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Rain doesn’t dampen catch

July 20, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Rain doesn’t dampen catch


Dr. Jason Rosenberg, Ruby Rosenberg, Capt. Jay Sconyers, Lainey Rosenberg and Zachary Rosenberg show off their mackerel catch from Wednesday aboard Painkiller out of Murrells Inlet. Courtesy Dr. Jason Rosenberg
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Grand Strand Fishing Report: Rain hasn’t hampered fishing in ocean or rivers

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

July 19, 2018 06:12 PM

Estuary

Look For: Flounder, black drum, red drum, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, ladyfish, bluefish, tarpon.

Comments: Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown has had a few productive trips this week in the Winyah Bay vicinity. On Monday, McDonald’s crew caught five flounder including four keepers over the 15-inch minimum size limit, plus a few red drum and spotted seatrout. On Thursday, McDonald produced six reds, two flounder, two trout and two ladyfish, all caught on finger mullet. “There are plenty of mullet out there,” said McDonald, “and fishing’s been better than it was the last few weeks.” Look for tarpon roaming Winyah Bay and estuaries to the south. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters has endured a rainy week in the Little River vicinity, but has caught plenty of red drum and black drum, along with flounder. On Thursday, Kelly found reds in “super shallow water” in the creeks, but they were easily spooked. Kelly has caught the reds and flounder on live finger mullet while live shrimp are working for the black drum. An angler on one of Kelly’s other boats caught a 7-pound flounder. “It’s been a wet week, but it didn’t seem to interrupt the fishing,” said Kelly.

Inshore

Look For: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, spadefish, black sea bass, flounder, weakfish, whiting, croaker, pompano, black drum.

Comments: Dr. Jason Rosenberg’s typical Wednesday Fishing with Friends aboard his 32-foot Contender, Painkiller, had a bit of a twist this week – it was Wednesday Fishing with Family. Rosenberg and Capt. Jay Sconyers of Aces Up Fishing were joined by Rosenberg’s two daughters, Lainey and Ruby, and son, Zachary, and slow-trolling cigar minnows for mackerel was on the docket. Lainey Rosenberg, 14, was the angler of the day, first catching a lunker 5 1/2-pound Spanish mackerel near Belky Bear, then capping the day with a 35-pound king mackerel near Buoy City. Lainey fought the king for 45 minutes on a Penn 4500 spinning reel, before Sconyers gaffed the smoker and pulled it aboard. Also on the quick trip, Ruby caught her first king mackerel and Zachary also caught a king, both in the 10-pound range. “It was an amazing fish for an amazing kid with a very small fishing rod,” said Dr. Rosenberg, “and we made it home just before the storms. It was the perfect day.” On the near-shore artificial reefs, look for spadefish, flounder, black sea bass and weakfish, with Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and cobia also roaming the vicinity around the reefs. Sharks are also on the reefs, including some big ones. Morgan Marohl of the Cherry Grove Pier reported a balmy water temperature reading of 86 degrees Thursday afternoon. Marohl reports whiting, croaker, black drum, spadefish and a few tripletail have been caught off the pier this week, but no kings and few Spanish mackerel.

Offshore

Look For: Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, blue marlin, sailfish, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, grunts, porgy, amberjack, grouper.

Comments: Boats trolling inshore of the break on live bottom areas in 80-100 feet of water have had scattered catches of king mackerel, barracuda, dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna and even a few sailfish. Further out, near the break (the Continental Shelf) and beyond, dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, sailfish and blue marlin are in the trolling mix, with yellowfin tuna a possibility. Bottom fishing continues to be excellent for vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts, grouper and amberjack, with best action in depths over 100 feet. Anglers are catching plenty of red snapper but the species cannot be harvested and must be released in the South Atlantic region.

Freshwater

Look For: Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.

Comments: “Fishing’s been phenomenal,” said Ronald “Catfish” Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway. “Thank God we did get some rain because the rivers were about to dry up. The river levels are right, right now.” Stalvey said bream are hitting crickets and worms “shallow and deep.” Catfish action remains good on fresh eel and live bream, both on bush hooks and by rod-and-reel. “The top-water bite has been amazing lately (for bass),” said Stalvey, who suggests using buzz baits and Bang-O-Lures.

Lainey Rosenberg of Pawleys Island displays a 35-pound king mackerel and 5 1/2-pound Spanish mackerel she caught Wednesday aboard Painkiller out of Murrells Inlet. Courtesy Dr. Jason Rosenberg

Red Snapper season opens

July 14, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Red Snapper season opens


Zachary Rosenberg shows off a red snapper caught aboard Painkiller out of Murrells Inlet. Dr. Jason Rosenberg Submitted photo
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Here’s the latest on the 2018 red snapper open fishing season

By Gregg Holshouser

For The Sun News

July 13, 2018 05:06 PM

Yes, Carolina anglers, there will be an open season for the harvest of red snapper in the South Atlantic region in 2018.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced Friday word had been received from NOAA Fisheries that Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 has been approved, which opens the door for a red snapper season at some point in 2018 for both recreational and commercial fishermen.

The red snapper season will likely take place sometime in the month of August, with the announcement of the exact dates upcoming.

For the recreational sector, the bag limit for red snapper will be one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit. The recreational season will be open on weekends only (Friday through Sunday), with the number of weekend openings and exact dates still to be determined.

For the commercial sector, a 75-pound trip limit (gutted weight) with no minimum size limit will be in place. The commercial season will close when the commercial Annual Catch Limit (ACL) is met or projected to be met.

The total ACL for red snapper during the mini-season will be 42,510 fish, with 29,656 fish allocated to the recreational sector.

In the meantime, red snapper cannot be harvested and must be released in the South Atlantic region.
S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series

The fourth leg of the series is well underway out of City Marina in Charleston where the Megadock Billfishing Tournament is being held.

The Megadock has lived up to its reputation as a sailfish bonanza as 30 sailfish, three blue marlin and two white marlin had been released through Friday’s fishing action. The field of 24 boats is eligible to fish two of three days, with the final day of fishing upcoming on Saturday.

The crew of Rascal, with a home port of Georgetown Landing Marina, had an outstanding opening day of the tournament, compiling 1,100 points to sit atop the leaderboard.

Rascal started the opening day with a bang, releasing the first billfish of the tournament, a white marlin at 8:22 a.m. The crew then released four sailfish the rest of the day. Rascal took Friday off and is set to go for the win on Saturday.

Artemis and Man Cave are tied for second with 1,000 points apiece.

Only two boats (Reel Passion and Miss Magnolia) out of the field of 24 have fished out and are not eligible to fish on Saturday.

On Friday, the 13th no less, two boats, Miss Wy and Blue Sky, were struck by lightning according to the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Facebook page, but no one was injured.

45 pound yellowfin tuna caught

July 13, 2018 Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on 45 pound yellowfin tuna caught


Capt. Buddy Smith of Underdog shows off a 45-pound yellowfin tuna caught out of Murrells Inlet on a July 7 trip. Submitted photo
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Grand Strand Fishing Report: Charter boat Underdog lands 45-pound yellowfin tuna

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

July 12, 2018 08:01 PM

Estuary

Look For: Flounder, black drum, red drum, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, ladyfish, bluefish, tarpon.

Comments: Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters reports good action for a variety of species in the Little River area, even with the water temperature at a balmy mid-80s in mid-July. “It’s slowed down a tad, but it’s still excellent fishing for summertime,” said Kelly, who has been taking advantage of “tons of finger mullet” available for bait. Kelly has used live and cut mullet, and live shrimp on jig heads, plus live shrimp on popping corks to catch red drum, black drum, flounder and spotted seatrout. Kelly also has used Berkeley Gulp baits (shrimp and swimming mullet) to catch fish. After a slow start to the week, action heated up a bit on Thursday for Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown. McDonald produced several reds drum, a tripletail, a few flounder and a ladyfish on a trip in the Winyah Bay area. McDonald was using live and cut finger mullet and cut shrimp for bait, both floated and on a Carolina rig. Look for tarpon in Winyah Bay and in the vicinity of the bay’s jetties.

Inshore

Look For: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, spadefish, black sea bass, flounder, weakfish, whiting, croaker, pompano, black drum.

Comments: Conditions were splendid on the inshore waters for early July before Hurricane Chris formed a week ago and messed everything up. The storm harmlessly pulled away from the East Coast in the last few days but still switched the wind to an unfavorable north-northeast direction and canceled numerous fishing trips. Conditions are returning to normal, and king mackerel remain available on bottom spots in 40-60 feet of water in areas such as Belky Bear and The Jungle. Near-shore artificial reefs are producing spadefish, flounder, black sea bass and possibly weakfish, with Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and cobia also roaming the reefs. Plenty of sharks of all sizes are also available on the reefs. Ronnie Goodwin of the Cherry Grove Pier reports a water temperature reading of 85 degrees. Goodwin says the pier has produced scattered catches of black drum, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, croaker and spadefish, plus an angler hooked a tarpon which was released. Richard O’Leary of 14th Ave. Pier reports flounder, spadefish, whiting, croaker and pompano have been caught on the pier this week.

Offshore

Look For: Dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, blue marlin, sailfish, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, grunts, porgy, amberjack, grouper.

Comments: Inshore of the break, trolling has produced scattered catches of king mackerel, barracuda, dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna and even the occasional sailfish. Near the break (the Continental Shelf) and further offshore, dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, sailfish and blue marlin are in the trolling mix. Yellowfin tuna have been extremely rare offshore of the South Carolina coast for the last decade and longer. But the species has been showing up more frequently for boats from North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 2018 and alas one was caught out of Murrells Inlet on a recent trip. Capt. Buddy Love and the crew aboard Underdog landed a 45-pound yellowfin tuna on a July 7 trip. Bottom fishing is producing vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts, grouper and amberjack, with best action in depths over 100 feet. Red snapper are plentiful on many spots in 80 feet of water and deeper. However, red snapper still cannot be harvested and must be released in the South Atlantic region.

Freshwater

Look For: Bream, bass, catfish, crappie.

Comments: Bream action is very good on the rivers, with fish hitting crickets, worms and wax worms fished in depths of 1 to 4 feet. Catfish catches continue to be very good with fish hitting bream, fresh cut eel or fresh cut shad or mullet. For bass, find shady areas on these scorching days and try plastic worms, trick worms, brush hogs, Senkos and top-water frogs.