Saltwater Fishing Trends - Nov. 20
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that a good number of black drum up to 15 or 16 inches have been caught off the pier as well as lots of small flounder. A few whiting, croaker and pompano have also been caught near the pilings.
- Trout: Good to very good. Perry’s reports that trout fishing continues to improve as water temperatures cool. Trout are being caught at the jetties, Charlie Cut, and the in the whole Weston Flats area. Live shrimp has been the most reliable bait.
- Sheepshead and black drum: Good to very good. Perry’s reports that black drum fishing continues to improve around the jetties and in the creeks, and black drum have also been caught in the surf. Sheepshead fishing has been strong around the Georgetown and Murrell’s Inlet jetties and around area causeways, bridges and other hard structure.
- Surf and Pier: Perry’s reports that another school of spots has recently arrived, and while the action is run-dependent more days than not spot have been available. Nice whiting, hand-sized pompano and bluefish continue to be caught in the surf, and there have also been puppy drum caught on the beaches – particularly in the Litchfield area – as well as some black drum. Weakfish can be caught off Surfside on strips of mullet.
- Offshore: Haddrell’s Point reports that flat calm seas and strong fishing has meant a lot of boats travelling offshore. In 50-70 feet of water there has been an awesome king mackerel bite over live bottoms, with lots of big kings being caught as well as a very large cobia recently. Further offshore high speed trolling along the ledge has yielded big wahoo including fish over 70 pounds. Bottom fishing continues to be strong, with great reports of vermillion snapper and triggerfish coming in from 75-90 feet and some nice grouper coming in from 100-140 feet.
- Folly Beach Pier reports that, at the opposite ends of the pier fishing spectrum, large numbers of good-eating whiting have been caught as well as good numbers of bull drum in the 35-45 inch range which must be released.
- Trout: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that the water is cooling and some speckled trout have been hitting plastics and Gulp! shrimp under a popping cork. Fishing the outgoing tide around creek mouths and oyster beds has been working. Most trout are undersized, but a few keepers are in the mix.