Saltwater Fishing Trends - Oct. 23
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that lots of Spanish mackerel have been caught off the pier, and these have mainly been good, keeper-sized fish. Some bluefish have also been caught as well as decent numbers of whiting and croaker. Earlier in the week lots of small spadefish were hanging around.
- Trout: Good. Perry’s reports that, as expected, trout fishing has really improved as water temperatures have cooled. Trout are being caught in Murrell’s Inlet and they are making their way up the Inlet. Fish have been caught around Alston Creek, Parsonage, Charlie Cut and Weston Flat. Trout have also been caught around the jetties on the northern end of Pawley’s Island and around the causeways on Pawley’s. Live shrimp has been the most reliable bait.
- Sheepshead and black drum: Good. Perry’s reports that after a slow-down black drum fishing has picked up again around the jetties and in the creeks. Sheepshead fishing has been strong around the Georgetown and Murrell’s Inlet jetties and around area causeways, bridges and other hard structure.
- Surf and Pier: Perry’s reports that there has been a run of spots around the Garden City Pier, and the fish have now made their way into Murrell’s Inlet. The last two days anglers have been limiting out catching good size fish on the middle, rising tide. There also continues to be a run of mullet in the surf, and lots of bluefish are following the mullet. Spanish mackerel have moved a little further out and anglers are no longer catching them off the beaches like they were a few weeks ago; the Spanish which are being caught off the piers are now smaller and generally running up to about the 15-inch range. Weakfish can be caught on strip mullet baits from Surfside up to Springmaid Pier.
- Nearshore: Perry’s reports that good Spanish mackerel continue to be caught at the 3 Mile Reef.
- Folly Beach Pier reports that fishing has been a little slow, although bull red drum and black drum have been caught periodically. A few spots have also been caught off the pier.
- Offshore: Haddrell’s Point reports that nice weather has allowed boats to get offshore recently, with great numbers of wahoo and numerous sailfish being caught as well as some blackfin tuna starting to show up along the ledge. Bottom fishing in 70-100 feet of water continues to produce some large triggerfish and beeliners, with some fair numbers of grouper being caught at the same depth with live pinfish and vertical-style jigs.
- Inshore: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that occasional flounder have been caught while fishing mud minnows around oyster beds, but trout are still few in number.