Fishing Report for Murrells Inlet and Garden City areas

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

Photo courtesy of Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charters This angler out shines her husband with a 28-inch Redfish caught in Murrells Inlet on a Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charter.

We’ve been holding steady over the past week.

Peak season still isn’t upon us yet, but the off season is definitely behind us.

Look for the Flounder to start showing up any day now and for activity in general to accelerate as the water temperatures continue to rise.

The 2014 edition of the Georgetown Landing and Marina Meatfish Slam to benefit Kids Chance of South Carolina is scheduled to be held next month on May 2 and 3.

In addition, the Florence Bluewater Club will be holding their Don Hammond Dolphin Tournament on the same dates and have opened up their tournament to any boat competing in the Meatfish Slam.

Registration forms for the Meatfish Slam are already available. Entry forms for the Dolphin Tournament will be available soon. Contact John Horton at the Georgetown Landing and Marina (843-546-1776) for details concerning the Meatfish Slam. Contact Michael Smith via e-mail at edsmithinsurance@bellsouth.net for information regarding the Dolphin tournament.

Georgetown Landing and Marina 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 are 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.

Some Trout are still hitting a few boat lines. Once they start to mingle in with the Redfish schools things should really begin to pick up.

There are still no reports of major Flounder sightings yet.

It could be any week now though so be patient. They did show up a little late last year.

Some Dogfish Sharks are starting to show up in the surf.

Bigger Bull Reds should be moving in off the beach soon to feed on bait fish. These bigger Reds usually prefer cut bait. We’re still seeing the 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 more people fishing this week. The Whiting and Croaker were still showing up 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 and the Pawleys Island Reef.

A few juvenile Flounder are still 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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