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Fishing in Myrtle Beach

By Megan Burke Follow me on Google+

A Myrtle Beach vacation is a dream come true for lovers of the sea. What could be more rewarding than catching your own dinner? Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice, there are plenty of places to get in the fishing of your choice. From deep sea excursions to casual pier fishing, you can plan a fishing trip to suit any of your needs. Curious about what Myrtle Beach has to offer? Here are some of the best places to fish along the Grand Strand:

Fishing Piers
Local fishing piers are a great way to cast out to sea without a ton of advance planning. Local piers that allow fishing include Second Avenue Pier, Cherry Grove Pier, Surfside Pier, The Pier at Garden City, and Veteran’s Pier – to name a few. Some piers charge a small fee to fish, which also covers the cost of a daily or weekly fishing permit, while others offer fishing free of charge but guests will have to cover the cost and process of acquiring a state fishing permit on their own. Many piers also even offer rentals for fishing gear and bait sales, though guests are always welcome to bring their own. What can you expect to catch off a Myrtle Beach pier? Depending on the time of year, guests can expect to catch sea bass, sea trout, red drum, and speckled trout. Just be sure that whatever you catch is of legal limit and is in season.

Inlets and Creeks
Those seeking a bit more of an involved experience can try their luck at some of the local inlets and creeks. This type of fishing requires a boat, so many guests find a local rental or may even bring their own. Popular local fishing spots include Murrells Inlet, Cherry Grove Inlet, and the Pawleys Island Creek. There are plenty of landings there for you to load up your own boat or several local rental spots in case you just need a boat for the day. Common catches in the creeks and inlets include flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and red drum. Since these areas are public, there is no charge to fish, guests just need to be sure to have the proper fishing license and take care of any rental fees for equipment.

Serious fishermen or those with a larger budget are sure to enjoy the thrill of a fishing charter. Charters vary greatly in how far they go (inshore or offshore) and in price, so be sure to do plenty of research in advance so you can find the charter that is right for you. Charters in the area are abundant and run from North Myrtle Beach all the way down to Georgetown, so you won’t have to look far to find a trip. These trips aren’t cheap and include the cost of fuel, equipment, and fees for the captain and crew, but are well worth the cost if you are avid fisherman; many guests split the cost of the charter between several people and make an entire day out of it. Depending on how far you go, guests who take a charter can expect to catch various tuna, mahi mahi, cobia, red fish, amberjack, and much more.  The cost of the charter also includes the time it takes to clean the fish so all you have to worry about is the catch!

Tip : VMB guests get a discount at Reel Action Fishing Charters. The discount gets adults $10 off the charter price and kids 11 and under fish for free. Call (843) 997-3077 for more information.

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your rod and head down to one of the popular fishing spots in Myrtle Beach, those fish aren’t going to catch themselves!


Fishing Piers at Myrtle Beach

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