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Georgetown Fishing Report

Please see below for the most recent reports.

About Georgetown

Includes Winyah Bay fishing report, North Inlet fishing report and Debordieu fishing report.

Located at the southern tip of the South Carolina Grand Strand on the Atlantic coastline, Georgetown is approximately halfway between the North Carolina/ South Carolina border and Charleston, SC.  Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina and today the second largest seaport in the state.  The city of Georgetown is located on the Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampit Rivers.  The city is located entirely within Georgetown County, of which it is the county seat.  This fishing report covers the massive Winyah Bay watershed as well as North Inlet located to the south of Debordieu Beach, a private island to the northeast of Georgetown.

Redfish (also known as spottail bass, red drum, and other names) can be caught inshore around Georgetown the year round, as can spotted seatrout (also known as speckled seatrout, winter trout, and more).  Sheepshead and black drum can also be found inshore most of the year, although in late winter the mature fish generally head offshore to spawn.  There are also an abundance of essentially migratory species that generally come in the warmer months – a broad category in South Carolina – and leave when temperatures cool.  These include croaker, pompano, spot, whiting and of course flounder (juveniles of both species may be present all year), bluefish, tarpon, weakfish, spadefish, cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sharks and more.  Bottom species including black sea bass, triggerfish, porgies, and various species of snapper and grouper can always be found off the coast at varying depths, while dolphin, tuna and even marlin are seasonal offshore species.  Wahoo can generally be caught the year round in the Gulf Stream off South Carolina.  Note that species can seasonally come to South Carolina via north/south migration along the Atlantic coast, or they can seasonally move closer to the coast and then farther out via east/west migration, as well as a combination of the two.  In addition to spawning patterns and water temperature preference, some of these migrations are driven at least in part by bait availability, including shrimp, mullet, menhaden and more.

June 17

Inshore surface water temperatures around Georgetown have dropped to about 77 degrees from 82 last week, and with all the recent rains Winyah Bay is very brown again. North Inlet is cleaner because of the water coming in and out from the ocean but still a little murky.  

There was a flash of summer normalcy last week, and Captain Fred Rourk (843-241-4767) reports

May 29

Inshore water temperatures around Georgetown are in the low to mid-70s, while ocean temperatures may be a few degrees higher. Everything is already muddy with way more freshwater on the way.   

Weather and water conditions around Georgetown continue to be consistently inconsistent, and the effects of a pair of tropical storms and 5 inches of rain have now been added to winds that switch 180 degrees every three days. With five rivers that have their confluence near Georgetown the area is far more affected by freshwater than areas such as Port Royal to the south, and the net result is that Captain Fred Rourk (843-241-4767) must continue to report

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