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Cape Point, lower S.C. coast report best fishing action

By Tom Higgins
Correspondent

Famous Cape Point on Hatteras Island and the lower stretch of South Carolina’s coast from Charleston to the Beaufort/Hilton Head area are the likeliest locations for catching fish in the Carolinas.

Reds, also known as puppy drum and spottails, are schooled up at Cape Point, the most heavily fished spot on the Outer Banks. They’re mainly striking grubs.

Wednesday, anglers braving snow were catching red drum in good numbers in the surf at Frisco, which is a few miles southwest of Cape Point.

From Charleston to the Beaufort/Hilton Head area the backwaters continue to provide good angling for the species mostly called spottails in South Carolina. According to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, they’re gathering on the low tide flats near Charleston and taking cut mullet and cracked blue crab.

At Beaufort/Hilton Head, catches are being boated by fly fishing, free-lining minnows and casting Savage Shrimp lures to the shallows.

Foul weather generally has slowed activity on the lakes, with little fishing taking place.

Lake Norman: Good for catfish halfway back in the creeks on live and cut gizzard shad worked 10-30 feet deep. Otherwise, little activity since last weekend, when good catches of crappie were reported. They were taking minnows worked 15-20 feet deep around brush. That bite probably will resume as weather conditions improve.

Lake Wylie: Fair for largemouth bass on Alabama rigs and grubs on lead heads cast to points and creek mouths. Best activity has been near the Plant Allen and Catawba Nuclear Station hot holes.

Mountain Island Lake: Little activity.

Cane Creek Park Lake: Little activity.

Yadkin/Pee Dee River lakes: Generally slow.

Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Little activity, but fair for crappie at all three lakes on small minnows before the weather worsened.

Fontana Lake: No report.

Lake Wateree: Slow.

Lake Murray: Slow. Fair for crappie from the river mouths to mid-lake on jigs tipped with minnows and fished 20-feet deep.

Santee Cooper lakes: Continuing fair for striped bass in the Wyboo Creek area of Lake Marion on drift-fished live baits. A few stripers on trolled lures in Lake Moultrie.

Lake Hartwell: Slow.

Lake Keowee: Slow.

Lake Jocassee: Fair to good for trout in the creeks and around points on live baits fished from the surface down to 40 feet. Some large trout have been caught.

Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Little activity; Oregon Inlet: Little activity; Hatteras Island: Very good for puppy drum in the surf at Cape Point near Buxton on artificial grubs. No activity offshore; Ocracoke Island: No report; Morehead City area: No report.

Southeast Coast: Little activity.

S.C. Coast: Grand Strand area: A few puppy drum and trout at the Murrells Inlet and Georgetown jetties on live baits and shrimp-like lures. Scattered sheepshead and juvenile flounder also have been caught.

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