Mt Pleasant Pier June Fishing Forecast

Typically in June the harbor temperature reaches 80 degrees and we see a variety of species show up.

Expect to see whiting, black drum, sea trout, Spanish mackerel and others get in the mix with the reds, flounder, and sheepshead.

June is one of those months that should be great for fishermen of all experience levels.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started.

You can get an inexpensive rod combo with 10-20-pound test line and a 2-drop rig or Carolina rig and you’re almost ready to go.

This setup is commonly used when pier fishing and the rigs can be purchased in the River Watch Café and Gift Shop on the pier.

In order to hold the bottom while fishing you’ll want a 1.5 to 2-ounce weight under most circumstances.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make around the pier is using hooks that are too big. Keep it simple and stick with a size 1, 2, 1/0, or 2/0 hook.

We encourage the use of kahle or circle hooks when possible as these offer a better chance for the safe release of fish that will not be kept.

June is one of those months that should be great for fishermen of all experience levels

Now you just need some bait and a daily fishing pass from the shop and you’re ready to fish.

When it comes to bait there many choices and some work better than others on any given day. Frozen shrimp on a bottom rig is the most common bait and our top seller by far. Who doesn’t like shrimp right?

When putting shrimp on the hook you’ll want to cut or break it into small pieces. A fishing buddy once said that elephants eat peanuts and there’s definitely truth to that.

Kyle Cross’ nice 22″ Seatrout

Leaving chunks hanging off will entice the pinfish and other baitfish to pick at it and likely stealing your bait without ever taking the hook.

If you want live bait, you’ll want to stop off and visit our friends at Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply or bring a cast net to try and catch your own.

It’s best to check out the pier at low tide before throwing a net so you’re familiar with where the rebar from the old bridge is located.

Many regulars have their favorite or “lucky” spots, but we’ve seen fish caught from one end of the pier to the other.

If one spot isn’t working after a bit you may want to try a new one during a different tide.

In June, some species like trout and flounder, are more prevalent the last 2 hours of the outgoing tide and the first 2 hours of the incoming tide.

Other species, such as red drum and blue fish, seem to be caught during the higher tides especially in locations around the grass line.

Michael McLoone with a Seatrout

The one area to be cautious of until you learn the waters is the very tip of the pier. There’s 350 cubic yards of old bridge debris right off the end of the pier that has claimed many rigs over the years.

Once you are comfortable with other spots, we’ll be glad to help you learn that one as well.

Be sure to visit for rules and information regarding our newest virtual fishing tournament.

Anglers will have a chance to win prizes when fishing during regular business hours any day in June.  Just upload 2 photos of qualifying catches and there are several ways to win.

Hope to see more of your catches soon!

Good Luck!  Chris Pounder, CPRP Manager | Mount Pleasant Pier

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission | Mount Pleasant Pier
For more info please contact the pier at (843) 762-9946
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