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Pier Fishing in Garden City Beach

Charley the Pelican at Myrtle Beach State Park Pier

Myrtle Beach State Park Pier Fishing

Wally, Pier Fishing in Myrtle Beach

The Fish Chart below will give you an estimate of when the fish are running in the Myrtle Beach area

The Fish Pocket Guide is a free .pdf from salt water fishing 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. Mackerel, Bluefish, Skip Jack, Trigger fish, Puffers, Flounder, Sailfish, Whites and many more.

Another good source of information is Pilot's Home Grand Strand Fishing Reports.

If you're lookinf for fishing charters, water sports or other water activities in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, please see my current "Things To Do listings


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Damage from Hurricane Matythew view photos!10-9-16

LINK: NINE EPIC PIERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! Where you stay will probably determine the fishing pier you will want to visit most often. Some piers are free to walk while other charge a small admission fee, which is usually just $1. All our Grand Strand piers offer fishing equipment which you rent or purchase. Please note - I received an e-mail telling me the fee to walk Cherry Grove pier has increased their walking fee to $2.

Note to all pier/manages and owners: If you spot a mistake in your listing or if you have not been listed here, if you want tyo make changes to your listing ...or if there is anything you want to tell me... please send an email with the subject 'piers'

Myrtle Beach State Park has added informational fish signs on the pier. The signs show photos of the fish, the fish's identity, bagl limits, size limits, and other restrictions. My photos rotate every 5 seconds. Click any image to stop the rotation. Atlantic Sharp Nose, Black Drum, Blue Crab, Blue Fish, Atlantic Crocker, flounder, red drum, Atlantic Spade, Mackerel, Spots, Spotted Trout and more.

Myrtle Beach State Park Current Pier Fees (fees are for the pier, not for admission)
Myrtle Beach State Park Fun Facts
New addition PIER PRESSURE (photo)

Myrtle Beach State Park Fishing Signs! "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind" :-) Click any photo to stop rotation.

Hurricane Matthew chews a chunk out of piers across the Grand Strand

National Marine Fisheries Service: New Regulations Population assessment updates for vermilion snapper and red porgy have been completed. The vermilion snapper indicates the population is not undergoing over-fishing (when the fish are taken from the population too quickly) and is not over-fished (when there were not enough fish in the population)  The stock assessment update for red porgy indicates the species is nor undergoing over-fishing population based on assessment updates, and NOAA Fisheries are proposing to modify for vermilion, snapper and red porgy. Keep up to date with these links: Wildlife Conservation Commission South Carolina, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office frequently Asked Questions (2016) You may also be interested in South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Trip Limits Again, of you are using a fishing charter or rental in the Grand Strand this fee is usually included in your price. The local businesses are all aware of these requirements.

License Fees Individuals fishing from the shore or bank, private dock, etc. and those recreational shrimping and crabbing are required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. NOTE: This does NOT apply to fishing piers where the fee is included in your admission to the pier, nor does it apply to fishing charters or Charter Boats in the Grand Strand where the license is already included. Learn more here: License Fees

More about license fees! Here's a photo of the S.C. Recreational Fishing License requirements. This link tells you exactly who has to pay a license fee and who doesn't. For free you can download the Adobe .pdf for Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations.

What fish are being caught? The m ost fish caught off the piers in the Grand Strand include black sea bass, snapper, grouper, larger sea bass, rigger, dolphin, wahoo and King Mackerel. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see Fishing Traits with link to current trends

About Surf Fishing: Surf fishing in Georgetown County and Myrtle Beach with your S.C. surf fishing license.  Fishing in unsafe conditions is not allowed. Unsafe conditions would include people walking on the beach, swimming or fishing too close to people passing by at a "safe distance" from people on the beach. (Distance is not specified.) In Georgetown County, no fishing of any kind is allowed within 50 feet of any boat landing. Surfside Beach has their own rules. See SCDNR for license information.)

Got questions about local piers and fishing? Want to share your story of the one that got away? Let's heare it on the Myrtle Beach Message Board!

Grand Strand Piers? What fish are running now? Here's the up-to-date Myrtle Beach Fishing Report

No limit on the following fish:
(Please be a responsible angler and throw back fish that are too small to eat.
Florida Pompano
Cutlass Fish (Be careful of sharp teeth!)
Jack Crevalle

Apache Campground Pier, Lake Arrowhead Road, Myrtle Beach. Whether you just wantto chewck out the view and take a stroll - or enjoy live entertainment all summer long at the pier's covered center stage - or just fish all day long! It is open 365 days a year. For current rates, please visit the website. Complete bait and tackle is available on the Apache Pier

Crabbing Information - from Apache Pier
Cherry Grove Beach Pier 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. Daily prices: $1.00 a person to walk. The Cherry Grove pier claims many record-setting catches including a world record 1780 lb. Tiger shark and a 98 lb. record-setting Tarpon. CherryGrove Pier was built in the 1940s and has been in the Prince family since 1965. It has weathered many hurricanes and was remodeled and lengthened in 1999, after a visit from Hurricane Floyd. The Tackle/Gift Shop has everything you need! (843) 249-1625.

DoubleTree by Hilton (previously Springmaid) Before Hurricane Matthew in 3017,, this was Myrtle Beach's longest pier, at 1060 feet long, 36 feet wide, and with 110-feet at the end. A Myrtle Beach landmark, this pier hosted many fishing tournaments and offers a beautiful ocean view. It holds the state record for Spanish Mackerel, and the biggest tarpon caught from this pier was 125 lbs.! DoubleTree,  Springmaid Blvd. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.(843) 315-7156. Springmaild pier will rebuild but I have no finish date. See my photos of this pier,

Myrtle Beach State Park is 3 miles south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17 business. Free to walk on the pier with your documents. Fishing Prices: A daily fishing pass is $7. Rod rental requires pass plus $8 rental fee and $20 refundable deposit. April - October 6:30AM-8 PM; Nov. - March: 10AM-5PM. Call Myrtle Beach State Park for more information. (843) 238-5326. NOTE! Myrtle Beach State Park pier pier will be closed starting in June 2019 until at least December, caused by Hurricane Florence and other wear and tear from storms in the past. The state-funded project will cost around $950,000. springm 2020 this pier still has not re-opened.

14 Ave. Pier 1304 N. Ocean Blvd. A pier of one sort or another has been part of this oceanfront location since 1926. In Sept. 1989, Hurricane Hugo did its best to shorten that lifespan, but the pier refused to buckle.  In fact, it was one of theonly piers to survive Hugo's force. Pier 14 was closed for several months sure to Hurricane Hugo. Visit the 24th Ave. Pier at the link above or call (843) 448-6500 (Pier)

The Pier at Garden City The pier ar Garden Cityt 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 S. Waccamaw Dr., Garden City Beach, S.C. 29576. (843) 651-9700.

Second Avenue Pier 2nd Ave. This pier serves as the southern anchor to Myrtle Beach's famous Boardwalk and it is a landmark. This pier offers food, fishing and fun. Call 843.445.PIER (7437).2nd Ave. See my photos of this pier, damaged by Matthew.

Surfside Pier Surfside pier was first built in 1953, and has been rebuilt at least three times. The last time was in March, 1993. As far back as can be recalled, a wealthy group of businessmen ffirst built the pier, and Tillman family later purchased it. During the 70s and 80s, the Holliday family owned and operated this pier. After the "storm of the century" knocked it down for the 3rd time. "The pier was re-built and sold to the Scalise family. Seceral years ago the pier was leased to the Kremers. Open from 6 AM - 11 PM Surfside Pier is located at 11 S. Ocean Blvd., SC 29575 (843) 238-0121. 3/2/2018 (WBTW) The Town of Surfside will receive approximately $10M from the Federal Government to help rebuild the town's pier, according to Mayor Bob Childs. Read about it here.

Veterans Pier - Murrells Inlet ia free to walk If you want to fish, you will need a salt water fishing license for Veterans Pier, any dock, bridge or jetty, or private boat in the Murrells Inlet estuary. The Marshwalk including Veteran's Pier is 1/2 mile long. The pier is open to the public (no fee) sunrose to midnight 7 days a week. There are several ranps and walkouts. Wheelchairs are available.

That other pier...

Garden City's "smaller pier" is free to walk and it's almost hidden!
A quiet pier for families and anyone who wants Business south to Garden City Beach. Bus South to Garden City Beach. You'll see two overhead signs: One says Garden City Connecter (google it) - the other end says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Go 1/2 mile to the dead end. Turn left and go to the end of Elizabeth.The park is straight ahead. Pull in and park free. You'll see a play area, outdoor barbecue stands, picnic tables and a pavilion. Just past this point you will see a really nice pier. At the end of the pier you will find a shelter: And to the left you will see some steps. You can crab from the shelter and seldom see anyone. I've seen people pull up crabs here, and I'm always surprised to find it relatively unchanged. P.S. Let's keep it that way!

Don't forget your sunscreen...and DO NOT forget a hat!

Also, be sure to check daily reports from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources Salt Water Trends to stay current with National Resources information.

The Fish Pocket Guide is a free .pdf from salt water fishing gov. It is called the S.C. Pocket Guide to fish in the S.C. Atlantic Ocean and it includes many fish...Spadefish, Barracudas, Hog Fish, Mackerel, Bue Fish, Jack Fish, Triffer Fish, Puffers, Flounder, Whites, sailfish and many others

When (and when ) are the fish rujnning in the Grnd Strand fishing piers?

Barracuda April - Oct.
Blue Fish April - October
Cobia June - October
Dolphin April - Sept.
Flounder 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 - Dec.
Speckled Trout
Jan-March - Nov. and Dec..
Spots Oct. and Nov.
Stripers Jan. to March, and also Noverber and December.
Tarpon Jan. Feb. and also May - September

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