One of the top family vacation activities for visitors to Myrtle Beach has long been fishing. Fishing offers up so much. It can be a relaxing way to pass the time, meditating on the light’s reflection on the water, it can be a thrilling adventure and it can be a way to catch your own dinner!
There are several options for fishing in Myrtle Beach, from deep sea charters to a simple day holding a rod on a pier. Here are a few ideas and tips.
Chartering a boat can be a great way to go out to sea and reel in a serious catch. Chartering a boat can be a more expensive option, but ups the adventure aspect by offering to take you out for a large catch. Make sure to look for a captain who is a good fit for your crew, as he will have a big impact on how much fun you have on your trip.
A few places to call if you’re interested in charters include:
• Captain Ricky Long’s Fishing Service; Little River. Interested in meeting a local captain and trying your hand at inshore fishing, river fishing or crabbing? Then you’ll want to give Captain Ricky a chance.
• Crazy Sister Marina/Captain Dick’s; Murrells Inlet. This Marina offers up plenty of options for your fishing adventures, including big sport fishing boats with half day or all day trips to catch dolphin, grouper, and sea bass or near shore and inlet charters. You can even rent jet skis or take a pirate ship excursion for the kids.
• Myrtle Beach Guide Service; Myrtle Beach. You can get a customized charter trip based on your party, where you want to go, and what you want to catch.
Maybe heading out to sea isn’t quite your speed—no problem. You can still fish in Myrtle Beach, even if you’re a land lubber. That’s what piers were made for. And we have plenty of piers to choose from along the Grand Strand. And if you’re fishing from a pier that charges a day use fee, your fishing license is included—and gear rental is usually only a small additional fee. Here are a few of the top picks for pier fishing:
• 2nd Avenue Pier, Myrtle Beach. A pass to fish this pier is $9 and covers two rods. A rod rental package, including a pass, rod rental and one tray of bait is $25 with a refundable $10 deposit. If you don’t catch anything, you can always hit the pier’s restaurant for a bite with a great view.
• Garden City Pier, Garden City. This pier is open for fishing 24 hours a day, though daily fishing passes expire at 6 p.m. Adult fishing passes are $9, and those for kids are $4.50. You can also purchase seven day passes or season tickets. There’s also a pier arcade and café.
• Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. This state park has a great fishing pier, as well, and fees are only $5 for those 16 and older, with discounts for seniors and those 6-15, while kids 5 and younger are free.
So next time you visit Driftwood at the Boardwalk, think about spending some time with a fishing pole! As they say, “a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!”