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.
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