Morning surface water temperatures are about 77 or 78 degrees around Little River.   

The Spanish mackerel fishing has been as good they have ever seen it at the north end of the Grand Strand, and Captain Buddy Love with Captain Smiley Fishing Charters (843-361-7445) reports that they are catching them as fast as they can reel them in.  On Father’s Day they caught 45 fish in two hours!  Most of them are keepers and there are also some fish in the 20-inch range.  They are within a mile of the beaches around the menhaden schools, and you can either troll or cast spoons for them.   

While there are a few king mackerel and cobia close in around the bait, most of the kings seem to be out in 35-40 feet of water.  However, there are tons of sharks to be caught.  

Inshore it’s typical summer fishing, and that means they are catching a few redfishtrout and flounder but overall things are settling into a slower summer pattern as the water warms.  Flounder are probably the best of those, and there are tons of keepers in North Carolina but they are rarer south of the border.  Dragging mud minnows or finger mullet on a Carolina rig is tough to beat for flounder, but you can also fish the bait on a jighead.  

Trout have been pretty sporadic but fish can be caught on live shrimp fished in creek mouths, while the best redfish action is usually on low tide mud flats in depressions and around oyster beds. 

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