As the weather cools down and Fall sets in, many people think the fishing season is ending. But here in Myrtle Beach, SC, fall is one of the best times to go fishing! The cool weather brings a whole new host of fish to the area, including the prized bull redfish.
What are Bull Redfish?
Bull redfish are red drums that have matured and grown to their adult size; they usually live in the nearshore water but travel to the shallow inshore waters for the spawn. They get their name from their large size; bull redfish can reach up to 50 inches in length and weigh up to 50 pounds! Though it is not always true, these larger redfish sometimes have more vibrant, bright coloration than their smaller counterparts.
Fishing for Bull Redfish: The Spawn
The first thing you need to know about fishing for bull redfish is that they only come into shore to spawn during a specific time of year. For those fishermen looking to capitalize on the bull redfish spawn, it’s essential to be aware of when this occurs. In Myrtle Beach, SC, the bull redfish spawn typically begins around late October and early November.
During the spawn, the bull redfish congregate in large numbers in the shallower waters near shore. They can often be found in inlets and rivers with plenty of vegetation. One of the reasons why fall is such a great time to go fishing for bull redfish is because, during this time, bull redfish congregate inshore near coastal marshes and mangrove swamps to mate and lay their eggs. This makes them much easier to catch than other times of the year! This is the ideal time and place to do it for fishermen looking to catch a big one.
Where to Fish Bull Reds
One of the best ways to fish for bull redfish during the spawn is from a boat in one of the many creeks and rivers that run through Myrtle Beach. This gives you access to the shallower waters where the fish will congregate. You can use various boat methods to catch the fish, including live bait (e.g., menhaden or shrimp), cut bait, lures, and even flies.
If you’re not an experienced fisherman or don’t have access to a boat, don’t worry – there are still plenty of ways to catch bull redfish from shore. One option is to identify locations where the fish will congregate and cast your line from there. Another option is to find someone willing to take you out on their boat (or hire a charter). Several pier and bridge fishing spots along the coast can be productive during the spawn.
How to Fish Bull Reds
Now that you know where to find them, you’re probably wondering how actually to catch a bull redfish. The good news is that they’re not too tricky to see as long as you use the right bait and equipment. We recommend using live shrimp, crabs, or mullet for live bait. If you’re using lures, any artificial shrimp or crab should do the trick; just be sure to bring a few extra lures, bull reds are big fish, and they fight when hooked!
Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or a beginner just getting started, we hope this guide has given you everything you need to know about fishing for bull redfish in Myrtle Beach this fall. Be sure to follow our tips on where to find them and what bait and equipment to use, and you’ll be sure to have a successful—and fun!—fishing trip. Happy fishing! If you’re eager to get out on the water and want to leave all the thinking, planning, and prep to someone else, book your trip today!