Folly Beach Fishing Pier September 2017 Fishing Forecast

This can be a particularly breezy month on the beach but the wind will benefit fishing conditions as long as it is fewer than 15 knots.  A good wind creates mud-lines in the aqua-colored ocean which serve as camouflage for predatory fish.  In addition, September is generally your closing chance to target those warm-water predatory species at the pier.

Jesse McLaurin with a Pompano

If it is anything like last year, the Florida Pompano will be plentiful as they favor Charleston’s 80°+ water.  Part of the Jack Family, Pompano exude tropical characteristics of a yellow silver color with a deep forked tail.  They are very fast swimmers with small teeth for bottom feeding in the shallow surf.  It isn’t uncommon to hook a lot in a short period of time.  They run in large schools and will bite if the bait is right.  I’ve seen both fresh and frozen shrimp produce successful results.

A common set-up is light tackle and rod with a bottom rig using size 1 plain shank hooks.  If you’re having trouble setting the hook, try cutting the shrimp into smaller half or third-size pieces.  With a bit of good fortune you may hook into the larger 2+ pound Pompano we’ve been seeing off the Folly Pier this year.  Ultimately they will migrate south as the Carolina water temperatures drop during fall.

Despite their slight fishy taste, Pompano have become a popular dish in the south.  Fillets can be prepared in numerous ways including baked, broiled, boiled, steamed, and of course fried.  One such famous plate is the Pompano en Papillote from New Orleans.  The fillets are baked in a pouch with white wine sauce, shrimp, and crabmeat.

Gather the crew and fish Folly’s last monthly tourney Saturday, September 23, 6:00 am-2:00 pm.  Also, groove under the stars at our final Moonlight Mixer Friday, September 15, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm.  Please visit for registration and admission rates.  See you at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier!



Joey Crawford

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

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