The fishing forecast in Charleston during April & May is habitually swell, just like our waves! Bait fish are back in full force and so are the anglers. Whether you’re a pier regular or a newcomer, Folly Pier has a spot for you to cast and try your luck in our big pond, the Atlantic Ocean. The surf fish are active, hungry, and looking for shrimp, mud minnows, and mullet. Last month’s catches consisted of whiting and drum, but now spotted sea trout and Florida pompano will begin to make an appearance. Both are predators of other smaller fish and crustaceans. Trout tend to feed in the morning, while pompano can be caught throughout the day. Sheepshead are sure to return the surf too, but be sure to use fiddlers or clams to lure them.
Take a few steps down the pier to the diamond and you’re in the king mackerel area. The season is prime for Southeast mackerel fishing and we’re looking forward towards some delicious catches. Mackerel, who enjoy water temperatures above 67 degrees, use streaks of murky water for cover when looking for prey. However, if the surf temperatures get too high, they will head offshore toward the deeper ocean. Thus, May is one of the best months to pier fish for mackerel because of these specific water temperatures.
We have quite a few events this month on the pier. Our Reel It In Summer Fishing Challenge goes from April 1 - Oct 31. Have a pier staff member weigh your catch and if it ends up being the best fish of the month, you win a t-shirt and a chance for a free gift card. Plus, get your picture taken and you could end up in the next Coastal Angler Magazine! Be sure to also check out our Summer Cast-Off Tournament Saturday, May 19 from 6:00am – 2:00pm. You’ll have the chance to win in five different categories for fishing prizes. Last, but not least, boogie the night away under the stars on the pier diamond at our first Moonlight Mixer Friday, May 25 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Beer, wine, and good tunes will be available on-site.