Outdoors

Local fishing report (May 28)

Estuary

▪ Look For | Flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead.

▪ Comments | Flounder catches are very good in local estuaries including Pawleys Inlet, Murrells Inlet, Cherry Grove and Tubbs Inlet, with action picking up in Winyah Bay. Mud minnows are a prime bait for the flatfish, but finger mullet are getting bigger and are great baits plus menhaden are available in the estuaries. Fish the live bait on the bottom by slow-trolling, drifting or casting on jig heads, Carolina rigs or two-hook rigs. Remember the minimum size limit for flounder is 14 inches in South Carolina waters and 15 inches in North Carolina. Red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout can also be found in the estuaries. Numerous species can be found on jetties at Winyah Bay, Murrells Inlet and Little River including red drum, black drum, trout, flounder and sheepshead.

Inshore

▪ Look For | Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, whiting, pompano, flounder, spadefish, black sea bass, sheepshead.

▪ Comments | After a windy spell earlier in the week, conditions have calmed down. As a result, action picked up nicely Thursday on bottom spots within 15 miles of the beach with pelagics such as Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and cobia available. Spadefish are hanging out on the reefs, providing great angling action and table fare. Capt. Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing in Murrells Inlet had a super catch Thursday of kings and spadefish. Look for cobia amid bait schools and trailing turtles along the beach. Numerous species can be caught off Grand Strand piers, and the weekend marine forecast looks great for pier anglers. Pier fishermen can use live bait to go for the pelagics such as Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia and, possibly, tarpon. Bottom fishing with cut bait such as fresh shrimp or mullet, as well as sand fleas, will produce whiting, pompano, croaker, black drum or red drum. Use mud minnows or finger mullet around the pilings for flounder. The surface ocean water temperature was a summer-like 79.44 degrees Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at 2nd Ave. Pier in Myrtle Beach.

Offshore

▪ Look For | Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, grouper, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, amberjack.

▪ Comments | It’s prime time for offshore trolling action. Get your trip together and head out for lots of dolphin plus scattered catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna in areas such as the Georgetown Hole, Winyah Scarp, Steeples and Black Jack Hole. The field in the Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament proved it is also prime time for blue marlin encounters with 23 releases in mainly two days of fishing a week ago. Bottom fishing continues to be very good for three species of grouper – scamp, gag and red. Catches of black sea bass and vermilion snapper are excellent with amberjack, porgy, triggerfish and grunts also available. Red snapper are also on hand in good numbers but the species is off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.

Freshwater

▪ Look For | Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.

▪ Comments | With a dry spell on hand, the river levels are in great shape for some excellent late spring fishing. Bream are the hot ticket, hitting crickets, or worms, on throw lines near the banks in 2-4 feet of water. Even the Little Pee Dee River is at good levels and is producing good catches. Also look for catfish hitting eels and most any other cut bait, plus nightcrawlers.

Gregg Holshouser

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