Saltwater Fishing Trends - March 26
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that water temperatures remain around 48 degrees, and only a few dogfish, whiting, croaker and sand perch have been caught off the pier.
- Inshore/ Nearshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrell’s Inlet reports that weather has continued to limit fishing activity, but that looks to be changing this week. The biggest change in the past week has been that bigger weakfish have been caught out at the 3-Mile Reef, mostly on jigs or mullet/ menhaden strip baits. There is a 12-inch minimum and anglers can only keep one weakfish. Bull red drum and freshwater catfish continue to be caught off the “broken bridge” in Georgetown, and in the creeks slot-sized redfish continue to be caught. The best fishing for redfish is either side of daytime low tides when the water heats up and triggers them to eat, and they will take any live bait (mud minnows, shrimp, fiddler crabs, etc.).
- Inshore: Haddrell’s Point reports inshore water temps are hovering right around 60 degrees, which means everything is teetering right on the edge of a great inshore bite. Sheepshead are stirring around docks and rock piles in 8-15ft of water using live fiddler crabs and live shrimp. Reds have begun to disperse out of their large winter schools into smaller packs, and can be found hanging out under docks and creek mouths as well as still on the shallow water low tide flats. Live minnows, and Gulp baits rigged on an all new JNT jigheads are hard to beat for the reds. The past week has even seen our first decent trout reports of the season, including some pushing 5 pounders and this should only get better from now through May.
- Spottail Bass: Fair. Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort reports that weather continues to be a major issue, but that looks to be improving. When they can get out they are mostly sight-casting for fish on lower stages of the tide, and although fish are selective they will generally eat. On fly tackle smaller patterns are more effective, especially size 4s stripped slowly. On conventional tackle jigheads rigged with Gulp! or other scented shrimp imitations have worked pretty well, and shallow suspended twitch baits in the smallest size available have been pretty good. When the water rises working the edges of shall bars where fish were visible on low tide has been working.