| Red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead.
| Fishing has been virtually at a standstill since Monday in local estuaries. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River was out there on that last fishable day and had very good success with red drum at the Little River jetties. Dickson used a 4-inch Vudu artificial shrimp to catch numerous reds in the 24-27 inch range, except for one that measured 32 inches, weighing about 11 pounds. “It was fun,” said Dickson. On Saturday, Dickson found small trout hitting Mirrolures at Coquina Harbor. The trout also hit chartreuse DOA shrimp and a paddle-tail CAL bait. The water temperature had risen to 53-54 degrees before the cold weather moved back in, Dickson noted, and after a heavy dose of rain and a drop in the water temperature, fishing prospects are questionable. “It’s going to be muddy and dirty but fish have got to eat,” said Dickson. “I anticipate that jetty bite will continue. We’re just in that transition month – bad weather then it will be beautiful for 4-5 days. The trick is finding out where the fish are in between their winter and spring patterns.”
| Black sea bass, sheepshead, black drum, croaker, whiting.
| The ocean water temperature has continued on a roller-coaster ride this week, topping out at nearly 54 degrees on Sunday afternoon. But then cold weather returned and the water temperature had quickly dropped back to 47.83 degrees as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Action remains slow on Grand Strand piers with very small croaker and whiting along with a few undersized black drum being caught. Look for black sea bass on artificial reefs and hard-bottom areas, but remember that fish under the 13-inch minimum size limit (5 fish per day) must be released. Go to spots beyond 40 feet deep to find more keepers.
| Black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy, amberjack, triggerfish, wahoo, blackfin tuna.
| It’s been one nasty week on the offshore waters, but better weather is on the horizon. Wahoo are providing the best trolling action, with blackfin tuna mixed in. Black sea bass action on ledges, rocky bottoms and artificial reefs is very good particularly in depths of 65-90 feet of water. The same areas will produce vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy and amberjack. The annual shallow-water grouper spawning season closure is in effect until April 30. Grouper species that must be released include, gag, black, red, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin and yellowmouth. Red snapper must be released until further notice in the South Atlantic region.
•Look For |
Bream, crappie, catfish, bass.
| The water is up, the water is cold and fishermen have been few and far between. Suffice to say, it has been a week to forget on local rivers. Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway took note of one angler that headed out on the Waccamaw and had success with bream in the Bucksport area, but that’s about it. Bream can be found in about 15 to 20 feet of water on the bottom hitting worms. Look for crappie on brush or other structure in the same depths, hitting minnows. Catfish will take a variety of baits, but fresh shad is the top bait currently.