Saltwater Fishing Trends
“Water temperatures in the Murrells Inlet area are in the lower to mid-70s.
Perry's Bait and Tackle in Murrells Inlet (843-651-2895) reports that the flounder fishing is really heating up along the South Grand Strand, and they are getting more fish and better keeper ratios each day. Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) reports that in Murrells Inlet itself the fishing has been a little tough at times, and he suspects that recent dredging may be part of the problem. However, the surrounding areas have been hot – in particular around Pawley's Island.
Perry's also reports that the bite for slot-sized redfish has been pretty good in the creeks. Again, the Pawley's Island area has been good with the Inlet a little weaker.
Bigger black drum are starting to return to holes in the creeks, and small sheepshead are showing up at the jetties. The sheeps aren't thick at the jetties yet, however.
Overall trout fishing has been spotty, but there have been some very good reports from the Georgetown area.
In the surf whiting have slowed down after a pretty good spring run, while pompano are just starting to show up. Bluefish have been caught on the beaches and Spanish have been caught just off the beaches trolling or casting spoons.
Captain J. has probably been spending the most time trolling for king mackerel, and the bite has been really good in 40-50 feet of water. If you can find live menhaden or mullet they are a great option, but trolling dead cigar minnows on a jighead rig will also work.
Perry's adds that at Belkie Bear they've had a lot of good king reports.”
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