Saltwater Fishing Trends - Oct. 16
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.
- Flounder: Good to very good. Perry’s reports that flounder fishing in the creeks continues to pick up. Finger mullet trolled or casted on a Carolina rig are tough to beat. Right now anglers are catching about 8-12 keeper-sized flounder on each trip.
- Spottail bass: Good. Perry’s reports that slot-sized redfish as well as puppy drum are biting well in the creeks, but the most exciting spottail bass bite continues to be bull red drum. Bull drum are being caught off piers, around the jetties, and in the surf at night. Perry’s sells live blue crabs and anglers are using ¼ and ½ sections of crab for drum as well as large mullet offerings (live large and finger mullet, as well as fresh dead large and finger mullet, all available at Perry’s).
- Inshore: Good to very good. Haddrell’s Point reports that the local flounder bite has been wide open for the past couple of weeks, with numerous reports of 15-25 fish per trip and some quality-sized fish as well. Live minnows or finger mullet fished behind a Zman FlatZ jig have been working very well in 3-6 feet of water along rock banks and creek mouths with a hard bottom. Sheepshead fishing has also been very strong, with great reports from inshore bridge pilings and the jetties using fiddler crabs and even live shrimp under a small float. Trout fishing continues to improve, with solid topwater action early in the morning for big trout and some decent reports slow-trolling grubs.
- Spottail Bass: Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley reports that the bull drum have arrived out in the Port Royal Sound, up by the 170 Bridge, off Harbor Town and around the docks on Spanish Wells. 20- to 40-plus-pound fish are eager to take cut baits on the bottom, with the best bite coming around high tide on both the incoming and outgoing tides. Creek red drum just under 15 inches are plentiful in small creeks around oyster beds, with some occasional large fish being caught in the same areas. Outgoing tide has been best, but be careful to get out of the creeks before they get too low. Mud minnows and cut mullet have been the best baits.