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Fishing News Within the Cherry Grove Pier from Jhon Smith's blog

The locals go nuts over only a little fish called "spots,", and the long anticipated spot run finally came and went. Spots arrived in great numbers on October 12th, and for about 6 days merry mayhem ruled on the pier. Anglers stood shoulder to shoulder, lead weights and spot rigs flying through the air. Absolutely everyone caught spots, whether they certainly were fishing for them or not. One band of 5 fishermen proudly boasted catching over 700 spots between them, and individual anglers who grumbled that they only caught several realized too late that those big catches came to those that were standing in the best location on the pier where in actuality the huge schools of spots happened to be at confirmed time.

Meanwhile, back at pier "central," that will be the bait and tackle shop at the front of the pier, a dauntless but harried, efficient but tired pier crew answered over 300 telephone calls each day in this period, with nearly each call you start with," Are the spots biting yet?" Always the same question, too! A few of the callers included demands for weather predictions, wind direction, specific time predictions for the initial spot to latch onto a land, and so on. One caller even asked Ronnie how the fish were biting last week, exactly when they certainly were likely to bite next week, and which specific dates he, the caller, should arrange for his vacation so he could be certain to catch fish. Ronnie's answer, perfected over time, suited the caller: "Mr., last week is history. In a few days is a puzzle, and if I could answer your third question, I would be in Las Vegas right now."

From then on busy week, the spots had shifted, and spot catching was not so prolific-none of the record numbers that we saw the last week. However, what makes angling, certainly life at Cherry Grove Pier, exciting is that you never know from one day to another location what'll happen. Just when the spots stopped biting, they started again. This past Saturday turned out to be one of the busiest with record-number catches exceeding the last numbers. Centered on previous history with fishing for spots, we could expect the next several weeks to end up like these past two-lively, then slow again. You only never know! We've seen some nice catches beyond spots, too-king mackerel, black drum, red drum, blue fish, and some Spanish mackerel.

At the same time that the spots kept the anglers hopping, Saturday, October 25th brought our adults and kids for the "Have a Kid Fishing" Tournament, hosted by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce fishing. Held from 8 am to 12 noon, the function saw a large attendance, inspite of the damp, windy weather. Each child received a goody bag with a "Have a Kid Fishing" tee shirt and many other things donated by area merchants, plus at mid-morning each received a snack, soft drinks, and water. Although the fish tended to remain in the water rather than allow themselves to be caught, the children had fun, and the adults delighted in aiding kids feel the joys of fishing.

In addition, the Cherry Grove Pier includes a resident celebrity: Pete the Pelican! Because he has discovered the blissful luxury of receiving free fishy hand-outs from people fishing along the pier, he has adopted the pier as his "turf," so to speak. He usually sits near the end of the pier and enjoys posting for pictures for the customers and even allows being touched now and then if the daring human agrees to move slowly. Fast movements cause the pelican to peck the offending hand. Just when the fishing weather moves from the balmy breeze to raw bone-piercing chill, we will likely see this self-appointed pier monitor drift off together with his pelican mates to locate warmer shores and wait to go back to Cherry Grove next spring.

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