In winter, redfish are found over seagrass beds, over muddy or sand bottoms, or near oyster bars or spring fed creeks. Redfish are also caught in the pass and in large schools around baitfish. These fish can also be sight fished over grass beds or caught on live bait as they hold up under docks and other deep structure.
Flounder are found inshore on sandy or mud bottoms and are often found in tidal creeks. They may also be caught occasionally on nearshore reefs. Live minnows or a gulp shrimp are the favorite bait for these big flatties.
Spanish mackerel are prevalent throughout South Carolina waters: inshore, offshore and nearshore. They are frequently found over grass beds and reefs. Spanish Mackerel will begin to show up in large numbers in April depending on the water temp and be abundant throughout the summer. Flashy, fast moving jigs are the best way to draw a strike.
Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. In Hawaii, the wahoo is known as ono. Many Hispanic areas of the Caribbean and Central America refer to this fish as peto.
They usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. These fish can be caught offshore around wrecks and reefs. These fish can be caught throughout the summer. June and July are a closed season for them which means the action is fast come August. Large live baits are the key.
Marlin are pelagic and highly migratory. They are found in all oceans, although they usually inhabit tropical and subtropical waters; swordfish are found in temperate waters, as well. Billfish use their long spears or sword-like upper beaks to slash at and stun prey during feeding.
The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance. Its body is long, fairly compressed, and covered with small, smooth scales. Some species can reach up to 2.1 m (6.9 ft) in length and 30 cm (12 in) in width.
The Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) is a species of marine fish endemic to the western Atlantic Ocean. They are commonly found in shallow waters off the coast of the southeastern United States, Gulf of Mexico, and in the Caribbean.
Sheepshead or Sheephead is a trick-taking card game related to the Skat family of games. It is the Americanized version of a card game that originated in Central Europe in the late 18th century under the German name Schafkopf. Sheepshead is most commonly played by five players, but variants exist to allow for two to eight players. There are also many other variants to the game rules, and many slang terms used with the game.
Black Drum are an inshore species and are commonly found around oyster bars, seawalls, and around pilings. They move nearshore during late winter and early spring for spawning. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs, and oysters are what they want.
King mackerel are found both nearshore and offshore, often around piers. They may occasionally be found in deep water. These fish can also be caught inshore especially in the Spring and Fall. Trolling live baits around nearshore wrecks are the best way to catch these toothy critters.
Dorado (or mahi-mahi) are one of the world’s most popular gamefish, and it’s no mystery why that is. They are spectacularly colored, fight hard and jump when hooked, and taste delicious. They are abundant in most tropical locales and because they are a fast-growing, short-lived fish they are hungry more often than not.
Yellowfin tuna are torpedo-shaped fish. They are metallic dark blue on the back and upper sides, changing from yellow to silver on the belly. True to the name yellowfin, their dorsal and anal fins, and finlets are bright yellow. They have a very long second dorsal fin and anal fin, which may reach well over 20% of the fish’s length.
Sailfish are a genus Istiophorus of billfish living in warmer sections of all the oceans of the world. They are predominantly blue to gray in colour and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail, which often stretches the entire length of the back. Another notable characteristic is the elongated bill, resembling that of the swordfish and other marlins.
Cobia are found in nearshore and inshore waters with inlets and bays. Cobia are frequently found around buoys, pilings and wrecks. These fish are predominantly fished for in March through May sight-fishing along the beaches as they migrate to the west. A lot of patience followed by a burst of controlled chaos is the name of the game in cobia fishing.
Groupers are fish of any of a number of genera in the subfamily Epinephelinae of the family Serranidae, in the order Perciformes. Not all serranids are called groupers; the family also includes the sea basses. The common name grouper is usually given to fish in one of two large genera: Epinephelus and Mycteroperca. In addition, the species classified in the small genera Anyperidon, Cromileptes, Dermatolepis, Gracila, Saloptia, and Triso are also called groupers.
The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is a species of requiem shark and the only extant member of the genus Galeocerdo. Commonly known as the “Sea Tiger”, the tiger shark is a relatively large macropredator, capable of attaining a length over 5 m (16 ft 5 in). It is found in many tropical and temperate waters, and it is especially common around central Pacific islands. Its name derives from the dark stripes down its body which resemble a tiger’s pattern, which fade as the shark matures.
Blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) is the smallest tuna species in the Thunnus genus, generally growing to a maximum of 100 cm (39 in) in length and weighing 21 kg (46 lbs). Blackfin tuna have oval-shaped bodies, black backs with a slight yellow on the finlets, and yellow on the sides of their bodies. They are only found in the western Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brazil.