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FAQ: What Do I Need to Do to Fish at the Beach?

By Megan Burke Follow me on Google+

Fishing in Myrtle BeachIf you are among the many visiting anglers or just looking for some family fun, fishing in Myrtle Beach is guaranteed to please. But before heading out, it’s important to consider where you’ll be going and what you’ll need.

Many of the piers located up and down the Grand Strand offer daily fishing passes to those looking to cast a line. Both Horry and Georgetown counties permit surf fishing as well, so long as you have a proper license. Or if freshwater is what you’re looking for, you can head inland and fish along the banks of the Waccamaw River.

If you’re fishing from a pier, you do not need to obtain a license (they are commercially licensed). You will, however, need to purchase a daily fishing pass. If you're staying at a VMB Resort you can use your VMB Myrtle Beach discounts card at the Apache Pier to get a day of fishing for $18 per person, which includes a rod rental, the fishing pass and bait.
If you chose to fish from the surf, or in freshwater like the Waccamaw River you need to obtain a state issued fishing license. You can buy fishing licenses online or at a local vendor.

If you don’t have your equipment with you, or don’t have any at all, many of the areas pier-side bait and tackle shops provide the option to rent or purchase all of the gear you’ll need to nab your catch of the day.

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