The Myrtle Beach area boasts of several piers where you can walk and fish. Where you stay will probably determine the pier you will visit most. Some piers are free to walk, while others charge a small fee, usually $1. There is also a fee to fish from the pier. Our piers all offer fishing equipment that you can rent ot purchase. Please note - I revceived an e-mail telling me the fee to walk the Cherry Grove Pier has increased to $2.
Note to all area pier owners/managers: If you spot a misteake in your listing, or if you have not been listed, or if you want to make changes, or if there is anything else you want to tell me, please send me an email with the subject 'Piers.' Our visitors enjoy having all the pier information together on one page, and I want this information to be curfrent for our visitors. Thanks, y'all for your help! :-)
NEW Myrtle Beach State Park Pier recently added informational fish signs on the pier. The signs show apicture of the fish, the fish's name, bag limit, size limit and restrictions. I took these photos a few days ago. The gallery will automatically rotate every 4-5 seconds, but if you click on any image the rotation will stop. Atlantic Sharpnose, Black Drum, Blue Crab, Bluefish, Atlantic Crocker, Flounder, Pinfish, Red Drum, Atlantic Spade Fish, Mackerel, Spots, Spotted Sea Trout and more.
NEW Myrtle Beach State Park Fishing Signs! "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin' out the
scenery, breakin' my mind… :-) Click any photo to stop the rotation.
Note: No limit on the following fish:
(Please be a responsible angler and throw back any fish too small to eat.)
Cutlass Fish (be careful of sharp teeth)
National Marine Fisheries Service: New Regulations for Vermilion Snapperand Red Porgy Effective September 5, 2013 Population assessment updates for vermilion sapper and red porgy have been completed. The vermilion snapper indicates the population is no longer undergoing overfishing (when the fish are taken from the population too quickly) and is not over-fished (when there are not enough fish in the population). The stock assessment updatefor the red porgy indicates the species is not undergoing over-fishing, but is still over-fished. Population based on the assessment updates, NOAA Fisheries is proposing to modify several management measure for vermilion snapper and red porgy. Keep up to date with these links: NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office frequently Asked Questions
License Fee Individuals recreationally fishing from the shore, beach, bank, private dock, etc. and those recreationally shrimping and crabbing are required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. This does NOT apply to fishing piers where the fee is included in your admmission, nor does it apply to Fishing Charters and Charter Boatsin the Grand Strand wjere the license is included. Exception: Murrekks /inlet - See information below for VeteransPier in Murrells Inlet. )
More about License Fees! Here's a photo of the S.C. Recrfreation Fishing License requirements This link spells out exactly who has to pay for a license and who doesn't. For free, you can download the Adobe .pdf for Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations.
When are the fish running? The most common fish caught off the coast of Myrtle Beach (Grand Strand) are black sea bass, snapper, grouper, larger sea bass, rigger, dolphin, wahoo and King Mackerel. Scroll to the bottom of this page for Fish Chart by the mont hand links to current trends.
About Surf Fishing: Surf fishing is allowed in Horry County, Georgwtown County and Myrtle Beach with a S.C. surf fishing license, but fishing in unsafe conditions is not allowed. Unsafe conditions would be people walking on the beach, swimming or fishing too close to people passing by. A safe distance from beachgoers is not specified. In Georgetown County, no fishing of any kind is allowed within 50 feet of a boat landing. In Surfside Beach there are separatelaws for fishing. (See SCDNR for license information.)
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Grand Strand Area Piers:
Apache Campground Pier, Lake Arrowhead Rd., Myrtle Beach. Whether you just want to check out the view, take a stroll, enjoy live entertainment at the pier's covered center stage, or fish all day long, visit the Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach. It is open 365 days a year. For current rates, please visit the website. Bait & Tackle Shop: A complete supply of fishing gear, bait and tackle iis available at the Apache Pier
Crabbing Information - from Apache Pier
"We don't rent crabbing nets, although we do sell them. You may bring your own. Discounts apply for guests of Apache Campground."
Cherry Grove Beach Pier 3500 N. Ocean Blvd. North Myrtle Beach, SC. Daily prices: $1.00 a person to walk. The Cherry Grove Pier is the home of many record catches including a world record 1780 lb. Tiger Shark and a record 98 lb. Tarpon. Cherry Grove Pier was bulit in the early 1940s and has been owned by the Prince family since 1965. It has weathered many a hurricane and was remodeled and lengthened in 1999 after a visit from Hurricane Floyd. The Tackle and Gift Shop has everything you need. (843) 249-1625.
Myrtle Beach State Park is 3 miles south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17 business. Prices: Free to walk on pier with paid park admission; Fishing pass $4.50; Rod $4 plus $20 deposit. Fishing permits included. April - October 6:30AM-8PM; November- March: 10AM-5PM. Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 South Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach,SC 2575 (843) 238-5326.14 Ave. Pier 1304 N. Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach. A pier of one sort ort another has been part of this oceanfront location since 1926. In September of 1989 Hurricane Hugo did its best to shorten that life span, however Pier 14 refused to buckle. In fact, it was one of the only piers to survive Hugo's force. Pier 14 was closed for 5 months due to Hurrican Hugo. Visit the 14th Ave Pier website for aditional information.. (843) 448-6500 (Pier)
The Pier at Garden City The Pier at Garden City Beach is free to walk. It is located 8 miles south of
Myrtle Beach in the heart of Garden City Beach on the south strand. The Pier at Garden City is 668 ft. long with a rain shelter at the end of the pier. It is located at 10 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576. (843) 651-9700.
Second Avenue Pier 2nd Ave. Pier serves as the Southern anchor to Myrtle Beach's famous Boardwalk. Newly renovated, the 2nd Ave. Pier is a Grand Strand landmark. This pier offers food, fishing, and fun. Phone 843.445.PIER (7437). 2nd Ave. Pier iis located at110 N. Ocean Blvd.
Springmaid Pier, Springmaid Pier is Myrtle Beach's longest pier at 1060 feet long, 36 feet wide, and with 110-feet at the end. A Myrtle Beach landmark, the pier is the site of numerous fishing tournaments and offers one of the best views of the Grand Strand, and holds the Stste Record catch for Spanish Mackerel, and the biggest Tarpon caught from this pier was 125 lbs.! Springmaid Pier, 200 Springmaid Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.(843) 315-7156.
Surfside Pier, Surfside Pier was originally built in 1953 and has been rebuilt rebuilt at least three times. The last time was March, 1993. As far as can be recalled, a wealthy group of businessmen first built the pier, and the Tillman Family later purchased it. During the 1970s and 80s, the Holliday Family owned and operated the pier. After the "Storm of the Century" knocked it down for the 3rd time. The pier was rebuilt and sold to The Scalise Family. A couple years agothe city bought the pier and now leases it to the Kremers. Open from 6AM-11PM. Surfside Pier, 11 S. Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach, SC 29575 (843) 238-0121.
Veterans Pier - Murrells Inlet is free to walk. If you want to fish, you will need a saltwater fishing license to fish off of the Veterans Pier, any dock, bridge or jetty, or private boat in the Murrells Inlet estuary. The MarshWalk, including the Veteran's Pier, is 1/2 mile long. The Marsh Walk is open to the public (no fee) sunrise to midnight, 7 days a week with several entrances and and walk-outs, and it is wheelchair accessible.
Garden City Beach's much smaller pier os free to walk.
A quiet pier for families and anyone who wants to go crabbing, enjoy a small kid's park and quiet pier. Take 17 Business South toward Garden City Beach. You'll see two overhead signs. One says Garden City Connector, and the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Turn left here, and go about half a mile to the dead-end at Elizabeth. The park is straight ahead at the dead end. Pull in, and you can park free inside the park. You'll see swings, play area, outdoor barbecue stands, tables, and a gazebo. Just past this point you'll see a really nice pier. At the end of the pier is a shelter: And to the left you'll see some steps. You can crab from the shelter, the steps, or along the pier, and seldom see anyone there. I've seen people pulling in crabs here, and I'm always surprised it is still almost undiscovered. P.S. Let's keep it that way!
Tip: Two hours before or 2 hours after hours after high tide is the best time to fish. Don't forget your bug spray, sunscreen and a hat!
Also, be sure to check daily reports from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources Salt Water Trends trends to stay current with update information.
Another good source of information is Pilot'sHome's Grand Strand Fishing Reports.
If you're looking for Fishing Charters watersports, etc. please see my To Do listings
The Fish Chart below will give you a good estimate of when some of the fish are running at the various Grand Strand Piers
The Fish Pocket Guide is a free .pdf from salt waterfishing sc gov. It is called the S.C. Pocket Guide to fish in the S.C. Atlantic Ocean and it includes such fish as Spadefish, Barracudas, Hogfish, Mackerels, Bluefish, Skipjack, Trigger fish, Puffers, Flounder, White, Sailfish and many more.
Blue Fish April-October
Cobia June - October
Dolphin April Sept
King Mackerel May-Nov
Red Drum May-Nov
Red Fish July - Nov.
Sea Bass Jan- Dec
Sea Trout July - Nov
Shark May- Oct
Spanish Mackerel May - Nov
Jan-March - Nov-Dec
Spots Oct - Nov.
Stripers Jan.-March - Nov-Dec
Tarpon Jan - Feb and May-Sept