The Myrtle Beach area offers several piers where you can walk or fish (or both!) Where you stay will probably be the deciding factor for which pier you use. Some piers are free to walk; others have a small fee. Most of the piers have a bait shop (including fishing equipment) on loccation, available to rent and/or purchase
8/9/13 Vermilion snapper to be fished year-round
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced that the recreational closed season for vermilion snapper from November through March will be eliminated, plus the vermilion snapper’s annual catch limit (ACL) has been raised. The five-month closure has been in place annually since 2009 after the species was found to be overfished. The minimum size limit of 12 inches and the daily bag limit of five fish per person per day remain unchanged. Vermilion snapper, known locally as beeliners, are commonly found on off-shore bottom spots off the South Carolina coast and are considered a staple catch on bottom-fishing trips, especially aboard party boats. Anglers should note that the elimination of the closed season for vermilion snapper will not be reflected in the new South Hunting & Fishing Regulations booklet, which has already been published and will be available to the public sometime in August.
Read more here: Myrtle Beach Online (The Sun News)
License Fee Individuals recreationally fishing from shore (beach, bank, private dock, free public pier, etc.) and those recreationally shrimping and crabbing will be required to have a saltwater recreational fishing license. (This does NOT apply to the Fishing Piers listed below where the fee is included in your admission fee, nor does it apply to Fishing Charters in the Grand Strand.)
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. (For instance, a license is not required if you are using 3 drop nets or less.) You can also download the 2013 Adobe PDF for Saltwater Fshing 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, trigger, dolphin, wahoo and King Makerel. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the Fish Chart by month.
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 a manner that presents unsafe conditions to beachgoers, sun bathers and swimmers is not allowed. 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 no laws for surf fishing. (See SCDNR for license info.)
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Grand Strand Piers:
Apache Campground Pier, Lake Arrowhead Road, Myrtle Beach.Whether you just 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 the East Coast's longest wooden fishing pier and it is open 365 days a year. For cuttent rates, visit the website.
Bait & Tackle Shop: A complete supply of fishing gear, bait & tackle is available in 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 early in the 1950's 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 newly remodeled Tackle and Gift Shop has everything you need. (843) 249-1625.
Myrtle Beach State Park lies three miles south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17. 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 29575 (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 restaurant portion remained in tact. In fact, it was one of the only piers to survive Hugo's force. Pier 14 was closed for 5 months due to Hugo. Visit 14th Pier for additional information. (843) 448-6500 (Pier)
The Pier at Garden City The pier at Garden City 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. The Pier at Garden City is located at 110 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Beach, SC 29576. (843) 651-9700.
Second Avenue Pier Second Avenue 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 fishing, food, and fun. Phone 843.445.PIER (7437). Second Avenue Pier is located at 110 N. Ocean Blvd. in beautiful Myrtle Beach.
Springmaid Pier, Springmaid Pier is Myrtle Beach’s longest pier, at 1060 feet long, 36 feet wide, with a 110-foot T 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. Springmaid Pier holds the State Record catch for Spanish Mackerel, and the biggest Tarpon caught from our Pier was 125 lbs.! Springmaid Pier, 3200 Springmaid Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.(843) 315-7156.
Surfside Pier, Surfside pier was originally built in 1953. It 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 1970's and 80's the Holliday Family owned and operated the pier. After the "Storm of the Century" knocked it down for the third time. The pier was rebuilt and sold to The Scalise Family. Last year 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.
Garden City Beach's smaller pier. It's free
A quiet pier for families and anyone who wants to go crabbing, enjoy a small kid's park and quiet pier.
Take17 Business S toward Garden City Beach. You'll see 2 overhead signs - one says Garden City Connector, and the other says Pine Ave. - both signs point left. Turn left here, nd 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. I seldom see people out there. I last visited in 2011, and except for one family leaving the play area, no one was there. I've seen people pulling in lots of 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 anestimate of when the fish are running at the various Grand Strand Piers
Also be sure to check daily reports from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources Salt Water Fishing Trends:
|Red Fish||July -November|
|Sea Bass||January - December|
|Sea Trout||July - 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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