01-01-2008, 07:28 PM
Hey everyone, I am from Ocean City, MD, and starting in January I will be staying in the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, SC until the end of April. I was wondering how the surf fishing is during this time? Any help or ideas would be great.
The Old Man
01-02-2008, 11:22 AM
I usually spend a week there visiting my old man in late March...there is not much in the surf, but you can catch small shark and skate, croaker, and the VERY occasional flounder and trout on bottom rigs with cut squid or bloodworms (Fishbites work fine too). Go with a light rod, as you won't likely need more than 2-3 ounces to hold bottom, and the fish are generally small. Small lures/twister tails might get you some small trout, too. There are redfish, flounder, and trout in the back-bays.
The beach is structureless and shallow sloping, so anyplace you can find that has some structure should hold fish...any inlets (they call'em "follies" down there) or bigger bars.
I don't fish the surf much b/c the fishing for largemouth in the golf course ponds is ridiculously good. If you have access, do THAT at dawn and dusk, just clear it with the course manager beforehand...most are cool with it as long as yer off the course by the time the golfers tee it up. I'd recommend that over the surf in a heartbeat.
01-02-2008, 01:26 PM
Thank you sir. I really appreciate the help.
01-18-2008, 09:20 AM
I usually spend a week on Sea Pines in August. You can catch a good amount of redfish in the golf course ponds.
01-18-2008, 03:56 PM
Try going to some of he public landings, like Pinkney Island boat ramp. There are a number of them around, and most have public piers where you can fish. Also, if you can get near some of the tidal creeks, it's not unusual to find redfish, "spot tail bass" is what the locals call them, schooled up in some of the creeks this time of year.
01-18-2008, 03:59 PM
Another quick thought, check with Travers at Low Country Outfitters just outside of the Moss Creek entrance. He is a great person to get local info from. He and Lynn moved down there several years ago from Maryland, the Towson area I think. Good people!