| Spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum, black drum, sheepshead.
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| Action for spotted seatrout, known locally as winter trout, is very good in all area inlets, bays and sounds. A variety of baits will work, including artificial grubs, but right now the trout prefer live shrimp. “They’re really into live shrimp right now,” said Capt. Patrick Kelly of Capt. Smiley Fishing Charters in Little River. Kelly has also had good success with black drum this week. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown has also found the winter trout active this week in the Winyah Bay vicinity, plus landed some sizeable weakfish in North Inlet. “You can pick whatever you’d like to fish with,” said McDonald, “and I’ve caught some on the rising tide, some on the falling tide depending on the place you’re fishing.” Tom Craddock of Inlet Convenience and Fishing Supplies in Murrells Inlet also notes good catches of trout in Murrells Inlet, especially on live shrimp. Flounder remain available in the inlet. Craddock notes red drum, trout, sheepshead and a few flounder are on hand at the Murrells Inlet jetties.
| King mackerel, whiting, flounder, black drum, weakfish, bluefish, croaker.
| Jason Rosenberg and his crew aboard Painkiller, including Capt. Jay Sconyers, made short work of six sizable king mackerel on a quick Wednesday afternoon trip out of Murrells Inlet. Look for the kings on ledges and bottom spots from 10-20 miles offshore. Look for weakfish (summer trout) inhabiting near-shore hard-bottom areas, but remember they carry a 1-fish per person bag limit along with a 12-inch minimum size limit. Also look for keeper black sea bass over the 13-inch minimum size limit to become more common on spots closer to shore as the water cools further. On Grand Strand piers look for whiting, black drum, croaker, flounder and spots. The surface ocean water temperature was 62.59 degrees at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach.
•Look For |
Wahoo, blackfin, dolphin, grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, red porgy, triggerfish, amberjack.
| Wahoo catches overall have been superb on the offshore ledges when conditions have permitted. Blackfin tuna and a few dolphin have also been landed. Bottom fishing is also very good for grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish and amberjack. However, the current cold front will put a damper on offshore trips, with a re-enforcing front in the forecast for early next week. Red snapper are also off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.
| Bream, crappie, bass, catfish.
| If the bream haven’t already moved to much deeper water, they will in the wake of the current cold front. Lead-lining worms on the bottom is the best method for catching bream in the local rivers. Look for crappie hitting minnows around brush or other structure near creek mouths. Catfish action is good on live or cut bait.