South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends – 9/15/2008

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South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends - 9/15/2008Little RiverGrand StrandCharlestonHilton HeadTides – S.C. marine recreational fishing regulations (PDF file). Saltwater Fishing License site.

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Little River

  • Flounder: Very good. Target the incoming tide around creek mouths. Use a standard Carolina rig with a live mullet and the lightest possible weight to hold the bottom.
  • Spottail bass: Good. Fish live shrimp or minnows in the creeks beneath a popping cork. Red drum action is still good at the jetties for big fish – fish Clark Spoons or other heavy, fast dropping lures deep against the rocks.
  • Sheepshead and black drum: Very good. Sand fleas and fiddler crabs are both very productive around the jetties and any inshore pilings.
  • Spanish mackerel: Very good. Around the jetties and in the Little River Inlet large Spanish mackerel are being caught. Throw Gotcha Plugs, Hopkins Spoons, or live mullet under a float to hook up.
  • Cherry Grove Pier: Slow. A few small bluefish, whiting, and pompano are all that’s being caught.

Grand Strand

  • Black Drum: Very good. Black drum are being caught in good numbers at night in deep holes in the creek, around the North Causeway Bridge on Pawley’s Island and off docks.
  • Sheepshead: Very good. Fiddler crabs and live or cut shrimp on a Carolina rig fished vertically are producing.
  • Spottail Bass: Good. Slot sized spottails continue to be taken at the south end of Murrells Inlet in the backwaters and creeks. Mud minnows, live or cut mullet, and cut shrimp are all producing.
  • Flounder: Fair. Try Carolina rigged mullet or mud minnows in the Murrell’s Inlet area.
  • Springmaid Pier: Bluefish, flounder, whiting and croaker are being caught. Occasional spottail bass are also being landed.
  • Second Avenue Pier: Spottail bass are being caught on cut mullet in the surf. A few sheepshead and Spanish mackerel are also around.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Whiting, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and very occasional pompano are being caught sporadically.
  • Apache Pier: A few large drum are being caught on shrimp and mullet. A few small black drum, Spanish mackerel, and pompano are being caught.
  • Surfside Pier: A few Spanish mackerel and a few whiting are being caught, but overall fishing is slow.
  • Garden City Pier: With all of the rain fishing has been slow, although good numbers of pinfish are being caught. Whiting, a few Spanish mackerel, and occasional bluefish are also around.


  • Tarpon: Very good. Haddrell’s Point reports that over the last two weeks very good tarpon reports have come from the jetties, the north end of Bulls Bay, Stono Inlet and around the north of Edisto Inlet. Fish large live mullet, blue crabs, or menhaden in 6 to 15 foot deep slews between the sandbars.
  • Trout: Good. Very early in the day topwater action is hot for spotted sea trout. Use topwater lures like Zara Spooks and “walk the dog” around oyster shells and feeder creeks on moving tides.
  • Sheepshead: Good. Most any structure, from nearshore wrecks to the jetties to inshore piers and bridges, is holding hungry sheepshead right now, although the biggest sheepshead do not seem to be around. Fish fiddler crabs, clam pieces, or cut shrimp.
  • Spottail Bass: Fair. Spottail bass continue to be in a summer pattern, scattered throughout the creeks and estuaries. Use live or cut bait and Gulp! shrimp or jerkshad around older docks with heavy barnacle growth on the pilings and especially those with deep holes underneath.
  • Folly Beach Pier: Fishing is slow off the pier as water temperatures remain in the mid 80s.

Hilton Head

  • Spottail Bass: Very good. Tailing action around high tide continues to be strong; look for productive fishing in the evenings later this week and over the weekend.
  • Trout: Good. Early morning topwater action is very good, and some big trout are being caught on lures such as Spooks. Shrimp and mud minnows fished under Cajun Thunder rattling bobbers, or Gulp grubs, are producing.