Saltwater Fishing Trends - May 12, 2016

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Update to Cobia Regulations (effective May 1, 2016)

Closed Season

  • May 1 - May 31. Catch and release only in SC waters south of 032 31.0’ N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island).
  • June 20, 2016 – December 31, 2016. Fishery closed in state and federal waters.

Bag Limit

  • 1 per person, per day, and no more than 3 per boat per day. Applies only in SC waters south of 032 31.0’ N latitude (Jeremy Inlet, Edisto Island)
  • 2 per person per day (Federal waters and all other SC state waters)

Charleston (Updated April 28)

Inshore: Captain Michael Bruner of Fins and Flies Charters (843-860-6536) reports that redfish have broken out of their winter schools and are biting well on flies, bait and artificials on a variety of tides. Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that some really nice trout are being caught on live bait and scented soft plastics around shell rakes and moving water, and bull red drum are also being caught on chunks of cut mullet and crabs.
Nearshore/Offshore: Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that nearshore fishing for sheepshead is strong, and offshore lots of dolphin and blackfin tuna are being caught as well as some wahoo. A large blue marlin was released this week.

Georgetown Inshore (Updated March 31)

Sheepshead and Black drum: Good. Captain Kevin "Stump" Grant of Pawley's Island Guide Service (843-833-4477) reports that both species are feeding well at the jetties in 3-10 feet of water on shrimp and fiddler crabs. Flounder: Fair. Stump reports that early flounder are starting to show up around the inlets and they will take both live bait and Gulp! artificials. Redfish: Fair. Stump reports that in the creek channels redfish are starting to be caught on the dropping tide. They will eat mud minnows and scented soft plastics. Trout: Slow. Freshwater river report: In the Waccamaw, Santee and Pee Dee Rivers around Georgetown catfish are feeding well on cut bait, striper are running and eating live and cut bait and bream are feeding very well on red worms.

Little River/North Myrtle Beach (Updated May 24)

Inshore: Captain Patrick Smiley (843-361-7445) reports that lots of 12-15 inch flounder are being caught on mud minnows and Gulp! baits. Some nice trout are also being caught on imitation shrimp as well as live shrimp fished under a popping cork. Good numbers of black drum are being caught on fresh dead shrimp, and while slot-sized redfish are few and far between some bigger red drum are being caught around menhaden schools on live and cut menhaden fished on the bottom. Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that bluefish, including some nice-sized fish, are being caught. There have been pretty good numbers of Spanish including some keepers, as well as whiting, croaker, small perch and a couple of small black drum. A few small flounder are being caught but king mackerel have not yet showed up.
Nearshore: Captain Patrick Smiley reports that cobia, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are all being caught. With water temperatures rising there are also some big blacktip sharks over 100 pounds around, and there are also plenty of spiny dogfish. Black sea bass and flounder are also being caught.

Beaufort Inshore (Updated May 5)

Redfish: Fair to good. Bay Street Outfitters reports that stained water conditions have slowed down the bite a bit, and darker artificials are working best as they create a better profile. Good tailing activity reported at high tide and at other times fish are eating mud minnows and lures fished around ambush points.
Trout: Good. Bay Street Outfitters reports that the trout population is strong and during low light periods fish can be caught on topwater lures. Good bites reported on bait and artificials on the dropping tide.

Edisto Island Inshore (Updated May 11)

Redfish: Fair. According to Captain Ron Davis Jr. (843-513-0143), while the redfish population remains down, area fish are biting well on the flats around mid-tides as well as around bends in the creeks and docks with structure on both live and artificial baits.
Trout: Very good to excellent. Trout are spawning around white shell banks close to the ocean, and DOA shrimp fished under a cork are catching fish.
Whiting: Very good. In the inlets whiting fishing is as good as it gets on cut shrimp.
Sheepshead: Good. Sheepshead can be caught around structure at lower stages of the tide on fiddler crabs.
Flounder: Good. Flounder can be caught on mud minnows fished on both jigs and light Carolina rigs in the inlets.
Nearshore: Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are thick just offshore, and weakfish and black drum can be caught at the nearshore reefs.
Offshore: The dolphin bite is red hot, and while the wahoo fishing is slowing down tuna are still being caught sporadically.

Greater Murrells Inlet (Updated May 5)

Inshore: Perry’s Bait Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrells Inlet reports that flounder are eating mud minnows and black drum are eating cut shrimp; the redfish population appears down but some slot-sized fish are still being caught. Surf and Pier Report: Whiting, bluefish, and a few early pompano are being caught. Schools of menhaden are arriving and behind them should be king mackerel and cobia.
Nearshore: Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) reports that at the nearshore reefs Spanish mackerel action is really hot and big weakfish are being caught.
Offshore: Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776) reports that the dolphin bite is on fire and tuna and wahoo are also being caught.

Hilton Head (Updated May 12)

Redfish: Good. Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that some redfish can be found on the flats, but the bulk of the catchable fish are up the creeks where they will eat a variety of natural baits. On low tide they can be caught in deep holes, and on higher stages of the tide they will be in the very backs in small pools and pockets.
Trout: Good. Trout can be caught around around points and oyster beds on shrimp fished under a rattling cork.