Inshore water temperatures on the north end of the Grand Strand have dropped into the low to mid-50s, and the water is still gin clear.
Even though water temperatures are heading in the wrong direction, Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly (843-361-7445) reports that redfish are in very shallow water feeding. With a stealthy approach via trolling motor his boat has caught some nice 15-27 inch fish for two hours on each side of low tide. The reds are very shallow, with some in 1 foot of water or less and others in 4-5 foot deep potholes. On the low tide mud flats you can see them pushing up a wake or creating mud clouds, and they are usually in the same areas as large mullet. Gulp! or mud minnows on a ¼ ounce jighead have been working great.
There have also been some black drum caught on the low to rising tide in about 6 feet of water on ledges or docks along the main river. Fresh cut shrimp and crabs have been working well.
Fishermen are reminded that, as a precautionary measure, the SCDNR is asking anglers to practice catch and release of all spotted seatrout through the end of September. To read the full news release click here.
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