This is an excellent time of year for pier fishing. Whiting, blues, pompano, drum, trout, mackerel, and sheepshead are all in season feeding near the surf. The only thing out of season is school, so round up the kids and come relax under the Folly sunshine with family and friends.
One of the more finicky but interesting fish are sheepshead. They look similar to black drum with a grey hue and black stripes but have key dorsal and fin features that set them apart. Sheepshead feed on crustaceans and bivalves off of the Folly Pier pilings using their human-like teeth. If the water is clear enough, you can spot sheepshead going from pilling to pilling looking for a tasty barnacle or crab. In addition, they prefer calm seas as it is easier for them to feed. When targeting sheepshead, fiddlers and clams are popular baits to use. Just be sure to follow SCDNR’s rule that circle hooks are required when fishing for sheepshead.
Get ready for the 8th Annual Jerry Pierce Memorial Kid’s Tournament out here on the Folly Pier June 4 from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Thanks to the Folly Beach Anglers, this is a free event and all kids 16 and under are welcome. Fishing rods, reels, and bait will be provided for free too while supplies last. For more information check out www.fbakt.org. Our next Cast-Off Fishing Tournament will be Saturday, June 25 from 6:00am – 2:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest three fish and the youth category. Furthermore, continue weighing in your daily catches for the weekly Reel-it-in fishing challenge. Last but not least, submit your catch from either the Mount Pleasant or Folly Pier in the Fish for Points Challenge. The top anglers with the most points at the end of summer will win a free annual pier fishing pass. For more details go to CharlestonCountyParks.com.