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Lots of good bets for fishing this weekend

May 12, 2017 Live Great Outdoors Blog, Uncategorized Comments Off on Lots of good bets for fishing this weekend

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Casting a line? A lot of good bets this weekend in area waterways
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

Look For: Flounder, spotted seatrout, black drum, red drum, bluefish.
Comments: Flounder catches continue to improve in areas such as Cherry Grove, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys, as the water temperature warms into the mid 70s, even the upper 70s on lower tide stages during the day. Spotted seatrout, red drum and black drum are also available but catches are scattered. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Charters in Little River has observed catches have been best on the last few hours of the falling tide and the start of the rise. Kelly says trout are hitting Vudu shrimp and mud minnows fished on popping corks, with red drum and flounder hitting mud minnows and shrimp fished on the bottom on jig heads. Look for black drum taking shrimp around docks. Kelly has observed water temperatures in the 74 to 75-degree range. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a solid trip on Thursday, catching a variety of species in the Winyah Bay vicinity. McDonald’s crew caught four flounder, six trout, two lady fish and whiting. McDonald notes red drum are very scattered. “We catch one here, ride 10 miles and catch another,” McDonald said.
Look For: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, croaker, black drum, pompano, spadefish, flounder, cobia.

Comments: After a windy weekend, calmer conditions and pretty water prevailed along the beach this week. Predictably, so did the Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Anglers have had success jigging both species off Grand Strand piers Monday through Thursday, using mackerel trees and gold-hook rigs. Shrimp fished on the bottom is producing mainly whiting and croaker, along with some black drum including a few keepers within the 14-26 inch slot limit. A few sizable pompano have also been caught on shrimp, from the piers and the surf. Steve Gann of the Cherry Grove Pier reported a water temperature of 74 degrees Thursday afternoon. Spanish can be found around bait from near the beach to 10 miles offshore, especially around hard-bottom areas and artificial reefs. With the water temperature in the mid-70s, also look for spadefish on the near-shore reefs up to the 10-12 mile range. Head to bottom spots in depths of 55 feet and beyond to find good numbers of king mackerel. All cobia must be released in 2017 in all waters off South Carolina.

Look For: Dolphin, wahoo, tuna, billfish, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, porgy, triggerfish, grunts, grouper, amberjack.
Comments: It is absolutely prime time for offshore trolling, especially for good numbers of dolphin plus blackfin tuna and wahoo. The South Carolina Governo’s Cup Billfishing Series is underway at Bohicket Marina and the 50th annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament is two weeks away, so billfish are also in the trolling mix. Bottom fishing is very good on spots in depths of 90 feet and beyond, with vermilion snapper the dominant species. A good mix of black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts and a few grouper are also available, with plenty of sharks to avoid. Red snapper are off-limits and must be released in the Southeast Region.
Look For: Bream, catfish, bass, bream.
Comments: Ronald “Catfish” Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway reports bream fishing is excellent on the Waccamaw and the Intracoastal Waterway, with fish hitting crickets and worms in 2-4 feet of water. The Waccamaw from Conway to the Ricefields is producing good catches of fish. Stalvey says catfish catches are good on eels, shiners and frozen shad and herring. “There haven’t been any giants, but good ones,” said Stalvey. Bass are in a little deeper water. “The topwater bite had kind of shut off,” said Stalvey, who has used swim baits and crawfish lures to catch fish this week. A few anglers continue to catch crappie on minnows and jigs. As for the Pee Dee rivers, Stalvey says they are “high as a Georgia pine.”

Windy conditions no match at SALTT event

February 18, 2017 Uncategorized Comments Off on Windy conditions no match at SALTT event

Blake Thompson and River Squires of Conway High School show off their winning fish in the bass division of last Saturday’s Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT) tournament at Georgetown’s Carroll CampbellMarine Complex. Contributed photo

Windy conditions no match for determined anglers at SALTT event

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

Last Saturday dawned warm for mid-February – which has been the norm this winter – but a stiff wind greeted the anglers competing in the Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT) event out of the Carroll Campbell Marine Complex in Georgetown.
Windy conditions aside, it was a record-breaking event for Coach Rayburn Poston and his trail, which features divisions for red drum and largemouth bass, with middle and high school anglers competing against each other.
“It was April conditions in February,” said Poston. “It was the most boats (26) we’ve ever had fish and the most boats we’ve ever had catch fish (15). I’m happy to see it growing.”
The majority of the anglers fishing in the Redfish Division left the Campbell Marine Complex, located on the Sampit River, and headed across Winyah Bay to fish North Inlet.
Middle school anglers finished at the top of the division, led by Ben Pardue and Charlie Holmes of Conway Middle School who brought two reds totaling six pounds to the weigh-in, including the biggest, a 4.24-pounder.
Kadyn Kellahan of Rosemary Middle School fished solo but claimed second with two reds totaling 3.77 pounds.
Henry Poston of Academy of Arts, Science and Technology and Benjamin Biddle of Blackwater Middle School teamed to finish third with two reds weighing 3.16 pounds.
Conway Middle School’s Ashton Rouhselang and Fisher Anderson took fourth place with one redfish weighing 2.12 pounds.
Bass action was better, with the anglers heading up the Waccamaw, Pee Dee or Black rivers to find their largemouth.
The Conway High School duo of Blake Thompson and River Squires claimed first place with a five-fish aggregate of 10.46 pounds. Whittemore Park Middle School’s Austin Winburn and Cooper Harrelson were second with five bass weighing 10.04 pounds.
Ben Cooper and Todd Howard of Conway High School weighed in four bass at 8.13 pounds to finish third. Conway Christian School’s Will and Trent Hucks were fourth with three bass at 5.65 pounds. Rounding out the top five were Allen and Colton Ledford of Forestbrook Middle School with three bass at 4.29 pounds.
Other anglers weighing in bass included:
▪ 6th Place: Asher Damon (Waccamaw High School) and Walker Todd (Socastee High School); three bass, 4.12 pounds.
▪ 7th Place: Mackenley Hucks (Conway High School) and Chandler Brown (Conway Middle School); two bass, 2.73 pounds.
▪ 8th Place: Gabe Brown (Aynor High School) and Stephen Smith (Academy for Technology and Academics); two bass, 1.94 pounds.
▪ 9th Place: Reid Richardson and Caleb Droll, Conway Christian School; one bass, 1.79 pounds.
▪ 10th Place: Gage Fortson and Jacob Richardson, Conway High School; one bass, 1.32 pounds.
▪ 11th Place: Bennet Lawshe, Georgetown High School; one bass, 1.23 pounds.
All fish caught during SALTT tournaments are released after the weigh-in.
The next two SALTT tournaments will be held Feb. 25 and March 11, which will conclude the series for the 2016-17 school year. All SALTT events are held out of the Campbell Marine Complex.
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