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 the most. A few piers are free to walk, while others charge a small fee, usually $1. There is an additional fee of you plan to fish from a pier. Our area piers offer fishing equipment that you can rent or purchase. Please note - I received an e-mail saying the fee to walk the Cherry Grove Pier has increased to $2.)
Note to all area pier owners and 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 are pier information together on one page, and I want to keep it current for them. Thanks, y'all! :-)
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 update indicates tth population is no longer undergoing overfishing (when 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 update for red porgy indicates the species is not undergoing over-fishing, but is still over-fished. Based on the population assessment updates,NOAA Fisheries is proposing to modify several management measures for vermilion snapper and red porgy.
NOAA Fisheries Siytheast Regional Office requently Asked Questions
License Fee Individuals recreationally fishing from the shore, beach, bank, private dock, etc. and those recreationally shrimping and crabbing will be reqjuired to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. This does NOT apply to fishing piers below where thefee is included in yout admmission, nor does it apply to Fishing Charters and Charter Boats in the Grand Strand where the license is included Except Murrells Inlet - See information below for VeteransPier in Murrells Inlet. )
More about License Fees! Here's a photo of the SC Salt Water Recreation Fishing License requirements This link spells out exactly who has to pay for a license and who doesn't. At no cost, you can also 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 are black sea bass, snapper, grouper, larger sea bass, rigger, dolphin, wahoo, and King Mackerel. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the Fish Chart by the onth and links to current trends.
About Surf Fishing: Surf fishing is allowed in Horry County, Georgetown 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 the beach, swimming or fishing too close to those passing by. An unspecified safe distance from beachgoers is required. In Georgetown County, no fishing of any kind is allowed within 50 feet of a boat landing. In Surfside Beach there are separate laws for fishing. (See SCDNR for license information.)
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Grandc Strand Area Piers:
Apache Campground Pier, Lake Arrowhead Rd. Myrtle Beach. Whether you kiust 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's open 365 days a year! For current rates, visit the website. Bait & Tackle Shop: A complete supply of fishing gear, bait and tackle is available at the Apache Pier
Crabbing Information - from Apache Pier
"We don't rent crabbing nets, though 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 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 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 or another has been a 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. The reIn 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 14th Ave. Pier for dditional 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 110 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). Second Avenue Pier is located at 110 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 State 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 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 ago the 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 weekwith several entrances and exits, and it is wheelchair accessible.
Garden City Beach's much 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 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!
The Fish Chart below will give you a good estimate of when the fish are running at the various Grand Strand Piers
Tip: Two hours before or two 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, Boats or Sailng Charters, please see my To Do listings
|Cobia||June - October|
|Red Fish||July -November|
|Sea Bass||January - December|
|Sea Trout||July - November|
|Spanish Mackerel||May - November|
|Speckled Trout||Jan-March and Nov-Dec|
|Spots||October - November|
|Stripers||Jan.-March and Nov-Dec|
|Tarpon||Jan - Feb and May-Sept|
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