October 31

Inshore surface water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand still range from the mid-70s on up.  With water temperatures still very warm the water has not yet cleared, and there are prolific mullet around as well as plenty of shrimp if you know where to look. 

Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that even with persistent warm temperatures a strong fall bite is in place, but just in time for his 3rd Annual Inshore Slam and Festival temperatures are about to drop.  This should kick-start an even better fall bite as inshore species realize that they need to feed up as the days are numbered before the bait leaves the creeks.  With flounder harvest banned in North Carolina anglers will be competing for the best aggregate weight of trout and redfish, with over $3,000.00 on the line for first place.  The event will take place out of Cricket Cove Marina, and proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.  Sportsman’s Choice Marina is the headline sponsor.  

The trout bite has really picked up, and the best fishing is taking place on the low to rising tide around ledges and drops.  On higher tides the fish are doing well around grass and oyster beds.  Live shrimp, Zman baits, and Vudu Shrimp have all been working.  

Trout have also been feeding well at the jetties, mostly on live shrimp floated under a cork around the rocks.  

There is good action for redfish around ambush points, oysters and docks, and fish are also being caught around the same drops where the trout are feeding.  It is hard to find an area that only has one species right now, and reds are also out at the jetties.  

For redfish cut mullet, cut shrimp and artificial lures are all working.  

Bull red drum can still be found, but the bite is not as good as it was a few weeks ago. 

Black drum are in the same areas as the reds, although they are less likely to shy away from a strong current.  Docks, ledges and rocky bottoms all hold black drum with cut shrimp the best bait right now. 

A few flounder are still being picked up.  

Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that with water temperatures still a very warm 74 degrees fishing has been good.  This past weekend a number of king mackerel were caught, and they have also had Spanish mackerel andbluefish caught off the pier.  Bull red drum over the slot have also been released, as well as black drum including some legal fish.  There have also been pompano, whiting, and a few spots caught.  With water temperatures still very warm this cold front should not push the fish out because water temperatures have so far to go before fish leave. 

Jay A’Hern
Angler’s Headquarters (www.AnglersHeadquarters.com)
P.O. Box 50225
Columbia, SC 29250

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