Fishing along Grand Strand heating up with the early, spring-like temperatures

Activity of red drum has picked up in local estuaries with a quick increase in water temperature, thanks to a prolonged stretch of spring-like weather. Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions fished Monday through Wednesday in Murrells Inlet and found good action with red drum.

“They’re not easy to find but once you find them and the water’s moving pretty good, they’re hungry,” said Connolly, who cast-netted mullet and used them for cut bait, which pleased the reds. A few reds were caught on mud minnows. Connolly also caught a few black drum and noted a water temperature of 62 degrees on a falling tide. Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service in Georgetown had a solid day on Sunday, catching nine reds, including three over the 15 to 23 inch slot, all on plastic grubs in the Winyah Bay vicinity.

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