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July 25
Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are in the mid- and even upper 80s.
Kids’ camp is a success with plenty of croaker and smaller black drum still being caught inshore with fresh cut shrimp on a #4 hook, but Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that they are also getting good action from trout which can be caught out at the jetties or inside the creeks along grass lines with live shrimp. At the jetties they are fishing them off the rocks under a slip float rig, while inshore popping corks along grass lines have been the ticket.
The action for redfish has also picked up a little, and with large schools of mullet running the banks fishing cut mullet, live finger mullet or even topwater baits along grass lines on higher tides has been working. Fishing has been especially good when the water first starts coming out of the grass. There have also been some reds caught around docks.
While the water is starting to clear, it’s still pretty dirty and Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that the pier catch is still mostly limited to whiting and croaker. They have had a couple of keeper flounder today but not much else.
Speaking of flounder, while inshore flounder fishing has been slow (the action seems to be a little better in North Carolina) at the nearshore reefs there has been some decent flounder fishing. The best flounder action is usually around the edge of the structure, and Carolina rigs on the bottom with live mullet or menhaden will both work. 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).
There are also some spadefish and a few Spanish mackerel around at the reefs, as well as a lot of sharks.
In the Little River Inlet there have been some big redfish caught on menhaden, and there are also lots of Atlantic Sharpnose sharks around. Truthfully everywhere is pretty “sharky” right now.

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