North Myrtle Beach – August 3, 2017
Ken, of Shallow Minded Guide Fishing, reports that the redfish bite remains steady, and live mullet are the ticket to landing limits of fish near docks and creeks. Using larger mullet on Carolina rigs has also hooked anglers into some quality speckled trout.
Deepwater banks have been holding reds and trout. Floating a live shrimp under a cork has steadily produced good numbers of both species.
Flounder fishing has slowed down a bit, but fish in the 14-20” range are still being landed. Focusing on creek drains has been the key to picking up a few keepers.
Patrick, of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters, reports that speckled trout fishing has remained consistent, and anglers targeting the Tubbs Inlet and Crossroads areas have been catching solid numbers of fish. Live shrimp under a float rig has been the ticket when targeting trout. Redfish have been holding around docks and creeks, and live minnows or shrimp on a Carolina rig will do the trick.
Flounder fishing has still been providing some action, and most anglers are having the best luck working Gulp shrimp on jig heads off the bottom.
Those fishing near the waterway near Little River Inlet have been landing good numbers of black drum. Casting live shrimp on jig heads has been the most effective method.
Out at the jetties, shark fishing has been solid, and anglers are finding plenty of action drifting cut baits on the bottom.
Bob, of Strange Magic Fishing Charters, reports that the inshore bite has been best in the early mornings and late afternoons due to the high temperatures. Flounder have been feeding best on live minnows near creek mouths and around docks closer to high tide.
Topwater plugs, soft plastics, and live shrimp under popping corks have all worked well on speckled trout early in the morning. The bite starts to shut down as the temperature rises, and then it turns back on in the evening as it starts to cool down.
Redfish have been caught sporadically on marsh edges and oyster banks using live shrimp and minnows. Those targeting black drum have had success with fresh shrimp fished on the bottom, but most of the black drum seem to be under-sized.
David, of Low Country Fishing Charters, reports that the redfish and speckled trout bite has remained strong. Targeting deeper water marsh banks with live mullet and shrimp under popping corks (or on Carolina rigs) has worked best.
Nearshore, trolling Clarkspoons has produced plenty of action with spanish. A little further off the beach, trolling cigar minnows has hooked anglers into plenty of action with kings. Most of the kings have been in the 5-10 lb. range, but a few larger fish (near the 20 lb. mark) have been mixed in.
Larry, of Voyager Fishing Charters, reports that 50 miles south of Little River Inlet in 110′ of water the fishing has been steady. Bottom fishing has produced beeliners, grunts, triggerfish, grouper, african pompano, and amberjacks.
In the 30 mile range, those trolling dead cigar minnows have hooked into plenty of action with kings. A few bonita, barracuda, and mahi have been mixed in. Most of the kings have been in the 10-15 lb. range, but a few bigger fish are in the mix.
Nearshore and out to 10 miles, bottom fishing has produced black sea bass, porgies, and small sharks. Right along the beach, anglers trolling Clarkspoons have landed good numbers of spanish. Targeting tidelines and baits pods has been the best way to land double digit numbers. A few sharks have also been landed near the beach.
Michael, of Cherry Grove Pier, reports that bottom fishing with fresh shrimp and sand fleas has produced whiting, croaker, and black drum. Those electing to cast plugs have hooked into bluefish early in the morning.