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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 youa good estimate of when the fish are running at the various Grand Strand Piers

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, Sail Fish, Whites, and many more.

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

If you're looking for Fishing Charters, Watersports, Boating and other Water Activities in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, please see my Current To Do listings

Damage from Hurricane Matthew. My pier photos plus other Hurricane Matthew photos! 10-9-16

LINK: NINE EPIC PIERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! Where you stay will probably determine the fishing pier you will visit most. Some piers are free to walk, while others charge a small walking fee, usually $1.Our piers all offer fishing equipment that you can rent or purchase. Please note - I received an e-mail telling me the fee to walk Cherry Grove Pier has increased to $2.

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

Looking for somewhere else to fish? Check the Grand Strand Boat Landings

Myrtle Beach State Park recently added informational fish signs on the pier. The signs show a picture of the fish, the fish's name, bag limit, size limit and restrictions. My photos rotate every 4-5 seconds. Click any image to stop the rotation. Atlantic Sharpnose, Black Drum, Blue Crab, Bliue Fish, Atlantic Crocker, Flounder, Red Drum, Atlantic Spade, Mackerel, Spots, Spotted Sea Trout and more.

Myrtle Beach State Park: Current Pier Fees (these are for the fishing piers - not park admission)
Myrtle Beach State Park: Fun Facts

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.

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

Note: Hurricane Matthew takes toll on piers across the Grand Strand

National Marine Fisheries Service: New Regulations 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 were not enough fish in the population.)  The stock assessment update for the red porgy indicates the speciesis not undergoing over-fishing population based on the assessment updates, NOAA Fisheries are proposing to modify several management measures for vermilion, snapper or red porgy. Keep up to date with these links: NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office frequently Asked Questions (2016) You may also be interested in South Atlantic Seasonal Closures andTrip Limits Again, of you are using a fishing charter or rental in the Grand Strand area, these local businesses will already be aware of those requirements.

License Fees Individuals recreationally fishing from the shore, beach, bank, private deck, 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 admission to the pier, nor does it apply to Fishing Charters and Charter Boats in the Grand Strand where the license is included. License Fees

More about License Fees! Here's a photo of the S.C. Recreational Fishing License requirements This link spells out exactly who has to pay 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 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 a Fish Chart with links to current trends.

About Surf Fishing: Surf fishing is allowed in Horry County, Georgetown County and Myrtle Beach with an 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 at a "safe distance"from people on the beach. (Distance not specified.) In Georgetown County, no fishing of any kind is allowed within 50-feet of a boat landing. In SSurfside Beach there are separate laws for fishing. (See SCDNR for license information..)

Got questions about piers or fishing? Want to share your wtory of the one that got away? Let's hear it! Myrtle Beach Message Board!

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 entertainment at the pier's covered center stage, or fish all day long. It is open 365 days a year. For current rates, please the website. Bait & Tackle Shop: Complete Bait & Tackle is available at the Apache Pier
Crabbing Information - from Apache Pier
"We don't rent crabbing nets although we do sell them. You may being your own. Discounts apply for guests of the Apache Campground Pier."

Cherry Grove Beach Pier 3500 N.Ocen 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 98 lb. record-setting Tarpon. Cherry Grove Pier was built 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 Takle - Fift Shop has everthing you might 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 fee; Fishing Pass $4.50; Rod $4 plus $20 deposit. Fishing permits included. April - October 6:30AM-8PM; Nov. - March: 10AM-5PM. Call Myrtle Beach State Park at (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 Hurricane Hugo. Visit the 14th Ave. Pier website for more 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 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 is a Grand Strand landmark. This pier offers food, fishing and fun. Call 843.445.PIER (7437). 2nd Ave. See my photos of this pier, damaged by Matthew

Springmaid Pier - (Now owned by DoubleTree by Hilton with renovations still ongoing.) Before Hurricane Matthew in 2016, 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, the pier was the site of numerous fishing tournaments and offers one of the best views of the Grand Strand and holds the Stte Record Catch for Spanish Mackerel, and the biggest Tarpon caught from this pier was 125 lbs.! Springmaid Pier, 200 Springmaid Blvd. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.(843) 315-7156. NEW! Springmaild pier will rebuild after Hurricane Matthew!
See my photos of this pier,

Surfside Pier, Surfside Pier was originally built in 1953 and has been ebuilt rebuilt at least three times. The last time was March, 1993. As far back as can be recalled, a wealthy group of businessmen first built the pier, and the Tillman family later purchased it. During the 70s and 80s, the Holliday Family owned and opened the 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. A few years ago, the city purchased 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. Surfside Pier Pier may or my noty be rebuilt after Huricane Matthew.
See my photos of this pier's damage)

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 MarshWalk is open to the public (no fee) sunrise to midnight 7 days a week. There are several entrtances and walkouts including rampsnfor wheelchairs.

That other Pier.....

Garden City Beach's smaller pier is 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 Connecter and the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Turn left here, and go about 1/2 mile to the dead-end at Elizabeth. The park is straight ahead at the deaad end. Pull in, and you can park free in the park. You'll see swings, play area, outdoor barbecue stands, picnic areas 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 and seldom see anyone there.I've seen people pulling in crabs here, and I'm surprised it is still relatively undiscovered. P.S. Let's keep it that way!

Tip: Two hours before, and two hours after high tide are the best times to fish. Don't forget your bug spray, sunscreen and your hat!

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

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The Fish Chart below will give you an estimatebof when the fish are running at the various Grand Strand piers

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, Bkuefish, Skip, Jack, Trigger Fish, Puffers. Flounder, Whites, Sailfish and many more.

When are fish running in the Grand Strand area ?

Amberjack May-October
Barracuda April - October
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. - Dec.
Spots Oct - Nov.
Stripers Jan.-March - Nov-Dec.
Tarpon Jan - Feb. May - Sept.

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