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It's not often you can find a coastal state that can also lay claim to excellent inland fishing. This area is not only on the coast, but it even near some of the top inland fishing destinations in the state.
  • Known For

    A massive draw for the Myrtle Beach area is the 60 miles of beaches, golf courses, gift shops, classic arcades, and Ferris wheels that make up the "Grand Strand."

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    Myrtle Beach offers a variety of fishing spots for anglers to experience. With the different options available come different rules and regulations, each angler must follow for that honey hole.

    Myrtle Beach fishing piers are a huge draw for locals who already have the fishing tackle and knowledge of the local area.

    • Licensed public fishing piers don't require anglers to purchase a fishing license to cast.
    • You'll want to verify with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Still, some fishing piers we recommend are Cherry Grove Pier, Myrtle Beach State Park Pier, Apache Campground Fishing Pier, and Pier 14.

    For anglers wanting to enjoy freshwater fishing, you will need a freshwater fishing license. If the pond is privately owned, you don't need a fishing license.

    If you're venturing out and trying saltwater fishing on your own, and not on one of the licensed public piers, then you will need a saltwater fishing license.

    A Myrtle Beach fishing charter is a popular way to get the most out of what the waters have to offer, and anglers aboard a licensed charter boat don't need to purchase a license. Licensed captains will usually provide a full-service experience, including live bait, so you can save yourself a trip to a local tackle shop and the hassle of getting a license.

    If you need to get a fishing license, they can be purchased online or at one of the many outdoor sporting good stores.

  • Types of Fishing

    • Deep-sea fishing on the east coast is a thrilling experience. If you're willing to venture far from shore, you cant catch some big and hard fighting fish that will test your skill level and endurance.
    • Inshore Fishing North Myrtle Beach, SC is fantastic for Flounder, King Mackerel, Redfish, and King Mackerel. You can also head a little way south to Murrells Inlet or Surfside Beach and find one of the many affordable half-day family-friendly charters that inshore fishing is known for.
    • Don't' lose track of the numerous rivers feeding the bays like Winyah and Waccamaw. These provide an excellent way to bypass the crowds to enjoy north myrtle beach fishing in a more private setting.
    • Pier fishing is available at several locations and can be a great option when they aren't overcrowded during peak tourist season. Second Avenue Pier is one of our favorite piers.
  • Best Season

    The best time to fish in Myrtle Beach, really just depends on what you're after! If you're looking for some tips on the right fishing spot for the correct month, we have gathered some information from local fishing reports for you.

    Let's start with saltwater fishing in the spring. During the first weeks of spring, Bluefin Tuna offers the best bang for your time. When spring starts turning into Summer, ask your guide how the Yellow-fin are biting. During the heat of Summer, Mahi-Mahi will put you to work. Then as the weather starts to cool down and the weather permits only the most hardcore anglers out on the fishing boats, it goes full circle, and the mighty Bluefin strikes again.

    Freshwater might be the younger brother to saltwater fishing in this state, but it doesn't disappoint. Springtime Largemouth Bass fishing the Waccamaw River near Myrtle Beach is a local secret. During the dog days of summer, catch big catfish in the Pee Dee Game Management area. The fall flocks anglers to Murrells Inlet as the Speckled Sea Trout start tightening lines.


Do you need a license to fish in Myrtle Beach?

If you are fishing for a pier or with a fishing guide, no. If you plan on doing some surf fishing or adventuring out on your own. You will need to purchase a fishing license. There is a full year license available along with week, and day passes. Check South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources website for more information.

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