EstuarykLook for | Spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum, black drum, sheepshead, bluefishComments | Fishing has picked up significantly over the last week as windy weather has subsided and water conditions stabilized. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service has had success with trout in the Winyah Bay vicinity. On Wednesday, McDonald produced 75 trout on grubs and a 10-pound red drum on a topwater lure. As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, McDonald's crew had caught eight trout including three keepers. Shrimp-baiting season opened last Friday. "Some of the shrimp are starting to drop out of the rivers and come down to the bay," McDonald said. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River has also noted a nice increase in trout catches. "It's been good - the trout fishing's definitely picked up," Dickson said. Dickson said red drum are still on hand at the Little River jetties but have been hard to figure. "They've been up and down," Dickson said. "There's no pattern to the tides they've been biting." Dickson has also landed weakfish in the 3-4 pound range on a Carolina rig near the jetties.InshorekLook for | King and Spanish mackerel, whiting, pompano, weakfish, black drum, flounder, red drum, spadefish, sheepshead, spotsComments | King action has been good leading up to the big event - the Fall Pier King Tournament scheduled for today through Sunday on Grand Strand fishing piers. Angler Wayne Johnson of Little River had the catch of the week with a 32-pound, 12-ounce king - which hit a pinfish - on Thursday off Apache Pier. Virginia angler Don Alred caught a 30-pound, 2-ounce king earlier this week off Cherry Grove Pier, where six kings have been caught since Monday. The piers are also producing good catches of Spanish, bluefish, whiting and pompano along with scattered catches of weakfish, spotted seatrout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, red drum, spadefish, croaker and spots. Capt. Brant McMullan of Ocean Isle (N.C.) Fishing Center has been impressed with what he has seen along the beach off Brunswick County. "There's lots and lots of life along the beach," McMullan said. "The Spanish, blues and menhaden are as plentiful as I ever remember seeing them. The kings are moving in from offshore." Look for kings and Spanish in the vicinity of the sea bouy at inlets such as Little River, Murrells Inlet and Winyah Bay. Ocean water temperature according to the Apache Pier Data Station was 80 degrees Thursday afternoon.OffshorekLook for | King mackerel, wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, , sailfish, marlin, barracuda, grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, amberjackComments | King mackerel fishing is turning red hot on bottom spots anywhere from the 10-Mile reef to deeper locations such as the Parking Lot and The Jungle. "We've had kings in good numbers and sizes," said Michael Stone of Marlin Quay Marina. McMullan has noted good action from the reef fish also. "Grouper fishing has also gotten good in 70-90 feet of water," McMullan said. "We had a little run of sailfish in 100 feet of water this week and there's wahoo in the Gulf Stream." Bottom fishing has been excellent for a variety of grouper including gag and scamp as well as vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish and amberjack. Trolling boats can also expect to find dolphin and blackfin tuna.kLook for | Bream, catfish, bass, crappieComments | "Fish are still biting good, said Jay Booth of Fisherman's Headquarters. "It's just been a steady thing. People are getting out and going and catching fish." Bream, including shellcracker and morgans, are still available in the same areas the Little Pee Dee River, at Yauhannah and Samworth on the Great Pee Dee and at Bucksport on the Intracoastal Waterway. Use crickets and worms in 2-3 feet of water to catch the panfish. "The rivers are still low but they're fishable," Booth said. Catfish are taking a variety of live and cut baits while bass action is fair. By Gregg Holshouser, For The Sun News
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