Murrells Inlet deep sea fishing is not what you would call a casual outing. It’s a test to determine an angler’s stamina and persistence. A real feat, even for more experienced fishermen, Murrells Inlet is a rewarding fishery for those that endure the trips 60 miles offshore.

Not that you can’t get some nice game sooner, it’s that once you make it to the gulf stream, a real magic takes place. It’s Tuna and Wahoo near the top water, with Vermillion Snapper, Grunts, and Amberjacks near the bottom.

What can I fish for off Murrells Inlet?

On a full day trip, you will have enough time to head for some offshore trolling and bottom fishing. Around 60 miles from the coast, you can get King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Cobia, Wahoo, and Sharks. Further down, you can jig for Grouper, Triggerfish, Amberjacks, Grunts, Jolt Heads, and Porgies. The waters here are between 150 and 250 ft deep and filled with enticing bait fish coming from the gulf stream.

As for the season, the warmer months entice Snapper and Grouper, as well as ever-frenetic Mahi. By fall, Mahis move far offshore, while the bite opens up for Wahoo who like fighting in cooler waters. Amberjacks are out in the blue water for the most of the year, while Sailfish start showing up as the summer comes to an end and head south.

Where are Murrells Inlet fishing spots?

There are a couple of spots you don’t want to miss. They fish superbly for the most of the year as the warm currents of the gulf stream help prolong the season. Check out the areas where the rip meets the warm currents - the bait will be there, and so will game fish.

The famed Georgetown Hole - the hot pot of ledges and species scattered across a network of fisheries that stretch from 45 to 60 miles east of Murrells Inlet. The Hole runs from east to west for approximately 10 miles and offers great fishing throughout the year. If you want to break the SC Amberjack record, then head there.

You should also check out McDougal Ledge for Wahoo, and the Black Jack Hole for Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi. The Winyah Scarp holds monster Wahoo and Mahi. If you have the fuel to spend, then head to the Southwest Banks, 160 Fathom Hole, and Ammo Dump (hint: scores of Yellowfin Tuna).

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"June fishing trip"

Serena Carver fished with YAK - Kayak Fishing & Charters on June 21, 2018

This was my family’s first experience deep sea fishing and we had a blast. Mike went out of his way to put us on some fish. We really enjoyed our trip and will definitely be back on the boat with mike again. He’s a awesome captain and a very good guy. Thanks again The Carver’s

"Great Fishing Trip"

Christie Cade fished with Why Knot Charters on June 14, 2017

This was our first time deep sea fishing in Myrtle beach, and captain James was amazing! He was very kid friendly, which was great for a mother of little ones. More importantly he helped us catch quite a few fish. And even helped my husband catch a 5 ft shark! Which made my husband's year! The price was good! We will def be coming back on our next vacation to Myrtle beach!

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