Fish Post

North Myrtle Beach – November 16, 2017

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Ken, of Shallow Minded Guide Fishing, reports that the red drum fishing has started to pick up inshore. Good numbers of slot and over-slot fish have been found in the shallow bays and creeks, and soft plastics like the Vudu shrimp and Trout Trick have worked best.

The speckled trout fishing has also fired up. Most fish are holding near marsh points and creek mouths. Anglers targeting the higher part of the tide with soft plastics and live shrimp under a slip float rig have regularly landed limits of fish. A few flounder also continue to hang around in some of the same areas, with fish in the 16-20” range being landed while trout fishing.

Large bull reds are still hanging around nearshore. Anglers targeting bait pods have found the most action.


Patrick, of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters, reports that speckled trout fishing has started to pick up. Live shrimp under float rigs and MirrOlures have been the go to baits.

Red drum and flounder have also been feeding in the inshore waters. Most fish (both reds and flounder) have fallen for live finger mullet hooked on Carolina rigs.

A few large reds are still hanging around the jetties and nearshore structure. Fishing with large live and cut baits has produced best.


Brittany Braswell, of Indian Trail, NC, with a redfish caught near the Little River area. She was fishing with Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Charters.


Bob, of Strange Magic Fishing Charters, reports that everything is hungry in anticipation of the annual mullet run (which is behind schedule due to the warmer temperatures this fall).

Redfish are feeding in the creeks and along the banks of the intracoastal waterway. They’re chewing on live minnows and fresh shrimp.

Speckled trout are still preferring live shrimp (if you can find the shrimp), but they will also feed on minnows, Gulp soft plastics, and MirrOlures. Targeting higher water around oyster bars seems to be the ticket for success on the trout.

Flounder are still around in good numbers. The smaller ones seem to be holding in the creeks, with the bigger ones hanging around docks or any kind of structure.

Black drum are chewing on fresh shrimp around docks on high tide and in holes and creeks in the intracoastal at low tide.


Linda Cole with a 20″ black drum that fell for a chunk of cut bait near Shallotte.


Larry, of Voyager Fishing Charters, reports that the Gulf Stream has produced good numbers of fish. Anglers have landed red snapper, beeliners, triggerfish, and scamp grouper while bottom fishing. On the drift lines, a few dolphin and kings have been hooked.

Nearshore fishing has produced plenty of action with kings. Anglers have had success slow trolling live baits, but there’s also been good action trolling with dead cigar minnows.


Michael, of Cherry Grove Pier, reports that anglers plugging from the pier have landed high numbers of bluefish and a few spanish. Most have hit Gotcha plugs and Stingsilvers.

Those fishing the bottom with cut shrimp and bloodworms have landed whiting, croaker, and a few spot.