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North Grand Strand Fishing Report

Learn more about the North Grand Strand below

April 16

Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are in the mid to upper 60s and pushing 70, and the water is still pretty clear for this time of year.   

There’s a lot of good action on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

April 1

Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are in the mid-60s, and the water is still pretty clear. 

It’s turning into a good spring on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and after a hiatus in the reports due to some telephone issues that kept us from connecting Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

February 23

Water temperatures range from about 48-50 degrees, and after recent weather the water is fairly dirty inshore. Out at the jetties there is some pretty blue water.   

Winter fishing continues to be strong on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

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About North Grand Strand Fishing

Includes Little River fishing report, Cherry Grove fishing report, and North Myrtle Beach fishing report.

The Grand Strand region of South Carolina refers to an arc of Atlantic Ocean beach land extending more than 60 miles from Little River, SC along the North Carolina border in the north to Winyah Bay outside of Georgetown to the south.  It includes both Horry County and Georgetown County and is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in South Carolina.  This region almost certainly attracts more sun-and-fun beach tourists each year than any other part of South Carolina.  This “North Grand Strand” fishing report covers the Horry County area from North Myrtle Beach north to the North Carolina border.  Moving from south to north, it includes North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove, and Little River. 

Redfish (also known as spottail bass, red drum, and other names) can be caught inshore along the Grand Strand the year round, as usually can spotted seatrout (also known as speckled seatrout, winter trout, and more) – although trout are also migratory in the region.  Sheepshead and black drum can also be found inshore most of the year, although in late winter the mature fish generally head offshore to spawn.  There are also an abundance of essentially migratory species that generally come in the warmer months – a broad category in South Carolina – and leave when temperatures cool.  These include croaker, pompano, spot, whiting and flounder (juveniles of both species may be present all year), bluefish, tarpon, weakfish, spadefish, cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sharks and more.  Bottom species including black sea bass, triggerfish, porgies, and various species of snapper and grouper can always be found off the coast at varying depths, while dolphin, tuna and even marlin are seasonal offshore species.  Wahoo can generally be caught the year round in the Gulf Stream off South Carolina.  Note that species can seasonally come to South Carolina via north/south migration along the Atlantic coast, or they can seasonally move closer to the coast and then farther out via east/west migration, as well as a combination of the two.  In addition to spawning patterns and water temperature preference, some of these migrations are driven at least in part by bait availability, including shrimp, mullet, menhaden and more.  

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