Beach Fishing Pier
Charles with his 4-pound, 12-ounce Black Drum
Hurricanes, Labor Day celebrations, and the starting of school, oh my. When will we ever have time to fish in September with all these obligations? 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 we expect the trend 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 3-plus pound 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 – from juveniles to big, bull reds – being caught. We’ve already had a few big reds measure in at over 3 feet in length. As always, follow South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’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. In addition, every fish weighed this summer at the Folly and Mount Pleasant piers will earn points for prizes awarded to the top anglers at the end of the season. Last but not least, come join us out on the Edge of America for a shagging good time. That’s right, Moonlight Mixers are back out on the Folly Beach Pier, with the next one being held on Friday, September 16 from 7:00pm-11:00pm. For more information, be sure to check out CharlestonCountyParks.com.
Folly Beach Fishing Pier