Area, state fishing report

March 28, 2013 

Estuary

Look for | Red drum, black drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, sheepshead.

Comments | Conditions have reverted to wintertime the last few weeks for anglers. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters reported a water temperature reading of a very winter-like 51 to 52 degrees on a couple of mid-week trips in the Little River vicinity. On Wednesday, Dickson produced 4 black drum, 3 red drum including two over the slot limit and 2 spotted seatrout. Dickson used DOAs and Gulp baits for the trout and used Gulp shrimp to catch the reds. “It’s been real quiet,” Dickson said of the conditions and the activity. “I feel like I’ve been going duck hunting.”

Inshore

Look for | Whiting, black drum, sheepshead.

Comments | Whiting continue to be caught off Grand Strand piers, plus a keeper 2-pound, 11-ounce black drum was landed off Apache Pier on Tuesday. Black drum have a slot limit of 14 to 27 inches. Look for sheepshead and black drum on near-shore hard-bottom areas and artificial reefs. Black sea bass are off-limits until June 1 and must be released. With a bit of warmer weather in the offing, look for bluefish to be arriving in the next few weeks. The surface ocean water temperature at Cherry Grove Pier was 53.26 degrees Thursday at 5:15 p.m. What a difference a year makes. A little over a year ago, on March 21, 2012, the Apache Pier Data Station reported a surface water temperature of 70.12 degrees.

Offshore

Look for | Wahoo, blackfin tuna, amberjack, triggerfish.

Comments | Capt. Shawn Thomas and crew aboard Underdog ventured offshore Saturday for a little trolling and had good success with wahoo and blackfin tuna. The crew caught four wahoo including one in the 70-pound range plus landed eight sizable blackfin tuna. Saturday appears to be offering another window of opportunity to get offshore. Action will only get better in the coming weeks with the arrival of dolphin to the mix eagerly anticipated. Vermilion snapper will be added to the few species that anglers can harvest while bottom fishing on April 1. However, shallow-water species of grouper (including gag, red and scamp), black sea bass and red snapper all currently cannot be harvest and must be released.

Freshwater

Look for | Bream, crappie, bass, catfish

Comments | The calendar says March, almost April, but the conditions say January or February on local rivers. The winter-time mode continues for now with bream hitting worms in 6 to 10 feet of water and crappie taking minnows in the same depths. Fisherman’s Headquarters reports angler Smithy Smith of Conway had a bit of a surprise by catching three red drum in the Ricefields vicinity earlier this week. The weekly bass tournament was held out of Socastee last Saturday with Shawn Tackett weighing in an aggregate of 6.4 pounds with a big fish of 2.13 pounds to win the event. Saturday’s tournament will also be held at the Socastee Swing Bridge from safe light to 2 p.m.

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