Fish Post

North Myrtle Beach August 15, 2013

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Peter DeLuke with a 25″ flounder that bit a live menhaden in Tubbs Inlet while he was fishing with Patrick Prince.

Mark, of Shallow Minded Inshore Fishing Charters, reports that anglers are still finding solid flounder action at nearshore structure off Little River (like the Jim Caudle Reef). Live menhaden are tempting bites from the flatfish in the ocean.

Anglers are also hooking some flounder around the rock jetties at Little River Inlet, where the fish will bite live mullet or menhaden.

Speckled trout and black and red drum are biting live shrimp drifted along the rocks on float rigs.

Large reds (some to 30+ lbs.) are feeding in the inlet as well, but anglers are more likely to hook them on live, dead, and cut menhaden fished along the bottom. Sharpnose and bonnethead sharks, along with other predators, are also feeding in the inlet and falling for the bottom baits.

Patrick, of Capt. Smiley’s Fishing Charters, reports that anglers drifting through Little River Inlet with live shrimp and are hooking a mixed bag of red drum (some to 32”), gray trout, pompano (some to 3+ lbs.), ladyfish, flounder, and more. Rising tides have been producing the best action on the drift.

Some larger reds are falling for menhaden fished on the bottom in the inlet.

Brandon Sauls and Bob Newell with 4.6 lb. flounder they hooked at the Caudle Reef off Little River Inlet on live menhaden.

Inshore, anglers are seeing red and black drum feeding along grass banks, oyster bars, and in deeper holes in the creeks and marshes. Live shrimp, finger mullet, mud minnows, and cut baits fished under popping corks are fooling all the inshore predators.

There’s also some red drum and flounder action going on in Tubbs Inlet, where all the same live baits (along with a variety of Gulps) will produce results. The docks, creekmouths, and oyster bars in the inlet are some of the best bets.

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

Sheepshead are feeding along the pilings where they’ll bite barnacles or sand fleas.

Anglers fishing small live baits on the bottom are hooking a few flounder.

Some spanish mackerel were biting Gotchas and mackerel tree rigs early last week, and they should return when there’s clean water near the pier.

The water is 81 degrees.