Look For | Red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.
Comments | The warm spell early this week has boosted the estuary water temperature to the low- to mid-50s, a blessing for the local populations of red drum and, particularly, spotted seatrout. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a successful trip Wednesday, catching five red drum and two trout on soft plastic grubs. Three of the red drum were over the slot limit including an 8-pounder. “I saw a lot of fish, but they wouldn’t bite,” said McDonald, who noted a water temperature of 55 degrees on the trip in Winyah Bay. Jessica Perry of Perry’s Bait and Tackle reports some catches of red drum in Murrells Inlet, plus a few trout. Look for trout, red drum, black drum and sheepshead at area jetties.
Look For | Black sea bass, sheepshead, black drum, tautog, perch.
Comments | Black sea bass on near-shore artificial reefs are easily the top option for inshore anglers in the Atlantic. Black sea bass, which have a 13-inch minimum size limit and a five-fish per person daily bag limit, will hit a variety of baits including cut bait (mullet, shrimp, squid) or jigs. Sheepshead are also a good bet on the reefs, with fish hitting fiddler crabs or barnacles. Also look for flounder and possibly tautog. The surf zone is like an underground desert, with only a few perch reported caught off Grand Strand piers. The ocean water temperature at Apache Pier was 50.94 degrees Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Look For | Wahoo, blackfin tuna, black sea bass, grouper, vermilion snapper, amberjack.
Comments | Dr. Jason Rosenberg, Capt. Jay Sconyers and crew headed out aboard Painkiller from Murrells Inlet on Wednesday in search of Bluefin tuna. They found birds working about 20 miles to the east but no tuna. “We were slow-trolling ballyhoo and when we went to pull in the lines in to switch to bottom fishing, it hit,” Rosenberg said. “It was a huge thresher shark that ate one of the ballyhoo.” The crew fought the shark for 45 minutes before releasing an estimated 10-footer, not including the long tail. “It was enormous,” Rosenberg saud. The crew hit the bottom for some sizable black sea bass, then called it a day. Further offshore near the break, trolling boats have been producing wahoo. Bottom fishing is excellent for large black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack. The annual shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure is in effect through April 30. Also, red snapper are off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.
Look For | Bream, crappie, bass, catfish.
Comments | Local angler Jamie Dunn headed for the Intracoastal Waterway near Socastee on Sunday for some freshwater action. “We fished [the ICW] because everywhere else is flooded,” Dunn said. The crew caught a total of 25 fish including catfish and bream. The catfish were caught in 15 to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers and the bream in depths of 10-14 feet on the bottom on red worms. “It kind of surprised me what we caught,” Dunn said. “All the bream we caught were decent size.”
By Gregg Holshouser, For The Sun News