AHQ INSIDER Greater Murrells Inlet (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated March 27
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Murrells Inlet inshore water temperatures are around 62 degrees, and the water is still very clear. There is still a lot of “snot” grass around but it seems to be thinning out.
The keeper ratio for flounder is picking up in the Murrells Inlet area, and Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrells Inlet (843-651-2895) reports that one anglers last weekend had about an 80% keeper ratio. That is above average, and in general it’s a successful day if half of the fish are over the 14-inch minimum. Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) says he still hasn’t seen any big female fish, although they should be coming, and he advises using a little float to keep your mud minnow out of the grass – which he finds is pretty bad in the creeks.
There are quite a few trout around, and Captain J. says that trolling Mirrolures and grubs has been working well. Perry’s has had good trout reports at the jetties.
Captain J. says that he has a couple of low tide spots where he has been catching good numbers of redfish. While they are still pretty grouped up, those winter schools are starting to split up. Perry’s reports that some anglers have been limiting on slot-sized redfish in Oaks Creek. There have also been some random bull red drum already caught at the jetties, as well good numbers of smaller reds and black drum. Use shrimp or crabs to catch these fish, and expect better catch rates on lower tide. That’s common in the spring because water temperatures are a little warmer and fish are more active on low tide. Perry’s also reports black drum at the mouth of Oyster Cove.
While a few sheepshead can still be caught on the reefs, because of the warm weather they started to leave a little earlier than usual this year. Most of the fish have migrated back to inshore structure like the jetties.
Perry reports that in the surf there are some nice bluefish being caught from time to time, as well as plenty of whiting, dogfish, and sharks.
At the 3-Mile Reef weakfish have been pretty thick, and vertically jigging artificial lures just off the bottom has been the ticket. Flounder have also been caught out there. Bluefish have also just showed up mixed in with the weakfish, which means in about two weeks the Spanish mackerel should arrive. They will be closely followed by the cobia (closed to harvest this year) and then king mackerel.