October 31, 2016
During the last week of October we had some great action with the Bull Redfish and Black Drum with a few Speckled Trout and Flounder mixed in. Although we have not had any rain since the hurricane, there is still a large amount of fresh water coming out of the Intracoastal Waterway, through the salt marshes and out to the inlet. I believe that as that as that fresh water subsides, the salinity levels will rise and we should see a lot more Trout in our area. The weather continues to look great for the foreseeable future; now is the time to Go Fish before the strong cold fronts start to come through.
October 20, 2016
Hurricane Matthew has come and gone leaving destruction and unfortunately some deaths across the Carolinas. Me and my family were very blessed not to have any property losses or injuries, but it hit close to home as my next door neighbors had a 70 foot pine tree smash through their roof as did some others in my neighborhood. The good news is that the fishing has not been adversely affected, if anything it has gotten better. We are still catching Bull Redfish around the Little River Inlet in addition to Black Drum and smaller Redfish in the marshes. Yesterday I heard a report that a few fishermen had done well with Speckled Trout in areas where they usually show up during the late fall so I will be adding them to my list of targets for tomorrow. The Fall bite is on! Time to Go Fish!
September 23, 2016
The past month we have had some great action most days with mainly Flounder, Trout and to a lesser extent; Redfish, Black Drum and Spanish Mackerel. However that has changed in the past week with the arrival of the "Bull " Reds for their annual spawning run in addition to good numbers of Black Drum. The Speckled Trout numbers have decreased somewhat from August when we had quite a few days of catching double digit numbers of Trout in the 4lb to 5lb range. As we get closer to the end of September, it will start to cool down in our area and October is one of my favorite times to Go Fish.
August 19, 2016
It has been a hot summer!! We have been catching good quantities of Flounder and Speckled Trout most days with a few Redfish mixed in. The fall Redfish run should start within the next few weeks, but most of these fish will be big breeders coming in from the deep ocean to spawn at the mouth of the Little River Inlet for a couple of months. The spawning Reds are by law, mostly too big to keep but are great fun on light tackle. The Speckled Trout and Flounder bite should also improve as we move into September and temperatures start to cool down a little. Contact me and let's Go Fish!
June 7, 2016
The bite has really picked up in the last 2 weeks as we have seen larger and more schools of bait fish moving into the area. The remnants of Tropical Storm Colin are affecting us today so it gives me a chance to update my fishing report. We are getting more keeper sized Flounder and "bull" Redfish that normally show up in the fall at the Little River Inlet have been biting at the Inlet the past few days. The bite is on! Time to Go Fish again tomorrow!
May 10, 2016
We are starting to see schools of mullet moving along the Intracoastal Waterway in addition to schools of menhaden moving along the beach; the big Redfish like to feed on those menhaden schools. Sharks and Blue Fish also follow the menhaden schools. The Flounder bite is getting better in the marsh also along with some smaller "slot sized " Redfish. I do not have any availability until May 17th and June is starting to book up as well. If you know your dates for when you will be staying in the Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach area and you want to book a Go Fish Inshore Charter; then you should contact me a.s.a.p. to get the specific date and time that you prefer.
May 2, 2016
The fishing continues to get better as the water warms up. We are getting more fish that are above the minimum legal size, mostly Trout and Flounder. The few Redfish that we are currently catching are larger than the maximum legal size. The fishing will only get better from here on out.
April 10, 2016
The fishing has been like the weather and the temperatures, up and down. We have been catching the 4 primary species found in the inshore waters: Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder and Speckled Trout; but most of them are small, less than the minimum legal size. This morning we had temperatures just above freezing; the fish may be confused and not sure if winter is coming or going. The weather forecast for the next couple of weeks is showing temperatures climbing into the mid 70's by next weekend. I hope that they stay there and we are finished with the 30's till December! As soon as the water temperature reaches 70F, the fishing should be really good, and a great time to Go Fish.
March 27, 2016
It's been a while since my last report, but the fishing has finally gotten to the point where it is worthwhile reporting. We have been catching Redfish at the Little River Inlet and in areas along the Intracoastal Waterway, Black Drum have been biting in those areas as well. Speckled Trout and Flounder have been biting in the salt marshes but are mostly just short of the legal length. The water temperatures are warming up nicely and the bite should improve as the water gets even warmer. I am looking forward to some good fishing in the upcoming months, contact me if you would like to Go Fish.
Have a Happy Easter!!
December 18, 2015
The Bull Redfish bit good into the first week of November and then they slowed right down and were gone by the middle of the month. The Speckled Trout that we normally start catching in November bit good around Thanksgiving, but many of them were small. One day some of my clients caught about 30 and 3 of them were of legal size, we also caught a few slot sized Redfish and a couple of Flounder that were also small throw backs. There are many juvenile Black Drum in the salt marshes, but they are also too small to keep. Hopefully all of these smaller fish will be able to find food and stick around all winter long resulting in some great fishing next summer.
Well it's that time of year again when I take some time off and spend it with my family. I again want to thank all of my clients for going fishing with me during 2015 and I look forward to fishing with you all again during 2016.
I will be available for charters again starting on January 19.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and many Blessings for 2016.
November 3, 2015
If you have been following my Facebook page , you would have seen that during September and October we were having a lot of success catching "Bull" Redfish around the Little River Inlet. I can't recall the number of times I have heard people ranging in age from 9 to 85 yrs old say "That's the biggest fish I've ever caught!!", the expressions on their faces as I lift the fish into the boat are priceless. We have been catching the occasional Flounder in the marshes and around the inlet, but I have not been targeting them much unless a client asks me to; my main focus has been chasing the Big Reds. Their spawning run will be coming to an end soon, then they will head back out into the deep ocean till next year. I will soon be targeting Speckled Trout which usually start biting this time of year, but I am not very optimistic about the Trout fishery after the deluge of fresh water that has been dumped into our inshore ecosystem from the floods we experienced in October. However I am going to give it a good try, as the saying goes "you won't know unless you Go" Fish. Check out the photos below of some of the Big Reds we caught during September and October.
August 22, 2015
Fishing from the new boat has been great and my clients have been expressing the same sentiments. The large amount of fishing space and stability of the fishing platform are the prime comments that I have been hearing. The fishing has been good most days, we did have a few slow days when the ocean was stirred up by high wind and seas, resulting in cloudy ocean water being pushed up into the back creeks and waterways; in my experience the fish bite tends to turn off in dirty water. The ocean has been calm for the most part during the past week and the water has cleared up well and the bite is getting better. We have been getting some good action with Black Drum, Redfish and Flounder with a few scattered Speckled Trout. The schools of Big "Bull" Reds should soon be starting to show up for their annual spawning season at the Little River Inlet; there is no need to explain how much fun those fish are on light tackle. Below are some of the highlights from the past month. Give me a call and let's Go Fish!
It's been a while since I have had an opportunity to update the Go Fish Report, but I have been busy taking clients fishing. I have acquired a new, bigger boat! It is a Carolina Sliff 258 DLV; 25' long and 8' wide, plenty of room for 6 passengers. A big thank you to Chase Thompson and the staff of Sportsman's Choice Marine for getting her outfitted to my specifications and ready to fish. June was pretty good most days, but not as good as June last year was for the Redfish bite. The most Redfish caught on a trip so far this year was 27 during the first week of June, whereas last year we caught 44 on a trip during the same time-frame. We have been catching Flounder and Redfish every day, with varying quantities as fishing goes. I have not fished outside the mouth of the Little River Inlet in a few weeks as the ocean has been very choppy from the stronger than usual winds we have been experiencing. Those strong winds have been keeping us cool during our afternoon trips. All of the fish that we have been catching have been caught Inshore in the calm water creeks, channels, marshes and waterways. The photos below are just a few from the past 6 weeks since my last update; I have many more photos on my Go Fish Inshore Charters Facebook Page . I still have some slots open for the end of July and during August, so if you want to Go Fish with me during the next few weeks you will need to contact me a.s.a.p.
May 30, 2015
The inshore fishing continues to improve; there are many more schools of juvenile finger mullet moving into the marshes and they are being eaten by Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder and Bluefish. This past week I was privileged to fish with some young anglers as I had the opportunity to introduce them to their first saltwater fish and the biggest fish they have ever caught. The looks and smiles on their faces are priceless as I lift the fish onto the boat with the landing net; the adults were smiling too. The busy summer vacation season will be in full swing next week as schools let out and families come to our area to enjoy the beach. If you are thinking about going on an inshore fishing trip on the Go Fish, you need to contact me as soon as possible after you have reserved your accommodations as I am booking up fast. I still have a few slots left for June so don't hesitate or you may be too late in getting the date that you prefer to Go Fish.
May 18, 2015
The water temps have warmed up to the 70's and the bite has gotten better also. Summer Flounder have moved into their regular ambush points in the marshes and the Intracoastal Waterway; we are also catching more Speckled Trout in the same areas as the Flounder. A few "Bull Reds" are biting at the mouth of the Little River Inlet along with Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks. The fishing will only get better from here on out. Give me a call or shoot me an email and let's Go Fish!
April 16, 2015
After a long, wet winter the water temps have finally risen into the mid 60's and the inshore fish have started to bite. We are catching a few Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder and Speckled Trout; however they are spread out and we have to be constantly moving around from spot to spot. The fish should school up better as we hit 70 degrees. Black Sea bass are biting on the near-shore reefs in addition to Blue Fish. There are a lot of small croakers in the Intracoastal Waterway now and that should bring in the larger Flounder. If you are tired of the winter-time blues give me a call and let's Go Fish!! The weather next week looks great!!
December 18, 2014
October was pretty good as it usually is. We caught good numbers of Black Drum and Redfish with a few Flounder and Speckled Trout mixed in; that trend continued into the first half of November until we got the first real cold snaps for the season with low temperatures in the 20's and 30's. The Speckled Trout that would normally provide the most action this time of year have not really showed up in their usual numbers; there are still a few Redfish biting along with a few Trout but you have to move around to find them. There is plenty of action to be found on the nearshore reefs where you will find large quantities of Black Sea Bass, and it won't be long until the Dogfish (sharks) show up for their usual winter stay before they move back North usually by the end of March.
Well this is the time of year that I take time off to spend with my family; I will be available for charters again around the end of January. I would like to thank all of my clients for going fishing with me this past year and I look forward to going fishing with you again next year when you visit the beach. I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and many blessings for 2015.
October 15, 2014
The Big Redfish are here! We have been catching some of the Big Reds that come in to spawn at the mouth of the Little River Inlet every fall. We have also been catching them just off the beach in shallow water 8 to 10 feet deep, None of them are legal to keep as they are way over the maximum size limit of 23 inches, but they are a lot of fun on light tackle. We have also been catching smaller Reds and Black Drum in the Intracoastal Waterway and salt marshes along with a few Flounder. We had a surprise about 2 weeks ago when one of my clients hooked up to what turned out to be a 46 inch Cobia in 8 feet of water just off the beach; at first we thought it was a huge Redfish or Shark as the reel almost got spooled in the first run, but I was able to chase it down with the boat and after a 20 minute fight Bob was able to bring the fish colse enough to the boat for me to land it. That is the first time anyone on my boat has caught a Cobia that close to shore especially this time of year; and I have not heard of anyone else doing that; so do not expect to catch a Cobia like that while on one of my charters, but as I tell people, anything could show up while fishing in saltwater. Let me know if you would like to Go Fish for some "Bull" Reds in the 40 inch range on light tackle.
September 5, 2014
What a great August!! Temperatures and humidity were comfortable most days; some days during the second week of August felt almost like early fall with morning temps in the 60's and afternoon temps in the high 70's and low 80's. I believe that the fish may have also thought that fall weather was beginning as it turned on a great Redfish and Flounder bite in the backwater channels along with Black Drum in deep holes along the Intracoastal Waterway. Labor Day has come and gone marking the end of the family summer vacation period here along the Grand Strand. I will miss the excited and happy faces of all the kids that I have had the opportunity to help catch their first and/or biggest saltwater fish; be it a Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum or Speckled Trout. We beat our biggest Flounder for the year from last month; we got one during August that was 26"!! We also got our biggest Black Drum on the "Go Fish" ever: 29"!! September has started with what feels like a heatwave and above-normal temperatures, but the weather forecasters have said that it will not last long and I am looking forward to some cooler weather that will hopefully trigger the "Bull" Redfish bite at the Little River Inlet that we usually experience in September, October and November. There are plenty of large schools of Mullet around so the food is here for them and they should be making their annual run from the deep ocean to spawn at the Little River Inlet any day now. I still have quite a few openings available for September and October to Go Fish.
August 1, 2014
The rainy weather here today has resulted in cancelled trips, but has given me time to update my fishing report. I want to remind everyone that for more current photos and fishing action you can follow us on Facebook by clicking here: Go Fish Inshore Charters on Facebook . I can and do post photos and comments from my iphone while on on the "Go Fish" soon after the fish have been caught; whereas I have to make time to sit in front of my computer to update this fishing report. That being said, as fishing goes, we had some really good fishing most days during July. We caught our biggest Flounder for the year so far: 23" also our second highest total for amount of Redfish caught in one trip: 31 which happened three days ago on Tuesday afternoon, on Monday afternoon we caught 20. I would be wrong to say that our fishing trips always result in high numbers, but you won't know till you go. We have also been catching some nice Black Drum in addition to the Flounder and Redfish; the Speckled Trout bite has no been that great, but I was kind of expecting that after this past harsh winter had taken a serious enough toll on their numbers that North Carolina banned anglers from keeping any Speckled Trout until June 15th. I look forward to some more good fishing in August with more of the great customers that I have had the pleasure of fishing with during July and the previous months. I still have some days open during August, it should be a good time to Go Fish!
July 3, 2014
I have finally found some time to update my report thanks to Arthur our first Atlantic Hurricane for 2014. Since my last report, the Redfish bite has slowed to single digit numbers per trip, but we are catching more Flounder and Speckled Trout. The large schools of finger mullet that we usually see this time of year have arrived in full force and are a favorite meal of the fish that we target. There are also a few shrimp starting to show up, but the shrimp are very easily torn apart by Pinfish, Croakers and other small "pecker" fish; whereas the mullet are usually left alone by those small fish and remain on the hook longer, giving them time to be seen by the larger predator species that we target. I have been having a great time on my charters. I feel blessed to be instrumental in helping many kids catch their first fish; their biggest fish and the most fish they ever caught in one outing. I also enjoy the adults who joke with each other and usually have a friendly competition going on during the trip; in other words, I truly love my job and look forward to tomorrow when Arthur will have left town and I can Go Fish with another group of people looking for a fun time on the water. I wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.
June 15, 2014
First of all, I want to wish all those Fathers out there a "Happy Father's Day"! Have a great day with your family! Over the past two weeks we have had the best Redfish bite that I have ever experienced; we have caught over 250 Redfish during that time! On Saturday June 7th, Michael Stockhaus along with his 14 year old son and 10 year old daughter smashed my previous record of 31 Redfish caught during a single trip; during about a 5 hour period the Stockhaus family caught 44 Redfish! That's going to be hard to beat! These were not small fish either, the smallest was 24" and the largest was 27 1/2". I intentionally did not report on this as I have found that when I do, some of my competitors will be crowding the area I have been fishing especially if I have included photos in my report. Unfortunately one of my competitors who is part of a 3-boat operation was going by on this past Tuesday while one of my clients was fighting a Redfish and he promptly turned his boat around and dropped anchor not far from us, needless to say I now have to contend with 3 other boats trying to fish the same "hole", but that's how they roll. I am seeing more schools of small - not quite "finger sized" mullet in the marsh and waterway and that has resulted in better Flounder and Speckled Trout catches for us. The inlet has been rough many days, but on the calm days we have been able to catch some nice Redfish and Speckled Trout at the Inlet. I am often asked: "are morning charters better than afternoons?"; my answer to that is: "sometimes. The afternoon can also sometimes be better fishing than the morning. The day we caught the 44 redfish, they started biting late morning and continued into the afternoon; other afternoons we had catches of 17 and 22. The afternoons are a bit warmer, but I have a Bimini-Top on my boat that will be up until September to provide cooling shade on my boat. The bite is on! It's time to Go Fish!
The weather is getting hotter along with the bite. Big "Bull" Redfish in the 30"+ range that we normally don't see till August have shown up at the mouth of the Little River Inlet and have been giving us some exciting action on our light tackle. The smaller Reds (18" - 27") are biting in the backwater channels and creek mouths along with Flounder, Speckled Trout and Bluefish. There are also Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks and Bonnet Head sharks in the 36" range biting at the inlet. I still have a few slots open for June, so if you are thinking about booking a trip with me, give me a call or send me an email and lets make a plan to Go Fish!
May 10, 2014
Another great week of weather and fishing; morning temperatures in the 60's and afternoon temperatures in the high 70's, what else can you ask for? Fish biting? Well we had that too! Flounder and Red Drum are still the species providing the most action with a few Trout and Blue Fish mixed in. The water temperature in the back waters today was 73 degrees and I saw some small schools of finger mullet in the Intracoastal Waterway two days ago for the fist time this year. I threw my cast net on them and my clients fed them to some hungry Redfish and Flounder. I still have a few slots open this coming week, so give me a call and let's Go Fish!
April 27, 2014
The weather was great this past week, and we continue to catch Red Drum along the Intracoastal Waterway and in the marshes; near to artificial structure like docks and concrete pylons. The flounder bite has gotten better in the marshes but the short ones still outnumber the keeper size ones, but more of the bigger ones should be moving in any time now. The water temperature yesterday was close to 68 degrees and should encourage more fish to bite. Let me know when you are ready to Go Fish for Flounder and Reds.
We have had varying success the past week with some people catching more than others, but everyone caught fish and had a great time. We are going to have some stormy weather today ahead of a cold front that will make it unseasonably cold for the next two days. However the weather next week looks awesome for fishing with temperatures in the 70's and light winds; the perfect weather for Fishing North Myrtle Beach on the Go Fish!
April 2, 2014
Spring has sprung finally! We are experiencing warmer temperatures and the fishing is heating up along with the water temps. We are catching Redfish and Trout along the Intracoastal Waterway; we also caught our first Flounder of the year a few days ago. The fishing should only get better from here on out, so contact me for your next North Myrtle Beach fishing charter on the Go Fish.
March 11, 2014
I haven't been doing much fishing until recently, due to the extended, colder than normal temperatures that we have been experiencing fishing North Myrtle Beach. We have had great weather the past few days with high temperatures near 70 degrees. We fished today and caught a few Redfish. The water temperature today was 52 F; if it continues to stay above 52 the inshore fish bite should get progressively better. There are still black sea bass and dog-sharks biting on the nearshore reefs for anyone that would like to try that. If you want to get rid of those Winter Blues, I've got the best remedy for that: a North Myrtle Beach fishing charter with me on the "Go Fish".
December 24, 2013
The Speckled Trout action has slowed a bit but there are still some scattered schools around. We are also catching a few Redfish and Black Drum. The water temperature is hovering in the low fifties; the fish should continue to bite as long as it doesn't get below 50 degrees. Well it's that time of year when I take a break and spend some time with my family. I will be available for charters again after January 2014. I was glad to be able to go fishing with my son Tyler last Friday when it was a beautiful 70 degree day; we had fun catching a few Redfish and Black Drum. I want to thank all of my clients for fishing with me and wish you all a Wonderful Christmas and a Great New Year. I look forward to fishing with you all again next year. &n