| Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
| Capt. Patrick Kelly of Capt. Smiley Fishing Charters has had a good week catching red drum, spotted seatrout and flounder in the Little River area. Kelly has used mud minnows fished on ¼-ounce jig heads to catch his fish, working holes in shallow areas on a rising tide. ``Fishing has really picked up in the last week-and-a-half,’’ said Kelly, who has also caught trout on Berkeley Gulp shrimp. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service reports conditions are improving on Winyah Bay, where the water temperature was 76-77 degrees at mid-week. ``It’s starting to clear up a little bit if the wind will leave you alone,’’ said McDonald. On his last two trips in the bay, McDonald has caught a combined 20 trout and 15 reds predominately while floating live menhaden.
| Spanish mackerel, cobia, king mackerel, bluefish, weakfish, black sea bass, whiting, pompano, flounder, black drum, croaker.
| Spanish mackerel continue to be the top catch on the inshore waters, from the piers to inlet entrances such as Little River and Murrells Inlet to the artificial reefs. Troll artificials such as Clark or Drone spoons, cast plugs such as Gotchas or slow-troll live bait to catch the Spanish. Cobia continue to be found, particularly on the artificial reefs, but catches have slowed compared to the previous two weeks. Meanwhile, the action of spadefish is at a peak on the reefs with some sizable fish being caught. Attract them with whole jellyballs strung together, and catch them with jelly ball strips. Whiting, blues and Spanish are the top catch on Grand Strand piers, with flounder, pompano, sheepshead, black drum and croaker also available. The surface ocean water temperature at Cherry Grove Pier has jumped up in the last two weeks to a reading of 78.28 degrees Thursday at 5 p.m. The Cherry Grove Pier King Mackerel Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday. Call 249-1625 for more information
| Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, billfish, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, amberjack.
| While dolphin action has still been good in the last week, it has slowed down a bit from the torrid pace of previous weeks. Trolling boats can expect to find dolphin, blackfin tuna and scattered wahoo, plus encounters with sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin can happen. Kings, bonito and barracuda area also in the mix. Expect dolphin to be more commonly found a little closer in as they scatter out from their initial northward run. Angler Kenny Fulcher Jr. landed a 25-pound king mackerel on Tuesday while fishing with Capt. Derek Treffinger out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center 26 miles out in 80 feet of water. Reef or bottom fishing is good for grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack. Red snapper cannot be harvested in the South Atlantic region and must be released.
| Bream, catfish, bass, crappie
| “It’s been real good this week,” said Jamie Dunn of Fisherman’s Headquarters in Conway, regarding the bream fishing on area rivers. Bucksport, Peachtree Landing, Conway, Hagley Landing, Samworth and Ricefields are some of the top areas to find bream hitting crickets and worms in shallow water near the banks, as close as depths of 1-2 feet. Dunn reports that anglers Bobby Calder and Willie Hucks of Conway caught a limit of bream on Wednesday. The Pee Dee is still high and catches are average there. Catfish action is decent on live and cut bait.