South Carolina Fish Species
Also known as Spot Tail Bass, Red Drum, or puppy drum are the most sought after game fish in South Carolina. Juvenile Redfish thrive in our salt marsh year round until they reach sexual maturity and move out to the ocean and inlets with spawning population. Redfish are capable of spawning when they measure approximately 30-35 inches. A powerful and aggressive fish that can pursued with either Fly or spinning rods. Redfish are often found in very shallow water and can be seen tailing. They prefer shallow water for safety from predators and the abundance of bait and crabs that hold up in the shallows. Ultimately we feel the most exciting way of targeting Redfish is sight casting them during FLOOD TIDES or when large schools begin to form in the fall.
Speckled Sea Trout live year round in our salt marshes, rivers, inlets and bays. The best times to target trout in South Carolina is 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. Sea Trout prefer deeper water and stable water temperatures. They prefer to hang adjacent to rips and deep ledges. Fly fisherman can also enjoy catching Sea Trout by dredging and swinging with full sink fly lines. Surface flies like poppers can be used for trout under the right conditions, especially when we see trout under driving birds.
Southern Flounder is a very popular game fish in South Carolina Waters and is a favorite past time around Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. These flat fish begin to leave there wintering grounds of near shore reefs around mid March and begin to invade our local marshes and inlets in the spring. There’s an old saying that when the dogwoods are blooming its time to go flounder fishing! Laying on the bottom and ambush their prey. Aggressive feeders often inhaling anything in their path.
Shark fishing is loads of fun and is a great opportunity to pull on a fish thats very large! Blacktips and Bonnet Heads are the most common sharks we target. The big sharks tend to congregate around bait schools along the beach and inlets on moving tides. Black tip sharks are extremely powerful and can can be caught from shore or boat using a verity of live or dead baits. Fly Fishing for sharks has been gaining in popularity. Chumming and Casting big streamer flies using 12 weight fly rods. Bonnets or “shovel heads” can be sight fished in the shallows when they’re tailing or cruising. Sharks are apex predators and watching them attack a fly or plug is incredible!