South Carolina Fishing Species
Redfish, also known as Spot Tail Bass, Red Drum, or puppy drum are our primary target species fishing around our salt marshes. Red drum provide consistent year round fishing opportunities. An extremely powerful and aggressive fish. Offering anglers to pursue them with a verity of methods using fly or light tackle spinning gear. Our favorite way 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. These flatfish begin to leave the depths of the near shore reefs around mid March and invade shallow water creeks. Laying on the bottom and ambush their prey. They are known to be aggressive usually inhaling anything in their path. Fishing for Flounder 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 them using a variety of live and artificial baits.
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. Drum fishing is best done using bait with spinning tackle. These black and white beauties prefer crustaceans and are suckers for live or dead shrimp. We target Black Drum near structure such as oysters rakes, docks or Jetty rocks.