South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends – 6/23/2008

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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.
  • Sheepshead: Very good. Sand 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.

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. Cut bait fished on the bottom or on “bluefish rigs” is producing.
  • Sheepshead: Excellent. Fiddler crabs and live or cut shrimp on a Carolina rig fished vertically are producing. Pompano: Very good. with sand fleas in areas that have not been dredged for best results.
  • Piers: The Spanish mackerel and bluefish run has slowed down, and the blues being caught now are small.
  • 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.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Spanish are still being caught in good numbers by fishermen jigging. Small bluefish and decent sized whiting are also being landed.
  • Apache Pier: Speckled trout, red drum and black drum are all being taken, as well as some nice catches of flounder.
  • Surfside Pier: Occasional bluefish are still being caught, and fishermen continue to jig up some Spanish mackerel.
  • Garden City Pier: 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 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 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: Good. Both 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. Fish fiddler crabs or cut shrimp.
  • Spanish Mackerel: Very good. The Harbor is full of Spanish mackerel right now. Use most anything shiny and fast.
  • Folly Beach Pier: Nice black drum are being landed, and a dozen or so trout have been caught in the last week. An occasional flounder is being pulled up, and whiting are still prolific.
    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. Wahoo fishing is still good, although not as strong as last year.

Hilton Head

  • Spottail Bass: 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.
  • 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. Best fishing is around low tide in the same areas as the spottails and trout, or in the mouths of creeks and inlets.
  • 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. Fish are spread out and feeding aggressively on the large mullet schools. Flounder: Good. Flounder are in the inlets and beginning to be caught throughout the creeks. Fish mud minnows along the bottom.
  • Cobia: Very good. Fish are being caught on all types of baits, such as menhaden, eels, squid, and whiting. 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.
  • Paradise Pier: Some decent whiting have been caught as well as black tip sharks and stingrays.
  • 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.