Myrtle Beach Fishing – Get the fishing right in South Carolina

Nearly dead center in the midst of about 60 miles of South Carolina sand is Myrtle Beach. Arcades, a ferris wheel, restaurants, and souvenir shops have made the city a family vacation destination for years. And while the number of golf courses is significant, fishing in Myrtle Beach may be even more popular.

While fishing in South Carolina is known historically, fishing in Myrtle Beach is very diverse. Where to fish is not exactly an easy question. There are fishing spots almost everywhere. There are piers, seven of which are in operation. Two more are currently being rebuilt as they were damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Inshore fishing is available along the beach, in a variety of estuaries, and on short runs a mile or three from the beach. Offshore fishing trips go further, but here is a selection of fish you can catch:

Species to be caught from the piers: Red and black drum, flounder, King Mackeral and sharks.
Inshore fishing species: Both red and black drum, speckled sea trout, cobia and triggerfish.
Species to be caught offshore: Black fin tuna, bluefin tuna, mahi mahi, pompano and amberjacks.

In a way, fishing in Myrtle Beach is a short walk as there are many different species of fish to catch.

Where to Fish: To make matters easier, here are the positions of the piers. And get that; There is accommodation in the form of campsites, hotels and RV parks near each of these pillars!

• • South Jetty on Murrells Inlet. Huntington Beach State Park, North Litchfield

• Apache Campground Pier. 9700 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach

• 2nd Avenue Pier. 110 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

• Cherry Grove Pier. 3500 North Ocean Boulevard, North Myrtle Beach

• • Myrtle Beach State Park Pier. 3301 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

• • Pier 14. 1306 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

• • The pier in Garden City. 110 Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach

• Springmaid Pier and Surfside Pier are currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Matthew. They will reopen in 2018.

Hire a charter captain, rent your own boat, stroll the beaches, or splash around in a kayak. Fishing in Myrtle Beach can be done year round using flies, lures, soft plastics, or lures. Tackle shops are plentiful and bait tanks are always full. Shrimp, cigar minnows, and mullet are popular, but some anglers prefer octopus, blood worms, and green worms.

This summer, wrap up the family and try fishing in Myrtle Beach. It’s always fun in the sun.

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Take Me Fishing program of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A Guide to Fly Fishing on the New England Coast, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.

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