SALTWATER FISHING TRENDS:
Cherry Grove Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Blues and Spanish mackerel are biting very well on plugs and cut shrimp. Pompano, black and red drum, a few spots and whiting are biting live or cut shrimp. A few large Sheepshead are biting barnacles. A few flounder are biting live minnows. A few spots are biting live or cut shrimp.
Apache Pier (Myrtle Beach): Bait shop open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Whiting and blues are biting very well on cut or live shrimp and plugs. A few red drum are biting on live or cut shrimp.
Springmaid Pier: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, year-round. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Croaker and spotted sea trout are biting very well on live or cut shrimp. The trout are better at night. Mullet are biting very well on bloodworms and cut shrimp.
Myrtle Beach State Park Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. A few spots are biting bloodworms. Whiting, blues and croaker are biting shrimp. Blues are biting very well on cut or live shrimp. Water temperature is 76 degrees.
Surfside Pier: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Pompano, croaker, spots, whiting, flounder, and spotted sea trout, are biting live or cut shrimp. A few Spanish mackerel are biting jigged spoons. Blues are biting very well on cut shrimp. Water temperature is 77 degrees.
The Pier at Garden City: Open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Water temperature is 78 degrees. King mackerel fishing allowed only during tournaments. Blues are biting very well on shrimp and bloodworms. Pompano, red and black drum and a few spots are biting well on fresh or cut shrimp or mullet. Small Spanish mackerel are still biting 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. More varieties of smaller fish are beginning to show up. Large mullet are starting to bite. A few red drum have been caught on shrimp. Crabbing is doing well using string and bait but crabs are small. Baitfish are plentiful.
Folly Beach Pier: Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Water temperature is 75 degrees. Small red drum are biting live and cut shrimp. Whiting are biting in the shallower areas. Large sheepshead are biting barnacles near the pilings. Spotted sea trout and pompano are still biting very well on cut shrimp and squid.
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. Whiting and mullet 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. Blues and mullet are also biting very well.
Murrells Inlet: Fish the creeks and jetties for flounder with live menhaden or finger mullet. A few spotted sea trout are showing up. Use fresh shrimp or artificial lures such as Mirrolures or grubs. Large red drum are biting at the jetties.
Charleston Area: Large red drum are good in the surf and at the jetties. A few small spotted sea trout and flounder are biting in the creeks. Use live, cut shrimp or mullet for the red drum and trout and live mud minnows or small finger mullet for the flounder. Also, use a float for the trout. A few bonnethead sharks are biting cut bait and cracked crab in the backwater.
Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: Spotted sea trout, red drum and whiting are in the inshore creeks and surf. Use live or cut bait. Flounder is excellent using live shrimp or mud minnows.
Beaufort Area: Red drum, trout, and blues are biting fresh shrimp in the creek mouths. Tarpon fishing has tapered off.
Cherry Grove: Catches of King and Spanish mackerel were reported around 8-12 miles out trolling with ballyhoo and ribbonfish.
Murrells Inlet: Vermillion snapper and grouper are biting cigar minnows and squid about 50 miles out. King mackerel are biting trolled menhaden and ballyhoo near shore.
Charleston Area: Vermillion snapper and grouper are biting cigar minnows around live bottoms and reefs.
Edisto River/St. Helena Sound: A few Black sea bass, dolphin, and wahoo are biting.
Beaufort Area: Spanish mackerel are still biting trolled small spoons a few miles offshore.
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 Trey Zimmerman, SCDNR - MRD -
For South Carolina marine recreational fishing regulations: http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/etc/rulesregs/img/saltfishing.pdf
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