South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends – 6/16/2008

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Little River

  • 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.
  • Flounder: Excellent. Flounder continue to be caught in Cherry Grove and 53rd area creeks using mud minnows. Flounder are also being taken at the Little River jetties.
  • Sheepshead: Very good. fleas and fiddler crabs are both very productive around the jetties and any inshore pilings.
  • Spanish mackerel: Very good. Spanish are being caught just off the jetties in good numbers, with some nice sized fish mixed in.
  • Cherry Grove Pier: Nice flounder are being caught off the pier, with occasional large spottails thrown in. The hot bite right now is black drum, and lots of nice 3 to 5 pound fish are being caught and plenty of bigger ones are breaking off.

Grand Strand

  • Spottail Bass: Good. Spottails are being caught on the flats and in the backwaters and creeks, and many drum are being caught by flounder fishermen drifting or trolling Murrells Inlet. Mud minnows, live or cut mullet, and cut shrimp are all producing.
  • Trout: Good. Trout fishing is hot at the Sunset Bridge. Try Mirrolures, Gulp shrimp, or live shrimp.
  • Flounder: Very good. Drift or troll live mud minnows in Murrells Inlet or the Tubbs Inlet area.
  • Black Drum: Very good. Target deep holes in the creeks, such as the hole off the end of the Murrells Inlet (old Veterans) Pier. Cut shrimp, live shrimp, and crabs are all productive.
  • Bluefish: Good. Some large bluefish are being caught in the creeks, and these fish seem to be here to stay for the summer as water temps are already very warm. Cut bait fished on the bottom or on “bluefish rigs” is producing.
  • Sheepshead: Excellent. At both the Murrells Inlet and Georgetown jetties the sheepshead seem to be ravenous. Fiddler crabs and live or cut shrimp on a Carolina rig fished vertically are producing.
  • Pompano: Very good. Fish with sand fleas in areas that have not been dredged for best results.
  • Springmaid Pier: Early and late in the day Spanish are being caught. Some bluefish are still being caught, with a few good ones mixed in. No kings have been taken so far this year.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: The bluefish bite has slowed down but Spanish are still being caught in good numbers by fishermen jigging.
  • Apache Pier: The bluefish being caught are small now, but some nice Spanish up to 3.5 pounds are being caught.
  • Surfside Pier: Occasional bluefish are still being caught, and fishermen continue to jig up some Spanish mackerel.
  • Garden City Pier: While bluefish and Spanish mackerel have slowed some are still being caught. Whiting are being caught with some pompano mixed in.
  • 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 mile reef has been very good. King and Spanish mackerel are stacked up at Belkie Bear and Paradise Reef.


  • Spottail Bass: Very good. Lots of fish are being caught in the ICW, creeks, and Wando River.
  • Trout: Good. live bait and artificials are productive at times, and best fishing is coming to the north of Charleston.
  • Black Drum: Good. A surprising number of black drum are being caught in deep holes in the creeks. Live and cut shrimp and crabs are all working.
  • Flounder: Good. Target flounder using live mud minnows fished slowly on the bottom in the inlets and creeks. Giggers are reporting good numbers of fish caught.
  • 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 most anything shiny and fast should draw strikes.
  • Folly Beach Pier: Some Spanish mackerel up to 5 pounds are being caught, as well as occasional kings. Nice black drum are being landed, and a dozen or so trout have been caught in the last week.
  • Offshore: Spadefish are swarming at nearshore reefs and wrecks, and Haddrell’s Point says they’ve never seen so many jelly balls – use pieces of these for bait. Dolphin have slowed down a little bit in the last week, and some boats report having trouble finding them.

Hilton Head

  • Spottail Bass: 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.
  • Trout: Good. Trout fishing continues to be surprisingly strong in the marshes and backwaters. Incoming to high tide is the best time to fish. Shrimp and mud minnows fished under Cajun Thunder rattling bobbers, or Gulp grubs, are producing.
  • Flounder: Fair. Anglers are catching flounder using traditional flounder rigs with a bobber to float the mud minnows off the bottom.
  • 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.


  • Spottail Bass: Good. 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.
  • 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 still strong in the Port Royal Sound and Broad River, but since the sharks have arrived much of the action has moved towards the mouth of the sound and they are fishing on the top of the water column. Fish are being caught on all types of baits, such as menhaden, eels, squid, and whiting.
  • Paradise Pier: 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, although guides report catching lots of snapper before they get a legal 20 inch keeper. Out at the 20 mile mark kings and Spanish mackerel are being caught, as well as cobia.