Look For | Red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
Comments | With high tides and muddy water in many areas, action has been slow in local inlets, bays and sounds this past week. Cooler-than-normal water temperatures from 49 to 52 degrees and breezy days haven’t helped, either. Look for red drum along grass banks, oyster bars and shallow flats. Spotted seatrout and black drum are also available in the inlets. Look for reds, trout, black drum and sheepshead at area jetties.
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Look For | Black drum, sheepshead, croaker.
Comments | The surface ocean water temperature at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach was 52.65 degrees on Thursday at 4 p.m. Despite the chilly water temperature for mid-March, whiting have made a showing on some Grand Strand piers this week. Action will only continue to pick up as the water temperature warms in the coming weeks. Black drum and sheepshead are available on near-shore artificial reefs. Black sea bass are there also but can’t be harvested by recreational anglers until June 1.
Look For | Wahoo, blackfin tuna, amberjack, triggerfish.
Comments | The weekend looks breezy and rough for the offshore waters, but at least the water temperature is on the rise. Look for wahoo roaming the offshore ledges with blackfin tuna also a possibility for trolling boats. Amberjack, triggerfish, porgy and banded rudderfish are the main species bottom fishermen can harvest. Numerous species cannot be kept currently including black sea bass (closed until June 1), shallow-water grouper species (closed until May 1) and vermilion snapper (closed until April 1). Also, red snapper are closed indefinitely.
Look For | Bream, crappie, bass, catfish.
Comments | “The water’s still a little high but it’s not as muddy since the rain has died down,” said Lisa Bean Rabon of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway. With warmer weather finally arriving, bream activity is on the upswing. Look for bream in 6-9 feet of water hitting worms on the bottom. Crappie are in the same depths taking minnows around ditch mouths and brush. Top areas are Yauhannah, Bucksport, Bucksville and Conway. Earlier this week, Luke Cannon of Conway landed 17 bream while fishing in the Bucksport vicinity. Tom Alexander took top honors in the weekly bass tournament with an aggregate of 5.5 pounds. Ryan Marsh landed the lunker with 2.3 pounds. The tournament will be held out of Conway Marina Saturday from safe light to 2 p.m. For more information, call Fisherman’s Headquarters at 843-246-1789 or Don McLaud at 843-855-9667.
By Gregg Holshouser, For The Sun News
Santee Cooper system | Catfish: Fair. In both lakes the catfish bite has been inconsistent, with fish feeding well some days and other days being a little slower. After a prolonged period of low water temperatures the catfish’s metabolism will inevitably slow and they will feed less. Move from deep to shallow water depending on the location of the fish. Try drifting gizzard shad chunks or anchoring with cut baits, and don’t be afraid to look shallow. Crappie: Fair. With the cold water crappie fishing has dropped off, and fish are in a winter pattern. Fish are moving out of brush and moving along the ledges and creek channels.