Myrtle Beach Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is one of the Carolina’s most popular vacation spots for deep sea fishing. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, deep sea fishing in Myrtle Beach is something that you can enjoy by yourself or with your whole family. Nothing beats getting up with the sun in the morning and heading out for a day of deep sea fishing.
What is Myrtle Beach, anyway?

Myrtle Beach is located on the coast of South Carolina, though many fishing charters are offered in both North and South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is most famous for its deep sea fishing, or saltwater fishing. Right off of the Atlantic Ocean, and access to a large number of creeks and channels that flow into the ocean, there are endless possibilities for deep sea fishing.

Salt water fishing is a bit different from freshwater fishing. You generally use a different type of bait and tackle, which any local can help you with. Since the greater part of in-shore fishing is done on the ocean floor, you’ll need a pyramid-shaped weight, or sinker, to keep your rig on the bottom. Another important thing to keep in mind is you’ll need to rinse your reel with fresh water after each use to purge the salt water.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own rod and reel, you can purchase or rent one at any local bait and tackle shop, pier, or sporting goods store. Not to mention that most charter boats can also provide bait, tackle, and a variety of other fishing gear.

If you’re not sure about fishing in the great Atlantic Ocean, the Myrtle Beach area is covered in an abundance in inland waters. These include the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs along the coast from Little River to Socastee, where it flows into the Waccamaw River. Many other rivers and tributaries run into the Waterway, and passage to the ocean can be found through both Little River or Winyah Bay.

Fun things to do in Myrtle Beach

Though Myrtle Beach is most famous for its deep sea fishing, there’s a large variety of activities available in the area. From a leisurely cruise to shark hunting, you’re sure to find something to interest you!

  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Boating
  • Dolphin watching
  • Cruises

Cruise boats run out of a variety of areas, including Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, and Georgetown. Some cruises take passengers along the Intracoastal Waterway, while others explore the Waccamaw River or Winyah Bay.

Sightseeing trips are available and others provide a more festive atmosphere of dinner and dancing. Most cruises also have fun and interesting information to educate you about the region’s wildlife, scenic wonders, history, and legends. Don’t forget your camera to take lots of photos!

Depending on your mood, you can find a more rustic boat or go for a more leisurely style cruise. Many vessels have central air-condition & heated salons, a galley, restrooms, a TV, stereo, and CD player on board. And forget a hard, wooden seat to sit on all day – you can travel in style with cushioned seats and bunks while traveling to the different fishing locations.
Fishing trips
Deep sea fishing in Myrtle Beach is a big business, so if you hunt around you can find a place that offers a variety of different fishing trips. You can find a boating trip that is only half a day, a full day, or even go by the hour with 8, 10, 12, and 13 Hour Trips. No matter what time of day, you can be assured that the fish will bite!

Types of fishing

Most deep sea fishing at Myrtle Beach is available year round, whether you’re interested in Gulf Stream bottom fishing, blue water trolling, and inshore light tackle or fly fishing charters. Don’t think you’ll just catch some trout or other common types of fish on these trips, either. Though the more common varieties can, of course, be found, there is a huge range of different fish to be caught, all depending on where you go.

Inshore fishing:

  • Redfish
  • Trout
  • Flounder
  • Sheepshead
  • Black Drum

Offshore fishing

  • Grouper
  • Flounder
  • Sea bass

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • King Mackerel
  • Bluefish
  • Bonita Tuna

Blue Water Gulf Stream Trolling

  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Blackfin Tuna
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Large King Mackerel
  • Sailfish
  • Marlin
Gulf Stream Bottom Fishing

  • Vermillion Snapper
  • Red Snapper
  • Giant Sea Bass
  • Grouper
  • Ocean Porgies
  • Grey Snapper
  • Pink Snapper
  • African Pompano
  • Large Amberjacks
  • Rudderfish
Shark fishing

  • Dusky Sharks
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Black Tip Sharks
  • Sand Bar Sharks