South Carolina Weekly Saltwater Fishing Report – 7/28/2008

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Little River

  • 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. Sand fleas and fiddler crabs are both very productive around the jetties and any inshore pilings.
  • Spanish mackerel: Very good. Look for feeding birds and motor slowly towards the fish; throw Gotcha Plugs, Hopkins Spoons, or anything else with a treble hook to land fish.
  • Cherry Grove Pier: Action off the pier has slowed a bit, but flounder in the 14 to 17 inch range and Spanish mackerel up to a couple of pounds are both still being caught. Black drum and whiting are also being taken.

Grand Strand

  • Spottail Bass: Very good. Fishing for big red drum has taken off, and bull drum are being caught on the incoming tide right after the tide turns against the North Jetty walls. Mud minnows, live or cut mullet, and cut shrimp are all producing.
  • Trout: Very good. Good catches are coming in deep holes in the creeks on high tide, and at lower tides fish seem to back out of the smaller creeks into the bigger water and the jetty area.
  • Flounder: Good. Drift or troll live mud minnows in Murrells Inlet or the Tubbs Inlet area.
  • Black Drum: Good. Cut shrimp, live shrimp, and crabs are all productive.
  • Sheepshead: Excellent. At both the Murrells Inlet and Georgetown jetties the sheepshead continue to be ravenous. Fiddler crabs and live or cut shrimp on a Carolina rig fished vertically are producing.
  • Springmaid Pier: Ribbonfish and croaker are both abundant. Occasional flounder, spottails, and whiting are also being caught.
  • Second Avenue Pier: Both flounder and spottail bass are still being caught. Good numbers of spottails, between 15 and 20 a day, are being landed, and flounder up to 6.5 pounds have been taken.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Pompano, a few Spanish mackerel, croaker, and small whiting are all being caught. The best catch, though, is blue crabs, which are being caught by the bucketful.
  • Apache Pier: Fishing has slowed, but some summer trout and flounder are being caught as well as occasional pompano.
  • Surfside Pier: Fishing is off, and only occasional spadefish, bluefish, and flounder are being caught.
  • Garden City Pier: Fishing is slow at the pier, although whiting are being caught in decent numbers. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are being caught occasionally but they are few and far between.


  • Spottail Bass: Very good. Haddrell’s Point reports that redfish are scattered across all of the lowcountry estuaries, and anglers are having best luck fishing under docks with deep holes and plenty of shade. These fish are being caught on live or cut bait, Gulp, or Rattle Traps.
  • Trout: Good to very good. The best action is coming fishing shrimp, minnows, or artificial shrimp under a popping cork at high tide.
  • Flounder: Good. Fish live finger mullet or mud minnows on a Carolina rig.
  • Sheepshead: Very good. Most any structure, from nearshore wrecks to the jetties to inshore piers and bridges, is holding hungry sheepshead right now. Fish fiddler crabs or cut shrimp.
  • Folly Beach Pier: Trout fishing is good with a dozen or more fish up to 3 pounds or more being caught each day. Bluefish up to a pound or two are common, and whiting and a few flounder are also being caught.

Hilton Head

  • Spottail Bass: Very good. First thing in the morning redfish are hitting topwater; when the sun is higher fish deeper with Gulp Shrimp. Tailing action is strong around high tide and will continue to improve all summer.
  • Trout: Good to very good. Best fishing is coming under docks or on the outgoing tide where feeder creeks are emptying into bigger water. Shrimp and mud minnows fished under Cajun Thunder rattling bobbers, or Gulp grubs, are producing.
  • Flounder: Good. Best fishing is around low tide in the same areas as the spottails and trout, or in the mouths of creeks and inlets.
  • Jack Crevalle: Very good. Huge jacks are being caught around Daufuskie Island.