Outdoors

August 14, 2014

Fishing report, Aug. 14

Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, tarpon.

Estuary

•  Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, tarpon.
•  Comments | With less humidity and slightly cooler temperatures – and no rain- on Thursday morning, Capt. Jason Burton of Fly Girl Charters had very good success with flounder in Murrells Inlet. “When we get a day where it’s just a little cooler, fishing’s been good,” said Burton. “The days you can’t even breathe (because) it’s so hot are not as good. The fish have moved a little deeper, since the shallows are so hot.” Burton caught numerous flounder, with plenty of throwbacks, and a few red drum while fishing finger mullet on jig heads and floats. Burton also noted the bite of spotted seatrout has picked up at the jetties. Capt. Robert Mayer of Top Knotch Charters found a not-so-common summertime visitor in the Georgetown area on Wednesday. Mayer and his crew landed four tripletail, the largest a nice 16-pounder. Mayer’s group also released 12 red drum and harvested two. On Thursday Mayer produced 13 trout, eight flounder and three red drum.

Inshore

•  Look For | Spanish mackerel, spadefish, king mackerel, bluefish, cobia, black sea bass, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, croaker.
•  Comments | After weeks of predominantly rainy, windy weather along the beach, conditions improved – and so did the fishing. Spanish mackerel have sprung back into action with very good catches in numerous areas including off the piers, near inlet passes and in the vicinity of near-shore artificial reefs. Some of the piers have reported good catches of Spanish including some fish in the 2-3 pound range. Numerous other species have been caught off the piers this week including flounder, whiting, blues, spots, pompano, sheepshead and spadefish. Also look for weakfish, flounder and spadefish on the near-shore reefs. Ocean water temperature at Cherry Grove Pier was 84.22 degrees Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Offshore

•  Look For | Wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, sailfish, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, amberjack.
•  Comments | When conditions have been good, fishing has been excellent for offshore trolling boats. Last Saturday, the Christy II and Critter Gitter II had super days fishing the Georgetown Hole area out of Georgetown Landing Marina. Christy II brought in seven wahoo, three kings, two blackfin tuna and released three sailfish while Critter Gitter II landed five chunky wahoo. Bottom fishing is very good for black sea bass, vermilion snapper, grouper, triggerfish and amberjack. Red snapper are now off-limits in the South Atlantic region until further notice

Freshwater

•  Look For | Bream, catfish, bass, crappie
•  Comments | Thanks to high water levels in local rivers, angler activity and catches have been lacking this week. “It’s been real slow,” said Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway. “The most I’ve seen is 15-20 (bream a trip).” Dunn notes the best catches this week have come from the Ricefields area. Bream are hitting mainly crickets with larger fish in 3-5 feet of water and smaller fish closer to the bank in 1-2 feet. Bass have been sluggish with some fish being caught on plastic worms and rebels, Dunn said.

Gregg Holshouser

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