Outdoors

Fishing report, May 15

Estuary

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Look For

| Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.



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| Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a very good trip to the Winyah Bay jetties on Wednesday, catching 16 trout, four red drum, a flounder and a Spanish mackerel. McDonald used a variety of plastic grubs plus menhaden on float and bottom rigs. ``The bay is full of three-inch menhaden,’’ McDonald said. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Inshore Charters in Little River has had a productive week for flounder, red drum and trout in the Little River vicinity. Dickson has fished for flounder in Tubbs Inlet (N.C.), where North Carolina’s minimum size limit is 15 inches. “I’d say 75 percent of them are throwbacks that are just barely short,” said Dickson, who also noted good catches of red drum and trout in the Sunset Beach area. Dickson has been using mud minnows on Mission Fishin’ jig heads and Carolina rigs, plus blue crab chunks for the reds. Spotted seatrout must be released in North Carolina waters.



Inshore

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Look For

| Spanish mackerel, cobia, king mackerel, bluefish, weakfish, black sea bass, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, croaker.



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| Spanish mackerel action has been excellent this week, from the piers, around jetties and inlet entrances to the inshore artificial reefs. “They’ve been killing the Spanish all week at the (Little River) sea buoy,” said Dickson. It is also peak season for cobia, so anglers should be prepared to encounter a fish like the 50-pounder landed aboard Fly Girl on Wednesday at Paradise Reef. King mackerel have been caught in the 410-510 area in 50 feet of water and in 65 feet at The Jungle off Little River. Spanish and blues have been the top catch off Grand Strand piers with numerous other species caught including whiting, pompano, croaker, black drum and flounder. Anglers are using mackerel trees, gold hook rigs and Gotcha plugs off the piers to catch the Spanish.



Offshore

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Look For

| Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, amberjack.



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| The good news is conditions have been great the last few weeks in the offshore waters and the dolphin bite has been on fire, with numerous blackfin tuna available. Also, billfish encounters are on the rise. The bad news? The unusual cold front that rolled through Thursdaynight and into Friday kicked up the wind and seas, plus turned the wind direction to the north and west. Still conditions will begin to settle down late in the weekend and action should continue to be good for trolling boats. Seth Williams of Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet reports the Crabby Bill landed 16 dolphin and a few blackfin tuna on Tuesday and the Sea Rake produced a catch of 19 sizable dolphin, most in the 12 to 20 pound range, on Wednesday. Capt. Robert Strickland of the party boat New Inlet Princess reports very good catches of grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass and triggerfish on his trips over the last week. Red snapper cannot be harvested in the South Atlantic region must be released.



Freshwater

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Look For

| Bream, catfish, bass, crappie



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| Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway reports bream fishing has improved dramatically this week, especially on the Waccamaw River from Conway to Bucksport. Anglers are catching bream, morgans and shellcracker in 1 to 3 feet of water with fish hitting crickets and worms. “Fishing’s been excellent this week,” said Dunn. Catfish action is decent on live and cut bait.



Gregg Holshouser

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