Fishermen in the Murrells Inlet area are thrilled that spring has arrived, with redfish and flounder starting to show up in the creeks around the area.

"The beginning of our season just started over the last few weeks with all of the warm weather we are having," said Capt. J Baisch of Fishfull Thinking Guide Service, who is having his best success after several days of warm weather. "The low end of the tide produces the best luck when the water is the warmest."

With the warmer weather, redfish that hung out around the jetties during the winter returned to the backwaters along with flounder, patrolling for an overdue meal.

The mouths of small creeks off the main creeks and protected stretches just upstream of their confluence are producing the best action, according to Baisch (843-902-0356), who said fishermen  should not ignore the rock jetties, either. They will continue to hold reds and flounder well into the spring and summer.

 

Baisch said a jighead and grub combo has been producing a share of the bites, but live mud minnows are producing few rejections from redfish or flounder. A slow, intermittent retrieve along the bottom is the best plan under the early season conditions. Live bait should be worked very slowly, allowing the minnows to swim to the length of their leash.

 

As the water continues to warm, the inshore bite will continue on the same upward path towards the summer time feeding frenzy this area is known for, but until then, good inshore fishing is available right here along the Grand Strand.