South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends – 9/29/2008

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South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Trends - 9/29/2008Little 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. Bluefish around the jetties. These fish are concentrating on schools of mullet; dead finger mullet, cut bait, or shiny lures.
  • Spanish mackerel: Good. Spanish mackerel around the jetties. 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. Use a standard Carolina rig with a live mullet and the lightest possible weight to hold the bottom. Look for fishing to improve in the next few weeks.
  • Cherry Grove Pier: Bluefish action has been very good. 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 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. Fiddler crabs and live or cut shrimp on a Carolina rig fished vertically are producing.
  • Spottail Bass: Fair. At the jetties on most any live bait – mullet, mud minnows, or shrimp.
  • Flounder: Slow. Carolina rigged mullet or mud minnows in the Murrell’s Inlet area.
  • Springmaid Pier: Slow. 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: 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.
  • Surfside Pier: Slow, but a few Spanish mackerel and some bluefish are being caught.
  • Garden City Pier: A few bluefish, whiting and pompano are being caught.


  • Tarpon: Very good. Fish 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.
  • Sheepshead: Good. Most any structure, from nearshore wrecks to the jetties to inshore piers and bridges. Fish fiddler crabs, clam pieces, or cut shrimp.
  • Spottail Bass: Fair. 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: A few trout, black drum, whiting, and pompano were all caught but everything was on the small side.

Hilton Head

  • Spottail Bass: Very good. 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. 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.