Information about walking and fishing on the piers.
By Patricia Blackstock (contact me!)
Please check the various links containing information and updates, 2022
The Fish Chart below will give you an estimate of when the various 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, Triger Fish, Puffers, Flounder, Sail Fish, Whites and many more.
Another good source of information is Pilot's Home Grand Strand Fishing Reports.
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Damage from Hrricane Matthew new photos! 2016
LINK: NINE EPIC PIERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA! Where you stay will probably determine the fishing pier you'll want to visit more often. Some piers are free to walk, while others charge a small admission fee.
Note to all pier/manages and owners: If you spot a mistake in your listing, or if you have not been listed here or if you want to make changes in current listings...or if there is something else 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, limits, size restrictions and more. My photos rotate every 5 seconds. Click any image to stop rotation. Atlantic Sharp Nose, spotted trout and many others
Hurricane Matthew chews a chunk from our local 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 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 iscnot undergoing over-fishing population based on assessment updates, and NOAA Fisheries are proposing to modify for vermilion, snapper and red porgy. Keepup to date with these links 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, if you are planning to use a rental boat in the GRand Strand, this fee is usually included in the base price. The local buinesses are all well-aware of these requirements.
License Fees Individuals fishing from the shore, bank, private dock, etc. and those recreational shrimping and fishing, This does NOT apply to fishing piers where the free is included in your admission to the pier, nor does it apply to fishing charters or Charter Boars in the Grand Strand where the license is already
More about license fees! Here's a photo of the S.C. Recreational Fishing License. For free...you can download this .pdf that tells you exactly who has to pay a license fee and who doesn't. Adobe .pdf for Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations.
What fish will you catch? The most fish caught from the Myrtle Beach piers include grouper, sea bass, rigger, dolphin, wahoo and King Mackerel. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view fishing trens (with links to current trends)
About Surf Fishing:Surf fishing in Georgetown and Horry Co. 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 and regulations. See SCDNR for more information.)
Got questions aboutlocal piers and fishing? Want to share your story of the one that got away? Let me hear from you 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 of the following fish:
Please be a responsible angler and throw back any fish that are too small to eat,
Cutlass Fish (Be careful of very sharp teeth)
Apache Campground PierLake Arrowhead Road, Myrtle Beach. Whether you just want yo check out the view, take a scroll and enjoy live entertainment all summer long at the piere's covered center stage - or just fish all day long! It is open 365 days a year. Cpmplete bait and tackle is available on the Apache Pier. Visit the website for rates and more information.
Crabbing Information from Apache Pier
Cherry Grove Beach Pier 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach.Daily prices: $1.00 per person to walk. The Cherry Grove Pier claims many record-setting catches including a world record 1,780 lb. Tiger shark and a 98 lb. record-setting Tarpon. Cherry Grove Pier was built in the 1940s and has been in the Prince family since 1965. It has withstood terrible winds and hurricanes. It wasemodeled 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 and still known as Springmaid pier) Before Hurricane Matthew in 2017 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, tthispier foasted many tournaments and offers a beautiful ocean view. It holds the state record for Spanish Mackerel, and the biggest tarpon caught from the pier was125 lbs.! DoubleTree, Sringmaid Blvd. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.(843) 315-7156. Springmaild Pier is now reopened!
Myrtle Beach State Park is 3 miles south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17 business. Free to walk on the pier with your Pier Park pass plus paid entrance proof. Fishing Prices: A daily fishig pass is $7. Rod rental needs 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. Myrtle Beach State Park pier repair work has been completed. The state-funded project cost around $950,000.
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 Beach is 668 ft long with a rain shelter at the end of the pier. It is located on Waccamaw Dr., Garden City Beach, S.C. 29576. (843) 651-9700.
Second Avenue Pier 2ndAve. This pier is the southern anchor to Myrtle Beach's famous Boardwalk which offers restaurants, fishing, and fun. Call 843.445.PIER (7437).2nd Ave. See my photos of this pier, damages by Matthew.
Veterans Pier - Murrells Inlet ia free to walk If you want to fish, you will need a salt water fishing license Veterans Pier,any dock, bridge, jetty or private boat in the Murrells Inlet estuary. The Marshwalk, including Veteran's Pier is 1/2 mile long. This pier is open to the public (no fee charged) until midnight several days a week. There are several ramaps and walk-outs. Wheelchairs are available.
That other pier...
You're not "up north" any more, so don't forget your sunscreen...and especially 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. The 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 various fish ...Spade Fish, Barracudas, Hog Fish, Mackerel, Bue Fish, Jack Fish, Triffer Fish, Puffers, Flounder, Whites, Sailfish and many more
When are the fish running in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and the Grand Strand 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 - Dec.
Sea Bass Jan. - Dec.
Sea Trout July - Nov.
Shark May- Oct
Spanish Mackerel May - Dec.
Speckled Trout Spots- Jan., Nov. and Dec. as well as Oct. and Nov.
Stripers Tarpon January, March and November/
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