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  • Speckled Trout on the Mt. Pleasant Pier

    The fishing season has started off pretty good for Gerald Granier or aka “Jigging Jerry” of Charleston off the Mt. Pleasant Pier. So far, he has netted a 20-in speckled trout, and the season has just started.

    Last year, Granier finished up the 2013 season with a 24-inch fish, which weighed four pounds, nine ounces, on Dec. 31. This was the largest speckled trout ever taken off the Mount Pleasant Pier.

    Granier says that the trout fishing is slower this time of year because the trout move into deeper water, but this does not mean that you can’t catch them. On warm, sunny days the trout will move back into the grass or under the pier on an afternoon high tide.

    Generally, Granier likes to throw a light colored artificial shrimp pattern this time of year. He will work the lure along the grass and around the oyster beds near the pier, or cast underneath the pier a few feet from the footers.

    After letting the lure drop down, Granier gives the rod a double twitch to get the trout’s attention. Hopefully, a large trout will be waiting to ambush the lure.

    Granier says that the schooling trout are limited this time of the year, but the fish that are caught could be a “wall hanger” or at least big enough for the skillet.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach Corley