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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:03 pm 
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Hi, longtime visitor to the site, but first time with a question or comment. (Love this site!)

I have a 3 year old son. I occasionally see people surf fishing, particularly in the Surfside Beach area where we'll be staying for this year's annual trip (in June). Anyway, in my opinion, just because something is "allowed" doesn't necesarily mean that it should be "performed". So, with that said, is it considered rude to surf fish? I'd like to do this with my son, but I don't want to do it if others on the beach might consider it rude (or even dangerous I suppose).

I try to be courteous, and I'd hate to upset others. Any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:55 pm 
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Early morning or late in the day would be okay, but not when the beach is full.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:53 pm 
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I agree with Ron. We have been later in the day (early evening) and early morn (before 8:00) and saw people surf fishing. That seemed more appropriate to me. There were barely any folks around. During busy times; fishing like that would be an accident waiting to happen :sad: Use your good common sense and judgement and you should be fine.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:49 pm 
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I concur with the previous replies. Any time between 8AM and 7PM would leave me questioning your character. Cheers!!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:30 pm 
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You don't want to be throwing your line out amongst an ocean full of bathers in front of you and yet if you move down the beach to where no bathers are, it seems that once your line is in the water, the bathers will be there :)

I surf fish in Garden City as well as others, we tend to stay away from bathers and would hope that bathers would stay away from fishing lines. If you see someone fishing there is plenty of beach to the south or north.

There have been days I have had my pole on the beach and could not use it due to the crowds.

It just helps to use common sense, yet a lot of people/bathers & people who fish do not, these are the most likely the ones that leave their empty cups, butts and papers on the beach when they leave.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:21 pm 
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Gary,

We stay about a mile south of the Garden City pier in Sept. Every day we walk up to the pier and stop to chat with the fishermen.... No one seems to catch anything!

I used to fish in July and August by the Conch.... We'd catch a few but it was never really great!

Where do you fish? Ever have any luck?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:01 pm 
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My beach is just south of the Pier, 1st parking lot, so maybe 150-200 yards from the pier.

Yes, we catch fish, the problem is most people use shrimp, squid, worms and such, the fish in close to shore are not lookming for that type of bait, as it is not naturally found along the shore. The best bait is sandfleas, when surf fishing. Although some artificials work rather well.

Pompano, whiting, bass, and more.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Thanks Gary. We used live minnows. We caught some but not great.

I'll keep an eye for you in September. :)

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Yes I should have mentioned live bait that can be caught along the shore line with a cast net also works quite well. I'll be there and if no pole in the water you will see the 5 gallon pails that we use to play "buckets" and I'll be playing.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:26 am 
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More information about surf fishing can be found on the SC Dept. of Natural Resources site:
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/

Information about obtaining a license is here:
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/saltwaterlegislation.html

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:35 pm 
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On our trip to MB we noticed quite a few folks surf casting but did not notice anyone wade fishing the surf. In Texas in the gulf we usually wade out waist to chest deep to cast further out. We usually fish with either live shrimp or finger mullet on a popping cork. Catch a lot of Speckled trout, Sand Trout and Croaker that way. Is it practical in MB to try that kind of fishing?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:49 pm 
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>....In Texas in the gulf we usually wade out waist to chest deep to cast further out....
I think the waves are more forceful than on he gulf and it would be very difficult to wade out chest deep to cast. That's a guess...but I have never seen surf fishers actually go into the ocean further than ankle deep.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:12 am 
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We have a couple of neighbors who do surf fishing every chance they get and they both go in the water up to their waist, even higher sometimes.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 6:44 pm 
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When wade fishing in the surf you have to pick your spots. First the surf is rougher in the gulf than you may suspect....plus the period between waves is shorter in the gulf than the ocean. Likely the best time to wade is the hour before and after dawn on a falling tide with lots of water movement. You wouldn't likely get beat up too badly the surf should be at it's lowest. Best time of day to fish anyway.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:57 pm 
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Quote Paul:
"Likely the best time to wade is the hour before and after dawn ...."

LOL! No wonder I've never seen them! :roll:

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