Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are up to 78 degrees. Shrimp are now big enough for bait.
Fishing at the jetties has been really good recently, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that floating live shrimp about 5 feet under a slip cork 15-20 feet off the rocks they have been doing really well for trout. Ladyfish and bluefish are also out there, but for some reason they are not getting many redfish on the live shrimp rigs.
If you fish on the bottom with cut menhaden there are plenty of sharks as well as some big drum around, and there have even been some tarpon sightings.
Inshore fishing is about the same and there are plenty of smaller trout being caught around grass lines and ledges, and small reds and black drum are eating well in 4-foot holes in the shallow creeks on the low rising or low falling tide. On high water the fish are hard to find in the creeks. Redfish seem to want mud minnows more than shrimp right now, while black drum will devour shrimp.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that there continue to be really good catches of spot as well as some croakerand whiting caught off the pier. Even though the spot are doing very well they will only eat blood worms. In addition to tons of small sharks, stingrays and some bluefish, they are also getting decent numbers of flounder, with a keeper ratio of about 50/50.
It’s been tough sledding for Spanish mackerel and king mackerel since the water got dirty, but they should return when it clears.
Surf water temperatures are 77 degrees.
While inshore flounder fishing has been slow in South Carolina, at least for big fish, Captain Smiley reports that 2 ½ miles out there are plenty of keeper flounder at the nearshore reefs. Usually the second week of June is a better time for big flounder inshore.
Cobia can still be found at the nearshore reefs, and they are being caught on live menhaden, pinfish or most any small baitfish. King mackerel are also around about 10 miles out.