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Fishing in Myrtle Beach
If you are looking for year-round fishing from one of the most well-established tourist hotspots in the United States, you don’t need to look further than Myrtle Beach. Part of South Carolina’s ‘Grand Strand,’ the city is visited by an estimated 14 million people every year who are looking to make the most of the area’s large swathes of sandy beaches. Part of a man-made island, the town is bordered on the north east by the Intracoastal Waterway and on the south west by the Atlantic Ocean. With easy access to a wide variety of waters and heaps of entertainment for the family, it is easy to see why Myrtle Beach fishing is something worth traveling for.
From the expansive grassy flats inland to the Gulf stream offshore, the numerous types of fishing Myrtle Beach has to offer are enough to whet any angler’s appetite.
Inshore fishing is all about estuaries covered with Spartina grass, mud, and oyster bars, with some sandy areas in the mix to make the ideal habitat for some of the United States’ hottest light tackle targets. Reaching from Georgetown County to Brunswick County, North Carolina, these waters throw up a rich mix of fishing areas, with bays, sounds, inlets, and rivers all attracting fish throughout the year. Top of the list of targets is the Red Drum, whose many local names hint at its popularity (if you’re wondering what makes a Redfish different to a Channel Bass or a Spot Tail Bass, the answer is they are all the same fish). Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Pompano, and Bluefish also call these waters home at different times of the year.
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, you don’t have to go far to experience the Shark fishing Myrtle Beach has become famous for. From May to December everything from Blacktip Sharks to Tiger Sharks can be caught off the beaches and piers. Other top coastline targets include Tarpon and Cobia, both of which make for some of the most exciting sight fishing out there during their respective seasons. For those without a boat, Myrtle Beach fishing piers can make for a fun day catching fish. They include the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle beach, the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier, Apache Pier, and many more.
Hop aboard a charter boat, and you will have the world at you fingertips. Head off the coast, and you will find a fairly flat sandy sea bottom that has a few rocky outcroppings and a good number of nearshore artificial reefs. These are home to Spanish and King Mackerel and Black Sea Bass, as well as Spadefish and more. Myrtle Beach deep sea fishing charters will usually take you beyond the 20 mile mark, which is where you start to see the sea floor dropping faster and more hard-bottomed areas and ledges appearing. From 45 miles out, the Continental Shelf’s sharp drop off begins: this is where serious offshore anglers will have a field day, catching Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna while trolling, or fishing over the offshore reefs for huge Amberjack, Snappers, Groupers, and Triggerfish.
As if that wasn’t enough, numerous swampy rivers are lying in wait for freshwater anglers to fill bags with Bass, Bream, Crappie and Catfish. These get very exciting from March onwards, but have something to offer all year round.
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Rules & Regulations
Individuals age 16 and older must purchase a saltwater recreational fishing license, unless fishing on a licensed public fishing pier or on a licensed charter vessel while under hire.
Myrtle Beach Fishing Seasons
Cold weather does not mean bad fishing in Myrtle Beach - far from it! Stalk large schools of Redfish in the shallow mud flats as they warm themselves in the mud. Offshore, troll for Wahoo or target Grouper over reefs and wrecks.
Target Redfish in the flats, working bait slowly along the bottom to attract lethargic fish. Offshore, Wahoo remains great, with the South Carolina Wahoo series attracting competition through mid-April.
The transition to spring begins, with the month beginning wintery before gradualy warming up. Black Drum begin to show in tidal creeks for great light tackle action, with Bluefish biting well off the coast. River fishing also heats up.
April sees the days get longer and the water temperatures rise. The fish start to move to the sounds, inlets, and nearshore wrecks, with Flounder beginning to bite very well. Nearshore, look out for Cobia.
May is peak Cobia season. Don't miss out on sight fishing just off the surf. Spanish Mackerel is schooling nearshore, Spadefish settle in on nearshore reefs, and Mahi Mahi and Blackfin Tuna are caught offshore.
Myrtle Beach's peak visitor season starts: book your charter well in advance. Tarpon starts to appear, Trout fishing gets very good, Spanish Mackerel school around inlets, and Spadefish and Flounder are found on nearshore reefs.
Water temperature reaches an average of 87 degrees, attracting greater numbers of Tarpon towards the end of the month. Enjoy sight fishing along the beaches for Blacktip Sharks or heading offshore for Mahi and Tuna.
As BBQ season is well and truly underway, target Speckled Trout and large Flounder for a fish-fry. Expect to see Bull Redfish being caught off the jetties later in the month, with Tarpon biting well off the beaches.
As the vacation season winds down, the fishing remains hot. Spanish Mackerel continue to school around the tidelines, while Black Drum are biting well in the back creeks.
As the weather starts to transition to Fall, Myrtle Beach sees good catches of Bull Redfish as they move in to spawn along the beaches and inlets, chasing large schools of mullet. Tarpon season comes to an end.
Water temperatures drop and Redfish move into the shallow marshes to the south of Myrtle Beach. Sheepshead are fun to catch near pier pilings, while Grouper fishing heats up offshore.
Don't let winter put you off: December is still a great time to fish Myrtle Beach. Target huge schools of Redfish on the flats, as well as Stripers and Speckled Trout around creek mouths to the north.
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- Size 3 to 12lbs
- Food Value Good
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry
- Size 5 to 15lbs
- Food Value Low
- Game Qualities Average
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck
- Size 20 to 40lbs
- Food Value Average
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Offshore, Reef, Wreck
- Size 15 to 30lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Offshore