Gary Hurley

North Myrtle Beach July 5, 2012

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Henry Beckham, of Myrtle Beach, with a red drum that struck a menhaden at the Little River Jetties.

Mark, of Shallow Minded Inshore Fishing Charters, reports that the Tubbs Inlet flounder bite just won’t stop, and anglers caught good numbers over the past week. Live mud minnows, finger mullet, and Gulp baits will all fool the flatfish, but small menhaden seem to be producing bites from the larger fish.

The red and black drum action around Sunset Beach Bridge endures as well. Live shrimp are the top baits, and they are fooling both fish when cast near the structure.

Speckled trout are feeding along the ICW along grass banks, near creekmouths, and around structure. Casting live shrimp beneath a popping cork will tempt bites from the specks if they’re around.

Some fat spanish mackerel are feeding around the Jim Caudle Reef and other nearshore structure. Vertical jigging with Deadly Dicks and other small metal lures is fooling good numbers of the spaniards, and anglers can also cast the same jigs to fish feeding on the surface to hook up.

 

Sydney Meyers, of Ft. Mill, SC, with a flounder that bit a live menhaden in Tubbs Inlet while he was fishing with Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Inshore Fishing Charters.

Patrick, of Capt. Smiley’s Fishing Charters, reports that anglers are hooking red drum and speckled trout (most on the small side) at a variety of spots throughout the area. Tubbs Inlet, Calabash Creek, Dunn Sound, and the Little River Crossroads have all hosted some solid action lately. Live shrimp, Gulp baits, and mud minnows beneath popping corks are fooling the specks and reds.

Black drum are feeding around ICW docks and in Tubbs Inlet, and they have a tough time turning down a live shrimp fished on a Carolina rig or jighead.

The flounder bite is still strong in Tubbs Inlet as well, and anglers are hooking plenty of the flatfish on live mud minnows and shrimp, with jigheads or Carolina rigs again the preferred presentation.

 

Dylan Matthews and Forest Floyd (both age 11), from North Myrtle Beach, with a 16" speckled trout and a 19" flounder that bit live finger mullet in the Cherry Grove marshes.

Steve, of Cherry Grove Pier, reports that anglers are hooking some sea mullet and spot while bottom fishing with shrimp.

Sheepshead and black drum are feeding under the pier and will bite barnacles, sand fleas, and fiddler crabs.

Spanish mackerel and bluefish are taking an interest in Gotcha plugs and mackerel tree rigs that anglers are working from the pier.