Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Things are getting busier and busier as the days go by.
The weather has been great and there have been loads of people fishing lately.
We still havn’t seen the really huge surge of Flounder yet, but that could be any day now. There is lots to be excited about right now.
Georgetown Landing and Marina (843-546-1776) is reporting that while the surf has been rather nice the offshore fishing hasn’t really kicked into high gear yet. Some very nice Wahoo are being caught, with an 84-pound fish reportedly being caught out of McClellanville Landing. A few Blackfin Tuna are showing up and Dolphin are becoming a more common sight on anglers lines.
The Big Kahuna hit the sea out of Georgetown over the past week. Despite relatively slow conditions they managed to bag one really nice Wahoo, a Grouper, three Golden Tiles and a nice bunch of Rose Fish. Nice job guys.
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 its 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 now 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 email at email@example.com for information regarding the Dolphin tournament.
The Redfish are definitely around in the inlet area creeks.
The younger fish that inhabit the creeks usually go for live bait, preferably Mullet.
They’ll also take the usual substitutes of blue crab chunks or cut bait. Tide change is always peak time in the creeks.
Perry’s Bait and Tackle (651-2895) is reporting some serious Trout being caught in the 20 inch range in Murrells Inlet. They often roam the same areas as the Redfish schools, which can lead to some really good fishing.
Perry’s also reports that some legal sized Flounder are beginning to show up in the area. Both the Flounder and the Trout seem to be liking minnows a lot.
Some Dogfish Sharks are showing up in the surf. Some Toadfish are coming in out of the surf too.
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) is getting busier every week.
They are seeing some nice Whiting come out of there lately. Perch and small sharks also biting. A few rays and skates are mixed in as well.
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.
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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