| Spotted seatrout, red drum, flounder, black drum, sheepshead.
| The weather turned very unseasonably cold at mid-week, but that shouldn’t interfere with recent excellent catches of spotted seatrout. Red drum are available, too. ``They like this kind of weather - that’s why they call ‘em winter trout,’’ said Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown. ``The reds are gonna be shallow and the trout are going to go deep but they’ll be there. (You should ) fish a little slower. Once(the water temperature) gets below 50 (degrees) they’ll start slowing up some.’’ A variety of artificials will work for the trout, but you can’t beat live shrimp for a sure-fire bait. Look for red drum schooling in the shallows as the water temperature continues to drop. Jessica Perry of Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrells Inlet reports good catches of black drum and flounder in the inlet including one angler who caught 11 keeper flounder on Monday. Perry even noted some keeper black sea bass (13-inch minimum size limit) were caught at the Murrells Inlet jetties.
| Whiting, flounder, black drum, weakfish, black sea bass, croaker.
| Thanks to the bouts of below-normal temperatures in the last three weeks, the action is quickly dwindling along the beach. The best bets are for whiting, black drum and flounder, both from the surf and the piers. There have been scattered catches of bull whiting and black drum from the piers, with flounder, croaker and perch also available. The near-shore hard-bottom areas and artificial reefs such as Paradise Reef (Three-Mile) off Murrells Inlet and Jim Caudle Reef off Little River are producing weakfish, black sea bass and flounder. The ocean water temperature has dropped about five degrees over the last week, to a reading of 57.65 degrees Wednesday at 4 p.m. at 2nd Ave. Pier.
| Wahoo, blackfin, dolphin, grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, red porgy, triggerfish, amberjack.
Comments: The cold fronts have been fast and furious, limiting opportunities for offshore trolling or bottom fishing trips over the last week. Wahoo continue to be the best bet for trolling boats in the offshore waters, with blackfin tuna also available along with a stray dolphin or two. Bottom fishing is the best bet when conditions allow, with grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish and amberjack all available. Red snapper are off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.
| Bream, crappie, bass, catfish.
| The latest cold front, featuring low temperatures in the lower 20s at mid-week, ensured that bream are in deep water and hitting works on the bottom. Crappie action is good in cold conditions, with fish hitting minnows in creek mouths around brush or other structure. Catfish are available on live and cut bait.