SC Fishing Report (Saltwater) - Week 11
Published: March 19, 2009
Sheepshead: Very good. Sheepshead fishing at the jetties continues to be extremely productive. Fish fiddler crabs on a Carolina rig.
Black Drum: Fair. The action has slowed but decent numbers of black drum are still being caught around the jetties and in the creeks, with lots of 14 to 27 inch eating size fish. These can be caught on cut, whole dead, or live shrimp, as well as on crabs (effective for trying to avoid pinfish bites). Brigham’s hole is also a good location to fish.
Flounder: Fair. Catches of small flounder are picking up, although the bigger fish are not around yet. Fish mud minnows slowly on Carolina rigs.
Spottail Bass: Slow. A few spottails are being caught back in the creeks, but the bite is better at the jetties. Try live mud minnows, soft plastics, or Mirrolures.
Trout: Slow. Inlet Convenience reports that only a very few trout are still being caught fishing in deep holes in the creek. Live shrimp fished on a variety of different tides may work, or try artificials such as Gulp!, DOA shrimp, or Mirrolures fished very slowly.
Surf and Pier Report: Only a few whiting, croaker, and sharks and stingrays are being caught.
Offshore: 20 miles out grouper and red snapper are being caught by boats bottom fishing on days they can get out. No pelagic species are being reported.
Spottail Bass: Fair. Conditions have been very windy and so few boats have been able to sight fish or fly cast for redfish. However, on calmer days anglers are finding fish in large schools. Captain Tuck Scott at Bay Street Outfitters (http://www.baystreetoutfitters.com) reports that 25 to 100 fish schools are common, and while slow moving and lethargic the fish will still eat. Flies with some flash on them or Gulp! soft baits are most effective and should be worked very slowly, and the fish are not super spooky right now.
Paradise Pier: Fishing is very slow, although a few small whiting continue to be caught. The blue crabs and flounder seem to be gone for the season.
Offshore: Captain Wally Phinney (http://www.seawolfcharter.com) reports that some big black sea bass are being caught in the North Hole area, as well as some nice red snapper. Some nice triggerfish, silver porgy, and small grouper are also around, although the grouper should be released.
Sheepshead: Very good. Although sheepshead are around all year anglers target them most during the winter months, and catches of sheepshead are strong around inshore structure. Fish fiddler crabs (available at Lowcountry Outfitters) vertically on a Carolina rig.
Spottail Bass: Fair to good. Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that the spottail bass fishing has gotten tougher as we have gotten further into the winter, but that some good fish are still being caught, particularly sight fishing at low tide. In the very clear, cold water fish have gotten spookier, and sometimes only one fish can be caught out of a very large school. Also, some of the fish are going all the way up into the grass on higher tides to get away from predators. White Gulp! continues to be the bait of choice, although other heavily scented soft plastics will work, too.
Trout: Slow. No trout fishing reports are coming in.
Offshore: Black sea bass, snapper, and grouper are being caught at the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Out in the Gulf Stream some good reports of blackfin tuna are coming in.
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