Outdoors

Local fishing report (June 4)

Estuary

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

▪ Comments | Summer fishing is here, with all the top species available in local estuaries. Flounder remain the top catch, with a decent percentage of keepers above South Carolina’s minimum size limit of 14 inches being landed. The minimum size limit in North Carolina waters is 15 inches. Mud minnows are the best bait, and they can be slow-trolled, drifted or cast using bottom rigs or jigs. Red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout are also available, with the best trout fishing found in the Winyah Bay area, including North Inlet and the ICW. Look for flounder, trout, red drum, black drum and sheepshead around area jetties.

Inshore

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

▪ Comments | Cobia can be found anywhere from the beach on schools of bait to bottom spots out to about 75 feet of water. If you’re fishing a reef, have a live bait or bucktail jig handy to cast to cobia that may just show up around the boat. Action for spadefish is at a peak on near-shore artificial reefs. The reefs, along with natural hard-bottom areas, are also producing good catches of Spanish and king mackerel. Black sea bass, weakfish, flounder and sharks are also available in the same areas. Grand Strand piers are producing Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, pompano, croaker and black drum. Use mud minnows or finger mullet (if big enough) around the pilings for flounder. The surface ocean water temperature was 79.77 degrees Thursday at 7 p.m. at Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach.

Offshore

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

▪ Comments | Fishing remains fantastic in the offshore waters. Trolling is very productive for plenty of dolphin, with wahoo and blackfin tuna mixed in. The catch of the week was a 99-pound wahoo reported by Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Billfish are also available, including blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Bottom fishing is simply excellent for grouper (especially scamp), black sea bass, vermilion snapper, red porgy, triggerfish, grunts and amberjack. Red snapper are off-limits indefinitely in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.

Freshwater

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

▪ Comments | The rainy spell this week hasn’t dampened action on local rivers. The rivers remain in great shape, with bream fishing continuing to be excellent. Bream are hitting crickets, or worms if you choose, just off the bank in 2-5 feet of water. Catfish action is very good with fish hitting cut eel or other cut bait plus nightcrawlers. With the water temperature around 80 degrees, bass action is best early and late in the day.

Gregg Holshouser

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