Inshore water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are in the mid-80s. The water is unusually clear on the incoming tide as there has not been much wind in the last few days.
Even though it’s the heat of summer there has been some good fishing on the north end of the Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that trout are feeding particularly well. The best bite has been out at the Little River Inlet jetties on the bottom of the falling tide and at the top of the rising tide, and live shrimp suspended under a floating cork and drifted around the rocks have been working well.
Inside the creeks there have also been some trout caught on the outgoing tide with shrimp. The best action has been around ledges and oyster beds in 5-8 feet of water.
Some redfish have also been mixed in with the trout at the jetties, but the best place to target redfish has been along the IntraCoastal Waterway fishing with cut mullet, menhaden or even bluefish. Fish are little deeper in about 12 feet of water, and the outgoing tide has been most productive. There have also been some small black drum caught in the same areas on shrimp.
Flounder fishing has been pretty good, and drifting the bottom back in the inlets with live finger mullet has been working. The best fishing has been on the rising tide.
A lot of Atlantic sharpnose sharks are around.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that a lot of whiting, some black drum, and a few flounder are being caught. It has been since last month that any king mackerel were landed.