| Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
| There have been very good catches of spots in Murrells Inlet this week. Tom Craddock of Inlet Convenience reports plenty of limit catches, notably from the spot hole in Oaks Creek, with bloodworms working the best. Anglers are reminded there is a 50-fish aggregate daily bag limit per angler for any combination of spot, whiting and Atlantic croaker in South Carolina waters. Bull red drum are on hand at area jetties and the vicinity of inlets. These fish are above the 15-23 inch slot limit for the species and must be released. On Monday, Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown produced 10 reds and 11 trout on shrimp in Winyah Bay. McDonald has also been catching and carefully releasing bull reds in the bay on chunks of cut bait (menhaden or mullet). Capt. Patrick Kelly of Capt. Smiley Fishing Charters has been using large pogeys (menhaden) to catch the bull reds at the Little River Inlet on the rising tide. Kelly saw a bull red carcass that had been bitten in half by a shark, so anglers are urged to catch and release the fish as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don’t forget, flounder catches are good in the inlets, and larger fish are caught in the fall. Catches of spotted seatrout are on the rise. Also look for black drum and sheepshead.
| Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, whiting, pompano, spots, flounder, weakfish, bluefish, croaker.
| It is shaping up to be a very good fall for king mackerel action along the beach. Five kings were landed off Cherry Grove Pier from Saturday through Monday ranging in size from 18 pounds, 8 ounces to 31-10. Two kings weighing 22-8 and 30-14 were caught off Apache Pier on Monday. There have been a few good runs of spots off Grand Strand piers this week, with the fish also available to anglers from the surf. The piers are also producing scattered catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, croaker, weakfish, flounder, black drum and red drum. Hard-bottom areas near the beach are producing weakfish, black sea bass, whiting and flounder, with Spanish, kings and bonito also crashing schools of bait along the beach. Bull reds are also on the bottom, trailing the schools of bait. The near-shore artificial reefs are producing weakfish, black sea bass, flounder, Spanish and the occasional king. Surface ocean water temperature was 74.22 at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
| Wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy, triggerfish, amberjack.
| Trolling action for wahoo is good with blackfin tuna plus a few dolphin also available. Bottom fishing is superb in the fall with charter and head boats producing grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish and amberjack. The porgy complex, comprised of five species including jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup and saucereye porgy, is off-limits for recreational anglers through the end of the year in the South Atlantic Region. Red snapper are also off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.
| Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.
| The water temperature remains relatively warm for mid-October in the rivers, with a reading of 73.5 degrees Thursday afternoon on the Waccamaw River at Hagley Landing. Bream are still hitting crickets and worms, though in the coming weeks worms will become the prevalent bait as the water cools down. Look for the panfish in 2-6 feet of water along the banks. Find brush around creek mouths in relatively deep water and you’re likely to find crappie during the fall months. Float minnows just above the brush or other structure for crappie. As the water cools, catfish action will pick up on live or cut bait.