Fishing report, June 19

June 19, 2014 

Estuary

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

•  Comments | Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters inhas caught red drum, spotted seatrout and flounder this week, but the top action has been for reds at the Little River jetties. Dickson has used menhaden to catch and release reds in the 25-35 inch range. The slot limit for red drum in South Carolina waters is 15 to 23 inches. Dickson has also caught trout while floating live shrimp and flounder on menhaden in Tubbs Inlet. Dickson noted the water temperature at midday Thursday at the tip of the Little River jetties was 80.7 degrees. Tom Craddock of Inlet Convenience and Fishing Supplies in Murrells Inlet reports flounder catches continue to be good in the inlet, with a better number of keepers being caught. South Carolina’s minimum size for flounder is 14 inches. Also look for sheepshead, trout and flounder at area jetties.

Inshore

•  Look For | Spanish mackerel, cobia, king mackerel, bluefish, weakfish, black sea bass, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, croaker.

•  Comments | Catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish continue to be excellent, especially around the near-shore reefs and inlet passes. Cobia encounters continue to be common, with the General Sherman wreck off Little River a hot spot. The reefs are also producing good catches of spadefish and flounder. A variety of species are being caught off Grand Strand piers with bluefish, Spanish and whiting providing the best action. Other species available include pompano, flounder, sheepshead and black drum. A 3-pound, 6-ounce sheepshead was caught off the Pier at Garden City. The ocean water temperature was 83.42 Thursday at 5 p.m. at Cherry Grove Pier.

Offshore

•  Look For | Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, amberjack.

•  Comments | Dolphin catches remain good in the offshore waters, but fish have certainly spread out over the last few weeks. ``It’s not on fire like it was a month ago, but they’re out there,’’ said Capt. Shawn Thomas of the charter boat Underdog, out of Murrells Inlet, who boated a 34-pound dolphin Saturday. ``The main (part) of the Gulf Stream is way offshore right now, but I’ve caught mahi (dolphin) from 1,000 feet to 120 feet (deep). That’s about 15 miles to cover. We’re still finding them but we’re covering a lot of water. There’s some decent fish out there but there’s a lot of slingers too.’’ Blackfin tuna and wahoo are also available and, as Thomas noted, ``barracuda are starting to show up a good bit.’’ Thomas has found wahoo in 120 to 140 feet of water. Bottom fishing is very good for grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack. Red snapper cannot be harvested in the South Atlantic region and must be released.

Freshwater

•  Look For | Bream, catfish, bass, crappie

•  Comments | Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway reports they’ve been tearing the bream up this week on local rivers. Look for bream, shellcracker and morgans on the banks in 1 to 3 feet of water hitting crickets and worms. Catches of catfish have been on the upswing with fish hitting live or cut bait, including eels and mullet. The water temperature is certainly summer-like on the rivers, with a reading of 84-85 degrees Thursday afternoon at Hagley Landing on the Waccamaw River.

Gregg Holshouser

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