Who would have thought fishermen would be in short sleeves and short pants in mid-January, right in the middle of the late waterfowl season?
You won't hear Capt. Keith Logan of Feeding Frenzy Charters in North Myrtle Beach complaining.
"The fishing is incredible," said Logan (843-907-0064). "The warm weather turned the fish on over the past week. We are catching red drum, black drum, stripers and a few trout."
Logan reports bumper catches from the Little River jetties all the way to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
"On the upper end of the tide, the reds are biting very well at the inlet near the rocks," he said. "The last hour of the incoming and first hour of the outgoing are producing the best."
Live shrimp and minnows drifted along the bottom are producing the most hookups for Logan, with the jetties being his top choice for reds. Black drum and speckled trout are taking live shrimp back in the estuaries in the deep bends and main channels of the smaller creeks.
Unlike many of the other places along the coast, Little River harbors a fishable striped bass season. From December through early March, fishermen troll the ICW and cast large imitation baitfish. Logan targets striped bass in the swift tidal current from the Swing Bridge northward to Calabash Creek.
"Stripers are biting real good producing double digit-catches when they are there," he says. "They will not always be there, but when they are, they will bite really well."
Stripers prefer moving water. Stay away from periods of slack water. Logan fishes the current seams around docks and bridges in the waterway. While he trolls large, deep-diving plugs to find fish, casting heavy jigs and swim baits are producing exceptional results. Fish will be confined to small schools. Once a fish is caught, Logan repeats the pattern and works them until they stop biting.
While the summer-like weather will not last long, the water temperatures will take several weeks to chill back to a more normal level, providing an above-average opportunity in Little River's treasured waters.