We’ve been making the best of challenging Springtime fishing conditions here along the southern end of Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island. The best fishing has been taking place out of Georgetown and the Winyah Bay estuary where we have been targeting red drum, speckled trout and flounder. While better flounder fishing reports have been coming from Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, we’ve been able to find a few scattered flounder while targeting redfish and trout. I’ve been very impressed with the numbers of speckled trout that have shown up in the last few weeks while redfish continue to be the most reliable option. May is typically the month when we catch some of the biggest trout of the year as most of the fish average 2-3lbs. Light spin fishing gear using soft plastics like the Z-Man Trout Trick has been very productive, as well as the Vudu Shrimp. Im still seeing good numbers of redfish in the shallow creeks and bays but they are very sensitive to the changing weather conditions. Regardless, we are still catching decent numbers of redfish on fly fishing gear and light spin tackle using soft plastics and live bait like shrimp or minnows.
May is typically the month when the fish begin to settle into more predictable feeding patterns. I’m already starting to see a good amount of shrimp in the shallow bays, along with a good amount of baitfish like mullet and menhaden. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the tarpon show up in South Carolina this month with the warm water temps and large amount of baitfish already present… stay tuned.