Look For: Flounder, spotted seatrout, black drum, red drum, sheepshead, bluefish.
Comments: Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters reports fishing is very good in the estuaries in the Little River area. “We’ve had some great trips the last few days,” said Kelly, who has fished the Sunset Beach, Little River Inlet and Dunn Sound areas. Kelly has caught smaller spotted seatrout on live shrimp on popping corks and used top-water lures such as Mirrolures to land larger trout. Kelly has used live shrimp on a 1/4-ounce jig head to catch black drum and flounder, and cut mullet on the same jig head to target red drum. Flounder have also been receptive to Berkeley Gulp Shrimp and Shad (pearl white). Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a solid trip on Wednesday catching red drum and croaker while floating cut shrimp in Winyah Bay. McDonald noted a water temperature of 78 degrees on the trip. Capt. Jeff Maples of Reel Salty Charters has had solid success with flounder and black drum this week in Murrells Inlet.
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Look For: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, spadefish, flounder, black sea bass, weakfish, whiting, croaker, pompano, flounder, black drum, red drum.
Comments: Kings were very active on the mid-range bottom spots such as Belky Bear and the Jungle early this week, but catches slowed in the last few days. The slow-down is temporary though, and look for concentrations of kings in depths of 50 feet and beyond, hitting slow-trolled live bait such as menhaden or dead bait such as cigar minnows. Don’t be mistaken though, kings can be found anywhere from the beach on out where baitfish is prevalent. Maples of Reel Salty Charters has had best success on down-riggers. The near-shore bottom spots are holding spadefish, weakfish, black sea bass and flounder. “There are some good size flounder showing up,” said Maples, who caught a 3.8-pounder on Monday. There have been scattered catches of several species on Grand Strand piers including whiting, croaker, spots, blues, Spanish mackerel, flounder, pompano and the occasional black or red drum. Scott Skrzydlinski of Cherry Grove Pier reported a surface water temperature of 80 degrees with a bottom temperature of 79 late Thursday afternoon. Cobia cannot be harvested in 2017 in South Carolina waters (to three miles offshore) or federal waters (beyond three miles) and must be released.
Look For: Dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, grouper, amberjack, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts.
Comments: As we get deeper into June, dolphin are becoming more scattered, as is expected at this time. “The dolphin are kind of sporadic,” said Ed Keelin, general manager of Georgetown Landing Marina. “If you find them you can get them good but it's kind of spotty.” A few tuna and wahoo have accented the catches for trolling boats. “I think the wahoo and some dolphin have pushed into that shallower water,” said Keelin. “You should be be able to catch some scattered in with the kings in 90 feet of water.” Look for sailfish encounters to be on the rise. Bottom fishing is very good at present, especially in depths of 90 feet and beyond. Look for vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts, amberjack and grouper. Red snapper must be released in the South Atlantic region. Cobia cannot be harvested in 2017 in South Carolina waters (to three miles offshore) or federal waters (beyond three miles) and must be released.
Look For: Bream, catfish, bass, crappie.
Comments: The Little Pee Dee River has dropped to a very fishable level and the bream-fishing fanatics have taken advantage this week. The Little Pee Dee at Galivants Ferry was at 4.54 feet Thursday, and anglers have been catching limits of bream, including bluegill, warmouth and shellcracker. Look for fish in 2-4 feet of water along the banks, with most anglers floating crickets and some using worms. “The fishing’s been really good,” said Ronald Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway. “The Waccamaw, the Little Pee Dee, Black River, Ricefields, they're all on fire right now.” Stalvey was actually glad – for the Little Pee Dee’s sake – to see rain in the forecast. “I’m kinda glad we’re getting the rain,” said Stalvey. “The Little Pee Dee was falling so fast it was going to dry up.” Stalvey also said catfish activity is very good with fish hitting a variety of bait including eels, black salties and goldfish.