• Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout,
• Comments | Flounder continue to be the top catch in Murrells Inlet with scattered catches of red drum in the creeks, reports Jessica Perry of Perry’s Bait and Tackle. Perry also noted black drum, sheepshead and a few large reds are available at the jetties. On the south end, Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had good luck earlier in the week in Winyah Bay, producing 10 spotted seatrout, three reds and three flounder on Monday and 14 trout, five reds and three flounder on Tuesday. The super full moon along with rainfall put a damper on things later in the week. “There’s a lot of freshwater, a lot of muddy water in the bay,” said McDonald. “Right now we’re catching a few fish, mainly spottails (reds) around the grass, and a few trout.” McDonald noted a water temperature of 80 degrees in the bay.
• Look For | Spanish and king mackerel, cobia, bluefish, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, red drum, sheepshead.
• Comments | Spadefish continue to be the best bet on near-shore artificial reefs, but a necessity to catch the species – jelly balls – have been hard to come by, according to Perry. Also look for Spanish mackerel and cobia roaming the reefs with flounder and black sea bass on the bottom. Most black sea bass currently being caught near shore are under the 13-inch minimum size limit. There have been scattered catches of numerous species off Grand Strand piers this week. Whiting and Spanish mackerel are the best bet followed by blues, black drum, flounder, pompano and red drum. Summertime visitors such as ladyfish and bonnethead sharks have also been caught. The surface ocean water temperature at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach was 82.32 degrees Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
• Look For | Dolphin, wahoo, tuna, black sea bass, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, porgy.• Comments | Dolphin are scattered at the break in areas such as Winyah Scarp and the Georgetown Hole and appear to be more prevalent in shallower water. Stephen Arneson of Marlin Quay reports a boat earlier this week found a weedline in 70-90 feet of water and landed 14 dolphin from it. Don’t be surprised to have a sailfish encounter in the same depths. Look for blue marlin and sailfish at areas along the break. King mackerel are scattered in depths of 55-90 feet. Outstanding bottom fishing is available with large black sea bass, vermilion snapper and grouper leading the way. Also look for red porgy, triggerfish and amberjack. Red snapper are the only common reef species that currently cannot be harvested.
• Look For | Bream, catfish, bass.
• Comments | Despite high water on local rivers, Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway caught a nice mess of 23 bream earlier this week near Enterprise Landing at Socastee. Dunn said he caught the fish “where the water is running” near the bank using crickets in two feet of water. Bream action is also good in the Ricefields area. Dunn noted bream are also hitting popping bugs late in the afternoon. Catfish action continues to be good on eels and cut bait while bass action is slow overall, but best early and late in the day. The Saturday bass tournament was held out of Brown’s Ferry on the Black River, and was won by Carluss King with an aggregate of 5.09 pounds including a lunker of 3.02 pounds.