| Red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead.
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| “Fishing’s been good, crazy good,” said Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River. Dickson was speaking of the red drum bite he has found all week in south Brunswick County waters. Dickson has used mud minnows on a 1/8-ounce Mission Fishin’ jig head, Gulp swimming mullet and blue crab chunks to catch reds around pilings and oyster creek mouths. On Wednesday, Dickson, who noted a 55-56 degree water temperature, produced 27 reds, all in the 20-30 inch range. He has also caught some spotted seatrout on DOA shrimp. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown headed out Tuesday on a short trip in Winyah Bay and produced five red drum. McDonald and crew caught the reds on floated shrimp in the Spartina grass. McDonald noted a water temperature of 51 degrees in the morning before it warmed up to 56 degrees in early afternoon. Flounder, aside from the fish that overwinter in the local estuaries, should begin showing up soon when the water warms up a bit more. The fish tend to show up first in Pawleys Island and Hog Inlet in Little River. “This is the time of year you should start hearing about (flounder showing up) but first that water temperature has got to get up to about 55 degrees (and stay there),” said McDonald.
| Black sea bass, sheepshead, black drum, croaker, whiting.
| The ocean water temperature is certainly below normal for mid-March after the latest cold snap. The surface water temperature at 2nd Ave. Pier was still below 50, at 49.77 degrees, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Fishing continues to be slow on the piers, but a few catches of smallish black drum and whiting indicate spring is inching closer.
The best bet continues to be black sea bass on artificial reefs and hard-bottom areas. Anglers should note fish under the 13-inch minimum size limit must be released. The daily bag limit for black sea bass is 5 fish per person.
| Black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy, amberjack, triggerfish, wahoo, blackfin tuna.
| When conditions allow trolling in the offshore waters, look for the possibility of excellent catches of wahoo along with blackfin tuna. The hottest action on bottom fishing trips is for black sea bass and vermilion snapper on ledges, rocky bottoms and artificial reefs in depths of 65-90 feet of water. Also look for 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.
| Bream, crappie, catfish, bass.
| With flood warnings in effect on the Little Pee Dee at Gallivants Ferry and the Great Pee Dee in Marion County, the water is obviously way up in the rivers. Still earlier this week, Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway reports anglers had good catches of crappie on minnows on the Waccamaw in the Conway area and bream on worms on the bottom in the Ricefields vicinity. “With the water coming back up, (fishing) is going to be slowing down a little,” said Dunn. “Ricefields is where most people are going because it’s still making a good tide.”