Saltwater Fishing Trends - September 23, 2016

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Update to Cobia Regulations (effective May 1, 2016)

Closed Season

  • May 1 - May 31. Catch and release only in SC waters south of 032 31.0' N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island).
  • June 20, 2016 – December 31, 2016. Fishery closed in state and federal waters.

Bag Limit

  • 1 per person, per day, and no more than 3 per boat per day. Applies only in SC waters south of 032 31.0' N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island)
  • 2 per person per day (Federal waters and all other SC state waters)

Charleston (Updated September 20)

Inshore: Captain J.R. Waits of Fish Call Charters (843-509-7337) reports that the creeks are full of shrimp and schools of finger mullet, and a mixed bag of flounder, trout and bluefish can be caught. But the hottest thing going in the creeks has been the redfish which are eating finger mullet very well. A little further out the bull red drum have arrived, and they should be here for another month or two. They will eat cut mullet and menhaden.
Folly Beach Pier (843-762-9516) reports that the weather hasn’t cooled much yet, and so true September/ October fishing hasn’t really gotten underway. Small black drum, whiting, and some large 30+ inch red drum have been caught off the pier recently.

Little River/North Myrtle Beach (Updated September 20)

Inshore: Captain Patrick "Smiley" Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that the biggest news is that bull red drum in the 30-40 inch range are being caught consistently on live menhaden and finger mullet in the Inlet. There continues to be a pretty consistent trout bite fishing shrimp under a popping cork in the ICW, and flounder fishing is still good with mullet fished on the bottom. Spanish mackerel and bluefish are also being caught on mullet fished in the inlets.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that bluefish have been caught in the morning. Sporadic croaker and whiting as well as small black drum have also been landed.

Beaufort (Updated September 22)

Inshore: Bay Street Outfitters (843-524-5250) reports that with redfish, trout and flounder is good in the Beaufort area, and voracious jack crevalle are also around. Redfish continue to tail well on the right tides and they can also be found chasing shrimp on lower stages of the tide, and trout can be caught early and later on topwater lures as well as on moving tides with shrimp. Lots of flounder are being caught on mud minnows, and jacks can be caught on topwater lures.
Hunting Island Pier (843-838-7437) reports that baby sharks, sting rays, some whiting, and a few flounder off-and-on are being caught.

Edisto Island (Updated September 23)

Inshore: Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143) reports that fall fishing is getting better, with the biggest story this week the arrival of the bull red drum. Redfish continue to feed well on the river flats and up the creeks on live shrimp fished under a cork or on a weedless jighead or flutter hook. On the flats good numbers of eating-sized black drum are mixed in with the redfish catch, and in the creeks reds are also taking cut mullet. Trout fishing is good with live shrimp fished 4-5 feet under a popping cork in the rivers close to the ocean, and flounder fishing is also good in the same areas on live shrimp, mullet or mud minnows. Sheepshead are feeding well on fiddler crabs fished around structure.
Surf zone: The tarpon bite is very good around sandbars at the mouths of inlets, with fish eating live mullet or menhaden fished under a float. Whiting are abundant and bluefish and ladyfish are also common.
Nearshore: Just offshore at The Rocks bull red drum can be caught on menhaden and mullet, and at the reefs Spanish mackerel are still feeding very well. Anglers can catch them by trolling Clarks Spoons or casting at diving birds with small, heavy spoons.
Offshore: Bottom fishing is starting to pick up, and as soon as water temperatures drop a few degrees live bottom in 70-110 feet of water will be wide open.

Greater Murrells Inlet (Updated September 23)

Inshore: Perry's Bait Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrells Inlet and Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) reports that the biggest story this week has to be bull red drum, but inshore black drum are being caught on shrimp and crabs as well as trout on topwater lures. Small redfish are being caught as well as sporadic flounder.
Surf, pier and jetty: Bull red drum are biting on menhaden, mullet and blue crabs, and with the mullet run still on bluefish are definitely around. Whiting and croaker are also being caught in the surf.
Nearshore: At the nearshore reefs big flounder, Spanish mackerel, and weakfish, are being caught.

Hilton Head (Updated September 21)

Redfish: Good. Captain Dan "Fishin' Coach" Utley (843-368-2126) reports that inshore redfishing is still hit-or-miss on the flats, but bull red drum have started show up in the area and are providing some reel-screaming action. Cut mullet or menhaden on a big circle hook are the best bait. The best inshore fishing for redfish is still in the small creeks with cut mullet and mud minnows.
Trout: Fair to good. The best trout fishing has also been way up the creeks on live shrimp.
Tarpon are in the area and can be caught on mullet and menhaden.