South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends – 9/22/2008

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south carolina saltwater fishing reports - 9/22/2008Little RiverGrand StrandCharlestonHilton HeadTides – S.C. marine recreational fishing regulations (PDF file). Saltwater Fishing License site.

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Little River

  • Bluefish: Good to very good. The hottest action right now is for 12 to 18 inch bluefish, which are prolific around the jetties.
  • Spanish mackerel: Good. Around the jetties good Spanish mackerel continue to be caught, although action has slowed down from earlier this summer. Throw Gotcha Plugs, Hopkins Spoons, or live mullet under a float to hook up.
  • Spottail bass: Fair. Fish live shrimp or minnows in the creeks beneath a popping cork.
  • Flounder: Slow. The water has gotten hot, and the flounder bite has really slowed down. Target the incoming tide around creek mouths, and look for areas that have lots of surface current movement which indicates highly oxygenated water.
  • Cherry Grove Pier: Bluefish action has been very good for the last week and is keeping pier anglers happy; schools of mullet are in the water and fish are keying on these. A few king mackerel have been caught, for the first time in a few months, and a few black drum and flounder are still being picked up.

Grand Strand

  • Bluefish: Very good. Large schools of 12 to 18 inch bluefish are running in the surf, and can also be caught in good numbers around the jetties. Use dead finger mullet fished on the bottom.
  • Sheepshead: Good. Large numbers of sheepshead continue to be caught at the Murrells Inlet and Georgetown jetties. Fiddler crabs and live or cut shrimp on a Carolina rig fished vertically are producing.
  • Spottail Bass: Fair. Slot and on up sized drum are being caught at the jetties on most any live bait – mullet, mud minnows, or shrimp; fish the incoming tide right after the tide turns against the North Jetty walls.
  • Flounder: Slow. Try Carolina rigged mullet or mud minnows in the Murrell’s Inlet area.
  • Springmaid Pier: A few bluefish, pompano, and whiting are being caught.
  • Second Avenue Pier: A few puppy drum, flounder, sheepshead, and Spanish have been caught, as well as some whiting and pompano.
  • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Fishing has been very slow, but whiting, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and very occasional pompano are being caught sporadically.
  • Apache Pier: A few very large Spanish have been caught in the last week, and mullet schools are running. Bluefish, spot, and whiting are all around, but no flounder have been caught recently.
  • Surfside Pier: Overall conditions have been slow, but a few Spanish mackerel and some bluefish are being caught. Occasional flounder are also being picked up.
  • Garden City Pier: Water temperatures are still warm at about 86 degrees, and fishing slowed with the storms last week. A few bluefish, whiting and pompano are being caught.


  • Flounder: Good. Most fish are being caught on live mud minnows or finger mullet fished under piers and around feeder creek mouths and some are being caught against shellbanks.
  • Trout: Good. Best trout fishing is coming using live or DOA shrimp under a rattling float against grass and around creek mouths on moving tides; look for oyster beds.
  • Spottail Bass: Fair to good. Spottail bass continue to be in a summer pattern, scattered throughout the creeks and estuaries. Use live or cut bait and Gulp! shrimp around docks with heavy barnacle growth on the pilings and especially those with deep holes underneath.
  • Tarpon: Fair. Tarpon reports continue to come in from 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.
  • Folly Beach Pier: Fishing is slow, and only occasional whiting and small black drum are being reported.

Hilton Head

  • Spottail Bass: Very good. Tailing action around high tide continues to be strong; look for productive fishing on tailing tides over the next couple of weeks.
  • Trout: Good. Early morning topwater action is still good, and some big trout are being caught on lures such as Spooks. Good 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.