Saltwater Fishing Trends - Jan. 29
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that small croaker and whiting are being caught off the pier. A couple of weeks ago a keeper-sized red drum and two black drum were caught.
- Inshore: Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrell's Inlet reports that spottail bass are in tight winter schools in the creeks; when temperatures are high enough they will move back into the flats. During warm periods it can be easy to get bit, but when it’s very cold almost nothing will work. Trout and flounder reports have slowed although a few trout have been caught in Georgetown and around Pawley’s Island.
- Offshore: Sea bass, triggerfish, and b-liners have been found in good sizes and numbers in anywhere from 60-90 feet of water using squid, cigar minnows, and an assortment of styles of jigs. The few boats that have gone way offshore reports some nice wahoo still hanging around in 150-300 feet of water and some blackfin tuna in the same depths. The best wahoo reports came from those anglers high-speed trolling.
- Spottail Bass: Good. December proved to be warmer than average, and the redfish bite was good for the entire month both on the flats and in the creeks on live bait and artificial lures. The water temperatures averaged in the mid-50s and when fish were located, catching was consistent both in the North and South Edisto rivers. A recent, strong arctic front has now plunged the water temperatures into the upper-40s and has put the reds in winter mode. They are schooled up tightly and are very lethargic. On the flats, the fish will stay together in a group throughout the entire tide cycle. Fish are much easier to locate during lower tide cycles as fish can be clearly viewed pushing wakes along shallow main river shell banks. Live mud minnows or scented plastics fished on very light jigheads will catch fish when dragged VERY slowly through the schools. Creek fishing has slowed as most of the creek reds have moved to much deeper holes in larger creeks. Anglers need to concentrate on deep bends with structure that are at least 12-15 feet deep, but 20+ feet is usually better. Mud minnows and cut mullet are best.