Saltwater Fishing Trends - Sept. 25
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Huge schools of mullet are running the beaches, and as a result action from Spanish mackerel (often in the 4-5 pound range) and bluefish up to a couple of pounds has been very good. Some nice red drum have also been caught, and good whiting catches, decent numbers of pompano, and a few spots have been landed. Reports indicate that the big schools of spot are up around the Virginia/ North Carolina line. A few small flounder have also been landed.
- Around Sullivan's after high tide in the morning ladyfish, trout and redfish all were smacking live bait under corks. The bite was strong whether it was mud minnows or shrimp. Tarpon: Very good. The tarpon bite is very strong; the mullet run is in full swing and large pods of tarpon are following the schools of mullet. Bulls Bay, North Edisto, the Charleston Jetties, etc. have all been producing solid reports of tarpon in the past week or two. Large mullet, menhaden, blue crabs, and artificials such as the 10? Hogy will all catch fish.
- Flounder: Good to very good. The flounder bite continues to be very strong. Live minnows, live finger mullet, Zman PogyZ softbaits, and Zman DieZel minnowZ are all working very well around the edges of rock piles in 3-8 feet of water.
- Spanish mackerel: Good. An end-of-summer blitz on Spanish Mackerel has been going on just offshore of the beaches on the tideline, and a #00 Clark spoon or 3/4oz casting jig will produce plenty of fast paced action.
- Inshore: Good. 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 were caught on live minnows, live mullet and jerkshad fished around rock piles.
- Spottail bass: Fair to good. Some strong tailing action has taken place on the higher tides when fish can come up in the short grass, and when fish are tailing they have been susceptible to crab patterns and spoon flies on the fly as well as Gulp fiddler crabs or Red Ripper spoons. On lower tides fish are chasing shrimp and getting into very, very shallow water. The best fishing back in small creeks on the outgoing tide. Mud minnows and cut mullet fished around oyster beds have produced the best action. Flounder are a bonus fish when fishing around the oyster beds in the creeks with mud minnows. Big tides this week should produce some good tailing activity.
- Jack crevalle and ladyfish: Bay A fair number of jack crevalle are being caught inshore right now, and they can be caught on topwater plugs thrown in areas where they are busting bait. Ladyfish can also be caught the same way, and both species will also take live bait and especially shrimp.