Myrtle Beach Fishing Report – As cooler weather settles into our area, the fishing continues to be exceptional. For the last several weeks, my fishing charters have produced some great catches of trout, redfish, and black drum. As baitfish and shrimp become more scarce, fishing with artificial lures will become more effective. Water temperatures have begun to drop into the 50s with average air temps in the mid 60’s and this has provided us with very comfortable fishing conditions.

Redfish are beginning to school up in the shallows and clear water has offered up some excellent sight-fishing, particularly for my fly fishing clients. My favorite winter redfish patterns are a black and purple slider, and the white rivet fly. Scented lures like the Gulp Shrimp are a favorite of mine for the spin fisherman. I am typically fishing these soft baits on a 1/4oz jig head with a very slow retrieve. Often when redfish become lethargic due to the cold water, a little extra scent helps and a slow retrieve will draw strikes.

Fishing Forecast

I expect good fishing to continue thru the Christmas Holidays as we continue to experience mild temperatures. Back in the shallow water, look for red fish to continue to settle into their Winter schooling patterns. Black Drum will be a reliable option in deep holes in the creeks and the Murrells Inlet jetties. Surf fishing will begin to taper off this month however black drum, spots, and bluefish will be your best option thru December. Speckled Trout fishing will also be productive, particularly in Murrells Inlet and Winyah Bay. Nearshore reefs will also be holding schools of big sheepshead and plenty of black sea bass to take home for dinner.

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I will be offering a limited number of Gift Certificates over the holidays. Fishing charter gift certificates make a perfect gift for any outdoorsman. Please contact me if you are interested and check back often for update Myrtle Beach Fishing Reports. – Capt. Jordan Pate

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