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North Grand Strand Fishing Report

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.  

June 30

Ocean surface water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are about 80 degrees. The water is clearing up nicely.

Even as it gets hot they are catching a mixed bag north of Myrtle Beach, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

June 15

Inshore surface temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are around 78 degrees. With the Waccamaw River flooded for the last week the water has been darker, and a new round of rain will probably keep it that way. 

There are good summer fishing conditions north of Myrtle Beach, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

May 28

Inshore surface temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are in the mid-70s.  The water was pretty clear before the tropical storm, but now it has gotten muddy.

There have been some pretty good catches to the north of Myrtle Beach in this mild May, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports

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