| Red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
| The broken record continues. For yet another week, much-colder-than-normal winter weather has limited fishing action along the Grand Strand. Nothing has changed as far as the best bet as red drum are gathered up in large schools and are seeking warm water. Look for them around low tide in shallow water, ideally on a warm, sunny day. Good luck with that. Spotted seatrout are available but are likely very sluggish due to cold water temperatures. Also look for black drum, sheepshead and a few flounder. Spotted seatrout and red drum cannot be harvested by gig from December through February in South Carolina waters.
| Black sea bass, sheepshead, black drum, flounder, tautog, perch.
| The ocean water temperature had plummeted to a cold 44.14 degrees Thursday at 4:30 p.m. according to the data station at Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach. Simply put, the water temperature in the ocean along the beach doesn't get much colder than that around here. Ever. Obviously, fishing has been at a virtual standstill this week during the cold, windy, even icy weather. The old winter standby, black sea bass, continue to be the best bet. Look for them on inshore artificial reefs and hard-bottom areas, ready to bite shrimp, squid, cut mullet or even jigs. Black sea bass have a 13-inch minimum size limit and a 5-fish per person daily bag limit. Sheepshead, flounder and tautog are other species that can likely be found on the same bottom spots.
| Wahoo, blackfin tuna, black sea bass, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack.
| It's also the same old story in the offshore waters. Fishermen actually out on the water this week have been few and far between, save for the hardiest of commercial fishermen. Wahoo are the best bet for trolling boats with blackfin tuna also a possibility. Bottom fishing will produce large black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack when boats can get out to the bottom spots. The annual shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure is in effect through April 30. Also, red snapper are off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.
| Bream, crappie, bass, shad, catfish.
| Very few anglers have braved the elements to head out on local rivers. The forecast calls for warmer weather next week, which means the Tailrace Canal on the Cooper River near Moncks Corner should be active with anglers taking advantage of the spawning run of shad up South Carolina's rivers. Closer to home, look for bream, notably shellcracker, in about 15 feet of water hitting worms on the bottom. Crappie are hitting minnows around brush and other structure in the same depths. Catfish are taking cut bait, preferably fresh, cut shad.