North Myrtle Beach – June 8, 2017
Ken, of Shallow Minded Guide Fishing, reports that anglers are connecting with good numbers of keeper flounder. Most of the fish have bit on Vudu shrimp and Zoom flukes, and the falling tide around deeper holes and cuts has produced the most action.
Anglers focusing on speckled trout have had success around high tide. Targeting marsh banks where bait is pinned up is key to landing good numbers of specks. Drifting live shrimp under popping corks has been the best way to draw a trout bite, but Vudu shrimp has accounted for a few as well.
Redfish are feeding around area creeks and docks. Most anglers are finding that targeting low tide holes and deeper cuts in the creeks has produced the most bites. The redfish have been willing to eat a Vudu shrimp worked off the bottom in these areas.
Patrick, of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters, reports that the speckled trout in the Tubbs Inlet, Little River, and Calabash River areas have been feeding well on live shrimp. Anglers rigging live shrimp under popping corks (as well as on 1/4 oz. jig heads) have found plenty of action with the trout.
The flounder have made a strong showing in the Cherry Grove area. Many keeper-size fish have been landed while rigging live finger mullet on Carolina rigs.
Bob, of Strange Magic Fishing Charters, reports that the trout bite has turned back on after all of the storms from last week. The water has cleared quite a bit, and the trout have responded well to MirrOlures and Gulp baits, especially around shell banks.
Flounder are also starting to heat back up, and mud minnows have been the top producing bait. Anglers are finding success targeting spots just outside of moving current around creek mouths and grass lines.
The redfish and black drum bite has slowed down due to the dirty water from the storms, as well as the increased fishing pressure. Look for the bite to pick back up as the water clears.
David, of Low Country Fishing Charters, reports that inshore the flounder are feeding on artificials and live baits; however, most of the bigger fish are coming on 4” Z-Man and Gulp baits. The majority of the flounder have been in the 16-18” range.
The speckled trout are still hanging around and are willing to eat a live shrimp or D.O.A. shrimp rigged under a popping cork. Most fish have been right around the 16” mark. Redfish in the 20” range have also been hanging around the trout, and anglers are hooking them on the same baits.
The nearshore action has started to heat up, and the bull redfish bite near the jetties is on. Anglers have been connecting with redfish in the 40-45” range. The spanish bite right off the beach has been hit or miss, but anglers are finding their best numbers of fish while trolling Clarkspoons.
Kings have been feeding in around 75’ of water. Live menhaden or trolled cigar minnows has been the key to a successful king bite.
Bottom fishing in the 65-80’ range has produced vermilion snapper, black sea bass, grunts, and porgies. Anglers have had the most success with fresh cut bait.
Larry, of Voyager Fishing Charters, reports that nearshore anglers are connecting with plenty of spanish and blacktip sharks. Trolling Clarkspoons has been the key to hooking spanish, while most of the sharks have been landed while fishing behind shrimp boats.
In the 25-35 mile range out of Little River Inlet, anglers have been bottom fishing and connecting with beeliners, grunts, black sea bass, and grouper while using fresh cut squid and cigar minnows.
While trolling in the 50-60 mile range, anglers are connecting with kings, bonita, and mahi. Most fish are falling for rigged ballyhoo on Blue Water Candy sea witches and Ilander lures.
Out at the Gulf Stream, anglers are hooking plenty of fish on the bottom. Beeliners, grouper, African pompano, triggerfish, and grunts have all been willing to take fresh cut bait. Some mahi have been caught on drift lines while at the Stream.
Ronnie, of Cherry Grove Pier, reports that anglers fishing from the pier are having the most success fishing fresh shrimp and bloodworms on the bottom. Catches have included black drum, whiting, and croaker.
The water continues to remain dirty in the surf, though.