These two fishing-related events make Myrtle Beach the place to be next weekend
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The 35th annual Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo, a January staple for Myrtle Beach, will be staged at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Friday through Sunday (Jan. 19-21). JASON LEE firstname.lastname@example.org
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News
Next weekend will be a big one on the outdoors scene in the Myrtle Beach area, but all the action will be indoors.
The 35th annual Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo, a January staple for Myrtle Beach, will be staged at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Friday through Sunday (Jan. 19-21).
On Saturday (Jan. 20), the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series, hosted by renowned angler George Poveromo, makes a stop at the Conference Center at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach.
The two super events aren’t mutually exclusive when they coincide next Saturday, as Poveromo’s seminar is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the Expo’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In fact, Kevin Bennett, coordinator of the Expo, encourages those attending the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar to head over to the Grand Strand Expo afterward, and receive $2 off the $8 admission for adults.
Following are details on the two events.
Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo
While the vendors and seminars are great, the Expo offers a varied display of boats, all under one roof.
“This year we’ve got 16 dealers here for the show, four from Charleston, three from Wilmington (N.C.) and our local dealers,” said Bennett. “We have something for everyone – jon boats to high 30-foot fishing machines. A 36-foot center console is going to be there.”
Bennett stresses, with 16 dealers under one roof, there is no better place to compare shop than at the boat expo.
“If you are serious about boating and there’s a boat in your future, there’s no better place to look at the all choices in one location,” Bennett. “There really are deals to be found at the boat show. The boat dealers come up with incentives for the show. They’re trying to start their new year to see where they’re going to be with their sales.”
Bennett notes that many new boat models are becoming more versatile, particularly center consoles and pontoon boats.
“A lot of the center console-type boats are becoming more family friendly,” said Bennett. “A lot of the manufacturers are making them into a hybrid, do-all type boat – fish, ski and cruise. There are some really nice pontoon boats out there right now with some nice really amenities like TVs and slides incorporated into them. That technology follows along with making them more family-friendly.”
Some attendees visit the boat show primarily for the seminars, and Bennett has a varied schedule set up with numerous highly-regarded local captains included in the lineup.
“It amazes me the people who come to listen to certain speakers,” said Bennett. “We’ve had to add more chairs to the seminar areas.”
National Seminar Series
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series debuted in 1988 and is in its 31st year of touring the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
This year’s South Carolina stop lands at the Conference Center at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach next Saturday (Jan. 20) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The wide-ranging seminar will be hosted by George Poveromo, host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network, and Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman magazine.
Poveromo’s sidekick for the seminar will be “Crazy” Alberto Knie, a shallow-water and land-based expert in targeting redfish, flounder and tarpon.
“The National Seminar Series has become the nation’s longest-running and most popular educational course on recreational marine angling tactics and techniques,” said Poveromo. “This is year number 31 for the tour and the backbone to its success has always been the vast amount of cutting edge and pertinent how-to information on catching more and bigger game fish within the waters of the respective Seminar Series stop.
“This information is explained in great detail by some of the very best saltwater anglers, and each session is backed by elaborate visuals that include video bytes, technical and action-oriented images and on-stage demonstrations.”
The seminar speakers include well-known local and regional captains and experts:
Capt. J Baisch: Murrells Inlet’s Baisch is an inshore and near-shore light tackle fishing specialist, operator of Fishfull Thinking Guide Service.
Capt. Jamie Hough: Charleston-based Hough, of Redfish Mafia Charters, is a redfish pro with over 22 years of experience fishing South Carolina’s coastal waters.
Capt. Danny Carey: Carey, operator of Careyon Charters, is a Myrtle Beach-based offshore fishing and trolling expert, specializing in wahoo.
Capt. Jim Clark: Hilton Head Island’s Clark, of Stray Cat Charters, is an authority on cobia, sheepshead, spadefish and near shore wreck/bottom fishing.
Capt. Butch Foster: Foster runs Yeah Right Sportfishing Charters out of Southport, N.C., and specializes in bottom fishing.
Capt. David Wicker: Wilminton, N.C.’s Wicker is a marine electronics specialist and king mackerel tournament pro.
Capt. Mike Goodwine: Goodwine, of Blackneck Adventure Fishing Charters, is a noted Tampa, Fla.,-based expert at catching redfish and sea trout.
Dee Kaminski: Kaminski, of Reel Kayak Fishing, is a Florida-based kayak, artificial lure and sight-casting expert for redfish, black drum, flounder and seatrout.
Dr. Mitchell Roffer: Roffer is the nation’s leading authority on locating productive water surface temperature breaks and ocean-circulation features for near-shore and offshore game fish.
Tickets to the seminar are $55, which includes numerous accessories and admission to an After Seminar Party at Bass Pro Shops from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Poveromo notes that thousands of dollars in door prizes will be awarded, plus a top prize of a Florida Keys fishing trip. All attendees will be entered in a drawing for the seminar series grand prize, a new Mako ProSkiff 17.
For tickets in advance, call 1-800-448-7360 or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
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Grand Strand Expo
What: 2017 Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo
Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach.
When: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $8, Seniors 65 and over $7, Children under 12 $5, Children under 3 Free.
Grand Strand Expo Seminar Schedule
11 a.m.: Boating Basics, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Noon: Kayak Fishing The Low Country, Mike Eady.
1:30 p.m.: Inshore Fishing Carolina Style, Capt. Mike McDonald.
3 p.m.: Techniques for Carolina Kings, Capt. Jason Burton.
4:30 p.m.: Why I Catch More Fish, Capt. Eric Heiden.
10:30 a.m.: Kayak Fishing Techniques, Mike Eady.
Noon: Inshore Fishing Carolina Style, Capt. Mike McDonald.
1:30 p.m.: The King Slinger, Capt. Jason Burton.
3 p.m.: Catch More Fish The Inshore Way, Capt. Lin Fore.
4:30 p.m.: My Secrets To Catching More Fish, Capt. Eric Heiden.
10:30 a.m.: Safety On The Water/VHF Radios, U.S. Power Squadron.
11:30 a.m.: Know Your Tackle-Catch More Fish, Capt. Eric Heiden.
12:30 p.m.: Fishing The Low Country of S.C., Capt. Lin Fore.
1:30 p.m.: Inshore Fishing Carolina Style, Capt. Mike McDonald.
3 p.m.: The Master Of The Cast Net, Capt. Jason Burton.
Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Info
What: Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series, hosted by George Poveromo.
Where: The Conference Center at Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach.
When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $55, includes admission to seminar, numerous accessories and admission to an After Seminar Party at Bass Pro Shops from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Swamps near Conway are covered with a sheet of ice last week in the wake of Winter Storm Grayson. Under the ice, the welfare of various fish species remains a concern. JASON LEE firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishing report: Optimism, lots of cold water left in wake of historic Arctic blast
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News
January 11, 2018 07:12 PM
Updated January 11, 2018 07:31 PM
Look For: Red drum, black drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, sheepshead, tautog.
Comments: Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions fished Murrells Inlet Tuesday and Wednesday and came back with good news for anglers concerned about impacts from the recent spate of cold weather. “I’ve not seen any dead or stunned fish, thank God,” said Connolly. “I think a lot of these fish made it out on the reef and are hugging on the reefs in 30 to 80 feet of water.” Connolly caught only red drum in the inlet, and hasn’t seen any spotted seatrout or black drum. As of Wednesday, the water temperature remained very cold. “The water’s still super cold,” Connolly said. “It was 40 degrees in the morning on a lower tide and when the tide came in it heated up a little bit to 43-44 (degrees).” The reds Connolly caught sluggishly ate cut shrimp and mud minnows fished on the bottom. Joseph C. Ballenger, assistant marine scientist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), reports the only dead fish found from Georgetown to Little River were mullet and menhaden on the north end of the Grand Strand near the beginning of the cold weather spell. Ballenger has received scattered reports from areas further south of dead red drum, spotted seatrout, sheepshead and black drum along with menhaden and mullet. Ballenger notes small brackish water impoundments have been hit especially hard. Anglers are encouraged to release any spotted seatrout caught this winter.
Look For: Black sea bass, weakfish, tautog, sheepshead, flounder, whiting, croaker, black drum.
Comments: The ocean water remains very cold, as Steve Gann of Cherry Grove Pier reported a reading of 45 degrees Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Gann says a few whiting and perch were caught earlier in the week, but nothing in the last few days. Anglers have been scarce, too. In early January, Gann reports two spotted hake were caught off the pier. The members of the cod family are usually found more to the north and rarely encountered in South Carolina waters. For the rest of the winter, the best bet in the inshore waters will be black sea bass on near-shore artificial reefs. Anglers are reminded black sea bass have a 13-inch minimum size limit with a daily bag limit of seven per person. Weakfish, tautog, sheepshead and flounder are also possibilities on the reefs.
Look For: Wahoo, blackfin tuna, king mackerel, grouper, vermilion snapper, triggerfish, porgy, black sea bass, grunts.
Comments: Mid-Town Bistro owner Jeff Martini and his crazy crew aboard Dirty Martini headed out from Little River to see what fishing held in store on the heels of the historic Arctic blast. Trolling in the vicinity of the Winyah Scarp and McMarlen Ledge, the crew was hoping for a solid wahoo bite but found only amberjack and king mackerel. Martini noted another boat trolling in the vicinity caught a few blackfin tuna and, surprisingly, released several sailfish. The Dirty Martini hit the bottom further offshore and caught a commercial 200-pound limit of snowy grouper. When conditions allow, bottom fishing is good for vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, porgy and grunts. The annual Shallow-Water Grouper Spawning Season Closure is in effect through April 30. The Greater Amberjack Fishery is closed for recreational anglers until March. Red snapper are closed in the South Atlantic region and must be released.
Look For: Crappie, bream, bass, catfish.
Comments: Even with a few warm days this week, the cold water isn’t going away soon. “The water’s still frozen in a lot of places, in the creeks and the coves,” said Ronald “Catfish” Stalvey of Stalvey’s Bait and Tackle in Conway. “Places like Kingston Lake and Cox Ferry Lake, there’s still ice all the way across.” Angler activity has been at a minimum also. “I’ve had a handful of people go,” said Stalvey, who reports good catches of crappie on minnows in the Ricefields and Samworth WMA area. With some ice still on the edges and in the swamps, bass action has been slow. “I’ve had one person tell me he caught five (bass), barely keepers,” said Stalvey. “It’s been tough, tough fishing.”
An inlet marsh in North Myrtle Beach was frozen as a result of Winter Storm Grayson on Wednesday. JASON LEE email@example.com
Prolonged period of cold weather likely wreaking havoc on these species of fish
By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News
January 05, 2018 05:13 PM
UPDATED January 05, 2018 07:14 PM
The cold spell the Carolina coast has been under since the day after Christmas, culminating in a layer of ice and snow left behind by Winter Storm Grayson on Wednesday, is likely having a deadly impact on the population of spotted seatrout.
With ice forming in local marshes, the water temperature has taken a drastic plunge, which spells big trouble for the saltwater species of trout, and potentially red drum.
Spotted seatrout become lethargic and potentially die when the water temperature is below 45 degrees for a prolonged period of time, and the area is in what the National Weather Service terms a “long duration extreme cold event.”
Over the 10-day stretch from Dec. 26 through Jan. 4, the high temperature reached only 50 degrees on one day (Dec. 30) according to National Weather Service daily weather data for North Myrtle Beach, and five of those days the high stayed in the 30s.
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Through Thursday night-Friday morning, the low temperature had been below freezing for eight straight days, all but one in the 20s or upper teens.
And the well-below-normal cold isn’t over yet. The temperature isn’t expected to get above 40 degrees until Monday, when a high in the mid-50s is forecast.
On Friday afternoon, Capt. Jerry Condenzio, Jr. of Capt. Crumb’s Outpost in Myrtle Beach reported a water temperature of 41 degrees in Murrells Inlet.
At the Customs House on Charleston Harbor, the water temperature dropped to 42 degrees on Friday morning and at Pawleys Island’s Hagley Landing, located just north of Winyah Bay on the Waccamaw River, the water temperature dipped to 38 degrees.
“The fish were biting good before this,” said Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions in Murrells Inlet. “I don’t know what’s going on out there now.”
North Carolina quickly announced a closure of spotted seatrout for all anglers, both recreational and commercial. Beginning Friday at 3 p.m., it became unlawful to possess, transport, buy, sell or offer for sale spotted seatrout taken from coastal and joint fishing waters of North Carolina until the fishery re-opens on June 15.
The closure was implemented by a proclamation by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF).
“The public is asked to not target (trout in South Carolina waters),” said Wallace Jenkins of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division in Charleston. “They (NCDMF) have proclamation authority, we don’t have that. We know that temperature reading from the Customs House is pretty serious. That’s pretty hard on the trout.”
Jenkins has observed salt marsh areas in the aftermath of the storm, which dumped a historic 5 inches of snow in the Charleston vicinity.
“The marsh was covered with snow at low tide,” said Jenkins. “When the water comes back in, it’s like slushy super-chilled water. I’m sure they’re not doing well. We don’t have any (trout) mortalities we can document. I’m sure we’ll be getting reports.
“Hopefully this hasn’t impacted the (red drum) because they already were not doing great but the trout will be impacted.”
Residents are urged to report any cold-stunned or dead fish to S.C. DNR’s Joseph Ballenger at firstname.lastname@example.org.