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Fishing Report Oct 28 2016

Weather, eager fish making for quality catches on the water
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

Look For: Spotted seatrout, red drum, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, spots.
Comments: Plenty reports of excellent catches of spotted seatrout, red drum, black drum and flounder have come in this week. On the north end, Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters has worked Little River Inlet, Dunn Sound and Tubbs Inlet for all four species. Kelly has caught the black drum on fresh or live shrimp while the trout, reds and flounder have hit Vudu Shrimp and Berkeley Gulp Shrimp or Jerk Shad. “It’s been really good,” said Kelly. “It’s the best time of year to fish.” Capt. Jeff Maples of Reel Salty Charters had a pair of super half-day trips Thursday out of Murrells Inlet. After releasing some bull reds on near-shore bottom spots in the ocean, Maples headed into the creeks of the inlet, armed with mud minnows which he fished on Carolina rigs. “It was one of the best fishing days I’ve had in a long time,” said Maples. “We had inshore slams on both trips with nice trout, reds and flounder. You probably could have trolled a beer can and caught ‘em today.” Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service noted a water temperature of 67 degrees in Winyah Bay and said “the water is still black.” Catches of trout and reds have still been decent, though, particularly in North Inlet. McDonald produced 11 reds and eight trout on a Wednesday trip to North Inlet, with all fish caught on assorted grubs. The spot run is on in many estuaries including Murrells Inlet and Cherry Grove.
Look for: King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, red drum, black sea bass, whiting, flounder, weakfish, croaker, spots.

Comments: It’s been a super weather week, and king mackerel action has been very good on spots such as Belky Bear and The Jungle in the 10-20 mile range. Slow-trolling live menhaden or dead cigar minnows will produce fish. Near-shore bottom spots such as the Jim Caudle Reef three miles south of Little River and Paradise Reef three miles east of Murrells Inlet are producing weakfish, black sea bass, bluefish and flounder, with Spanish and king mackerel roaming the vicinity. On near-shore hard-bottom areas, look for weakfish, black sea bass, whiting, croaker, flounder and bull reds. Grand Strand piers are producing Spanish mackerel, bluefish, whiting, weakfish, black drum, flounder, croaker and spots, plus bull reds.
Look For: Wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts, amberjack.
Comments: Wahoo continue to be the top choice for offshore trolling boats, with areas such as the Winyah Scarp and Georgetown Hole producing fish. Also look for blackfin tuna and a few dolphin on trolling trips. October is a fantastic month for bottom fishing on offshore ledges in about 75-100 feet of water when sea conditions cooperate, and they have cooperated this week. Look for grouper, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy, grunts and amberjack. Red snapper cannot be harvested in the South Atlantic Region and must be released.
Look For: Bream, catfish, crappie, bass.
Comments: The Waccamaw River dropped back into moderate flood stage, at 13.3 feet at Conway at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, still over two feet above flood stage. The Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry was expected to drop below flood stage (9 feet) Friday. In short, conditions are slowly improving on the rivers but anglers should exercise caution due to floating debris. Boaters should also watch their wake when going by flooded structures along the river.

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