Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are in the mid-80s.
This week there’s no doubt the hot bite on the north end of the Grand Strand is for redfish, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that the best action has come on higher tides when fish are feeding on large schools of finger mullet in and around the edges of the grass. Naturally the best bait is mullet, and if you find areas where the redfish are feeding the bite can be really hot. Sometimes you want to put baits inside the grass, and sometimes the fish are feeding just along the outside the grass line.
There are also some trout being caught along drops in the Intracoastal Waterway and around shell beds, with live shrimp the ticket. They are also catching trout on live shrimp fished under a slip float out at the jetties. Fish are often about ten feet off the rocks.
The black drum fishing has been slow, but there are some flounder being caught in deep holes in the marshes or along the same grass edges where reds are feeding. While live finger mullet are working, jigging Gulp! jerk shad has been just as good and sometimes better.
Note that effective July 1 flounder regulations changed, with a new limit of 5 fish per person (from 10) and 10 per boat(from 20). The minimum size moved to 16 inches (from 15).
While you can catch some flounder insides the creeks, if you want to get into the big ones the Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) is the place to be! In addition to plenty of smaller fish, even with only limited numbers of anglers targeting them some monster flatfish have been caught. They have had two 7.3 pound fish as well as one 6.5 pound fish in the last few days, caught midway along the pier.
Lots of croaker, good numbers of whiting and too many small sea robins have also been caught.
While they are not getting any kings right now, lots of big Spanish mackerel have been caught on the king mackerel rigs.
Clarity in the ocean depends on whether the tide is coming in or going out, and water temperatures are about 84 degrees.
Out at the jetties there have been a ton of sharks and some big drum are on the bottom.