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Rules & Regulations
Anglers age 16 and older must purchase a recreational fishing license, unless they're fishing on a licensed public pier or on a licensed charter vessel. For most species, the fishing season is open year-round. However, the Red Drum season is only open from December through February.
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.