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AHQ INSIDER Georgetown (SC) Spring 2020 Fishing Report – Updated May 14

  • by Jay

May 14

Inshore water temperatures around Georgetown are about 74 degrees inside, while ocean temperatures are around 74. Winyah Bay is muddy as always while North Inlet is a milky green. 

Water temperatures are several degrees behind where they were last year, and Captain Fred Rourk (843-241-4767) continues to report that a new front every few days has the fish a little fickle. He does not expect them to settle down until the wind calms down.

While there is plenty of bait in Winyah Bay, including hordes of menhaden on the rising tide and prolific finger mullet, the redfish just aren’t in there right now. Until the wind settles they won’t be, and so for now his boat is having to go into the creeks to catch fish. There have been a few nice flounder caught in the creeks, while trout have been hard to catch. In two weeks things should look very different.

A nice redfish caught yesterday with Captain Fred Rourk
A nice redfish caught yesterday with Captain Fred Rourk

King mackerel and early cobia are just starting to show up, and on the occasional calm days nearshore fishing has been pretty good. 

Dolphin fishing has been decent for May, but Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776) reports that the real excitement has been that yellowfin tuna have been caught in excellent numbers.  On days like yesterday when anglers can get offshore the bite has been wide open.

April 30

Inshore water temperatures around Georgetown are about 70 degrees. 

There are fish to be caught inshore in the Georgetown area, but Captain Fred Rourk (843-241-4767) reports that with a front every few days and oft-changing wind direction the fish just can’t get into a comfortable pattern. The bite will probably not stabilize until the weather and the wind do. 

While there have been some days, overall the redfish have been very erratic. The flounder have also been a little unpredictable in Georgetown, and even though fishing has been fairly strong to the north around Georgetown the casual angler is not having much luck trolling for them. The trout bite is decent but there have not been a lot of people chasing them. 

A beautiful copper redfish caught with Captain Fred Rourk
A beautiful copper redfish caught with Captain Fred Rourk

Better news is that cobia are just starting to show up, and last week there was a fish caught out of Georgetown. The bite should get better and better pitching buoys and at the Georgetown Reef three miles offshore. There have been some large schools of rays around and soon the cobia should be following them. 

While Fred has not seen many bluefish yet, the Spanish mackerel and summer trout are both around the wrecks. Sheepshead are also thick, and with jelly balls everywhere the spadefish have also arrived.

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