Fishing Report for Murrells Inlet and Garden City areas

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Photo courtesy of Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charters This young Saltwater Cowboy shows off his first ever big Red Drum, caught in Murrells Inlet on a Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charter.

We have an additional story out this week concerning the Redfish population in Winyah Bay that a lot of you may find interesting.

The good news is that we are seeing fish caught this week all over the area.

It’s definitely not peak season yet, but it seems to be a nice start with most of the species you’d expect to be showing up at this point biting decently.

There are no huge numbers of Flounder yet but it should just be a matter of time.

Remember, they started a little late last year and we all know what happened there.

Georgetown Landing and Marina (843-546-1776) is reporting that Wahoo are still off the coast.

Sheepshead and Black Drum are biting on Fiddler Crabs in shallower water near the reefs closer to shore.

There seems to have been an abundance of Black Sea Bass around lately which is making it difficult to target other species.

There have been a few other reports of some Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin farther offshore. Sheepshead are showing up with some regularity at the Georgetown jetties.

Redfish are showing up in the Murrells Inlet area creeks with some regularity.

The younger fish that inhabit the creeks usually prefer live bait, preferably mullet.

They’ll also take the usual substitutes of blue crab chunks or cut bait. Tide change always is peak time in the creeks.

A few boats have reported some spotty Trout activity.

Once they start to mingle in with the Redfish schools things should really begin to pick up.

Some small sharks are starting to show up in the surf. Bigger Reds should be moving in off the beach soon to feed on bait fish.

We’re seeing more and more Black Drum biting in the creeks.

They were also showing up at the jetties and near the seawall, biting on fiddler crabs shrimp and other live baits.

Garden City Pier (843-651-9700) had a few people fishing this week. Some whiting and croaker were showing up along with a few small Perch. Some of the Dogfish sharks made their way there too.

A few Sheepshead are still around the jetties and biting around any kind of artificial structure. They seem to like fiddler crabs or shrimp a lot.

They are also showing up offshore at the 10 Mile Reef.

A few juvenile Flounder are starting to show up around there too as well as up in the creeks.

Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charters (843-450-1430) and Barrier Island Guide Services (843-446-7337) are both currently taking bookings for inshore and offshore charter trips. Book yours today.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be conducting a series of family fishing seminars around the state over the next several months.

These clinics teach basic fishing skills such as knot tying, rigging and casting.

The clinics are free to the public, but you must register online in advance.

You can check out the South Carolina DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov for more details.

Good luck out there!

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