Last Updated on September 24, 2021 by Eric Bonneman
Fall officially started two days ago and it has us excited. Fall fishing in Georgetown, SC is among the best of the year. Let’s take a quick look at what to expect for 2021.
Species To Target In Fall
Fall in Georgetown is an inshore anglers paradise. All of the most popular gamefish species congregate in Winyah Bay alongside temperate weather and reduced boat traffic. This combination makes for a picture-perfect setting in one of the east coast’s most popular fisheries.
What Species Can We Target?
There is an awesome list of great-tasting and great fighting inshore species to target this fall.
- Black Drum
- Tarpon (Yep)
Fishing By The Month
Fall is a transitional season. In this, there is a unique combination of late summertime species and wintertime favorites that slowly change shifts (so to speak) during the season. To help better understand this, we broke it down by months below.
I mentioned tarpon earlier and this is where I will introduce that as part of the fall season. Tarpon here are part of a summertime migration and that is when they are best known for being targeted. However, early in Fall, this migration isn’t over yet. This allows for tarpon to still be targeted here in September.
Redfish, seatrout, and flounder are also readily available in September.
October may start with some lingering tarpon, but by the end of the month, they will have moved south for the winter. This will be your very last shot at a 2021 tarpon in the area.
A lot of focus will switch to redfish. October is a great time to target these “flats pumpkins” and the best part is, big bull redfish will be the order of the day. This species will be in the Winyah Bay marsh grasses in droves. This is by far a fall favorite in the area.
At the same time, black drum will be making a dramatic entrance on the scene showing up in great numbers.
Seatrout will maintain a strong presence in these backcountry waters.
There will also be more mackerel (king and Spanish) fishing opportunities along the nearshore fishery.
Temps will have dropped enough to know that tarpon are indeed long gone, and even those big bull reds will start moving offshore for the winter.
However, our resident fish will still be in the area and making their mark. These include seatrout, redfish, black drum, flounder, and others.
Fish With Us
We truly look forward to this time of year. Since the start of school, boat traffic decreases on the water, but also, temps are nicer, tarpon are still around, the season of big bull reds is upon us, and so much more make this season unlike any other.
Captain R.C. is looking forward to helping you plan your trip for a day on the water with Harvest Moon Fishing Charters, and we have set up some useful links below to get started.