Saltwater Fishing Trends - July 17
Fishing trends courtesy www.SCFishingReport.com. Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.
- Cherry Grove Pier reports that whiting, spot and occasional flounder
- Spanish mackerel: Good. Spanish mackerel have been running the beaches, and 12-14 inch fish have been caught with some regularity off the piers on shiny spoons and plugs.
- Spottail bass: Good. The best inshore redfishing is either side of low tide around oyster shells, feeder creeks and depressions. Live mud minnows, live finger mullet, live shrimp and a variety of artificial lures will all work. The best redfish action has been found around the jetties. Bull drum are not being caught at the jetties, but lots of smaller fish are available.
- Flounder: Fair to good. Flounder fishing has slowed a bit inshore with the hot weather, but there have been some good catches out at the Murrell’s Inlet Jetties. The most popular inshore method is drifting/ trolling and holding two rods each set up with a double mud minnow tandem rig. There are also some people catching fish anchoring, casting and reeling the same rig or a plain Carolina rigged minnow.
- Surf and Pier: In addition to Spanish mackerel, blues, whiting and a surprising number of spots have been caught. At the jetties sheepshead fishing has been good.
- Redfish: Good. Redfish are more than happy to eat anything you throw at them. Gulp shrimp as well as DOA shrimp were a great choice for the tailing fish as well as any type of crab fly if throwing the fly rod.
- Trout: Good. Trout have been biting great during the falling tide was well as the incoming. Trout can be caught on live mud minnows as well as shrimp. Trout can also be caught using a number of different artificial baits. The Mirror Lure MR14 is a great choice for fishing deeper water as well as fast moving edges along the edge of the grass. The trout have also been killing Z-man paddle tails in almost every color. The bluefish and Spanish mackerel have also been schooling in the harbor as well as the shipping channel. These fish can be caught using clark spoons as well as crank baits. The offshore bite has been a little slow for dolphin and tuna, but the billfish bite has been great. Most of these fish are being caught between 350' and 750', using larger lures as well as skirted ballyhoo.
- Ladyfish: Very good. These fish love the hot water so find a hotspot with running water and you're in. Gold spoons and poppers on the surface are working.
- Redfish: Good. The fishing is better closer to the ocean due to cooler temps. There are also reports of tarpon around bridges.