August 29

Inshore surface water temperatures in the morning on the north end of the Grand Strand are around 84-85 degrees.  There are massive schools of finger mullet in the IntraCoastal Waterway and its tributaries, and bait-sized shrimp are also abundant.  

Even though they are about to close down the harvest of flounder in North Carolina, Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that the flounder fishing has actually been really good along the north end of the Grand Strand.  A couple of miles offshore at the Caudle Reef they have been catching them well, but inshore along the ICW they have also been finding plenty of nice keepers.  The key to catching fish seems to be fishing in places where there is an abundance of mullet and current, be that on the flats, around grass, etc.  Tide does not seem to make a huge different as long as mullet and current are present. Both finger mullet and Gulp! baits are working well. 

Fishing for redfish has also been really good, and out at the jetties as well as in the backwaters they are catching plenty of fish on the right tides.  On lower stages of the tide fish can be seen chasing mullet and gorging on them.  Big reds in the 30 plus inch range are also starting to show up at the jetties and they will take cut bait or live mullet.  

There has also been some good troutfishing at the jetties, and the best time to catch the fish has been on the falling tide.  Live shrimp fished on a split shot rig or under a floating cork are the best bait.  

Some good Spanish mackerel are also being caught out at the jetties free-lining live mullet or throwing topwater plugs like Mirrolures or Zara Spooks.  

In the Fort Randall area black drum fishing has been good fishing with shrimp on the bottom on a Carolina rig in 15-25 feet of water.  Moving tides have been best.

Jay A’Hern
Angler’s Headquarters (
P.O. Box 50225
Columbia, SC 29250

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