Look For: Flounder, red drum, black drum, spotted seatrout, bluefish, sheepshead.
Comments: Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters in Little River has worked the Intracoastal Waterway and the tidal creeks to catch red drum on fresh cut shrimp and live mud minnows this week, but a few days the wind has been a real challenge. â€śOn windy days weâ€™ve been hunkering down on docks fishing the pilings for reds and black drum using cut mullet, crab or fresh (cut) shrimp,â€ť said Kelly. â€śThere are still loads of small trout with a few keepers.â€ť Kelly has used Vudu or Berkley Gulp shrimp to catch the trout. Flounder have shown up a bit in the Little River vicinity, but Kelly points to one estuary in particular to catch the flatfish. â€śWeâ€™ve caught a couple flounder here and there but weâ€™re always late to catch them (in Little River Inlet). You could probably go into Cherry Grove (Inlet) right now and unload on them.â€ť Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions has targeted flounder in Murrells Inlet, with success. Connolly has floated mud minnows to catch decent numbers of flounder and a few trout in the creeks of the inlet. On Thursday, Connolly produced two keeper trout in the 17-inch range, one keeper flounder (15 inches minimum size) and â€śa good handfulâ€ť of bluefish in the 18-19 inch range. â€śThe trout bite is starting to slow down – the fish are starting to spread out,â€ť said Connolly.
Look For: Spanish mackerel, bluefish, weakfish
Comments: There had been a few flashes of Spanish mackerel showing up in local waters over the last few weeks, but early this week they arrived up in full force. On Tuesday, several guides out of Murrells Inlet set up shop on Paradise Reef and had a ball catching nice-size Spanish. â€śWe were all catching them,â€ť said Connolly, of O-Fish-Al Expeditions. â€śIt didnâ€™t matter what you were doing, trolling a tree rig on a No. 1 planer or throwing a jigfish, they were all working.â€ť Connollyâ€™s fish measured from 14-20 inches. â€śThey were decent, all keepers,â€ť said Connolly, who used Big Nic Fishingâ€™s Spanish Candy jig. Plenty of sizable bluefish are hanging out with the Spanish mackerel. Connolly also set up over the structure of the reef and vertical jigged to produce nice weakfish, some to three pounds. Kelly of Capt. Smiley Fishing Charters also has had good success with big weakfish and bluefish on near-shore reefs off Little River Inlet. â€śThe weakfish are real nice and lots of them,â€ť said Kelly. â€śYou can get a lot of action out there.â€ť Action is also heating up in the surf zone and from Grand Strand piers. Pier anglers can look for Spanish, bluefish, whiting, croaker, plus the much-anticipated pompano have made the scene.
Comments: The focus this week has been in Georgetown for the Bassmaster Elite Tournament out of the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex, but there is plenty of other good action available. Warm weather has arrived over the past week, causing a rapid rise in water temperature and the bream have moved closer to the banks. Fishing crickets under floats in 2-5 feet of water will produce fish. Plenty of nice catfish are available with a variety of baits including cut shad, cut mullet, live bream and nightcrawlers all working well. Bass continue to be in bedding mode with spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, Senkos or craw-type baits all working.