Grand Strand Fishing Report
Perry’s Bait and Tackle (843-651-2895) in Murrell’s Inlet reports that fishing is about as wide open as it gets outside of the fall bite. Perry’s can book charter boat trips as well as rent boats to anglers, including kayak rentals.
Flounder: Very good. Perry’s reports that the flounder fishing continues to improve. Large numbers of flounder have been caught in Charlie’s Cut, Oaks Creek and the Garden City canals. Most people are catching fish drifting very slowly with double mud minnow tandem rigs (with anglers holding two rods), but Perry’s has about 25 different flounder rig combinations that people are using. One popular combination is trolling a grub alongside a minnow, and anglers are of course casting, too.
Cobia: Very good. Perry’s reports that perhaps the most exciting action right now is for cobia which are found just off the beach. They are relating to the schools of menhaden and casting a shiny, floating 5-inch plug with a diving lip into the menhaden seems to disburse the bait but draw strikes from cobia. Live bait will also work, and cobia are also being caught off the jetties and piers. Some king mackerel have also been mixed in with the cobia.
Spottail Bass: Good. Perry’s reports that good numbers of slot sized redfish continue to be caught in the creeks as well as in the jetties. Bull redfish are not around. Artificials and live bait are both working.
Black Drum and Sheepshead: Good Perry’s reports that black drum are doing well in and around docks on the main channel as well as in deep holes. At both the Murrell’s Inlet and Georgetown jetties sheepshead catches are strong.
Trout: No reports.
Surf and Pier: Perry’s reports that snapper blues are pretty thick in the surf, and in addition to cobia and some kings Spanish have been moving up and down the beaches and being caught off piers.
Nearshore: King mackerel have been caught at Belkie Bear as well as off the beaches, and at the 3 Mile Reef spadefish and Spanish mackerel are doing well.
Offshore: Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776) reports that fishing is as good as it gets offshore. Dolphin and black fin tuna have been prolific, and some nice tilefish, grouper and a big hogfish have been caught. Several blue marlin have been hooked and released.