May 5, 2020
About 20 million people visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every year – and there’s a very good reason. This top tourist vacation destination has something for everyone: southern hospitality, 60 miles of beaches, and tons of attractions for the whole family. Golfing, swimming, boating, shopping, and fishing are just a few options to fill your days while visiting Myrtle Beach.
One eye-catching attraction is the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2 mile walkway from Pier 14 at 14th Avenue North to the 2nd Avenue Pier at 2nd Avenue North. The boardwalk runs parallel along the coast, and since 2010 has welcomed locals and visitors alike. On the boardwalk you’ll find entertainment such as the Skywheel and family attractions, as well as shops and restaurants. There are also plenty of hotels and lodging accommodations along the boardwalk.
As mentioned, the boardwalk starts and ends at two different fishing piers: Pier 14 and 2nd Avenue Pier. Actually, there are many fishing piers in the Myrtle Beach area, these are just two options for your group. For those visiting the area without a boat, pier fishing is a really good way to get in on the action. Just bring your gear, net, seat, and cooler and stay a few hours, fishing the inshore waters. Depending on the season, you’ll be able to catch redfish, spotted seatrout, pompano, and more. These piers are just one way for fishermen and women to get a glimpse of the Myrtle Beach fishing scene.
Anglers visiting Myrtle Beach will also have the option to fish the Intracoastal Waterway or the Atlantic Ocean. Both offer fantastic fishing grounds; it just depends what you’re more comfortable with or want to experience. Local Myrtle Beach fishing charters can guide your excursion and customize the trip of a lifetime.
The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is located on the west side of the city, threading its way from the North Carolina state line south to the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. Myrtle Beach fishing guides will fish the ICW for a variety of freshwater and saltwater species. These may include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, redfish, black drum, and flounder to name a few.
Fly fishing the Intracoastal is very common among Myrtle Beach anglers. You can stand on the banks of the ICW and cast your fly into the current or near the shore, depending on what you’re looking to catch. Make sure you have a long-handled net to help bring your catch to you. Each species has different slot and bag limit regulations, your Myrtle Beach fishing guide will know what you can keep and what to release.
Within just a few miles of the Myrtle Beach coast, anglers can find even more variety. Whether you’re fishing the inshore bays and estuaries, or nearshore Atlantic Ocean, you’re sure to have a great day of bending the rods.
Redfish is just one favorite among Myrtle Beach fishermen and women. These bronze or tan colored fish have a distinct black dot (or dots) near the tail. Many anglers will sight fish for redfish in shallow waters, keeping an eye on the top water for the backs and tails of the redfish to appear. Offer a large shrimp or crab on the hook, add a popping cork as a topwater lure, and you’re sure to see some action. The larger the cut or live bait, the larger the redfish you’ll find at the end of the line.
Another popular fish found in the area is black sea bass, a blue-black species that goes by many names, including blackfish, rock bass, black bass, and tallywag. They are found near reefs and artificial structures, and enjoy feeding on live or cut squid or shrimp. Anglers can also try jigging for black sea bass, but you’ll want good arm strength for this technique, which basically pulls the rod up and down through the water.
Nearshore Myrtle Beach charters stay within 2 miles of the coast and can see mackerel, cobia, and shark to name just a few species. Cobia is a strange looking species, with a dense head and slick black coloring. Once hooked, let the cobia run the line and wear themselves out. If you boat them too early, they have a habit of thrashing on the boat and causing destruction. Cobia can be found from Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, just a short drive away.
Heading farther out into the Atlantic Ocean will reap rewards such as king mackerel, mahi mahi, marlin, and tuna. Your Myrtle Beach charter captain will first ask what you’re looking to catch, and then create the perfect trip that can accommodate your needs, season depending. You won’t need any experience when fishing offshore, your captain and first mate will take care of everything. Trips can last from six hours to 24-hours, depending on the level of adventure your group is ready for/can handle!
Whether you’re fishing from a pier, the Intracoastal, or the Atlantic Ocean, your family will have the trip of a lifetime. There’s simply nothing quite like a Myrtle Beach fishing excursion. Start your adventure today and select a local guide that can customize the trip for your crew!
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