| Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, tarpon.
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| “It’s been up and down,” said Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Guide Service in Little River who noted a water temperature reading of 83.5 degrees in Tubbs Inlet Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve had a few days where they were biting really well and then days where there’s not much happening.” It was happening on Tuesday when Dickson produced 20 red drum in Bonaparte Creek, fishing finger mullet on Carolina rigs. Dickson has also encountered a decent spotted seatrout bite at the Little River jetties and a few flounder this week. Capt. Jason Burton of Fly Girl Charters in Murrells Inlet has dodged the raindrops this week to continue producing good catches of flounder, with some nice spotted seatrout mixed in. Capt. Steve Hedrick of Reel EZ Charters in Georgetown has had good success catching whiting and croaker in the lower end of Winyah Bay.
| Spanish mackerel, spadefish, king mackerel, bluefish, cobia, black sea bass, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, croaker.
\ After a slow summer for pier king mackerel fishermen, action heated up at least for a day last weekend when both the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier and the Springmaid Pier produced kings. North Carolina angler John Honeycutt landed a 28-pounder on the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier while Socastee angler R.J. Green caught a smoker off Springmaid Pier. There have been scattered catches of Spanish off the piers including one weighing close to five pounds caught off Apache Pier. Catches of flounder have picked up off the piers and perhaps not coincidentally there was a drop in the level of dissolved oxygen overnight early Wednesday. Other species caught off the piers includ whiting, sheepshead, black drum, spadefish, black sea bass and croaker. Spanish, flounder and spadefish are the top catch on near-shore reefs such as Jim Caudle and Paradise (Three-Mile) with a few encounters with kings and cobia. The ocean water temperature was 85 degrees Wednesday afternoon at 2nd Ave. Pier.
| Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, amberjack.
| The 2nd leg of the 2014 red snapper season in the South Atlantic was last weekend and several local boats had very good success in finding some sizable fish, led by a 27-pound, 15-ounce specimen caught aboard Strike Zone out of Georgetown Landing Marina. The final two days of the eight-day season are Friday and Saturday (July 25-26). The limit is one red snapper per person with no minimum size limit, but the species is closed to harvest again after Saturday. Overall, bottom fishing is excellent for grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, amberjack and grunts. The Dog Days of August are fast-approaching, but there continue to be some very productive trolling excursions in the offshore waters with dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna and king mackerel, plus barracuda, providing the action.
| Bream, catfish, bass, crappie
| “The rain’s really messed with us this week,” said Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway. “It’s really slow but when they go, fishermen are catching average amounts of fish. But there’s not been a whole lot of people fishing this week.” Bream remain the best bet with Dunn reporting the best catches he has seen have come from the Black River, the Intracoastal Waterway near Wacca Wache Marina and on the Waccamaw River near Conway. Bream are hitting crickets, worms and beetle spins near the bank in depths of up to four feet. Catfish action has been slow this week.