The fishing has really begun to kick into high gear over the last few weeks. Water temps along the coast of Myrtle Beach have passed the 70 degree mark and the creeks are overflowing up with grass shrimp and baitfish. Offshore fishing has been phenomenal for the boys fishing out of Georgetown Landing Marina. Big catches of “Mahi” Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, as well as Sailfish and Blue Marlin.
Closer to the beach, wads of menhaden are making their way north along our coast and the big cobia are escorting them. No reports of tarpon sightings yet but I expect them to start showing up any day now.
I’ve been spending most of my time fishing inshore so I haven’t had the chance to take advantage of the offshore fishing or cobia bite, but the fishing has been exceptional so no complaints here.
We had our first good round of flood tides this month and we’ve been seeing a lot of happy tailing redfish on the grass flats. My new friend Larry from Tulsa Oklahoma, has been fly fishing his whole life but had never caught a redfish on fly. Larry was was able to check that one off the list; with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, a 22in redfish inhaled a black and purple toad only 7ft from the boat. I’m not sure who was more excited, me or Larry… what a memorable fish that was for both of us!
I also has the chance to slip out with good friend and fellow fishing guide Jay Nelson (Winyah Guide Service) on a early am scouting mission. The morning started out pretty casual but fun none-the-less; a few topwater trout bites, fed a fat redfish in the grass, and two flounder which we introduced to a pot of cheese grits and hungry three year olds that same afternoon. As we started back for the hill, a couple of diving birds grabbed our attention so naturally we went over to investigate. Throwing a plastic jerk shad, my first cast was answered by a 35in redfish, and Jay followed up with a 37in toad on his next cast with the mirr-o-lure.
It’s time to get on the water folks, hope to see you out there soon!