Fishing Report for Murrells Inlet and Garden City areas

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Photo courtesy of Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charters Sara shows off a 2014 Flounder caught in Murrells Inlet on a Catch-1 Sport Fishing Charter.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter Weekend. We were beginning to see some Flounder being caught right before the patch of nasty weather over the past few days. While not the huge start to the season we’ve been looking for, we did see a lot more fish being brought in from a wider variety of spots than we had been.

Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.

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.

We are still seeing some nice Wahoo being caught.

A few Blackfin Tuna are showing up and Dolphin are becoming a more common sight on anglers’ lines.

Sheepshead are reportedly showing up closer to shore.

Perry’s Bait and Tackle (651-2895) is reporting that the Flounder are showing up in the deep water holes in the creeks, but the best fishing is at the near shore reefs where their mixing in with the Sheepshead.

This years crop of Flounder seems to like chasing a live bait such as a minnow. Some of the tall grass inshore has reportedly made fishing there difficult.

The Redfish and Trout are definitely around in the Inlet and up into the creeks. But they really haven’t kicked it into high gear yet.

Fish are being caught though, including some really nice Trout in the 20-inch range.

The Whiting have begun to bite in the surf with multiple anglers reportedly bringing them in on land.

Some Dogfish Sharks are still 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 out of there lately. Perch and small sharks are also biting.

A few rays and skates are mixed in as well and Black Drum are biting there also.

A few Flounder are beginning to show up too. Water is still a little on the cold side, so as it heats up we should see an increase in activity.

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.

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 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.

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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