Surface water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand remains about 86 degrees. The creeks, inlets and surf are full of finger mullet.
As the mullet run heats up the fishing is getting even better on the north end of the Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that this past week the catches of redfish have been pretty exceptional. On high tides they are catching fish around grass lines, while on the low to incoming tide the best action has been around docks, bulkheads and rocks. The fish are really concentrating on mullet right now and so live finger mullet have been the best bait.
Right after the North Carolina flounder season opened up they were catching a high percentage of better fish, but now that the season has been open for a little while more short fish are being landed. Still the flounder fishing has been pretty good on finger mullet, with the best catches coming on lower water in deep holes.
While trout can also be picked up on finger mullet, the best action has come floating live shrimp around oyster and drops on the incoming tide. Target 6-8 feet of water.
There have not been a lot of black drum caught but some have been biting on live shrimp fished around docks.
While Captain Smiley has spent more time inside the inlet, out at the Little River jetties there have been loads of sharks, redfish and trout caught around the rocks. Spanish mackerel are also thick, and anglers are catching them either throwing topwater lures or light-lining with live mullet.
There have been no reports of big red drum showing up yet, but any time now they should arrive. The bulls will be caught in the middle of the main channel in the inlet or against the rocks. While mullet will work live menhaden are usually tough to beat.
In the surf, Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that whiting, bluefish and flounder have been biting. A few spots are being caught but they are not really running yet. A king mackerel was landed this morning and plenty of nice Spanish mackerel are being caught.
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