| Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
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| A variety of species are being caught in the Little River area led by red drum, flounder and spotted seatrout. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Capt. Smiley Fishing Charters has headed to the Sunset Beach/Ocean Isle Beach area of the ICW to catch reds and black drum, using live shrimp on quarter-ounce jig heads. Kelly has also caught trout on popping corks, with live shrimp. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters has also used live shrimp on small jig heads under a popping cork to catch trout, black drum and croakers in the Crossroads vicinity. Dickson continues to catch red drum at the Little River jetties while drifting menhaden on a Carolina rig. Look for flounder in Tubbs Inlet and Cherry Grove Inlet on the north end, Murrells Inlet on the south end. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown has had good success this week with reds and flounder in Winyah Bay on menhaden. Sharks are common in the local estuaries including bonnetheads, blacktips and bull sharks.
| Spanish mackerel, cobia, spadefish, king mackerel, bluefish, weakfish, black sea bass, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, croaker.
| Spanish mackerel and spadefish are the top catches on the inshore scene. Spanish can be found near the beach, especially around inlet passes, and in the vicinity of near-shore reefs such as Paradise and Jim Caudle. Spadefish can be found on structure, predominantly the same reefs, but can also take temporary residence on the piers. In fact, a five-pound spadefish was landed this week off Cherry Grove Pier. Also look for flounder and cobia on the near-shore reefs. The piers are producing scattered catches of a variety of species including Spanish, blues, whiting, croaker, flounder, black drum, sheepshead and spots. Cherry Grove Pier also reported a decent run of spotson Monday and Tuesday. Ocean water temperature was 85.39 degrees Thursday at 4 p.m. at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach.
| Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, amberjack.
| Dolphin aren’t quite as thick, but there are plenty to be found anywhere from about 70 feet of water out to the edge and the Gulf Stream. Trolling trips can also produce blackfin tuna and a few wahoo, along with barracuda and king mackerel, plus sailfish encounters are on the rise. Sizable kings are showing up on bottom spots in the 50 to 80 foot range, just in time for the Jolly Mon Classic this weekend out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Black sea bass and vermilion snapper are the top catch on bottom fishing trips with plenty of grouper, triggerfish and amberjack mixed in. Red snapper cannot be harvested in the South Atlantic region and must be released.
| Bream, catfish, bass, crappie
| Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters reports fishing has picked up on the Little Pee Dee River after a few months of high water. “The water’s dropping out fast on the Little Pee Dee,” said Dunn, who noted the Punch Bowl area is a good spot to find bream. With water temperatures well into the 80s, Dunn notes the bigger bream can be found a little deeper, in 3-4 feet of water hitting crickets and worms. Dunn also notes catches of catfish are decent while bass action is best early and late in the day.