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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 a 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 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!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, 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 managers/owners: If you spot a mistake in your listing, or if you have not been listed here, if you want to make changes in your listing...of 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 about every 5 seconds. Click any image to stop the rotation. Atlantic Sharpnose, Black Drum, Blue Crab, Blue Fish, Atlantic Crocker, Flounder, Red Drum, Atlantic Spade, mackerel, Spots, Spotted Sea Trout and more.

Myrtle Beach State Park: Current Pier Fees ( 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 rotation.

Hurricane Matthew takes a chunk out of 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 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 speciesis not undergoing over-fishing population based on assessment updates, NOAA Fisheries are proposing to modify 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, recreational fishing from the shore, banks, private deck, etc. and those recreational 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 Boars in the Grand Strand where the license is included. Learn more here: License Fees

More about License Fees! Here's a photo of the S.C. Recreational Fishing License requiremnts. This links spells out exactly who has to pay a license and who doesn't. For free, you can download ther 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) include black sea bass, snappper, 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 isallowed 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 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 not specified. In Georgetown County, no fishing of any kind is allowed within 50-feet of a boat landing. In Surfside Beach there are separate laws. (See SCDNR for license information.)

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

Grand Strand Area Piers:

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 very sharp teeth!)
Jack Crevalle

Apache Campground Pier, Lake Arrowhead Rd., Myrtle Beach. Whether you just want to check out the view, take a stroll, or enjoy live entertainment all summer long at the pier's covered center stage, or fish all day long. It is open 365 days a year. For current rates, please cisit the website. Complete Bait & Tackle is available on the Apache Pier
Crabbing Information - from Apache Pier
"We don't rent crabbing nets, although you may buy them or 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. Daily prices: $1.00 a person to walk. The Cherry Grive Pier is home of many record-setting 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 famils 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 Pier.) 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, this pier was the site of numerous fishing tournaments and offers one of the best of the Grand Strand piers to hold the state record 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,

Myrtle Beach State Park is 3 miles South of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17 business. Prices: Free to walk on the pier with you paid admission fee. ) Fishing Pass $4.50; Rod $4 plus $20 deposit. Fishig permit included. April - October 6:30AM-8PM; Nov. - March: 10AM-5PM. Call Myrtle Beach State Park: (843) 238-5326.

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 Hurrivane 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 several months due to Hurricane Hugo. Visit the 14th Ave. Pier (on the link above) or call (843) 448-6500 (Pier)

The Pier at Garden City The pier at Graden 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., Garsden 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

Surfside Pier, Surfside Pier was built originally 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 first built the pier, and the Tillman family later purchased it. During the 70s and 80s the Holliday family owner 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 pier was leased to the Kremers. Open from 6 AM - 11 PM Surfside Pier11 S. Ocean Blvd. Surfside Beach, SC 29575 (843) 238-0121. 3/2/2018 (WBTW) NEW! - The Town of Surfside Beach will receive almost $10M from the federal government to help rebuild the town pier, according to the town mayor, Bob Childs. Read about it here.

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. Tge Marshwalk is open to the public (no fee) sunrise to midnight 7 days a week. There are several ramps and walk-outs. Wheelchairs are available.

That pther pier...

Garden City's "smaller pier" is free to walk - and almost hidden!
A quiet pier for families and anyone who wants to go crabbing, enjoy a small kid's park and quiet pier. Take 17 Bus South to Garden City. You'll see two overhead signs. One says Garden City Connector - the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Go 1/2 mile to the deadend, turn left and go to where the road ends at Elizabeth.The park is straight ahead. Pull in and park free.You'll see swings, play area, outdoor barbecue stands, picnic tables and a pavilion. Just past this point you'll see a really nice pier. At the end of the pier you'll find a shelter: An to the left you'll see some steps. You can rab from the shelter and seldom see anyone there. I've seen people pulling in crabs here, and I'm always surprised to see it is 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 expecially...DO NOT forget a hat!

Also, be sure to check the daily reports from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources Salt Water Trends to stay current with udated 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, Bluefish, Jack, Triggerfish, Puffers, Flounder, Whites, Ssailfish and many more.

When are the fish running near the Grand Strand Piers

Amberjack May - Oct.
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. and Dec.
Spots Oct. - Nov.
Stripers Jan. to March and Nov. and Dec..
Tarpon Jan. - Feb. and May - Sept.

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