The locals go nuts over only a little fish called "spots,", and the long anticipated spot run finally came and went. Spots showed up in great numbers on October 12th, and for around 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 were fishing for them or not. One group of 5 fishermen proudly boasted catching over 700 spots between them, and individual anglers who grumbled that they only caught a few realized too late that those big catches came to people who were standing in the right location on the pier where in actuality the huge schools of spots were at certain time.
Meanwhile, back at pier "central," which will be the bait and tackle shop in front of the pier, a dauntless but harried, efficient but tired pier crew answered over 300 telephone calls per day in this period, with nearly each call beginning with," Are the spots biting yet?" Always the exact same question, too! Some of the callers included demands for weather predictions, wind direction, specific time predictions for the first spot to latch onto a hook, and so on. One caller even asked Ronnie how a fish were biting a week ago, exactly when they were expected to bite in a few days, and which specific dates he, the caller, should arrange for his vacation so that he might be certain to catch fish. Ronnie's answer, perfected with time, suited the caller: "Mr., a week ago is history. In a few days is a puzzle, and if I possibly could answer your third question, I could be in Las Vegas right now."
After that busy week, the spots had managed to move on, and spot catching wasn't so prolific-none of the record numbers that individuals saw the prior week. However, why is angling, certainly life at Cherry Grove Pier, exciting is that there is a constant know from 1 day to another location what will happen. Just when the spots stopped biting, they started again. Earlier this Saturday proved to be one of the busiest with record-number catches exceeding the prior numbers. Predicated on previous history with fishing for spots, we are able to expect the next many weeks to end up like these past two-lively, then slow again. You merely 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 trout, hosted by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. Held from 8 am to 12 noon, the big event saw a large attendance, despite the damp, windy weather. Each child received a goody bag with a "Have a Kid Fishing" tee shirt and many other items donated by area merchants, plus at mid-morning each received a treat, soft drinks, and water. Even though fish tended to remain in the water as opposed to allow themselves to be caught, the children had fun, and the adults delighted in aiding kids go through the joys of fishing.
By the way, the Cherry Grove Pier has a resident celebrity: Pete the Pelican! Because he has discovered the true luxury of receiving free fishy hand-outs from people fishing across the pier, he has adopted the pier as his "turf," so to speak. He usually sits near the conclusion 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 go slowly. Fast movements cause the pelican to peck the offending hand. Just when the fishing weather moves from a balmy breeze to raw bone-piercing chill, we will most likely see this self-appointed pier monitor drift off along with his pelican mates to locate warmer shores and wait to come back to Cherry Grove next spring.