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AHQ INSIDER Greater Murrells Inlet (SC) Spring Fishing Report – Updated June 21

  • by Jay

The newest Murrells Inlet fishing report, updated August 2, can be found at:

June 21

Water temperatures in the Murrells Inlet area are in the lower-80s.  Inshore water has been kind of muddy lately, but there was some green (instead of brown) water yesterday before another round of rain came through.

Perry’s Bait and Tackle in Murrells Inlet (843-651-2895) reports that they are still getting some good catches of flounderalong the South Grand Strand, but they are receiving really strong reports on redfish and black drumCaptain J of Fishful Thinking Guide Service (843-902-0356) says that he is catching both species on pieces of shrimp fished over shell bottoms where there is some current.  The shells can be live or dead, but the key is just not having a mud or sand bottom.  The tide hasn’t mattered much, and it will take some patience to weed through the pinfish but after a few minutes the drum show up and seem to run off the bait stealers.

Some nice flounder caught recently on Perry's Bait and Tackle minnows
Some nice flounder caught recently on Perry’s Bait and Tackle minnows

Troutfishing has also been pretty good inshore, with plenty of 15-16 inch fish being caught on live shrimp and smaller live finger mullet.

At the jetties sheepshead fishing has been strong, and off the beaches there have been a lot of sharks, bluefish, ribbonfish, ladyfish and croakers caught.  Before the storms pompano were doing well, but they have slowed down since the rain started.

Nearshore Perry’s reports weakfish, gulf flounder and spadefish at the 3-Mile and 10-Mile reefs, although Captain J. says that at times it’s been a little tough to catch spadefish with so much of their natural bait (small jellyfish) around.

Captain J. is having a lot of success trolling 16-18 miles offshore in 30-60 feet of water for king mackerel.  Pulling live menhaden and cigar minnows over live bottom areas has been producing a good number of smaller 10-12 pound fish, while the artificial reefs have barracuda which often don’t mix well with kings.  Perry’s has gotten good king reports at Belkie Bear.

Georgetown Landing Marina (843-546-1776) reports that they have had some bottom fish hit the docks, and the trolling trips have produced some spotty dolphin fishing.  Blackfin tuna are in their traditional areas – the trick is just getting them to bite!