Saltwater Fishing Trends - May 21
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that water temperatures are around 69 or 70 degrees, and there were some good catches of bluefish and Spanish mackerel before the storms. Some small flounder had also been caught and a few black drum. Since the storms mainly small croaker and whiting have been landed, but the fishing should get back on track soon.
- Nearshore: At the Pawley’s Island Reef black drum, sheepshead, and black sea bass are being taken and at the 3 Mile Reef big weakfish continue to be caught on mullet/ menhaden strip baits. Bull reds are also being caught at the 3 Mile. Offshore: Georgetown Landing Marina reports that trolling for tuna and dolphin has been pretty good.
- Offshore: Haddrell’s Point reports that the full blown May bite on dolphin has hit its stride, with great reports this past weekend coming in from 250-450 feet of water. Wahoo are still hanging around in the 150-250 foot range, and there are even still some blackfin tuna showing up around Georgetown Hole and the Southwest Banks area. Solid reports of grouper and other bottom dwellers have been coming off of cigar minnows and butterfly style jigs fished in 80-130 feet of water.
- Cobia: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that there have not been strong inshore reports on cobia yet, but the bite out at the Betsy Ross has been reported as fair. Things should pick up inshore soon. Hunting Island Pier reports that some flounder have started to show up off the pier as well as the usual catch of whiting, sharks and rays.
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