Redfish, also known as Spot Tail Bass, Red Drum, or puppy drum are our primary target species fishing around our salt marshes. Redfish provide consistent year round fishing opportunities. Redfish are extremely powerful and are a blast to catch using fly or light tackle spinning gear. Our favorite ways of fishing is sight casting for tailing Redfish on summer flood tides or when large schools begin to form in the fall.
SPECKLED SEA TROUT
Speckled Sea Trout are available year round in our waters with the best times being spring and fall. Large Sea Trout will almost always be female and we strongly encourage the release of these fish due to their spawning capabilities. Big Sea trout are suckers for large topwater plugs and soft plastics. We look for Sea Trout feeding under diving birds and near “rips” where water rushes over oyster rakes. Baits and lures for trout range from soft plastics, grubs, shrimp imitations and plugs. We also Fly fish for Sea trout using full sink tip fly lines .
Flounder make their way into our inlets and marshes during the spring. Flounder begin to leave the depths of the near shore reefs around mid March and invade shallow water creeks. Flounder lay on the bottom and ambush their prey. They are known to be aggressive usually inhaling anything in their path. Flounder fishing is a favorite past time here in Pawleys Island. There’s an old saying that when the dogwoods bloom the flounder are in! We target Flounder using a variety of live and artificial baits.
Ladyfish are a sub tropical fish and show up when our water warms . They are a blast to fish for using fly or spinning tackle. Ladyfish can often be seen crashing bait schools in the summer months. They are incredibly aggressive and acrobatic. We target them with top water plugs, soft plastics and flies. Ladyfish are often referred to as a poor man’s tarpon. Come hook one and see why.
Blacktip and Bonnethead sharks are mostly what we see in our inshore waters. Bonnets or “shovel heads” prefer crustaceans and a higher salinity so they are targeted closer to the ocean and inlets. We often see bonnet head sharks tailing or cruising in shallow water hunting for crabs or shrimp. Blacktip sharks are very powerful and exciting to fish for using heavy spinning tackle or big 12 weight fly rods.
Black Drum can grow large and are great fighters like their cousin the Red drum. Black drum prefer crustaceans and are suckers for shrimp . They’re usually found near structure such as oysters, docks or rocks.
Also know as convicts due to there black and white stripes and there ability to steal your bait. Sheep Heed prefer shrimp , barnacles and small crabs. They spend the warmer months inshore on top of oyster rakes, pilings and rock jetties. Sheep head move out to the near shore reefs for the cooler months.