Look For | Black drum, flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, bluefish.
Comments | Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Guide Service in Little River has had very good success this week with red drum in the 16-20 inch range while fishing behind Sunset Beach and Bonaparte Creek. Dickson has used mud minnows on a jig head to catch his fish. Flounder are available on the north end, especially in Cherry Grove Inlet but most fish are under South Carolina’s 14-inch minimum size limit. Dickson also noted catches of black drum have been good, especially around Sunset Beach Bridge with numerous fish in the 2-4 pound range. Jessica Perry of Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrells Inlet reports flounder catches are good in the inlet with an improving number of keepers being caught. Perry notes the jetties are producing flounder and bull red drum while red and black drum can be found in the inlet. Look for black drum along the main channel of the inlet, hitting cut shrimp. Slot reds are in the creeks.
Look For | Whiting, black drum, flounder, bluefish.
Comments | Whiting catches have picked up along the beach in both size and numbers of fish as numerous fish over a pound have been landed off Grand Strand piers. Bluefish have also made the scene in a big way over the past week, including two in the 8 ½ pound range caught off Cherry Grove Pier last weekend. A few keeper flounder over the 14-inch minimum size limit have been caught, along with black drum and red drum. The Pier at Garden City reports a 19-inch red drum was landed this week. There have been no confirmed reports of Spanish mackerel caught this week, but they should arrive any day now. The surface ocean water temperature was 65.49 degrees Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach. Nearshore artificial reefs and hard-bottom areas are producing sheepshead and flounder but remember to release the black sea bass until June 1. Cobia are becoming more of a possibility as each day passes.
Look for | Wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, amberjack, triggerfish.
Comments | The weather has been generally uncooperative for offshore anglers itching to get in some trolling action for wahoo, dolphin and tuna. But when weather permits, the fish are there and dolphin numbers are steadily on the increase. Georgetown Landing Marina reports Greg Weathers and crew made it offshore Wednesday and brought home three wahoo in the 40-pound range, two dolphin and a blackfin tuna. Bottom fishermen are anticipating the opening of shallow-water species of grouper on May 1, next Wednesday. For now, reef fishermen can keep vermilion snapper, triggerfish, amberjack and porgy. Black sea bass are closed until June 1 and red snapper are closed indefinitely.
Look For | Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.
Comments | The bream are back on the banks in local rivers, hitting both crickets and worms in 3-4 feet of water. Conway angler Luke Cannon caught a limit of bream near Bucksport on both Saturday and Sunday. Top areas are Bucksport, Yauhannah and Ricefields. Lisa Bean Rabon of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway reports very good catches of catfish, especially in the Yauhannah area. Don McLaud won the bass tournament held April 18 (Thursday) with a big fish of 1.5 pounds while Kyle Johnson won the Saturday tournament with an aggregate of 5.10 pounds including a big fish of 2.13 pounds. Saturday’s tournament will be held at Conway Marina, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 246-1789 for more information.
Compiled by Gregg Holshouser