10/10/16 - My photos piers and damages due to hurricane Matthew. My pier photos plus other hurricane Matthew photos!
10/9/16 - Hurricane Matthew has demolished Springmaid Pier and Surfside Pier appears to be collapsing. LINK
NINE EPIC PIERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! 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 or purchase. Please note - I received 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 mistake in your listing, or if you have not been listed, 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.'
Myrtle Beach State Park Fishing Signs! "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind" :-) Click on any photo to stop the rotation.
No limit on the following fish:
(Please be a responsible angler and throw back any fist too small to eat.)
Cutlass Fish (be careful of sharp teeth!)
National Marine Fisheries Service: New Regulations for Vermilion Snapper and 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 us still over-fished, Population based on the assessment updates, NOAA Fisheries is proposing to modify several management measure for vermilion swnapper and red porgy. Keep up to date with these links: NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office frequently Asked Questions
License Fees 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 admission, 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. Recrfreation Fishing License requirements Thislink 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 with 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 at a "safe distance" from people on the beach 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 separate laws 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 entgertainment 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: Complete bait and 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 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 every thing 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; Nov. - March: 10AM-5PM. Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 S. Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 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 additional 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 souoth 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 Myrtle Beach's longest pier at 1060 feet long, 36 feet wide, and with 110-feet at the end. A Nyrtle 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 Springmail Blvd., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.(843) 315-7156. Springmaild pier will rebuild after Hurricane Matthew!
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 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 Familyowned and opened the pier. After the "storm of the century" knocked it down for the 3rd time. The pier was rebulit and sold to the Scalise Family. A couple 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 may or may not rebuild after Huricane Matthew.
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 walk-outs, including ramps for wheel chairs.
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Tip: Two hours before and 2 hours after high tide are the best times to fish. Don't forget your bug spray, sunscreen and a 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.
Another good source of information is Pilot's Home Grand Strand Fishing Reports.
If you're looking for Fishing Charters, Watersports, Boaring and many other water activities in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, please see my Current To Do listings
The Fish Chart below will give you a good estimate of when fish are running at the various Grand Strand Piers
The Fish Pocket Guide is a free .pdf from salt water fising 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, Whites, 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 - Dec/
Jan-March - Nov. - Dec.
Spots Oct - Nov.
Stripers Jan.-March - Nov-Dec
Tarpon Jan - Feb. May - Sept.