About Cape Romain, McClellanville
Bulls Bay | McClellanville | Cape Romain
This undeveloped stretch of coastline is one of the largest on the eastern seaboard with over 60 Miles of uninhabited beaches and barrier islands. Due to its isolation, this fishery is relatively unpressured which makes for some phenomenal fishing year around. On an average day in the peak fishing season, you could expect to only see five other boats on the water. The Mullet Run in September will ignite a Tarpon feeding frenzy before they migrate back south and Surf Fishing in the late Fall are the main events for this area. Not to be overlooked, World class Redfishing can happen year around on the flats and back waters and the Speckled Trout Population is thriving in the estuaries in and around Bulls Bay and Cape Romain.
The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge includes a 22-mile stretch of South Carolina coast, consisting of over 60,000 acres of wetlands, barrier islands and maritime forests. Three Barrier Islands are included in the refuge; Bulls Island, Cape Island, and Lighthouse Island where two lighthouses, no longer operational, still stand.
Bulls Bay is large shallow body of water that stretches almost 6 miles to the south of Cape Romain. This area is a hot spot for tarpon fishing, trout, and bull redfish. Fishing in Bulls Bay can be very productive but anglers who are not familiar with Bulls Bay should be aware of the many hazards this area can present.
The two lighthouses located on Lighthouse Island have a very fascinating history. The lighthouse Keeper in the early 1900s was a Norwegian who enjoyed the isolation of the desolate island. His wife, however, did not share his enthusiasm. She was awfully homesick and begged her husband to take an extended trip to Norway to visit family and friends. Her husband would hear nothing of it, and the topic was the cause of many arguments between the couple. Finally, she told him she was leaving for Norway and out of rage, the Keeper grabbed a kitchen knife and cut short his wife’s travel plans and her life. When asked how his wife had died, the Keeper said that his wife had committed suicide. The truth was not known until the Keeper confessed to the killing on his deathbed.