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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Jan 18, 2012 - 10:47:58 AM

Fish are biting in South Carolina
By Greg Peralta
May 21, 2009 - 12:05:28 PM

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Daniel Island Fishing Report

Dawn patrol continues to be very productive for catching trout with top water lures. Working a Top Pup Junior over shallow oyster bars in three to six feet of water has been producing eye-opening strikes. No need for that second cup of coffee! This week, the fish wanted a more subtle retrieve with most of the bites happening when the lure was sitting still. Vary your retrieve until the fish tell you what they want (by hitting the lure). The standard twitch, twitch, pause is always a good starting point. Once the sun gets up and the top water bite tapers off, keep fishing the same area with a sub-surface lure or live bait under a float. Usually, the trout are still there and feeding but no longer willing to strike at the surface. Inshore slams have been regular occurrences. Flounder, trout and redfish are in good supply and feeding aggressively.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (843) 224-0099.

Record breaking catches

As the weather continues to get warmer the fish in South Carolina are biting as is evident by the three record breaking or near record breaking fish caught already this spring. On April 3rd, Terry McConnell of Eastanollee, Ga., caught a record breaking 63 pounds striped bass on the Coldwater Creek section of Lake Russell. Not to be outdone, on April 18th Lori Murphy, of Myrtle Beach, caught a 13 pound 5 ounce Atlantic Sharpnose Shark off of Murrell’s Inlet. Within the week, on April 24th, a flathead catfish was caught near Murrell’s Inlet that weighed in over 80 pounds. The current state record for flathead catfish is 79 pounds 4 ounces. Unfortunately, the catfish was never weighed on state certified scales and the enormous catch cannot be documented as a new state record.

Saltwater Fishing Report around Charleston

Spottail Bass: Very good. Cut mullet and menhaden have both been working very well. Smaller fish can be found around docks, and look for good tailing action on the next afternoon/evening high tides. Sheepshead: Very good. Inshore structure is holding good numbers of sheepshead and fiddler crabs and live shrimp have both been working. Trout: Good. Captain Mike Illig reports that all of the fish he has caught have been over 17 inches. Live menhaden fished under a float or on the bottom have been working well - the menhaden are the perfect bait size right now. Flounder: Fair. Flounder are starting to return to Charleston water and can be found along sandy bottoms near inlets. Mud minnows and finger mullet are the best options.

Freshwater Fishing report for the Santee Cooper System

Catfish: Very good. Fish may be found in 15 to 20 feet of water early then may move out to 40 or 50 feet of water as the day progresses. The shallow night bite is faring better than the daytime shallow bite, and anchoring with cut bait is working at night. Most any type of cut bait will catch fish. Bream: Very good. While the full moon is the traditional bedding period for bluegill and shellcracker the spawn seems to have been better on the new moon this spring. Largemouth bass: Fair. With up and down water temperatures and a deluge of freshwater flowing into the lakes this spring the spawn has been delayed. Fish the shady side of cover on sunny days and both sides on cloudy days, and on cloudy days fish more open water. On sunny days stained water is a good option. Soft plastics are a good bet as are topwaters early in the morning. Crappie: Slow. The fish appeared to be moving out to deeper brush but the bite is tough right now.

Weekend Tides at Charleston Harbor


May 21

05:43AM 4.8 H

11:53AM -0.1 L

06:12PM 6.0 H




May 22

12:44AM 0.3 L

06:35AM 4.9 H

12:43PM -0.4 L

07:03PM 6.3 H


May 23

01:37AM 0.0 L

07:27AM 5.0 H

01:33PM -0.6 L

07:54PM 6.6 H



May 24

02:28AM -0.2 L

08:20AM 5.0 H

02:24PM -0.7 L

08:46PM 6.7 H


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