AHQ INSIDER South Grand Strand (SC) Winter 2017/18 Fishing Report – Updated December 21
Water temperatures in the Murrells Inlet area remain in the mid- to lower-50s and conditions are clearing nicely.
The inshore bite for black drum and redfish is still pretty good around the rocks, and trout are still biting inside the Inlet on both live bait and artificials. However, Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) reports he has been heading offshore when conditions allowed, and earlier this week he caught three wahoo, six blackfin tuna, and a few king mackerel in the Gulf Stream. There is also some pretty good black sea bass fishing about 15 miles offshore.
Water temperatures in the Murrells Inlet area are have dipped into the mid- to lower-50s.
Winter is pretty much here, but Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) reports that the fishing is still good. Lately he has been catching a bunch of black drum and redfish around the tips of the jetties, chiefly with cut shrimp on the bottom.
There are also a bunch of trout being caught inside Murrell’s Inlet, and anglers are throwing grubs and Mirrolures to target them. Floating live shrimp under a cork will also catch trout. There are still some shrimp around but they have gotten very hard to catch, but the bait shops do have them.
The wahoo are also still biting offshore and should continue through February or March.
Water temperatures in the Murrells Inlet area are around 60 degrees, and conditions are very clear.
It’s been a mild fall, and with moderate water temperatures Captain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) reports that he is having a ton of success inshore for black drum, redfish and trout. In Murrells Inlet he is floating live shrimp over oysters and catching all three species. As long as there is moving water and the oysters are covered the tide has not been an issue.
At the jetties on lower stages of the tide Captain J has been having success for the same species with cut shrimp fished on the bottom around rocks.
There are tons of small flounder around for anglers trolling mud minnows, but only about one out of ten fish is a keeper.
Offshore there has been a tremendous wahoo bite, and Captain J reports that high speed trolling as well as pulling ballyhoo has been extremely productive. All of the fish are over 40 pounds with some over 70, and Captain J also caught a sailfish that was only 7 pounds shy of the state record.