Saltwater Fishing Trends - April 28, 2016

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Charleston (Updated April 28)

Inshore: Captain Michael Bruner of Fins and Flies Charters (843-860-6536) reports that redfish have broken out of their winter schools and are biting well on flies, bait and artificials on a variety of tides. Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that some really nice trout are being caught on live bait and scented soft plastics around shell rakes and moving water, and bull red drum are also being caught on chunks of cut mullet and crabs.
Nearshore/Offshore: Haddrell’s Point (843-881-3644) reports that nearshore fishing for sheepshead is strong, and offshore lots of dolphin and blackfin tuna are being caught as well as some wahoo. A large blue marlin was released this week.

Georgetown Inshore (Updated March 31)

Sheepshead and Black drum: Good. Captain Kevin "Stump" Grant of Pawley's Island Guide Service (843-833-4477) reports that both species are feeding well at the jetties in 3-10 feet of water on shrimp and fiddler crabs. Flounder: Fair. Stump reports that early flounder are starting to show up around the inlets and they will take both live bait and Gulp! artificials. Redfish: Fair. Stump reports that in the creek channels redfish are starting to be caught on the dropping tide. They will eat mud minnows and scented soft plastics. Trout: Slow. Freshwater river report: In the Waccamaw, Santee and Pee Dee Rivers around Georgetown catfish are feeding well on cut bait, striper are running and eating live and cut bait and bream are feeding very well on red worms.

Little River/North Myrtle Beach (Updated April 28)

Inshore: Captain Patrick Smiley (843-361-7445) reports that undersized flounder as well as some keepers are being caught in the area on mud minnows and Gulp! baits. Some nice trout up to 3-plus pounds have been caught recently on Vudu Shrimp as well as mud minnows, and a few redfish under 23 inches have been landed. Lots of small black drum are around, and both black drum and redfish will eat fresh shrimp as well as crabs.
Cherry Grove Pier (843-249-1625) reports that bluefish, including some nice-sized fish, are being caught. There have been pretty good numbers of Spanish including some keepers, as well as whiting, croaker, small perch and a couple of small black drum. A few small flounder are being caught but king mackerel have not yet showed up.

Nearshore: Captain Patrick Smiley reports that bluefish and Spanish are both around in good numbers at the reefs, and they will eat live bait as well as jigs and plugs.

Beaufort Inshore (Updated March 28)

Redfish: Fair to good. Bay Street Outfitters reports that during the colder months fishing for redfish was pretty much confined to sight-fishing at low tide, but now fish are being caught on each stage of the tide including some tailing fish at high tide. Both artificials and bait are catching fish. Trout: Good. Bay Street Outfitters reports that during low photo periods trout are being caught on topwater lures, and at other times they are being caught on bait under a popping cork or grubs on a jighead.

Edisto Island Inshore (Updated March 29)

Migratory species are making their way back to Edisto Island, and species that never left are also feeding. Sheepshead: Good. Captain Ron Davis reports that sheepshead are returning inshore and can be caught around deeper docks on fiddler crabs. Whiting: Good. In the inlets whiting are being caught on both cut mullet and cut shrimp. Redfish: Fair. While the population is a little bit down in the area, redfish can be caught on the flats on the dropping tide as well as around bends in the creeks on both live and artificial baits. Trout: Fair. Catches of trout are divided pretty evenly between fish caught in the backs of creeks and fish caught on the main river. Jigheads rigged with grubs or mud minnows/ DOA shrimp under a cork will both catch fish. Flounder: Fair. Flounder are starting to return to the area and they can be caught around points on mud minnows.

Greater Murrells Inlet (Updated March 30)

Fishing season on the Grand Strand is starting off with a bang! Flounder: Good. Captain J. Baisch reports that the flounder season is off to as fast a start as he can remember and will only get better. Fish are being caught on mud minnows fished on the bottom in Murrells Inlet. Redfish: Fair. Fishing with cut shrimp anchored on the bottom in the creeks is the best bet. Trout: Fair. Perry’s Bait and Tackle reports that some nice trout have been caught in the past week or two. A variety of soft plastics will catch fish. Surf and Pier Report: Whiting and bluefish have started to show up as well as juvenile flounder and black drum. Nearshore: Large weakfish and snapper-sized bluefish are being caught at the nearshore reefs.

Hilton Head (Updated April 7)

Windy conditions have not been ideal this week, but Captain Dan "Fishin' Coach" Utley (843-368-2126) reports that fish are still eating. Redfish: Fair. Fish are transitioning out of their big winter schools towards a summer pattern, and fish have been caught along the edges of grass banks on cut bait. Trout: Fair. Trout prefer clear water which has been tough to locate this week, but they will take a variety of soft plastics when clean, moving water is found.