Look For | Red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
Comments | More cold weather is in store for the weekend, slowing the progress of the spring fishing anglers are looking forward to. Activity will start to pick up in the next several weeks when warmer weather arrives. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River found a few fish on a Wednesday charter. “We picked at ’em – a handful of trout, a few black drum, a few reds,” said Dickson, who fished the Sunset Beach Bridge and on the ICW near Coquina Harbor. Dickson, who noted a water temperature of 55 degrees, caught the trout on chartreuse DOAs and the red and black drum on shrimp. Look for red drum, trout, black drum and sheepshead at local jetties.
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Look For | Whiting, black drum, sheepshead, croaker.
Comments | Whiting were showing up more consistently off Grand Strand piers early in the week with some fish to 14 inches caught. Overall, action remains slow off the piers as whiting are the main desirable catch, with a few undersized black drum also available. Look for black drum and sheepshead on near-shore artificial reefs and hard-bottom areas, but throw back the black sea bass that are off-limits until June 1. The surface ocean water temperature at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach was 55.37 degrees on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Look For | Wahoo, blackfin tuna, amberjack, triggerfish.
Comments | Wahoo are the best bet when conditions are right for trolling boats to make a run to the edge. Blackfin tuna are also in the mix. Bottom fishing is producing numerous species but amberjack, triggerfish, porgy and banded rudderfish are the main species that can be harvested. 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 | Water conditions remain high in the Pee Dee region, reports Lisa Bean Rabon of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway. “The water is in the swamps on the Little Pee Dee,” Rabon said. Rabon notes solid action for bream has been found closer to Winyah Bay, most notably the Ricefields vicinity. Look for bream in 6-10 feet of water hitting worms, with crappie in the same depths hitting minnows especially around ditch mouths and brush. Kaleb Gerald and Buddy Boyd won the weekly bass tournament at Conway with a three-fish aggregate of 6.1 pounds including a lunker of 3.3 pounds. This week’s tournament will be held at the Socastee Swing Bridge on Saturday from safe light to 2 p.m. “[Bass] are in pre-spawn, they’re biting pretty good,” said bass angler Don McLaud. “Wednesday is a full moon – that should get them excited.”
By Gregg Holshouser, For The Sun News
Santee Cooper system | Catfish: Slow to fair. Capt. Jim Glenn reports that the catfish bite has been slow and erratic, with weather systems seeming to have a negative impact. Better fishing should be nearby as temperatures warm and hopefully stabilize. For now. anglers have had some limited success with blue catfish both shallow and deep fishing cut bait. Largemouth bass: Slow to fair. Capt. Jimmie Hair reports the few that were caught could be very nice fish. The best pattern has been fishing square billed crankbaits 7-9 feet deep out in front of spawning areas at the mouths of creeks and outside of backwater ponds. Around eel grass a Rattle Trap has been effective for triggering reaction bites. On sunny afternoons fish have been coming shallower.