Fishing report, July 10

July 10, 2014 

Estuary

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

•  Comments | Summertime fishing is well-entrenched in local estuaries which means a big variety of species are available including flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, bluefish, whiting and croaker. From Georgetown and areas south, tarpon are on hand for their annual summer visit. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service reports a scattered bite in the Georgetown vicinity with a few trout and black drum landed this week. On Tuesday, McDonald’s crew landed eight trout caught on live menhaden and mullet. “It’s been a scattered bite, we haven’t caught a whole lot of any one thing,” said McDonald, who continues to encounter numerous sharks on his trips in the Winyah Bay vicinity including bonnetheads and bull sharks.

Inshore

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

•  Comments | Spanish mackerel continue to be the best bet on the inshore waters in numerous areas from the near-shore artificial reefs to the vicinity of inlet passes to just beyond the surf line. The reefs continue to hold spadefish, weakfish, black sea bass and flounder with the occasional cobia or king mackerel showing up. Be aware of the 13-inch minimum size limit and 5-fish per person daily bag limit on black sea bass and 1-fish per person daily bag limit on weakfish (12 inch minimum size limit). A number of species are being landed off Grand Strand piers including Spanish, blues, whiting, croaker, flounder, black drum, sheepshead and spots. The ocean water temperature has cooled a bit over the last week to a reading of 80.23 degrees Thursday at 5 p.m. at Apache Pier.

Offshore

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

•  Comments | The 8-day 2014 red snapper season is on Friday through Sunday in the South Atlantic, with other days including July 18-20 andJuly 25-26. During each of the eight days, recreational anglers can harvest one red snapper per person with no size limit. After July 26, the species will again be closed to harvest. Otherwise, bottom fishing is excellent for vermilion snapper and black sea bass. Also expect to find grouper, triggerfish, porgy and amberjack. Dolphin can be found in a variety of depths around ledges and structure, and along weed lines. Dolphin have reportedly been caught in depths as shallow as 60 feet and 18-20 miles offshore. Sailfish encounters are also very common for trolling boats. Some very solid catches including a mix of blackfin tuna, wahoo and king mackerel. Underdog out of Murrells Inlet landed several dolphin and kings, a few blackfin tuna and a wahoo on a Wednesday trip.

Freshwater

•  Look For | Bream, catfish, bass, crappie

•  Comments | The rivers quickly recovered from the quick dousing of rain dropped by Hurricane Arthur a week ago, and bream fishing is back to its summertime norm – it is very good. Bream are hitting crickets and worms in 1-4 feet of water on the banks of the rivers. Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters reports top spots this week are the Ricefields, Wachesaw and Samworth areas along with the Little Pee Dee River from the Punch Bowl to the mouth of the Great Pee Dee. With water temperatures in the mid-80s, the catfish bite is best at night with fish hitting live and cut bait.

Gregg Holshouser

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