North Myrtle Beach – October 26, 2017
Ken, of Shallow Minded Guide Fishing, reports that the cooler temperatures have the bull redfish schooled up tighter off the beach. Anglers have had success targeting these fish around pogie pods, and a few fish have also been landed at the jetties. Using live pogies on the bottom has worked best.
Those looking for reds inshore have had action targeting grass banks and flats.
The speckled trout bite has fired off, and most fish have been in the 17-20” range. Trout Tricks and Vudu shrimp have been the lures of choice, and the high falling tide has been the best window of opportunity.
A few nice flounder are still being landed inshore. Targeting creek drains along the waterway and deeper channels has worked best. Live finger mullet on Carolina rigs and Vudu shrimp have both worked well for the flatfish.
Patrick, of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters, reports that the big red drum bite has picked up in the inlets. Anglers have had the most strikes fishing with large pieces of cut mullet on the bottom.
Around Tubb’s Inlet, the flounder bite has remained strong. Drifting live finger mullet on Carolina rigs has been the ticket to hooking the flatfish.
Inshore, the black drum bite has picked up. Anglers tossing fresh shrimp around dock structure have found plenty of action.
Bob, of Strange Magic Fishing Charters, reports that cooling weather has turned the bite on. Small redfish are hitting fresh shrimp, live shrimp, and mullet minnows. Anglers targeting nervous bait in the waterway and along grass banks in area creeks have found the most fish.
Black drum are still around, but you have to put some effort in to find them with all of the fishing pressure. Fresh shrimp have been the go-to bait around docks, as well as some holes in the intracoastal waterway. Speckled trout are still in their regular places, but they’ve been picky lately. Gulp plastics pinned to jig heads and MirrOlures work best (except for live shrimp).
Flounder are being active, with some bigger fish being caught as of late. Live finger mullet, mud minnows, and menhaden have all worked well for the flatfish. Casting around creek mouths, especially during a falling tide, has produced best.
David, of Low Country Fishing Charters, reports that the bull redfish bite has improved some. Anglers fishing near the end of the jetty and around pogie pods have found the most fish. Large live and cut baits have both worked well.
Just off the beach and out to the 10 mile range, the king bite has kept anglers busy. Trolling with live baits and dead cigar minnows has produced good numbers of fish. Anglers have done best when targeting areas with live bottom and wrecks.
Larry, of Voyager Fishing Charters, reports that those making their way out to the Gulf Stream have been rewarded with great bottom fishing. Beeliners, grunts, triggerfish, rudderfish, amberjacks, african pompano, and kings have all been landed. A variety of cut and live baits have worked best.
In the 30 mile range, anglers have found limits of kings. Trolling dead cigar minnows and Drone spoons have gotten the job done.
Dropping to the bottom in the 90′ range has produced a solid grouper bite.
Just off the beach, spanish and bluefish have been schooled up and feeding well. Trolling Clarkspoons has been the key to landing high numbers of fish. When dropping to the bottom nearshore, anglers have landed sea bass, porgies, sea trout, and sharks.
Michael, of Cherry Grove Pier, reports that anglers plugging from the end of the pier have found plenty of action. Bluefish and spanish have schooled up and have been landed in good numbers.
Those fishing the bottom with fresh shrimp and sand fleas have found spot, whiting, and croaker for the cooler.