| Spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum, black drum, sheepshead.
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| From the sprawling Winyah Bay vicinity in Georgetown northward through Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet and on to the estuaries of Brunswick County, N.C., the spotted seatrout bite is on. Live shrimp are like candy to the trout, but a variety of baits including numerous artificials will work for the trout. Work grass banks, drop-offs and around structure to find the fish. “I’m hearing some quality fish being caught but not big numbers,” said Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown. Catches of red drum are also good including juvenile fish in the 14 to 25 inch range in the creeks and mature bull reds being caught around the jetties. In South Carolina waters, trout have a 14-inch minimum size limit with a 10-fish per person daily bag limit while red drum have a 15-23 inch slot limit and a 3-fish per person daily bag limit. In North Carolina waters, trout have a 14-inch minimum size limit with a 4-fish per person daily bag limit while red drum have a 18-27 inch slot limit and a 1-fish per person daily bag limit. Flounder catches are good, with sheepshead available at area jetties. And, reports Tom Craddock of Inlet Convenience in Murrells Inlet, “the spots are still here.” The water temperature in North Inlet near Baruch was 69 degrees late Thursday afternoon.
| King mackerel, whiting, flounder, black drum, weakfish, bluefish, croaker.
| Capt. Jason Burton of Fly Girl Charters in Murrells Inlet reports catches of king mackerel have been very good on bottom spots and ledges about 15-18 miles offshore. Closer to the beach, bull reds continue to be caught and released from hard-bottom areas. Weakfish (summer trout) are also on the near-shore hard-bottom areas, but have a 1-fish per person limit along with a 12-inch minimum size limit. “It seems like there is not as many (weakfish), but they’re bigger (than past years),” said Burton, who has been catching numerous fish in the 17-18 inch range. Whiting, croaker, black drum and flounder have been the best bet on Grand Strand piers, with catches of spots scarce overall. The surface ocean water temperature was 64.92 degrees at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach.
| Wahoo, blackfin, dolphin, grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, red porgy, triggerfish, amberjack.
| Wahoo have provided the top action for trolling boats in the offshore waters, with blackfin tuna also available and a few dolphin still around. Bottom fishing is very good with numerous species being caught and currently eligible for harvest. Charter and head boats are producing very good catches of grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish and amberjack. Anglers should note 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, crappie, bass, catfish.
| With one unseasonable cold front already by and more cooler weather on the way, lead-lining worms on the bottom is the ticket for catching bream in local rivers. Crappie action is on the upswing with fish hitting minnows around brush or other structure near creek mouths. Catfish action is good on live or cut bait.