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September 1, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950

SALTWATER FISHING TRENDS:

PIERS:

Garden City Pier: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Water temperature is 79 degrees. King mackerel fishing allowed only during tournaments. A few flounder, small blues and red and black drum are biting well on fresh or cut shrimp. Spanish mackerel are small but biting well on spoons. Pompano are still good using shrimp.

Springmaid Pier: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, year-round. Water temperature is 82 degrees. Croaker as well as flounder and pompano are biting very well on live or cut shrimp. Spanish mackerel are small but good using jigged shiny spoons. King mackerel are beginning to bite well on live menhaden. Several in the 20 to 25 pound range were reported.

Cherry Grove Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Water temperature is 78 degrees. Pompano, croaker, spots and spadefish are biting live or cut shrimp. Flounder are biting live minnows. Spanish mackerel are hitting good on jigged gold spoons. King mackerel are biting live menhaden.

Surfside Pier: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Pompano, flounder, croaker, spots, whiting and black drum are biting live or cut shrimp. Spanish mackerel are still biting jigged spoons. One nice king mackerel were reported on live menhaden. Water temperature is 82 degrees.

Folly Beach Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Water temperature is 82 degrees. Spanish mackerel are hitting gotcha plugs and several nice king mackerel were reported being caught on menhaden. Nice spotted sea trout are biting live shrimp with a popping cork. Black drum and whiting are biting live and cut shrimp. Huge sheepshead are reported to be biting fiddler crabs near the pilings.

Hunting Island State Park Fishing Pier: Pier open 24 hours a day. The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Small flounder are being caught on mud minnows. Small red drum and whiting are biting live and cut shrimp.

Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fishing remains somewhat slow. Croaker are plentiful. A few blues and whiting were reported. Use cut shrimp. Water temperature is 78 degrees.

Apache Pier (Myrtle Beach): Bait shop open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Nice spotted sea trout were reported using cut and fresh shrimp. Pompano are plentiful as well as whiting, croaker, black drum and a few spots. Use live shrimp. A few small Spanish mackerel are being caught on jigged spoons.

Winyah Bay Fishing and Observation Pier (Georgetown): Open 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, with Free parking and fishing. Visitors also enjoy great bird watching. Fishing is still slow. Catfish are always around. A few small red drum have been caught on shrimp.

INSHORE:

Beaufort Area: Red drum and spotted sea trout are biting fresh shrimp around the tip of Paris Island and in creek mouths. Black drum are biting cut shrimp. Use live menhaden for tarpon off the Bay Point Bars. Cast into a school of baitfish.

Charleston Area: Red drum are good in the creeks and "Dynamite Hole". Small spotted sea trout and flounder are good in the creeks. Use live, cut shrimp and live mud minnows or small finger mullet for the flounder. Tarpon are good near the jetties. Use live menhaden.

Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: Red drum are biting live or cut shrimp. Spotted sea trout are in the inshore creeks. Flounder fishing is doing well using live mud minnows.

Cherry Grove: Flounder and red drum are biting at the Little River jetties. Use live mud minnows and shrimp.

Murrells Inlet: Surf fishing is producing pompano. Use live bait. Fish in the creeks for flounder, red drum and spotted sea trout. Use live or cut shrimp.

OFFSHORE:

Beaufort Area: Spanish mackerel were reported at the wreck of the Gordon trolling with ballyhoo. Spadefish are biting cut jelly balls at the nearshore reefs.

Charleston Area: No report available.

Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: Spadefish are biting cut jelly balls at the Edisto 40 (PA 31).

Cherry Grove: No offshore activity to report available.

Murrells Inlet: No offshore report available.

-Written by Becky Fowler, SCDNR - MRD

For South Carolina marine recreational fishing regulations: http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/etc/rulesregs/img/saltfishing.pdf

 

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