Fishing report July 2013

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Fishing report July courtesy of Dave Kesler.

This report covers last week from Myrtle Beach to Topsail Beach areas:

The inshore fishing has been surprisingly consistent despite the conditions with red drum, black drum, speckled trout and flounder all being caught.  The fishing has been a little better down in the Little River and Sunset Beach areas.  Live shrimp fished on jigheads and under floats work on all species with black drum responding to fresh dead shrimp.  Some flounder up to 9lbs have been caught over the last week.

The king mackerel fishing has improved with fish coming from the Atlantic Ledges, Shark Hole, Cucumber, and 23 mile rock area.  A 50# King was recently caught off of Topsail Beach within site of land.  A few cobia are still around and Amberjack are becoming more common on wrecks and ledges from 10 miles out.  Live boat such as menhaden are hard to beat for the kings, cobia and jacks although slow trolled cigar minnows work on the kings.

On the break there are still some dolphin with a few scattered billfish, tuna and wahoo.  Some sailfish are also starting to show up.  Afirican Pompano are starting to appears near Frying Pan tower.  Bottom fishing is good for sea bass, grouper and other assorted fish with the live baits tempting bites from the larger fish.  Gags are from 15 miles out with the Red and Scamp grouper in the 35 mile and beyond range.

There are some tournaments coming up that should be interesting to follow.  I fully expect the fishing to improve as the water and conditions improve.

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