Captain Patrick Smiley (843-361-7445) reports that fishing in the Little River/ North Myrtle Beach area isn’t in full swing yet, but the fishing is still pretty good – and it’s definitely picking up all the time! The best catches right now are of spotted sea trout which seem to be abundant, and even though most of the fish are sub-legal a decent number over 14 inches are being caught. The best areas have been Tubbs Inlet and the Sunset Beach areas, and fish are being caught around holes in ledges along the Intracoastal Waterway. Vudu shrimp, Gulp! baits, and on the fly Clouser minnows are all catching fish – Patrick says it definitely seems that the fish have a preference for small stuff right now. Overall the rising tide has been the best, but there hasn’t really been any magic tide and it’s all about fishing the right spots on the right tide.
In the Cherry Grove estuary flounder are starting to show up, beginning to make their annual migration back inshore. While a few keeper-sized fish are being caught most of the fish are undersized; most of the better fish will show up in the coming weeks and month. Mud minnows are the bait of choice right now.
A few red drum are being picked up, and they are biting mud minnows as well as Gulp! baits around the Little River jetties. Black drum are also being caught around docks, pilings, and other structure on fresh shrimp.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that in the last few days they have been seeing some good whiting off the pier, and croaker also continue to be caught. Good numbers of flounder are also being caught but most of the fish are in the 10-inch range. Pufferfish and skates are everywhere. Water temperatures were 61 degrees this morning.