Chris Pounder, manager of the Mt. Pleasant Pier, said, “The water seems to be clearing up
(from all the rain), and the red and flounder bite is picking up.”
Recently, anglers have caught several reds ranging from 30-35 inches off the pier. Pounder said, “The best bet to land a red is to target the edge of the marsh grass on the last two-three hours of the outgoing tide.” The reds are hitting cut or live finger mullet on a Carolina rig.
Fishermen are also reeling in good catches of flounder from 2 - 4½ pounds. Pounder said that they are catching flounder from one end of the pier to the other and that the tide is more important than location on the pier.
The flounder are biting during the incoming or low tide on live shrimp or mud minnows on a Carolina rig. The key is to keep the bait moving so that the pin fish don’t steal the bait.
The trout have not started running yet, and the crabbing is hit or miss, but the fishing action is picking up and will only get better with cooler temperatures at the Mt. Pleasant Pier.
South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley