Little River

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Fishing in Little River

Little River fishing charters continue a proud tradition, as this is the oldest town on the entire Grand Strand. Even though it’s very close to popular tourist locations like Myrtle Beach, the lack of hustle and bustle makes for a much more personal experience. Not only is the fishing top-notch, but you’ll see a variety of native and exotic birds, as well as inquisitive Dolphins to keep you entertained on the local waterways.

Known For

Little River may be little, but it’s got a rich history. What started off as a fishing village and trading port ended up as the host of numerous cultural events and entertainment venues. These include the Blue Crab Festival, Shrimp and Jazz Festival, Little River Oktoberfest, and more besides. Even George Washington paid a visit, spending a night in Jeremiah Vereen’s cabin.

The Intracoastal Waterways and ample backwater creeks cocooning the Little River community provide a nourishing habitat for gamefish of all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of keepers to go around throughout the entire year.

Where to Fish

Flounder and Bluefish dominate the tidal creeks as soon as early spring, later on migrating to the area’s abundant inlets and sounds. Following suit, the coveted Redfish schools infest the neighboring rivers and inlets during the prolific fall season. Come wintertime, expect massive Stripers and Speckled Trout to show up at the creek mouths.

Among the numerous fishing spots available, Little River Inlet sticks out in the best way possible. Anglers from all over will be lining up to cast their lines in these bountiful water. The local jetties are the place to go for anyone who’s a fan of Redfish, Trout, or Flounder.

The nearshore reefs, sunken wrecks and live rock bottoms play host to a wide range of rod-bending bruisers such as Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Barracuda and Cobia. Nocturnal fishing excursions for Seabass and several Shark species are proving increasingly popular as well.

If offshore sportfishing is what really gets you going, Little River charters can more than provide. The Gulf Stream honey holes are inhabited by several world-renowned pelagic species, including Dorado, Wahoo, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin and more. Come on down in early summer, and they’ll really give you a run for your money!

Fishing Techniques

Early winter is a great time to be fishing inshore. The waters will be clear, giving you a great opportunity to practice your sight casting. Local anglers like using topwater plugs and live Shrimp when going after Trout. The latter is also great when stalking big Reds as well. When it gets a bit warmer, charters will start running special Flounder trips. This is a great way to spend a warm summer evening, be sure to check it out.

Expeditions into the deep blue, on the other hand, usually involve a mixture of trolling and bottom fishing. A proper bluewater trip means a trip to the edge of the Continental Shelf, which is some 50 miles away from shore. A 12 hour trip is the norm, so make sure you have the time to spare. Vertical jigs are a standard part of the arsenal for going up against bottom feeders like Snapper. As for pelagics like Tuna and Wahoo, put on some skirted Ballyhoo, sit back, and watch the show.

Need to Know

Rules and regulations

Any and all anglers over the age of 16 will need to have a saltwater fishing license with them. If you’ve booked a trip with a charter operator, they will take care of all licenses for you.

Budget

The going rate for an inshore/nearshore charter in Little River is around $100 per hour. It will vary depending on how many people are going fishing and what kind of boat you’re after, but not by much. Offshore trips are more expensive, mainly due to much more fuel being spent on outings to the bluewater. Entry-level offshore trips hover on the $1200 mark, but be prepared to spend as much as $1800 for a stay at the Continental Shelf.

Directions

Little River itself is less than two miles away from the border with North Carolina. Highway 17 goes straight through the town and is your main route from both east and west. Hwy 17 runs right next to Grand Strand Airport in Atlantic Beach, some 10 miles away from Little River.

Anglers visiting Little River can look forward to some big fish, be it inshore or offshore. Come on down and see for yourself. And stick around for the festivals afterwards!

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Little River Fishing Seasons

January

So what if it’s a bit cold, the fishing is amazing! You can either stalk Redfish and Trout inshore, or go a bit further out after the bottom feeders.

February

Deep sea fishing season is right around the corner, but we suggest spending February inshore for the best angling experience in Little River.

March

The offshore fishing craze has finally landed in Little River, rejoice! Whether it’s feisty pelagics or delicious bottom feeders, it’s gonna be a fun ride.

April

As the weeks go on, the offshore bite keeps getting better and better. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Kingfish are just some of the species you can catch.

May

Mid-May is time for Little River’s annual Blue Crab Festival. Bring the whole family down for two day of pure fun! You can also get a bunch of Redfish inshore if you’re game.

June

Summer is here in full force, and so are the sportfishing opportunities it brings with it. You feel like you can best a Sailfish? There’s no time like the present!

July

The offshore bonanza continues, with Little River being as lively as ever. Join in on the fun and see if you can break a personal record or two.

August

August might be a good time for a slight change of pace angling-wise. Take a quick trip to the inshore waters and reel in loads of Redfish and Trout.

September

Expect some rock-solid fishing wherever you decide to cast your line. From the backwater shallows to the Gulf and Beyond, everyone’s a winner!

October

Bull Redfish should be moving into the inlets around October. Offshore fishing is still holding up, but this is your last chance to go after that Marlin.

November

As the temperatures drop, the local anglers will turn their focus to inshore fishing in the more shallow waters. Redfish and Seatrout are the main targets now.

December

The year is drawing to a close, but fishing in Little River is as lively as ever. Black Drum, Redfish, Bluefish, and many more will make for a fun day on the water.

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Reviews of Fishing in Little River

half day Captain Bob
Douglas D. fished with Strange Magic Fishing Charters on July 30, 2019
Excellent Captain. A little too warm to catch the type and the amount of fish we intended to catch. Not the captain's fault. We may go back when it is cooler.
Short Trip with Captain Brandon.
Joe P. fished with Any Tide Fishing on July 30, 2019
Check out Any Tide Guide Service. Brandon can find the fish!
Awsome trip
Rebecca D. fished with Salty Fin Charter on July 6, 2019
Book with Salty Fin Charter, great crew and boat. You will not be disappointed.
June fishing trip
Nathan D. fished with Fisher Of Men Charters on June 18, 2019
Bring drinks and sunscreen. Be ready for a good time.
Half day trip with Captian Rob on Bentstick II
Kristian U. fished with Bentstik II Fishing Charters LLC on June 17, 2019
Grew up fishing in Palm Beach County, Florida. I have been away from the coast for over two decades and this was my first time back in a long time. Loved it
Great day on the water
Bernice S. fished with Fisher Of Men Charters on June 11, 2019
Read many reviews, be willing to be flexible because it can get pretty choppy on the day you planned to go out of the intracoastal.
Caught Limit
Donald W. fished with Fisher Of Men Charters on June 4, 2019
Great time. June 4th was first week no kids
June fishing trip
John R. fished with Strange Magic Fishing Charters on June 3, 2019
Be patient and remember it's called fishing not catching.

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