Tranquil, clear, but sizzling - three words that describe August fishing in Charleston. Historically the winds are calm and swell size is less than two feet. This creates ideal water conditions for surf fishing. However, the heat is what makes or breaks an angler’s choice to go out for a cast. Our summer sun can heat the beach water temperatures to 90°+, which most of our surf species aren’t very fond of. Adjust by fishing during the cooler parts of the day: early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
Sunrise with a moving tide is a pristine time to target those bottom-feeding surf fish. When the ocean is calm, a 1 or 2-oz. sinker will suffice with a light to medium action rod no bigger than 7 ft. If the current picks up, increase the sinker an ounce or two. The goal is to have just enough weight to rest on the sandy floor but not get caught in pier pilings or rock groins. Just in case, a few yards of braid following the leader can help prevent severing your line on a sharp edge. As for placement, cast anywhere directly behind where waves are breaking to about 50 yards past. Many Drum, Trout, and Sheepshead feed in shallower surf than one might expect. Barrier islands tend to shift and move and so do their beaches. Keep an eye out for newly formed gullies, as they can be a great place for fish to feed.
As for this month’s events, round up your family and fishing buddies Saturday, August 20th, 6:00am – 2:00pm for the FINale Folly Pier Fishing Tournament!! Registration includes free lunch and a chance to win great prizes provided by Haddrell’s Point Tackle, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dominos, and Charleston County Parks. Prize categories include adult, lady, senior (60+), youth (12 & under), and best 5 fish. To celebrate we have a special grand prize that can be won by anybody who reels in a pier record during the tournament. No pressure though, if a record isn’t broken then we’re raffling off the grand prize!! That’s right, somebody is walking out with the grand prize regardless.
Not just tournament days reward for a big fish. Be sure to weigh in your daily catches for a chance at a prize in the weekly Reel-It-In summer challenge. In addition, every fish weighed this summer at the Folly and Mount Pleasant piers will earn points for a prize to the top anglers at the end of the season. Last but not least, come join us out on the “edge of America” for a shagging good time. That’s right, Moonlight Mixers are back out on the Folly Beach Pier with our next one being Friday, August 19, 7:00pm-11:00pm. Be sure to visit CharlestonCountyParks.com for registration and admission rates. We hope to see you there!!