlantic cobia (bag and vessel

limits)

  • Modify the recreational minimum size limit for Atlantic cobia
  • Modify the recreational accountability measures for Atlantic cobia
  • Establish a commercial trip limit for Atlantic cobia

There is also an action to change the recreational fishing year,

but this action will need to be moved to a fishery management plan amendment

-this will delay action on a potential change to the fishing year. Under the CMP Framework Procedure, fishing year cannot be

changed through a framework amendment.

LINKS FOR CMP Framework Amendment 4

Public Hearing Summary (revised 7/15)

Full Amendment Document – Public Hearing Version

Presentation (pdf)

Video presentation (link to YouTube)

Interactive Story Map

For any questions contact:

Mel Bell

Director,

Office of Fisheries Management

SCDNR, Marine Resources Division

P.O. Box 12559

Charleston, SC 29422-2559

Office:     (843) 953-9007

Fax:          (843) 953-9386

bellm@dnr.sc.gov

July Fishing Forecast

Fishing for tailing redfish has got to be one of the most exciting ways to catch fish in the low country, possibly in all of shallow water fishing. This type of fishing combines all fishing skills plus it is very similar to hunting in the way that you stalk the fish. Picture this; you’re on a pristine short grass flat, the water is rising and in the distance you hear water splashing and fish crashing around. As the water rises the splashing gets closer and closer until you look in the distance and see rings of water moving outward form a copper-blue tinged tail. Then another and another…and you realize that you’re in the middle of a hot tailing bite. The only question is can you keep a steady casting hand as your heart races harder with every tail that pops up. This is fishing for tailing reds.

Inshore Fishing

By this time of the year most of the cobia have left the river or are on their way out, but to take their place we have some great shark fishing and the beginning of the tarpon run. This is also a great month to work the flats for tailing redfishSight fishing for tailing reds is one of the most exciting inshore fisheries in the low country. Moreover, we will be catching plenty of reds and flounder around the oyster bars and on the flats. Near shore we have huge schools of spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks which can be seen from great distances as they push glass minnows to the surface. Both of these fisheries create a good opportunity for those of you who like to toss flies at big fish. Moreover, look to catch good numbers of big sea trout and ladyfish as they feed around the shell bars.

Offshore Wreck and Live Bottom Fishing

As cobia leave the sound they move out to the offshore wrecks. In general, the wrecks will hold large concentrations of these fish during this time of year. Along with cobia expect to catch sharks (some exceeding 200 plus pounds), king mackerel, jacks and various bottom fish. The live bottom areas hold a lot of bait this time of year and in turn a good number of game fish. Look to catch quite a few king mackerel and a mixed bag of grouper, snapper and jacks. Due to the fact that these wrecks are located in open water we generally look for light winds and calm seas to go offshore.