Offshore bottom fishing, freshwater action highlights week

Another slow week is in the books, with little fishing and very little catching going on in the estuaries. Capt. Dan Connolly of O-Fish-Al Expeditions took a group out on Murrells Inlet on Monday, and it was the same story – fish were seen but not caught. “I saw plenty of (5-6 inch) mullet, saw some reds and smaller black drum mixed together, and a lot of snot grass,” said Connolly.

“That’s tough when you can see ‘em but can’t catch ‘em.” Connolly did note a water temperature on the cusp of the 50-degree mark. As a precautionary measure, the South Carolina DNR is asking anglers to practice catch and release of all spotted seatrout through the end of September. In North Carolina waters, spotted seatrout are closed to harvest for all fishermen, recreational and commercial, until June 15.

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