Myrtle Beach Inshore and Offshore Fishing 101

Not all beach bums are there for only the sun.

Some like to cast a line. Whether inshore or offshore, fishing is a big deal in Myrtle Beach. There’s plenty for the casual fisherman and the avid sportsman here.

Here’s a guide to fishing on the Grand Strand, a look at the famous 2nd Avenue Pier, and other things to know.

Quick Questions:

Do I need a license to fish on the Grand Strand?

Not always. They’re not required for fishing:

– From a pier

– On a hired charter

– From a rental boat

 Otherwise, you can buy annual or 14-day licenses to fish in South Carolina. 

What fish are in season in Myrtle Beach?

Conditions change, but here’s a list of fish that you can count on biting from May to July at least:

Amberjack, Barracuda, Bluefish, Dolphin, Flounder, King mackerel, Red drum, Sea bass, Shark, Spanish mackerel, Tarpon

Fishing lures

Can you fish on the beach on the Grand Strand?

Yes. You’ll need a South Carolina fishing license to fish from the surf. You don’t need one to fish from a public fishing pier.

When is best to fish from the pier?

Early morning or sundown, when moving tides draw baitfish in. That attracts the big, hungry fish, which are the ones most fishermen are aiming to land.

You can also boost your odds by using cut bait, which has a strong aroma. Fishermen often cut up bait fish from smaller ones they’ve caught. It works offshore or inshore, and even for surf fishing. Baitfish is effective for many species, such as:

– Bluefish

– Mahi-mahi

– Sea bass

Myrtle Beach Pier

The 2nd Avenue Pier near Bay View Resort

Near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and close to Wicked Tuna and Bay View Resort, the 2nd Avenue Pier is an old classic. There’s a great restaurant with a view, and it’s a must-stop for any trip to The Grand Strand. Admission is $2.

Travelers rave about shark-watching from the pier, the larger of two in central Myrtle Beach. It’s wide enough to accommodate fishermen and those strolling out for a relaxing view. And the views are amazing. (We recommend watching the sunrise from there.)

Check the fishing report for 2nd Avenue Pier online.

Pier at Dusk

What is inshore fishing?

It’s within a few miles of shore, often around prime fishing spots such as:

Beaches, Flats, Islands, Jetties, Piers, Rocky shorelines

Carolina Hook & Line Co.

Knowledgeable, kind captains go above and beyond to ensure you find fish.

Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters

Even the most experienced fishermen have the best excursions with this outfit.

What is offshore fishing?

Also known as deep-sea fishing, it’s done more than 9 miles off the shoreline from a watercraft. Some charters go 20-30 miles out to waters hundreds and sometimes thousands of feet deep. Bring cash for fish cleaning and gratuities, and sunblock (30+ SPF).

Your captain or guide will instruct you. Here’s where to offshore fish in Murrells Inlet:

Aces Up Fishing Charters

You’ll get put on top of the fish from the start, and the rest will be history — you’re in for tons of fun and awesome service.

Shannon’s Fishing Charters/Murrells Inlet Fishing Charter

These captains know the right bait to use and will go out of their way to give everyone in your party a chance to catch fish.

Where can I go to try other watersports in the area?

From kayaking to paddle boarding to surfing, there are ways to enjoy life on the water on the Grand Strand. Outfits that provide equipment and training for watersports abound on Myrtle Beach. Many have quality instructors and provide an excellent experience.

Kokopelli Surf Camp

Regarded as the best kayak and paddleboard tours on the beach, even the locals love to learn and rent here. 

Kayak's in the water
Bay View Indoor Pool

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After a day of reeling them in, you’ll love your stay at Bay View Resort, it’s as simple as that! It’s within walking distance of restaurants and shops. Amenities include water adventures, an on-site Starbucks, and other perks. Learn more and book your stay today.

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