Hurricanes, Labor Day parties, and school, oh my! When will we ever have time to fish in September with all these obligations? Well, the good news is that with the cooling temperatures, all day is a good time to fish again. We saw some good sized species caught all summer and expect it to continue throughout the month. However, this is the time of year for the red and black drum to take the leader boards. Expect to see three pound plus black drum in the shallow surf searching for a tasty crustacean or shrimp to eat. They tend to feed from sunrise till afternoon with a moving tide. Drop a bottom rig just behind the breaking surf and be patient for that good catch. The black drum enjoy the crustaceans off of Folly’s pier pilings and surrounding rock groins.
Move a little farther down the pier and you’ll start seeing red drum of all sizes being caught from juveniles to big bull reds. We’ve already had a few big reds measure in at over three feet in length. As always, follow SCDNR’s slot rule of 15 to 23 inches; otherwise, be sure to catch and release these beauties of Charleston. This allows them to continue spawning in our inlets for future fishing generations.
Don’t forget to weigh in your pier catch for the weekly Reel-It-In summer challenge. Last but not least, come join us for our final fishing tourney Saturday, September 23rd from 6:00am - 2:00pm for a chance to win great prizes. For more information be sure to check out CharlestonCountyParks.com.