South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends – 6/9/2008

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Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and further information.

Little River

The winds died down this week, making for better fishing. The surf temperature is around 74 degrees.
Spottail Bass: Fair. Anglers are catching spottail bass along structure in the ICW, around creek mouth drains, and in the upper creeks using live mud minnows and Berkeley Gulp. The jetties are also productive right now.
Trout: Good. The trout bite is strong and 3 to 5 pound fish are being taken at the Little River jetties where some big trout are being caught on live shrimp. Berkeley Gulp baits and DOA shrimp have also been effective.
Flounder: Excellent. Most of the flounder have now returned inshore and can be caught in Cherry Grove and 53rd area creeks using mud minnows. Flounder are also being taken at the Little River jetties. Fish up to 8 pounds are being reported caught.
Surf Report: Whiting and pompano are prolific, and sand fleas have arrived. Bluefish are also being caught in good numbers.
Cherry Grove Pier: The Spanish mackerel and bluefish bite has slowed in the last week, and only occasional flounder are being caught. Some nice black drum are being caught in the evenings, up to 4 or 5 pounds, and good sized whiting are being caught.

Grand Strand

Menhaden and finger mullet schools have begun to arrive; expect the bait to arrive in full force in the next couple of weeks. Surf temperatures are around 78 degrees.
Spottail Bass: Good. The large schools of spottail bass have broken up for the year, and fish are cruising alone or in small packs. Spottails are being caught in the backwaters and creeks, and many drum are being caught by flounder fishermen drifting or trolling Murrells Inlet. Some larger fish are also being caught around the Murrells Inlet jetties. Mud minnows, live or cut mullet, and cut shrimp are all producing.
Trout: Very good. Trout fishing is hot at the Sunset Bridge. Also, some trout are being caught on the outside of the jetty walls. Try Mirrolures, Gulp shrimp, or live shrimp.
Flounder: Very good. Flounder fishing is hot and nice numbers of fish are being reported with about half of these fish being keeper sized. Drift or troll live mud minnows in Murrells Inlet or the Tubbs Inlet area. Some very large fish, including a 9 and 11 pound doormat, have been caught in the surf at Garden City. In the recent Murrells Inlet Rotary Tournament overall catches were very strong and some large fish were taken.
Pompano: Very good. Pompano have showed up and are feeding aggressively in the surf. Fish with sand fleas in areas that have not been dredged for best results. The fish are mainly small but a 2.5 pounder was weighed in recently.

Piers: The Spanish mackerel and bluefish run seems to have slowed down.

Springmaid Pier: A few Spanish mackerel and bluefish are still being caught, with occasional pompano and some whiting also being taken. Sheepshead are still doing well.

Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: The bluefish bite has slowed down but Spanish are still being caught in good numbers by fishermen jigging. Some small pompano are also being caught.

Apache Pier: Blues and Spanish have slowed, but some nice sized flounder in the 3-5 pound range are being landed. Trout, including a pretty 4 pound 4 oz fish, are also being caught.

Surfside Pier: Blues in the 6 to 7 pound range are still being caught, and fishermen continue to jig up some Spanish mackerel. The bit for both species has slowed, though.

Garden City Pier: While bluefish and Spanish mackerel have slowed some are still being caught, although the Spanish are mainly in the 11-13 inch range and being caught jigging. Whiting are being caught with some pompano mixed in. Beyond the breakers in the middle of the pier flounder are being caught.

Offshore: Spadefish are prolific at the near shore reefs, such as the Sherman wreck, and large numbers are being caught using jelly ball teasers to draw the fish up and then fishing with pieces of cut jelly balls. The 3 miles reef has been very good. King and Spanish mackerel are stacked up at Belkie Bear and Paradise Reef. Dolphins, including some big bulls, tuna and some wahoo are being caught 40 miles offshore and at the Parking Lot. Grouper and Snapper are still biting out at the Ledge. In the recent Governor’s Cup Billfish Tournament out of Georgetown 21 blue marlin, 4 white marlin and 98 sailfish were released. The big dolphin was a 60 pound fish.

Cape Romain/McClellanville

Spottail Bass: Good. Fish are not difficult to locate on the flats, but at times it is difficult to draw strikes. Try a variety of lures to get them to bite, ranging from DOA or Gulp shrimp to topwater plugs to gold spoons to flies. Mud minnows or live mullet may also be effective. Tailing action is being reported.
Trout: No reports.
Charleston

Spottail Bass: Very good. More and more bait is showing up everyday and tailing action is starting to get hot on the flats. Lots of fish are also being caught in the ICW, creeks, and Wando River. Some monster spottails are being caught out around the Charleston jetties fishing cut bait.
Trout: Fair. Fish are in the Wando, Cooper, and the ICW around Wild Dunes, but from day to day they can turn off and then on again. Both live bait and artificials are productive at times, and best fishing is coming to the north of Charleston.
Flounder: Fair. Some flounder are around but catches are not very good yet, although they may be picking up. As more and more baitfish arrive, and flounder continue to return inshore, catches should improve straight through to October. Target flounder using live mud minnows fished slowly on the bottom. Some giggers report being successful in the last few days.
Sheepshead: Very good. Most any structure, from nearshore wrecks to the jetties to inshore piers and bridges, is holding sheepshead right now. Fish fiddler crabs or cut shrimp.
Spanish Mackerel: Very good. The Harbor is full of Spanish mackerel right now, and these can be caught trolling or sight casting Gotcha Plugs, Castmaster or Drone spoons – most anything shiny and fast should draw strikes.
Folly Beach Pier: Fishing at the pier has really improved, and some nice fish are being caught. 5, 6, and 7 pound Spanish have been caught, as well as kings up to 29 pounds 13oz. A 7 pound bluefish was recently caught, an 8 pound sheepshead and a 5-6 black drum. Some large pompano are being caught sporadically, and a few trout are being taken amongst lots of whiting and other bottom feeders.

Offshore: Spadefish are prolific at nearshore reefs and wrecks – use pieces of jelly balls. Dolphin are abundant and still being caught in large numbers, although this action has slowed a bit in the past two weeks, and wahoo fishing is very good although not quite as strong as last year. Barracuda are out in full force, and some yellowfin tuna are being caught at the Georgetown Hole.

Hilton Head

Spottail Bass: Very good. Tailing action is strong around high tide and will continue to improve all summer. On the incoming tide fish the edges of the grass with rattle floats and natural colored Gulp Shrimp to catch slot sized fish as well as larger ones. Also use brown Gulp Swimming Minnows, or mud minnows. A few hours before and after low tide good action is being reported on the low tide flats.
Trout: Fair. Trout fishing has dropped off in the last week or two although some nice-sized fish are being caught. Use Gulp shrimp imitations or live shrimp and target drops on the falling tide, or fish around the grass when the water is high.
Cobia: Read about cobia fishing in the Beaufort report.
Offshore: Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and jacks are all being caught in the Gaskins Bank reef area. Troll shiny spoons and plugs or sight cast at baitfish busting the surface. The best offshore bite is dolphin and wahoo, which continue to move closer in as temperatures warm.

Beaufort

Spottail Bass: Good. Fish are spread out and feeding aggressively on the large mullet schools which have showed up. Spottails are beginning to tail in large numbers in the grass and can be sight-fished for by lure or fly fishermen. Some topwater action is also being reported.
Trout: Few reports. There are scattered reports of some trout up to 4 pounds being caught recently, but most of the local guides are concentrating on cobia or tailing redfish.
Flounder: Good. Flounder are in the inlets and beginning to be caught throughout the creeks. Fish mud minnows along the bottom.
Cobia: Very good. Cobia action is at its peak in the Port Royal Sound and Broad River, but since the sharks have arrived much of the action has move towards the mouth of the sound were many anglers are fishing on top. Lots of anglers continue to fish around the bridge in deep holes, too. Fish are being caught on all types of baits, such as menhaden, eels, squid, and whiting, when anchored up or drifting. Sight fishing with plugs has been off and on, and the fish have been willing to take flies at times, too. Puglisi fly patterns have worked the best. Best fishing is two hours each side of the tide change – when tides are running strongest fish are unlikely to bite. The inshore cobia bite will thin out about mid-June, but some fish will stay in the area right through to August. Lots of cobia are being seen at artificial reefs like the Betsy Ross, although enticing them to eat has been difficult.

Paradise Pier: Some decent whiting have been caught as well as black tip sharks and stingrays. The biggest catch is blue crabs which are being caught by the 5 gallon bucketful around low tide.

Offshore: Black Sea bass and snapper are still available at offshore reefs. Out at the 20 mile mark kings and Spanish mackerel are being caught, as well as some cobia which have already made their way offshore. 45 miles out king mackerel, dolphins, and little tunny are prolific trolling. Further out wahoo, dolphin, and billfish are being reported.