Monday, May 6, 2013

Myrtle Beach Area Fishing Report - April 2013

We've had less than ideal weather conditions here in Myrtle Beach SC but between the rainy and windy days, the fishing has been exceptional. Good numbers of trout are being caught in the Winyah Bay area, probably one of the best spring bites I've seen in a few years. Most of the trout we're catching are averaging in the 2-3 pound range which is a great sign that we'll have a good recruitment class of younger trout this year. We're finding the speckled trout around the usual spots in Winyah Bay which include oyster points, deep drop offs, and structure. The Mirro-O-Lure mr-52 has been great, as well as various top-water plugs, DOA shrimp, and Hogy Lures.

Flounder fishing has really picked up as they move back into the estuaries from the ocean. Most of the early flounder we're catching are just below the legal size of 14in which is typical for April, however there are still some nice doormat flounder mixed in with the little guys. Slow rolling grubs and live minnows are working great for flounder in Little River, Murrells Inlet and other areas south of Myrtle Beach.

Redfishing has been fantastic and we've even had a few tailing tides where we've found some very active tailing fish. Sightfishing with fly rods or light spinning outfits for accurate casting will entice a hungry tailing redfish. Fly Fisherman should choose an 8wt outfit with a WF floating line, and weedless flies that mimic a small crab, shrimp, or baitfish. For the conventional fisherman, a spinning outfit with at least 3ft of 20lb floro leader, weedless baits like flukes, Hogy Lures, and Gulps will work great on the flooded grass flats around Myrtle Beach.