Saltwater Fishing Trends - April 17
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that water temperatures are still in the 50s and over the last two or three weeks mostly small whiting, croaker and silver perch have been caught. Some small flounder and black drum have also been landed. Fishing should improve once water temperatures warm.
- Inshore/ nearshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrell’s Inlet reports that some flounder have been caught in deep water holes in the creeks, but the nuisance grass has made fishing difficult inshore. The best flounder have been found at the nearshore reefs. Sheepshead and black drum have been caught out at the nearshore reefs, but they have not moved into the jetties yet. Red drum and trout have not turned on yet. Perry’s has just started carrying live glass minnows and early indications are that they will be very effective. Surf and Pier: Early season whiting have been running on the beaches.
- The Charleston Angler reports that reds have been taking mud minnows, soft plastics by Z-Man and DOA, cut bait such as mullet crab and shrimp. Trout have been eating soft plastics by Z-Man and DOA, mud minnows and shrimp under corks and if you can find them menhaden live lined with a split shot into deep holes.
- Spottail Bass: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley in Hilton Head reports that fishing is still tough and redfish are on the move. They are spreading out and moving into small creeks around oyster beds. It is time to switch to summertime tactics and let the fish come to you. They can be caught on Gulp! Shrimp, mud minnows and cut mullet fished around oysters.