September 8, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950
SALTWATER FISHING TRENDS
Cherry Grove Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Water temperature is 83 degrees. Pompano, croaker, whiting and black drum are biting live or cut shrimp. Flounder are biting live minnows.
Apache Pier (Myrtle Beach): Bait shop open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Pompano are plentiful as well as whiting, croaker, black drum and a few spots. Use live or cut shrimp. A few Spanish mackerel and blues are being caught on jigged spoons.
Springmaid Pier: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, year-round. Water temperature is 82 degrees. Croaker, flounder and pompano and spadefish are biting very well on live or cut shrimp. Spanish mackerel fishing has slowed a bit but still good using jigged shiny spoons.
Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fishing remains somewhat slow. Small croaker are plentiful. An occasional pompano will bite fresh shrimp. A couple of Spanish mackerel were reported. Water temperature is 78 degrees.
Surfside Pier: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Pompano, spadefish, croaker, spots, whiting and black drum are biting live or cut shrimp. Nice Spanish mackerel are biting jigged spoons. Water temperature is 82 degrees.
The Pier at Garden City: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Water temperature is 79 degrees. King mackerel fishing allowed only during tournaments. Small whiting, along with croaker and spots are biting well on fresh or cut shrimp. Pompano are good using shrimp. Spanish mackerel are biting well on jigged gold 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. Crabbing is doing well using string and bait.
Folly Beach Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Water temperature is 82 degrees. Spotted sea trout are biting live shrimp with a popping cork. Blues, croaker, spots, black drum and whiting are biting live and cut shrimp. Nice sheepshead are biting barnacles near the pilings. Spanish mackerel are hitting gotcha plugs and a few nice king mackerel were reported being caught on menhaden.
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.
Cherry Grove: Flounder and red drum are biting at the Little River jetties. Use live mud minnows and shrimp.
Murrells Inlet: Fish the creeks and jetties for flounder, red drum and spotted sea trout. Use small live menhaden or finger mullet.
Charleston Area: Red drum are good in the creeks, holes and surf. A few small spotted sea trout and flounder are biting in the creeks. Use live, cut shrimp and live mud minnows or small finger mullet for the flounder. Tarpon fishing has slowed but good near the jetties. Use live menhaden.
Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: Spotted sea trout are in the inshore creeks. Red drum are beginning to bite live or cut shrimp. Flounder fishing is picking up using live mud minnows.
Beaufort Area: Red drum, black drum and spotted sea trout are biting fresh shrimp around the tip of Parris Island and in creek mouths. Red drum are also biting fresh shrimp and shrimp tails in the surf. Whiting are biting cut shrimp on sandy bottom inlets. Trenchard's Inlet is especially good.
Cherry Grove: A few sailfish have been reported in 90 feet of water. Troll with ballyhoo. King mackerel are in more shallow water around 10-20 miles out.
Murrells Inlet: Bottom fishing for grouper and snapper is good around reefs (Ten Mile Reef / PA 10) and wrecks. Use live squid or cigar minnows. A few king mackerel have been caught trolling with ballyhoo or using planers with spoons 30 to 35 miles out. Yellowfin Tuna has been reported further offshore, 50 miles out.
Charleston Area: A few wahoo have been reported, but no details. Mahi-mahi are being caught in 70 to 90 feet of water. King mackerel and amberjack along with barracuda have been caught in somewhat shallower areas. Troll with ballyhoo.
Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: Spadefish are biting cut jelly balls at the Edisto 40 (PA 31) and 60 (PA 30). An occasional king mackerel has been spotted in the same area.
Beaufort Area: King mackerel and an occasional Jack Crevalle and Little Tunny have been reported at the Betsy Ross trolling with ballyhoo. Spadefish are biting cut jelly balls or shrimp at the nearshore reefs.
Reporters: The S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resource Division thanks the following participants for their cooperation in compiling this week's report: Cherry Grove Pier; Apache Pier; Springmaid Pier; Myrtle Beach State Park; Surfside Pier; The Pier at Garden City; Winyah Bay Fishing and Observation Pier; Folly Beach Fishing Pier; Hunting Island State Park; Harbour Gate Marina & Ron McManus-Cherry Grove; Capt. Dicks Marina-Murrells Inlet; Haddrell's Point Tackle-Charleston; Edisto Marina-Edisto; Island Outfitters-Beaufort.
-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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