Saltwater Fishing Trends - August 14
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that pompano, whiting, croaker and a few spots are being caught off the pier. Some barely legal flounder are also being taken, while a few weeks ago almost all of the flounder were under 14 inches.
- Flounder: Fair to good. Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrell’s Inlet reports that flounder fishing in the creeks is still pretty good but is slowing down due to the heat and an abundance of bait in the creeks. The best bite is at the beginning of the incoming tide when cooler water coming in will stimulate fish to feed. Mud minnows trolled or casted on a Carolina rig are tough to beat. Note that some large flounder are being caught at the 3 Mile Reef.
- Spottail Bass and Black Drum: Good. Lots of redfish continue to be caught in the creeks and at the Murrells Inlet Jetties, with live finger mullet, mud minnows, shrimp, blue crab and sand fleas (at the jetties) all producing. In the creeks the best bet is to fish a couple of hours each side of low tide, and at the jetties a couple of hours each side of both low and high tide has been productive. For anglers who don’t have boats that can go way up feeder creeks/ into coves a good choice is to fish blue crab pieces at the mouth of the creeks and let the drum come to the strong odor. To handle the crabs put them in icy water so they will slow down and then cut the de-shelled body section in 4-6 pieces. The smell will draw drum a long way. Black drum can be caught on the same baits as red drum, particularly around deep holes in the creeks
- Inshore: Good. Haddrell’s Point reports that tarpon have begun to show up in good numbers recently and have been taking large live mullet, live menhaden and cut baits fished around the tips of jetties and inlets. Bull reds can be found around the Grillage and out at the jetties, with Spanish holding just outside of the jetties and inlets and on the tidelines as well. Early morning has produced some good topwater action for trout and redfish in the rivers, and some big flounder have been weighed in recently which were caught on live minnows, live mullet and jerkshad fished around rock piles.
- Folly Beach Pier reports that a lot of whiting have been caught off the pier as well as some black drum early in the morning.
- Inshore: Fair. Captain Dan "Fishin' Coach" Utley reports that he has been catching a few redfish in small creeks around oyster beds, and some fish have also been found in larger creeks with docks fishing in deeper water around the structure. Mud minnows and cut mullet have been the baits of choice and the last two hours of the outgoing/ first two hours of the incoming have been the best tides. No trout to speak of are being caught but a couple of flounder each trip are being caught drifting mud minnows around oyster beds in the small creeks. Tarpon can be found in the Port Royal Sound following the schools of menhaden. A few Spanish are being caught out at the White Water Reef.