Looking for That Big Catch Off the Coast of Myrtle Beach?

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With over 60 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean coastline, the Grand Strand is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts. And, as seasoned anglers will attest, some of the most exhilarating fishing is done miles from shore — where the potential catches are larger, the game fish tend to fight harder, and you just never know what type of fish you might find on the end of your line.

The waters of the Myrtle Beach area offer a wide range of species to chase, including amberjacks, cobia, sea bass, flounder, snapper, sharks, rudderfish, grouper, triggerfish, king mackerel, mahi mahi and more. For some of the best fishing excursions in the area, grab your angling crew and check out one of the following local charter companies, most of which supply all of the gear, licenses, bait and tackle you’ll need to have a great time on the local waters:

Voyager Deep Sea Fishing: Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, this charter company’s fleet includes vessels ranging in size from the 36-foot Reel Work to the 100-foot Super Voyager II and Continental Shelf. Trip lengths range from half-day excursions that take anglers up to 15 miles offshore to 22-hour Gulf Stream trips venturing up to 50 miles offshore. For more information, visit supervoyagerdeepseafishing.com.

Reel Action Fishing Charters: Launching into the Intracoastal Waterway out of North Myrtle Beach, this family-focused charter company uses smaller vessels with a six-passenger capacity to provide a more private angling experience. Charters are offered for 4- and 5-hour nearshore, inshore and backwaters trips. Visit actionfishingmyrtlebeach.com to learn more.

Captain Smiley's: Based out of Cricket Cove Marina in Little River, this charter company doesn’t focus on deep-sea ventures, but instead offers inshore charter trips to some of the Grand Strand’s numerous sounds, inlets, tidal creeks, shallow waters and backwaters, as well as to a few bountiful near-shore wrecks. Excursions range from 4 to 7 hours in duration on 22-foot boats that can carry one to three anglers. (A fourth can be added for an additional fee.) For more information, visit captainsmileyfishingcharters.com.

Y-Knot Fishing Charters: Running out of Murrells Inlet, this charter company’s 30-foot Boston Whaler Outrage treats eager anglers to offshore, inshore and Gulf Stream fishing trips. Excursion lengths range from 4-hour shark trips to 12-hour Gulf Stream trips that venture up to 65 miles offshore. Learn more at y-knotfishing.com.

Hurricane Fleet: Located just north of the state line in Calabash, NC, Hurricane Fleet’s experienced and knowledgeable captains have been navigating the local waters since they were kids. Excursions range from 4.5-hour half-day trips to 11.5-hour Gulf Stream trips. To learn more, visit hurricanefleet.com.

When it comes to landing a great place to stay in the Myrtle Beach area, there’s no need to fish around — with its wide range of accommodations and luxurious on-site amenities, North Beach Plantation can provide everything you and your fishing crew will need to catch some great times on the Grand Strand. Book your Myrtle Beach area getaway today, and get ready to drop a line in some of the East Coast’s most beautiful and bountiful waters.