Estuary• Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead
• Comments | Very good trout fishing continues in the Winyah Bay vicinity for Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service. McDonald produced 14 trout, two red drum and a ladyfish on a Tuesday trip, mainly fishing in North Inlet. McDonald used plastic grubs for the trout and caught the reds on menhaden. McDonald noted water in the bay continues to be muddy, with a water temperature at 78 on Thursday morning and 81 at midday. In Murrells Inlet, Jessica Perry of Perry’s Bait and Tackle reports flounder, red drum and black drum are available in the creeks, with black drum even caught near the Atlantic Ave. bridge. At the jetties, look for flounder, black drum and sheepshead.
Inshore• Look For | Spanish and king mackerel, cobia, bluefish, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, red drum, sheepshead.
• Comments | The inshore reefs continue to hold black sea bass, but the deeper spots are holding the most keepers. Black sea bass have a 13-inch minimum size limit with a 5 fish per person daily bag limit. Half-day party boat trips are producing good catches of black sea bass along with scattered grunts, tomtates and Atlantic sharp-nose sharks. The hot item on the near-shore reefs is spadefish, with sizable Spanish mackerel roaming through the same areas. Keep an eye out for cobia and have a live bait or bucktail jig ready to offer. Perry reports cobia and kings have been found on bait balls near the beach and near-shore spots such as Belky Bear and Paradise Reef (Three-Mile). On Grand Strand piers, whiting, black drum and pompano have been providing the most action but Spanish catches have been below par. Also look for bluefish, flounder, red drum and spadefish.
Offshore• Look For | Dolphin, wahoo, tuna, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, porgy.
• Comments | Capt. Robert Strickland of the New Inlet Princess out of Crazy Sister Marina/Capt. Dick’s in Murrells Inlet reports his 8-hour Continental Shelf trip is producing limit catches of black sea bass along with vermilion snapper, triggerfish and a few grouper. The best catches of black sea bass, Strickland notes, are in 70-90 feet of water. Strickland’s Gulf Stream trips are bringing in vermilion snapper, triggerfish, red porgy, black sea bass and grouper. Dolphin continue to provide the top action for trolling boats near the break and in the vicinity of the Gulf Stream. Blackfin tuna and wahoo are available, and action for billfish is very good, particularly sailfish and blue marlin.
Freshwater• Look For | Bream, catfish, bass.
• Comments | Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters reports bream and catfish are providing the best action on local rivers. Look for bream hitting crickets and worms in 2-3 feet of water in areas such as the Ricefields and Bucksport on the Waccamaw. Dunn reports bream are hitting crickets best. Catfish action is good, especially at night and on the Waccamaw, hitting eels and other cut and live bait. The hot weather has limited bass action to early and late in the day. Thursday’s bass tournament winner was Britt Brown (1.13 pounds) while Ryan Marsh won the Saturday tournament with an aggregate of 4.14 pounds and a lunker of 1.12 pounds.