Outdoors

Fishing report, April 24

Estuary

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Look For

| Red drum, flounder, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.



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| Flounder fishing has been excellent at times this week in locations such as Murrells Inlet, Tubbs Inlet and Cherry Grove Inlet. Capt. Jason Burton of Fly Girl Charters had a super trip for flounder Wednesday in Murrells Inlet, catching over 20 fish including a 5-pounder and a 6-pounder. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Capt. Smiley Charters in Little River has had good catches of flounder in Tubbs Inlet (N.C.) and Cherry Grove Inlet this week. As usual in the spring, the throwbacks easily outnumber keepers above South Carolina’s minimum size limit of 14 inches. “It’s good, not great but there are definitely fish to catch,” said Kelly. “The water temperature is in the upper 60s, so that’s good.” Catches of red drum are decent in the local estuaries. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had good success with spotted seatrout on a trip in Winyah Bay on Tuesday using plastic grubs on jig heads.



Inshore

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Look For

| Bluefish, Spanish mackerel, whiting, black sea bass, weakfish, flounder, black drum, croaker.



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Comments

| Spring has sprung in the inshore waters and on Grand Strand piers. Spanish mackerel have arrived and bluefish are thick. Catches of Spanish are still scattered. Near-shore bottom spots such as the Jim Caudle Reef and Paradise Reef are likely areas to catch bluefish, weakfish, black sea bass and flounder, with Spanish occasionally cruising through the area. Grand Strand piers are producing a number of species with whiting, blues and croaker the most common catch. Also look for Spanish, black drum, flounder and pompano. The ocean water temperature has remained about steady over the past week with a reading of 62.97 at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach.



Offshore

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Look For

| Wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy, amberjack, triggerfish.



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Comments

| The offshore marine forecast looks good starting Saturday afternoon and lasting into early next week. Combine favorable sea conditions with warm air temperatures resulting in water temperatures in the 70-degree range, and trolling action should be very good for wahoo, dolphin and blackfin tuna. Bottom fishing is also very good with black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy and amberjack among the species available. As of May 1, grouper can also be harvested when the annual shallow-water grouper spawning season closure ends. Red snapper must be released until further notice in the South Atlantic region.



Freshwater

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Look For

| Bream, crappie, catfish, bass.



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Comments

| The rainfall from Easter weekend has the rivers rising and out of the banks. Bream fishing is average, with fish hitting crickets and worms right at the banks. “I’ve seen a few catches of 10 or so bream this week,” said Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters. “They’re just all up in the woods.” Best bream areas are in the Samworth vicinity and the Waccamaw/ICW area on the east side of Sandy Island. Dunn took to the Great Pee Dee River along with fishing buddy Richard Jordan and, despite the rising water, landed 15 catfish averaging 10 pounds on his marinated eel.



Gregg Holshouser

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