Saltwater Fishing Trends - Oct. 29
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Captain Brian Costello with Fish-On Outfitters in Cherry Grove reports that the tides, weather and running a store have limited his fishing in the past week, but when he has gone it is apparent that striped bass can still be caught in the ICW. A variety of live bait as well as plugs will catch fish, and anglers should fish in places where bait is available. Fish will be around the ledge adjacent to the main channel as well as around bridges and other obstacles that create eddies.
- In addition to spot, bluefish and Spanish are around in the surf and off the piers, and whiting, black drum and puppy black drum have also all been landed. Off the Garden City Pier and Surfside, bull red drum have been caught. In the tournament last week lots of king mackerel were landed.
- Haddrell’s Point says the fishing has been fantastic even after unprecedented levels of rain, but they remind anglers to seek out higher salinity levels while water conditions return to normal. That means not running as far up the rivers as anglers otherwise might and instead sticking closer to the ocean.
- Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reported that fishing for redfish had been pretty tough on recent trips, but anglers on his boat must have started “holding their mouths right” since then because on recent trips they have had some nice catches. On the dropping tide Coach has found cooperative redfish on the main river flats near the mouths of small creeks that are dumping water out into the main channel. The presence of oyster bars has helped. Most of these fish have been juvenile reds that are barely in the slot, but the numbers have been good and they have been hungry. Coach reports that his boat started out fishing with cut mullet under a float rig, but they have been finding that Gulp! shrimp on a ¼ ounce jighead are working even better. They have also caught a fair number of flounder mixed in with the reds on the jighead/ Gulp! combination in the same areas on the same tide.
South Carolina marine recreational fishing regulations
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