| Red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
| Finally, a couple of warmer-than-normal days have upped the water temperature as spring inches closer. Capt. Lin Fore of Low Country Expeditions ventured into North Inlet on one of those nice days, Monday, and caught three red drum on jigs. The uptick in water temperature should get other species such as spotted seatrout, black drum and resident flounder moving around a little more. Look for reds, trout, black drum and sheepshead at area jetties.
| Black sea bass, sheepshead, black drum, flounder, tautog, perch.
| Capt. Englis Glover, host of the locally produced TV show, Reelin' Up The Coast, headed to a near-shore artificial reef, also on Monday, and found sheepshead receptive. Glover used fiddler crabs to entice a bite from the tricky sheepshead at North Inlet Reef. The reefs are also producing black sea bass, with flounder and tautog also a possibility. Black sea bass have a 13-inch minimum size limit and a 5-fish per person daily bag limit. The surface ocean water temperature at Apache Pier has increased nearly four degrees over the past week to a reading of 48.10 degrees at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
| Wahoo, blackfin tuna, black sea bass, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack.
| Wahoo continue to be the best bet for trolling boats, with blackfin tuna encounters a real possibility too. Bottom fishing is excellent for large black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack when conditions allow boats to get out there. 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.
| Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service and Fore resorted to bass fishing on the Santee-Cooper lakes on Thursday, catching 17 bass and a chain pickerel on Lake Moultrie. The duo used broke-back Rebels, plastic worms and crank baits to catch the bass. McDonald noted bass are not yet bedding. “We didn't find any bedding fish,” said McDonald. “It's a week or two early but it ain't going to be long.” On local rivers, look for bream, especially shellcracker, in 15 feet of water, hitting worms lead-lined on the bottom. In the same depths look for crappie hitting minnows around brush and other structure. Use fresh, cut shad for catfish.