Finding my Passion for Fishing
Apr27

Finding my Passion for Fishing

I have been around fishing most of my life. Growing up on a farm offered a perfect opportunity to play along the banks of the pond that my dad carved out of the landscape. Inspired by clean, fresh springs, he worked for years with his bulldozer to create that pond, which would hold memories for all of us for years to come. He created a little island in the pond, not perfectly centered, but a spot that made our imaginations run wild. We would paddle over to the island in our small boat and set up camp, but mostly opted not to spend the night after the skies turned dark and the sounds of nature seemed a little too close for comfort. We caught plenty of bass and brim, and often spotted bullfrogs, snapping turtles, lots of snakes, and occasional visitors such as geese and ducks. Many years later, I look out over the most beautiful waters one could imagine: Murrells Inlet! My husband and I have been blessed to live here almost a decade. Since we have a dock and a 15-foot Whaler—which happens to be the perfect size boat to fish the inlet—you would think that we would be out on the water all the time and would be excellent anglers. But I have to confess it is quite the contrary. Don’t misunderstand. We have had some exciting times. We especially love to fish the jetties for red drum and have taken some beauties there. The excitement and adrenaline rush fishing in the rough waters is what we enjoy most. Realizing that this was not the safest thing to do (we frequently saw the remains of wrecked boats smashed on the jetties), we decided to try flounder fishing, which we could enjoy in calmer waters. We found flounder fishing to be a bit boring, but not because we were so good at it. Without a doubt, we have not had very much luck fishing for flounder. So, I ask myself: What can I do to make fishing more enjoyable? I know what some of you are thinking . . . I would rather be hunting, right? Truthfully, the answer is yes. Fishing will never take the place of my passion for hunting. But hunting season is over now, with the exception of predator hunting, so it is only natural that I would turn my attention to fishing, a wonderful outdoor sport that is right at my backdoor! My husband is an experienced off-shore fisherman and has enjoyed many wonderful fishing outings throughout his life. He has tried to get me more excited about it by taking me...

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It’s Summertime, Fish are Jumpin and…
Aug19

It’s Summertime, Fish are Jumpin and…

Oh yeah! It’s summertime alright! But your Daddy doesn’t have to be rich nor your Mama good lookin to be successful hooking up with some fish!   Jessica with Perry’s Bait & Tackle is here to help us navigate hot weather fishing on these beautiful coastal waters! Fishing Report: Veteran Pier – Some Black Drum off Veteran Pier and the south end of Murrells Inlet in pretty good numbers – 1-10 keeper ratio. The Inlet- Few Flounder reports and some slot size Red Drum showing up on Perry’s finger mullets. Surf Fishing- Some Whiting and Croakers off the beaches.  Weakfish (Summer trout/gray trout) off ledges and the beach  in front of the Holiday Inn just north of Surfside Pier- Just remember, these trout need to be 12 inches to keep and be aware….        ONLY one per person. Shark activity off the beaches at night- Blacktip and Atlantic Shark Nose off the surf and the south end of Garden City near the sea walls. The Jetties–  Speckled Trout (winter trout) at the Murrells Inlet Jetties as well as the north end of Pawley’s Island. This is not typical this time of year and they are catching them on Perry’s live shrimp under popping corks or click clackers or vudu shrimp.  Fish the same way for  Flounder. The Pier- Just in- Breaking News!  As of yesterday, August 18th,  we are having a dissolved oxygen issue in the Inlet.  This means that the Flounder are pushing outside of the Inlet to the jetties, beaches, and pier in LARGE NUMBERS!!!!!! Jessica also indicated that any minute she is waiting for the Bull Reds to show up at our jetties and ledges. Spots also should be migrating in very soon.  So, hush little babies, don’t you cry about no fish because of the heat!  Get over to Perry’s, and talk to Jessica.  She will put you on the right bait for the right fish so you can have right good time out on the water! For those of you who love incredible photography, check out  Austin Bond Photography  for some of the most exciting photos of our beautiful coast.  “Summertime” was composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess is one of my all time favorites. This was our go to “lullaby” to sing to our babies way back when!!       Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Something is lurking in our Inlet waters!!!!   Jessica’s Fishing Report
Jun10

Something is lurking in our Inlet waters!!!! Jessica’s Fishing Report

Have you seen it? Sightings have been coming in from Mt. Gilead and all along the canals in Murrells Inlet. Is it a Sailfish? No, a Dolphin? NO!!!… its a SHARK!!! Right after our last big storm the end of May, it has been spotted by a lot of different people. It seems like it has found a great place to munch on a lot of mullet and it is sticking around. So keep your eyes open! Speaking of Sharks…. You are not allowed to target sharks when fishing off the pier, but be warned, they are swarming around. If you want to fish for sharks, it is legal in Georgetown County ( 2 blocks south of Garden City Pier). Reports of 5 to 6 ft. Spinners, Black Tips, and Atlantic Sharpnose have been caught. A young man caught a good sized Hammerhead this week with Perry’s shrimp. If shark fishing is not on your radar, here is what is happening in this weeks Fishing Report: The Pier– We have had a lot of Whiting after the rain, random Founder, Croakers, Weakfish,  Blues, and Spanish. The Inlet– Some Flounder on the falling tide, but the vast majority are being caught on the rising tide. A 4 pounder came in yesterday.  Also reports of  Red Drum within and slightly above slot limit on the north end of Garden City Canal as well as the causeway at GC.  Also some reports of Black Drum in deeper holes and Blues and Whiting out near the mouth of the Inlet. Surf Fishing– Good reports of Pompano, Blues, and Whiting mainly and some Weakfish and Speckled Trout mixed in with best reports coming from The South end of Georgetown County, in and around the sea walls, and the length of Huntington Beach State Park., as well as the stretch from Surfside Pier to Springmaid Pier: Veteran Pier– Random Black Drum, Flounder, Croakers, Pinfish, Skates. The Jetties– Producing  some Sheepshead caught with fiddler crabs and live sand fleas and even dead shrimp by surprise. As far as the closer offshore reefs, larger Gulf Flounder being caught at 3 mile along with Cobia and Weakfish,  Spanish some days, other days trolling south of the 1 mile bouy has been effective. Kings starting to push out a little deeper from Belkie Bear with red skirts and live bait rigs working best at the moment.  Spade Fish at 10 Mile.  Squid can be used in lieu of jelly balls.  Parking Lot and Bill Perry would be a good starting point for Mahi. Remember, you can access Perry’s by water -pull right up to the dock! Would love to hear some of your fishing tales,...

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What’s Shakin – What’s Biting in Murrells Inlet?  fishing report.
May17

What’s Shakin – What’s Biting in Murrells Inlet? fishing report.

What’s shakin – what’s biting in Murrells Inlet? The thunder of Harley’s is all about us in Murrells Inlet for the annual spring motorcycle rally with record attendance expected this beautiful week in May.  But fishing is what draws residents and visitors alike to our beautiful waters all year round!  What’s biting???  I stopped by and asked Jessica for an update and here is her report: Keeper Flounder,  slot sized Redfish and Black drum reports are coming in.  Blues and Whitings are running the beaches as well as Spanish Mackerel and a few nice sized Pompano. Sheepshead and bull Redfish reports are coming in from the jetties in Murrells Inlet and Georgetown, especially. The three mile reef has reports with summer trout, small King Mackerel and Weakfish in addition to Spanish and a few Cobia.  A lot of guys bait ball fishing for them on the days the Menhaden are there (running the beaches).  It’s the only time of year guys with smaller boats have access to these fish.  Guys are ripping lures or bulk tails with live eels (now available at Perry’s)/squid or eel type simulators.  Larger King Mackerel out at Belkie Bear (a reef about 12 miles out).  A large number of Mahi, with Wahoo, and Blackfin mixed in for guys fishing the Gulf Stream. Boy if that does not get you excited….. If you are not fishing or riding your Harley, there is plenty more to do on our famous Marshwalk … but bring an appetite for great seafood and plenty of entertainment. Be sure to call Jessica at Perry’s Bait and Tackle -(843) 651-2895 with any questions you have and to get that fresh bait that will make your fishing trip a fun and successful journey Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Meet Jessica, She’s Fit to be Tied!
Apr30

Meet Jessica, She’s Fit to be Tied!

When you think of a bait and tackle shop, rarely do you expect to find someone like Jessica.  But, in Murrells Inlet, she is the first person you think of. Widely known for her prowess with  everything from tying rigs to knowing the hot fishing spots on any given day, Jessica lives and loves everything to do with fishing. You can’t miss the bait shop with its bright pop of aqua blue and red as you are driving down Highway Business 17 in Murrells Inlet, SC. The open air shop circa 1954, was rolled up with logs from its original site on the creek in 1971 by Winston Perry and Jessica attributes most everything she knows about tying rigs to him. With generations of Perry’s wisdom for tying rigs, Jessica was a fast learner and the speed at which she ties will amaze you.  Perry’s Bait and Tackle  is part quaint, and part chaos with its size challenged space. Jessica rotates her stock seasonally so you will find just about anything you need.  With her artistic flare, wall art is the backdrop for rods and reels, tee shirts, bandanas, decals, and lots of lures! But fresh bait is what keeps fisherman coming back and the fact that along with the bait, you get the fishing tips and  advice from Jessica makes it a must for any fisherman, novice or experienced.  It takes patience when fishing and with Jessica,  her patience is evident with her customers. She takes time with each and everyone to find out what they are fishing for, where they are going, and anything else she needs to know to help make sure their experience is a great one.  “They feel at home with me and there are no dumb questions” she states. What makes her bait shop special is the fact that salt pipes from the creek flow through the tanks which keeps her bait fresh and  90% of  the bait caught locally.  Fisherman can pull right up to the dock, tie up and get bait, ice, snacks,  or stop by the shop on Business 17- whichever they choose. You might say that Jessica has some salty language which she makes no apology for.  “What you see is what you get.  I’m around dudes all day and commercial fishermen don’t have the cleanest mouths.” she explains.  And, they love her!  Jessica majored in chemistry and biology at East Carolina University and she realized that her path to becoming a pharmacist was going nowhere.  She wanted to be outside and wanted to get her hands dirty….and that she does!  She has been featured on rigging segments with  Reelin...

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Thinking About Fishing
Feb25

Thinking About Fishing

My “backyard” beckons … I have been all about hunting for months now.   With the beautiful waters of Murrells Inlet in my backyard,  I am reminded of the amazing opportunity there is to get out in the Inlet and fish.  But now is not the time.  The waters are cold and the fish are not biting.  But, Spring is around the corner.  For now, there is turkey season on the horizon.  That is all right with me.  I have some calling to practice and gear to get ready.  Dates have been booked for hunts and I can’t wait to get back in the woods. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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