North Myrtle Beach – June 22, 2017
Ken, of Shallow Minded Guide Fishing, reports that the redfish have been feeding on the flats and are willing to take Zara Spook topwaters in black and silver early in the morning. Later into the morning, the reds are hitting Vudu shrimp rigged on a popping cork (as well as worked off the bottom). When the reds start getting spooky, cut mullet has done the trick.
Anglers targeting flatfish have had success working Vudu shrimp and other soft plastics off the bottom. Hitting ledges near marsh grass and working artificials very slowly down the ledge has been the key to catching limits of flounder.
Trout have also been in the area and are willing to eat a Vudu shrimp or live shrimp under a popping cork. Finding areas that are holding high numbers of bait fish (near marsh lines) has produced the best results.
Patrick, of Captain Smiley’s Fishing Charters, reports that speckled trout have been willing to take live shrimp and topwater lures. The trout that are eating shrimp floated under corks have been in the 12-16” range, while the trout landed on MirrOlure topwater poppers have been in the 18-20” range.
Black drum and redfish have been hanging around oyster structure and docks. Fishing live shrimp has produced most of the black drum, and the reds have fallen for a variety of cut bait fished on the bottom in the Dunn Sound and Sunset Beach areas.
Flounder have been moving inside, and the bite has been getting more consistent daily. Live mullet and shrimp fished on the bottom in the Little River Inlet and Tubbs Inlet areas has produced limits of flounder. Working white Gulp jerk shads on the bottom has also been an effective method on the flatfish. Most flounder have been feeding better on the low to rising tide.
Bob, of Strange Magic Fishing Charters, reports that flounder are finally starting to be landed in higher numbers, and live mud minnows and shrimp (as well as Gulp baits) are the ticket. Speckled trout have been feeding well in the early morning hours on plastics, but live shrimp under popping corks has been the best way to entice the trout. Both trout and flounder are holding around marsh lines near creek mouths.
Anglers heading out to the jetties have been rewarded with landing multiple bull redfish. Fishing with live pogies on the falling tide has worked best for these over-slot reds.
David, of Low Country Fishing Charters, reports that speckled trout have been feeding on live shrimp rigged under popping corks, and many fish have been in the 3-6 lb. range. Redfish have also been mixed in with the trout.
Flounder are currently favoring the clear water. Finding the right water and using live menhaden or Gulp and Z-Man jerk shads has produced keeper-sized fish.
Nearshore, anglers are hooking up with bull reds on live menhaden at the Little River jetty. Falling tide has been the key to these big reds.
Flounder are holding on the nearshore reefs, and using either bucktails or live mullet has been best for the flatfish. Anglers going after spanish have noted that the bite has slowed down, with only a few fish to be found.
Kings are holding in 70′ of water and are falling for small menhaden or cigar minnnows.
Larry, of Voyager Fishing Charters, reports that nearshore the spanish, barracuda, and large blacktip and spinner sharks are holding around the area wrecks. Out to the 25 mile range, kings are hitting Drone spoons and Blue Water Candy sea witches.
Anglers venturing out to the Gulf Stream are hooking a variety of fish on the bottom. Grouper, African pompano, amberjacks, vermilion snapper, grunts, and triggerfish are all willing to take cut baits in around 110′ of water. Kings are also being landed on the drift line off the back of the boat while bottom fishing.
Bennett, of Cherry Grove Pier, reports that croaker, bluefish, black drum, spadefish, and a few speckled trout are being landed from the pier. Most anglers are connecting with these fish by fishing fresh shrimp on the bottom.