April 30
Surface temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are in the upper 60s. The Cherry Grove area is very clear because of the lack of river inflow, while Little River is darker because of the freshwater.
The flounder continue to headline inshore fishing on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that he has been fishing in the Cherry Grove area because the bite has been so good up there. He has mainly been fishing the outgoing tide, but the key has been drifting big live baits for bigger fish. Mullet, small spots and pinfish have all been working well. If you know where the good holes are you can also slow down and fish larger artificials. Gulp! jerkshad and Vudu Shrimp are both working.
There has also been a good black drum and redfish bite, with the best action coming on fresh cut shrimp fish fished in deeper holes with structure in the creeks. The lower outgoing tide has been best.
In the Little River area they are also finding fish back in very shallow creeks with 3-4 foot potholes on low tide.
There have not been a lot of anglers pursuing trout, but the action is much better with live shrimp if you can get them.
Captain Smiley has not fished the jetties but reds and black drum are there if you hit them right.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that some big whiting and nice keeper black drum have showed up, and just this week bluefish and Spanish mackerel have arrived. There have also been a few keeper flounder. With water temperatures hitting 68 it should not be long until king mackerel arrive.
At the nearshore reefs Spanish, blues and weakfish are all around, and king mackerel are also showing up. There have already been some reports of cobia on the south end of the Grand Strand and it should not be more than a week or two until they arrive within a few miles of the beaches.
In 60-100 feet of water they are wearing out the dolphin.

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

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