24 Nov 2008 – S.C. Saltwater Fishing Trends

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24 Nov 2008 - S.C. Saltwater Fishing TrendsFishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.

Little River

  • Spottail bass: Very good. Very large red drum are available at the Little River jetties, but a series of windy fronts have kept many inshore anglers from going after them. Fish the incoming tide with large chunks of cut bait, or live mullet and menhaden.
  • Black Drum: Very good. Cut shrimp are productive in the Dunn Sound area, and black drum are plentiful in the 15 to 18 inch range.
  • Trout: Slow. Try live shrimp under a popping cork against grass, or Gulp shrimp imitations.
  • Cherry Grove Pier: Spot are being caught in good numbers on days when schools pass through, and some nice black drum are also being taken. Rain over the last few days has clouded the water; look for fishing to improve when the water clears.

Grand Strand

  • Trout: Excellent. Live shrimp and artificial baits are both effective in the Murrells Inlet area.
  • Sheepshead: Excellent. Fishing for sheepshead at the jetties is the best it has been all year; fish fiddler crabs on a Carolina rig.
  • Spot: Very good. Although the spot run has slightly slowed Murrells inlet is still thick with them, and 60 to 70 fish days remain easy. Fish cut shrimp or blood worms on small hooks.
  • Black Drum: Very good. Large numbers of black drum are being caught around jetties, piers, and sea walls. These can be caught on cut, whole dead, or live shrimp, as well as on crabs.
  • Spottail Bass: Very good. The very largest drum have arrived at the jetties and in the surf, and they can be caught using cut mullet or menhaden.
  • Flounder: Very good. Fish live mud minnows or finger mullet on a Carolina rig on the bottom in Murrells Inlet.
  • Surf and Pier Report: From day to day spot are abundant in the surf, and whiting and pompano are also around. Bluefish, including fish up to 3 or 4 pounds, are common, but most blues are in the 8 to 12 inch range. Bull red drum are being caught in the surf, and large black drum are around, too.


  • Trout: Very good. Trout fishing is hot as water temperatures have dropped and fish are feedily heavily to fatten up for winter; in addition to good numbers some large fish are being caught. A dwindling bait supply in the creeks means that artificials such as DOA Shrimp, Z-man’s Chatter baits and grubs of assorted colors are becoming the baits of choice.
  • Spottail Bass: Very good. Fish live shrimp under a popping cork, or cast artificial grubs or plugs, for these fish. Large breeder sized red drum are being caught in the surf, particularly in the inlets north of Charleston and in Bulls Bay.
  • Sheepshead: Very good. For now fiddler crabs are the bait of choice, but as these crabs go into hibernation live shrimp will become an effective bait.
  • Weakfish: Good. At nearshore reefs good numbers of weakfish, or summer trout, are being caught in roughly 30 feet of water.
  • Folly Beach Pier: Spottail bass, trout and black drum are all being caught off the pier, and whiting and other bottom fish are taking cut shrimp.

Hilton Head

  • Trout: Very good. Trout fishing is very good on the outgoing tide, and fish are being caught on both artificials and live shrimp. Mud minnows will also work when live shrimp are not available.
  • Spottail Bass: Good to very good. Big red drum will be in the Port Royal Sound and around the Shipping Channel for the next month or so. Catch some very large drum using jigging spoons when birds are working, or on cut bait on the bottom.
  • Sheepshead: Good. Sheepshead fishing is starting to really pick up around inshore structure. Fish fiddler crabs vertically on a Carolina rig.