Fishing report: July 25

July 25, 2013 

Estuary

•  Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.

•  Comments | There is still plenty of freshwater infiltrating Little River and the Winyah Bay vicinity, but there are also a good number of fish being caught. “We’ve still got a lot of freshwater, muddy water,” said Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown. “The bait is still hard to find in the bay.” But McDonald still produced 14 red drum and two trout on floated cut shrimp on a Wednesday half-day trip in the bay. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River has had success with reds, trout and flounder at the jetties and in the creeks at low tide. “We’ve got so much freshwater up here, it seems like for the reds, something with a little scent may work a little better than live bait,” said Dickson.

Inshore

•  Look For | Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, red drum, sheepshead.

•  Comments | Capt. Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing has had good success working near-shore artificial reefs and live bottom areas for spadefish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, a few kings and sharks. The spadefish bite, in particular, continues to be good. Black sea bass can be found in the same areas but most are under the 13-inch minimum size limit. The water conditions along the beach have improved some this week but fishing is fair at best. Grand Strand piers are producing scattered catches of whiting, flounder, sheepshead, pompano, black drum, bluefish and Spanish. The surface ocean water temperature at Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach was 81.63 degrees at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Offshore

•  Look For | Dolphin, wahoo, tuna, black sea bass, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, porgy.

•  Comments | Trolling for dolphin, wahoo and blackfin tuna continues to be decent in areas at the break such as Georgetown Hole, Winyah Scarp and Black Jack Hole. Sailfish are on the roam in the same areas. Dolphin can also be found on spots a little closer in, such as the Parking Lot. Bottom fishing continues to be very good on the offshore ledges for large black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy and grouper in addition to triggerfish and amberjack. Red snapper are the only common reef species that currently cannot be harvested.

Freshwater

•  Look For | Bream, catfish, bass.

•  Comments | Flooding conditions are still the rule on local rivers. “The Waccamaw is really not very fishable yet,” said local angler Don McLaud. “It’s making a little bit of a tide at Ricefields but we still need it to go down a couple feet.” Shawn Tackett won the weekly bass tournament with a 5.11-pound aggregate including a lunker of 2.15 pounds. This week’s tournament will be held at Brown’s Ferry, safe light to 1 p.m.

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