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6/11/01 01:52 AM
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South Carolina Weekly Shallow Saltwater Fishing Report
Week of 06-03-01 through 06-09-01

A few windy days, with a few fish, and a few calm days with some good catches. The area is full of small mullet minnows and shrimp and the fish don’t have to go far to find a meal. Most of the reds were in or very near the grass and the trout were scattered about in fairly shallow water ....only about 3 to 4 feet deep.

The trout seemed to be feeding on shrimp because we found that many of the ones we caught had shrimp antenna sticking out of their gullet when we got them up to unhook them. Many of the big fat ones are females, and we encourage everyone to release the ones that are full of eggs. Remember, the males make a croaking sound but the females will not make a sound at all. I know it’s hard to release them when you aren’t catching many to begin with, but it’s times like these that we need to be as conservative as possible. One day we watched a boat near us catch and keep every fish they caught. We counted 5 reds and at least 4 trout that were put in their cooler. They were legal I’m sure, but it makes me wonder sometimes if I’m just releasing them so that someone else can kill them.

The reds have really been biting on the weedless spoons and crank baits. We caught a few tailing during the last couple of days when the wind was light. Others were caught on the small Yo Zuri yellow minnow and a couple on my favorite crank bait which is the Cotton Cordell “Big O.” We only used live bait on one trip, and it worked just fine also. The only problem with live bait is that you can’t fish a big area as quickly as you can using artificials.

In true political fashion, our newly proposed redfish bag limit bill is bogged down in the state senate. It seems that the politicians are of the mistaken idea that the conservation of our fishery is not as important as some other things. The bill before the Senate is asking for a two fish limit. Again, in true political fashion, they have not done what the state board asked for, which was a one fish limit. We feel that they don’t want to try to get re-elected after doubling the cost of the Saltwater Fishing Stamp and then cutting the bag limit on reds by 80%. So, rather than get the one fish bag limit this year and get the money next year, they are going to compromise the fish in order to get the extra money. If you want to voice an opinion, you can send an E-mail to the House Agricultural Committee site at: If you want to get involved, this is a good way to do it. Another way is to call your senator and get an e-mail address for him and write him with your thoughts. You should also encourage your friends to get involved.

Also, on June 18th on PBS (SC ETV here in coastal SC) there will be a two hour special, starting at 9:00 pm, hosted by Bill Moyer, titled “Earth on Edge.” This will give you some real eye-opening information about where our earth is headed unless something is done soon.
Check it out here:
When you go to the site, you can also use the tabs at the top of the page to find the station you can view it on. This site has a great list of past articles and stories that are really educational.

Our weeks totals were: reds totaled thirteen with the largest one weighing in at 10 ½ pounds. The trout totaled 23 with well over half of them being females. There was also 2 ladyfish, a few bluefish and flounder, and one whopper of a sheepshead at almost 10 pounds!


Thanks, Gene Dickson
Delta Guide Service
Georgetown, SC
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