Estuary• Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
• Comments | Local rivers are flooding, and it is reflected in the Winyah Bay and Santee River vicinity. “From North Inlet to Bulls Bay you’re going to be fishing in muddy water,” said Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service. But don’t give up on the fish. In just 2 ½ hours of fishing McDonald produced 13 red drum and a trout on Thursday morning while floating mud minnows. McDonald notes water temperatures are in the low 80s at high tide and the mid-to-upper 80s at low tide. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Charters in Little River has had success live-baiting too, using mullet and mud minnows to catch flounder, red drum and trout at Tubbs Inlet and Bonaparte Creek. Tom Craddock of Inlet Convenience reports good catches of flounder with the majority of fish under the 14-inch minimum size limit in Murrells Inlet. Red drum action has been good in the creeks, Craddock says, with a good number of fish landed in the upper end of the 15-23 inch slot limit.
Inshore• Look For | Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, red drum, sheepshead.
• Comments | Capt. Jason Burton out of Marlin Quay Marina found some clearing water and birds working in the 2-4 mile range off of Murrells Inlet Thursday and produced several large Spanish mackerel and a king. Also look for Spanish near artificial reefs and inlet passes at Little River and Murrells Inlet. The inshore reefs are holding spadefish, flounder and black sea bass, but most of the black sea bass are under the 13-inch minimum size limit. With murky water dominating the surf this week, catches have only been fair on Grand Strand piers for whiting, black drum, pompano, flounder, sheepshead, bluefish and Spanish. The surface ocean water temperature at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach was a balmy 86.73 degrees at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
• Look For | Dolphin, wahoo, tuna, black sea bass, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, porgy.• Comments | Wednesday offered a window of opportunity to head offshore and numerous local boats took advantage. Trolling action near the break and beyond produced improved catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna along with staple catches of dolphin. Genuine Risk out of Georgetown Landing Marina had a very productive trolling day, landing six wahoo, 11 dolphin, a blackfin and a king. Genuine Risk out of Marlin Quay caught eight dolphin, two wahoo and a king. In addition, sailfish encounters are common. Bottom fishing is producing large black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy and grouper plus triggerfish and amberjack. Red snapper are the only common reef species that currently cannot be harvested.
Freshwater• Look For | Bream, catfish, bass.
• Comments | The area received another heavy dousing of rain on Wednesday which is exactly what flooding local rivers didn’t need. Bream, catfish and bass are available but anglers are urged to be wary of floating objects in the water and to respect flooded property by watching their wake. Danny Martin won the Saturday bass tournament with an aggregate of 5.01 pounds including a 2.15-pound lunker.