Area, state fishing report

April 4, 2013 

Estuary

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

Comments | Black drum made a good showing this week in local estuaries, and even a few flounder have been landed. Red drum catches have remained consistent while action for spotted seatrout has been slow. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a good trip on Tuesday, producing 13 red drum and a trout in the Winyah Bay vicinity. McDonald, who noted a water temperature of 55 degrees warming to 60, floated mud minnows along the banks to catch the reds. McDonald also caught black drum at the jetties on cut shrimp during the week. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River has had good success with red drum in the 16-to-18 inch range and black drum in the 2-to-4 pound range. Dickson caught his fish on fresh shrimp on the bottom on a Carolina rig. Dickson also landed a few keeper flounder on mud minnows, and one on a Gulp bait.

Inshore

Look for | Whiting, black drum, bluefish, sheepshead.

Comments | Not much has changed along the beach, not yet. Grand Strand piers report mainly a few catches of whiting this week, with black drum also a possibility. With warmer weather on the horizon, look for catches to pick up quickly including the arrival of bluefish soon. Sheepshead and black drum can be found on near-shore hard-bottom areas and artificial reefs. Black sea bass are there too, but must be released until June 1. The surface ocean water temperature at Apache Pier was 55.63 degrees Thursday at 9:45 a.m.

Offshore

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

Comments | Boats were able to get offshore last Saturday to prove that, indeed, action for wahoo and blackfin tuna is very good. With warming conditions on the way, the arrival of dolphin is imminent. Bottom fishing received a boost when vermilion snapper once again became fair game on April 1. However, shallow-water species of grouper (including gag, red and scamp), black sea bass and red snapper all currently cannot be harvested and must be released.

Freshwater

Look for | Bream, crappie, bass, catfish

Comments | There’s still a rise in the rivers and rain of the last few days will only add to it. Still, indications are that bream are moving in a little closer to the bank, reports Lisa Bean Rabon of Fisherman's Headquarters in Conway. Rabon noted local anglers Bob Causey and Luke Cannon had success fishing in the Bucksport area. Causey caught 14 bream, a catfish and a bass while Cannon produced 45 bream in two days of fishing. Rabon also noted the landing at Bucksport Marina is currently closed for renovations. April has arrived and bass are in bedding mode, which bodes well for the weekly bass tournament. Ryan and Warren Marsh won the weekly bass tournament with an aggregate of 7 pounds including a big fish of 3 pounds. Saturday's tournament will be held at Conway Marina.

By Gregg Holshouser, For The Sun News

State fishing

Santee Cooper system | Captain Jim Glenn reports there has been no particular pattern for catfish. Some shallow, some deep with no consistency from day to day. Much prospecting is required to locate and catch more fish. Reports on striper fishing the lakes have it generally slow and attributed to the beginning spawning migration. Weather patterns are also considered to be influential in the slow bite for both cats and stripers. Our spring seems to be seasonally a week or two late from the normal warm up. A warming influence will be in the area next week. It is anticipated that the bite will improve for catfish and probably stripers in the rivers as well. Largemouth fishing should also improve as more bass will move to the shallows to begin their spawn.

S.C. DNR

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