Best time to fish Coastal South Carolina
Spring in Pawleys Island and Georgetown is a transitional time. The cold water begins to warm and the baitfish slowly make there way in to our estuary. The fiddler crabs feel the warmth and start surfacing from the pluf mud. Blue Crabs begin the shedding (molting) process. When the blue crabs shed in the spring our Redfish become hyper focused on eating crabs and nothing else. Schools of Redfish begin breaking up and settling into warm water patterns. Flounder will start moving in to our estuaries following the warmer water. Speckled Sea Trout will move out the deeper water and river systems in to shallower waters. Fishing in the spring can be red hot or very challenging.
Summer is a great time to fish. The salt marshes around Pawleys and Georgetown are teaming with year round and seasonal species. Redfish, Trout ,Lady Fish, Tarpon, Sheep Head, Black Drum, and Sharks can all be targeted in the summer months. Summer in South Carolina the water can be downright hot so time of day and tides will dictate the best fishing. Early morning and late evening low tide cycles can be very productive Fly Fishing or casting artificial baits. Our favorite fishing during summer are evening flood tides or Tailing Tides. We study the tide charts and moon phases months in advance waiting for “flood tides”. We experience abnormally high tides during the full and new moon phases which flood our grass flats. Redfish love to get up on to these shallow flats and “tail” looking for fiddler crabs. Fishing the flooded Spartina grass is more like hunting than fishing. A stealthy approach and well placed fly or lure is the key to success on the flats.
Fall in the South Carolina Low Country is hands down the best time to fish. The abundance of bait coupled with cooler water temperatures the fish begin to gorge themselves packing on the pounds for the winter. Large Redfish and Speckled Sea Trout begin to gather in schools often found feeding under birds or chasing shrimp in shallows. These scenarios provide excellent sight fishing opportunities for those who enjoy sight fishing. Fall without a doubt is a magical time.
Winter is when the large schools of Redfish form and the water turns gin clear. Fishing the winter months Redfish can be very selective and spooky. We focus around afternoon as the shallow water warms with the high sun. With Redfish gathering in schools of 10-50 fish it can offer very exciting sight fishing opportunities. Accurate casts and Stealth is paramount this time of year.