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Myrtle Beach Area Fishing Report 11-26-16

November 26, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Myrtle Beach Area Fishing Report 11-26-16

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By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News
Estuary
Look For: Spotted seatrout, black drum, red drum, flounder, sheepshead.
Comments: Fishing continues to be excellent in estuaries throughout the area, from the Georgetown vicinity to Brunswick County, N.C. Spotted seatrout, black drum and red drum can be caught in very good numbers in many areas, from tidal creeks to jetties at Winyah Bay, Murrells Inlet and Little River. Live shrimp fished under floats will work well for all three species, particularly trout and black drum. A variety of artificial shrimp such as Vudu, Gulp and Yo-Zuri will work well specifically for trout, plus red drum. Also look for sheepshead and tautog at area jetties, hitting live or dead shrimp, or fiddler crabs. The occasional flounder can also be found in all areas. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service had a typical solid trip on Tuesday, catching 17 trout and several red drum fishing south of Georgetown. The trout hit plastic grubs while the reds took cut shrimp.
Inshore
Look For: Black sea bass, whiting, weakfish, black drum, red drum, flounder, perch, croaker.
Comments: Capt. Jeff Maples of Reel Salty Fishing Charters and his daughter, Megan, hit Paradise Reef (Three-Mile Reef) out of Murrells Inlet on a fun trip and found some very nice weakfish (summer trout), including a pair of 20-plus inch keepers. In addition, the Maples caught numerous black sea bass, all under but within an inch or so of the 13-inch minimum size. Look for solid keepers to begin showing up on the near-shore bottom spots and artificial reefs soon, with some likely already available. “It’s time for them to start showing up,” said Jeff Maples. A few bull red drum well over the 15-23 inch slot limit remain on near-shore bottom spots and just off the surf, but with the water temperature headed further down, the big spawners will soon be gone for the season. Ronnie Goodwin of the Cherry Grove Pier reports one angler landed three keeper red drum in the 17-inch range from the pier on Wednesday. Otherwise, Goodwin reports whiting, croakers, perch and small black drum have been caught off the pier this week. Whiting and spots were caught off the Apache Pier on Wednesday, the first showing of spots in over a week. Catches of puffers along with a few blues and flounder were also reported. The ocean water temperature at Cherry Grove Pier was 62 degrees on Wednesday.
Offshore
Look For: Wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, porgy, triggerfish, grunts, amberjack.
Comments: Near the break, catches of wahoo are very good in areas such as the Winyah Scarp, Black Jack Hole and MacMarlen Ledge, with blackfin tuna and a few dolphin mixed in. A little closer in, on bottom spots and ledges in about 60 to 90 feet, catches of king mackerel and grouper are very good. Cigar minnows will work well for both species, preferably live for the grouper. Overall, bottom fishing is excellent for grouper, especially gag and scamp, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, porgy, triggerfish, grunts and amberjack. Red snapper are off-limits in the South Atlantic region and must be released.
Freshwater
Look For: Crappie, bream, catfish, bass.
Comments: Water levels and conditions are getting better by the week on the Waccamaw River, with the area blessed with little rain since Hurricane Matthew’s devastating deluge on Oct. 8. With the improved conditions and cooler water temperatures, crappie action has picked up nicely with fish hitting minnows around structure and brush. Bream are headed for deeper water, as lead-lining worms on the bottom is the best method to catch them as December approaches. Catfish action has been very good in recent weeks.

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Team Tuppens/Garmin’s early big catch plenty enough to edge area team On A Mission

November 19, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Team Tuppens/Garmin’s early big catch plenty enough to edge area team On A Mission

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The On A Mission/OIFC fishing team of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., including Chris Bryan, Taylor Henkel and Bailey Auten, finished second in the SKA Nationals last weekend in Ft. Pierce, Fla., thanks to this 51.67-pound king mackerel. Submitted photo

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News
After the first day of fishing in the 2016 Mercury Southern Kingfish Association National Championship in Ft. Pierce, Fla., there was a clear-cut favorite.
The tournament featured two days of fishing on Nov. 11-12 out of Ft. Pierce City Marina, and a team from around that area, Team Tuppens/Garmin, weighed in a huge 62.33-pound king mackerel to smoke the rest of the field by almost 23 pounds, as Augy One’s 39.60-pounder held down second place.
Still, there was another day of fishing to go, as the Nationals featured a format of a two-day, two-fish aggregate to determine the 2016 national champion of king mackerel fishing.
“I thought it was going to be virtually impossible to beat that,” said Chris Bryan of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., head of the On A Mission/OIFC fishing team. “In the back of my mind I knew the entire field was fishing for second place after they weighed the 62-pounder.”
As expected, Team Tuppens/Garmin, headed by Steve Sprague of West Palm Beach, Fla., went on to win the prestigious tournament, adding a 37.45-pounder to its first-day smoker to easily claim the championship with a 99.78-pound aggregate.
But, the intense battle for second place raged on last Saturday during the final day of fishing and On A Mission/OIFC was in the mix.
“After day one we were in 16th place,” Bryan said. “That wasn’t too far down the totem pole.”
Bryan and his two fishing partners – Bailey Auten of Ocean Isle Beach and Taylor Henkel of Belmont, N.C. – headed to the same spot south of Ft. Pierce where they caught a 22.55-pounder the previous day in the 34-foot Fountain powered by three Mercury 350s.
Soon after arriving at the spot, a live bottom area in 74 feet of water about three miles off Stuart, Fla., the trio caught three small kings in the 7-8 pound range, which they released.
At 10 a.m., they got a good bite on a blue runner on a downrigger.
“I picked up the rod and the fish ran offshore, which is a trait of those bigger fish,” Bryan recalled. “After that he just essentially swam along with the boat for about 40 minutes, staying under the boat out of our sight. We finally saw the flouro knot and the fish came out from underneath the bow. When we saw the knot we knew he was 12 feet away and was about to pop up.”
Auten manned a 12-foot gaff and nailed the fish on the first shot.
“Bailey stuck it, I reached down and grabbed the tail and we pulled him in the boat,” said Bryan. “There were a bunch of high fives, yelling and screaming.”
The fish measured 58 inches in length with a 24-inch girth.
At the weigh-in, the smoker king tipped the scales at 51.67 pounds, the second-biggest fish caught in the tournament. That left the trio with an aggregate of 74.22 pounds, good for second place among 113 boats in the championship tournament.
“We were real excited,” said Bryan, the real estate sales manager at Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty in Ocean Isle Beach. “It’s a very surreal experience to finish second amongst that level of competition. The camaraderie at the SKA National Championships is second to none. I’ve forged relationships with fishing teams throughout the Southeastern U.S. that have turned into lifelong friendships.”
Bryan has been fishing in the SKA since he was a 19-year-old in 1994, first competing in the SKA Nationals in 1999, also in Ft. Pierce. Bryan has qualified for each SKA Nationals event since 2003, and his best finish was eighth-place a year ago when the tournament was held in his backyard, in Morehead City, N.C.
Rounding out the top five were Raymarine/Strike Two with a 64.71-pound aggregate, Spiced Rum III with 59.85 pounds and Auggy One with 57.54 pounds.
The McMullan crew of Ocean Isle Fishing Center, including Brant, Barrett, Amy, Rube, Caroline and Brayden McMullan, finished 11th with a 47.72-pound aggregate.
Blondie, a 26-foot Yellowfin, won the Small Boat Class with a 51.36-pound aggregate while G-Force, a 25-
foot Bluewater, won the Single Engine Class with 52.11 pounds.
SKA Hall Of Fame
One angler was inducted into the SKA Hall of Fame during the week of events at the Nationals in Ft. Pierce – Capt. Joe Winslow of Sunset Beach.
Winslow is a professor of instructional technology at Coastal Carolina University and calls on current and alumni members of CCU’s Saltwater Angler Club to make up his crew aboard Hooligan, a 34-foot Yellowfin, in SKA events.
Hooligan and his CCU fishing team won SKA Division 9 this year, setting a division record of 110 points, the aggregate weight for the crew’s top three kings weighed in during the season.
Winslow has won nine SKA Division titles over the years.
“Joe Winslow is an outstanding fisherman and mentor who is very knowledgeable and has achieved so much in his career,” said CCU student James Coleman, President of the CCU Saltwater Angler Club. “Myself and others can always count on Joe for guidance, fishing-related or not, and he is always honest and kind.”
Hook-A-Hoo Rodeo
No Pitty weighed in a 66.74-pound wahoo on Oct. 18 to win Martini’s Hook-A-Hoo Rodeo over a field of 49 boats.
Boats were able to fish one out of 28 days in the tournament, from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5 and were able to weigh in fish at any of seven weigh-in stations in South and North Carolina, from North Myrtle Beach to Atlantic Beach, N.C.
Bluewater Express finished second with a 64.45-pounder and Game Hawg third with a 63.41-pounder.
Captivation caught the largest tuna, a 30.2-pound blackfin, while No Pitty weighed in the largest dolphin, an 11.62-pounder.
The tournament was founded in 2007 by fishing buddies Jeff Martini and Ace Parker in order to annually donate to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. This year’s event raised $7,000 for the organization.
SALTT Event
The second Student Angler League Tournament Trail (SALTT) event of the school year was held last Saturday in cool and windy conditions out of the Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River.
Andrews’ Noah Payne and Kadyn Kellahan won the redfish division with a two-fish aggregate of 8.41 pounds, with Kellahan catching the big fish, a 4.36-pounder.
Conway’s Blake Thompson claimed first place in the bass division, weighing in five fish for a winning aggregate of 13.45 pounds including the big fish of 3.49 pounds.
Georgetown’s Shawn Benton and Logan Benton were second in the bass division with 11.88 pounds. Andrew’s Caleb Thornell and Brandon Porter were third with 9.02 pounds.
The next SALTT event will be held Feb. 11, 2016, also at the Campbell Marine Complex.

Fish biting aplenty in estuaries from Winyah Bay north into N.C.

November 18, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Fish biting aplenty in estuaries from Winyah Bay north into N.C.

Matt Risenhoover of Cleveland, Tenn., continues fishing off the Cherry Grove pier despite heavy rains and winds brought on by Tropical Storm Hermine a few months ago. JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

Estuary
Look For: Spotted seatrout, black drum, red drum, flounder, sheepshead.
Comments: Superb fall fishing is happening right now, with very good catches of spotted seatrout, black drum and red drum, plus the occasional flounder, from Winyah Bay to Brunswick County, N.C. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a strong day Tuesday in Winyah Bay, catching nearly 20 trout along with red drum and black drum. McDonald fished grass banks, using plastic grubs for the trout, while cut shrimp under floats and on Carolina rigs were successful for the red and black drum. All this despite poor water conditions caused by extremely high tides and runoff. “It’s exceptionally good fishing for the water we’ve had,” said McDonald. “It’s still filthy water, muddy water, trees floating in it. But we’re still catching fish.” Catches are good for all four species, plus bluefish, in Murrells Inlet and the Little River vicinity. ‘Catfish’ Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway reports fishermen in the spot fleet have been happy, as catches of spots have been excellent. “They’ve been limiting out every day down there in Murrells Inlet,” said Stalvey, “and I’m hearing reports from North Carolina that the big spots are on the way down here.”
Inshore
Look For: Whiting, weakfish, black sea bass, black drum, red drum, flounder, croaker, spots.

Comments: It’s been a fantastic fall for bull red drum, which continue to be found on bottom spots within about five miles of the beach. The water temperature is about to get cold enough to push these majestic fish further offshore, but in the meantime these big spawners should be caught quickly and released carefully. Look for weakfish, black sea bass, whiting and flounder on the same bottom spots. Catches have slowed some on Grand Strand piers as the water temperature had cooled to 62 degrees at Cherry Grove Pier and 63 degrees at Apache Pier at midday Thursday. Whiting are the top catch with a good number of black drum being caught also. Other species caught this week include weakfish, spots, flounder, silver perch and puffers. No Spanish mackerel or bluefish have been reported this week off the piers.
Offshore
Look For: Wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, porgy, triggerfish, grunts, amberjack.
Comments: Tranquil sea conditions allowed several boats to get offshore to the offshore ledges earlier this week, and they found the wahoo action on fire. Tracy Huggins of North Myrtle Beach and crew headed out aboard Dark-30 on Wednesday and caught seven wahoo ranging from 45 to 70 pounds while fishing the 100 to 400 vicinity. Late fall through most of the winter marks the best wahoo fishing to be found in the calendar year along the Carolina coast. “We’ve got a world-class wahoo fishery,” said Huggins, who also landed a dolphin on the trip. Wahoo weren’t the only species to make a nice showing. Jeff Martini’s new edition of Dirty Martini, a 36-foot Albemarle, raised five sailfish and released two at the boat, landed a 50-pound wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, three amberjack and three kings while fishing at the McMarlen Ledge while fishing out of Little River. “The water’s still very warm out there for this time of year,” said Martini. Bottom fishing is excellent for grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, porgy, triggerfish and grunts. Look for grouper on bottom spots in 65 feet of water and king mackerel in depths of 65 feet and beyond. Red snapper are off-limits in the South Atlantic region and must be released.
Freshwater
Look For: Crappie, bream, catfish, bass.
Comments: Area rivers are finally getting back in fishing shape after the passage of Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 8. “The Little Pee Dee is at a fishable level and the Waccamaw just started to make a little tide, so that’s a good thing,” said “Catfish’” Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway. Crappie action has heated up with the cooler weather, with fish hitting minnows around structure and brush. “We’ve been selling crappie minnows like crazy,” said Stalvey. Bream are in a state of change as the water temperature drops. “Some people are throw-lining and some are lead-lining,” said Stalvey. In addition, catfish action has been very good with the drop in water temperature. “Catfish are biting like crazy,” said Stalvey.