March 27
Inshore surface water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand are around 63 degrees, and the water is clear.
Spring inshore fishing is getting good in the Little River area, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that the trout fishing in particular has been strong. Inshore they are catching some nice trout around oyster beds on the outgoing tide, and there has also been some good fishing on the low to rising. The jetties have also picked up. While live shrimp have been generating the biggest fish, DOA, Vudu and Gulp! baits have all been working.
In the creeks there have been some good redfish and occasional black drum caught in the potholes, with the best action coming at low tide. There have also been some early flounder caught in the same areas.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that water temperatures are about 60 degrees, and for now the catch mainly consists of juvenile whiting, croaker, dogfish, skates and a few bluefish. Once the water heats up 5 more degrees the blues should be wide open.
At the jetties bluefish are starting to be caught in good numbers, while nearshore bonito, black sea bass, and sheepsheadare still strong. There has also been some excellent action targeting false albacore, fishing with diamond jigs and also on the fly, just a few miles out.

Jay A’Hern
Angler’s Headquarters (
P.O. Box 50225
Columbia, SC 29250

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