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Memorial Day Weekend Report!

Posted on 05/27/2013

Memorial Day weekend is usually considered the unofficial start to the summer season, and is also the start of my busiest time of the year.  Thankfully, I have been quite busy the past few days and will be on the water at Sunset Beach most of this coming week, so stand by for more reports in the next few days.  The holiday weekend was as busy as ever, and the waters from Ocean Isle Beach to Myrtle Beach were well traveled by thousands of boaters.  While such conditions certainly make the inshore fishing a challenge, we were able to pull off a couple of good catches despite all the boat traffic.  On Friday the speckled trout bit very well, and we spent most of the day targeting them exclusively.  The fish are in full spawning mode now as we caught both males and females (which were full of roe, and released) out of the same spots.  Most of the fish averaged in the 2-3 pound range, but we did manage one gator of around 5 pounds.  I returned to the same area on Saturday to find that the trout bite had gone cold.  I believe this was likely do to the fact that the fish have been spawning during the last few full moon nights we have had.  Thankfully however, the red and black drum took over where the trout left off, and we managed to consistently pick away at them throughout the trip.  I honestly didn't devote any time to flounder fishing this weekend, but I know from several sources that they continued to bite well, and I'm sure I will be able to give a first-hand flounder report in the next couple of days.  Finally, I am already getting quite a few bookings for June, so now is the time to book your trip if your going to be in the area in the next few weeks.

-Capt. Kyle