| Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
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| Adult red drum – the bull reds – continue to be the hot item around local jetties and inlets. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters noted Thursday afternoon while fishing the Little River jetties, he was catching reds, weakfish and bluefish on finger mullet on a Carolina rig. One red was a 37-incher. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service has also caught bull reds this week in Winyah Bay, with fish measuring from the mid-30 inch range to the lower 40s. Anglers again are reminded these bull reds are well above South Carolina’s 15-23 inch slot limit and must be released. Please carefully release these spawning fish. McDonald is ready to turn his attention to spotted seatrout fishing as November nears. “It’s time for them to turn on,” said McDonald. “I don’t think we’re going to see a year like last year. Last year was jam up (for trout). I haven’t been doing that this year.” Live shrimp and a variety of artificials will work for the trout. Eric Perry of Perry’s Bait and Tackle reports very good catches of spots in Murrells Inlet. “For the last 8-9 days everybody has been loading up on the spots,” said Perry. 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.
| Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, whiting, pompano, spots, flounder, weakfish, bluefish, croaker.
| Action is still hot along the beach with Spanish and king mackerel still around and weakfish available on hard-bottom areas. Chuck Roach of Apache Pier reports four kings were landed from the pier earlier this week, one on Monday and three on Tuesday. The kings ranged from 22-29 pounds. The piers are reporting scattered catches of Spanish, blues, whiting, spots, flounder, pompano, black drum and weakfish. Catches of spots have been sporadic this week. Along with weakfish, the hard-bottom areas near the beach are producing black sea bass, whiting and flounder. Bull reds can also be found on the bottom around schools of bait near the beach. Kings have also been landed from areas such as Belky Bear and The Jungle. The surface ocean water temperature was 69.72 degrees at 1:25 p.m. Thursday.
| Wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy, triggerfish, amberjack.
Comments: Bottom fishing is simply excellent in the fall, and a variety of reef species are available to be landed, although anglers have to avoid rough seas that accompany the occasional cold front. Charter and head boats are bringing in good catches of 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. Fall is also a great time for offshore trolling, with wahoo heading the list of species available. Also look for blackfin tuna and scattered dolphin.
| Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.
| The water temperature at Hagley Landing in Pawleys Island on the Waccamaw River dipped below 70 degrees to a reading of 69 on Thursday morning. With cooler weather and water here, bream are headed for deeper water. Look for bream in depths of 4-feet plus, hitting worms. Look for crappie on brush or other structure near creek mouths. Catfish action is picking up with fish hitting live or cut bait.