Saltwater Fishing Trends - Feb. 1
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- No report
- Inshore: Before the cold temps, trout and redfish were both feeding pretty well around the jetties and inside the Inlet. Both live bait and artificial shrimp were catching fish, but the cold weather seems to have slowed things down. Some sheepshead are also around at the jetties and a few juvenile flounder are still being caught inshore.
- Offshore: Solid bottom fishing reports continue to come in when the wind has allowed boats to get out and the best part is that with the colder weather they don’t have to go as far to find good fishing. 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. Fish are grouped up in large schools. This time of year you need to be subtle in your presentations with the clear water, and on spinning tackle throw as light a jig as you can throw around creek mouths and flats where fish should be sitting. Small paddle tail grubs in light or bright colors – not dark colors – are a good option, as are Gulp! Shrimp. Small #4 and #6 flies in light colors, such as tan kwan flies, are good on fly gear. On the incoming tide fish will be a bit shallower when the mud is warm, and on dropping tides fish will hold a bit deeper. It is worth remembering to throw to the edge of schools to avoid spooking fish. Away from the flats, some fish can also be caught around deep holes and trees.
South Carolina marine recreational fishing regulations
Get specific tide information for various SC stations from NOAA