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North Grand Strand Fishing Report

Learn more about the North Grand Strand below

May 12

Morning surface water temperatures are around 69 degrees inshore around Little River. 

The conditions have been tough for fishing this week, as Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

May 4

Morning surface water temperatures are around 71 degrees inshore around Little River. 

The fishing has been strong recently at the top end of South Carolina’s coast, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

April 21

Morning surface water temperatures have made it into the low to mid-60s inshore around Little River, and there has been a lot of wind again this week. 

Despite some unfavorable fishing conditions, 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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