Inshore water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are 82-83 degrees.
The Little River jetties continue to produce, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that fishing live shrimp on a slip bobber or a split shot rig has been working well for some nice trout. The tide does not make a huge difference, as long as there is moving water in either direction around the rocks.
On the inside fishing the Intracoastal ledges with a popping cork and live shrimp has also been productive, and just yesterday they caught a 5-pound fish this way. The jetties seem to have more consistently keeper-sized fish, while inside the inlet there are a mix of big and small ones.
Redfish can also be caught out at the jetties, and they are also catching some reds inside the creeks. Soaking cut mullet in the grass around high tide has been picking up some good fish.
Even though this year has been a little down so far for flounder around Little River, they have been catching some keeper-sized fish on live finger mullet, mud minnows, Gulp! swimming minnows and molting shrimp. The best time to fish has been the switch between the incoming and outgoing tide from an hour before high tide to the first hour or two of the ebb. Fish have been around grass and oyster beds.
There have also been lots of small black drum caught on live or fresh cut shrimp around oyster beds and docks off the Intracoastal.
Bluefish and ladyfish are also being caught inshore.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that whiting, pompano, small Spanish mackerel, black drum, sheepshead and a few bluefish have been caught recently. No king mackerel have showed up yet.
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