We headed out on the Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to learn a little about the basics of pier fishing. Longtime Myrtle Beach local James Ciacco gave us an tutorial on what equipment you needed, how to bait a hook and instruction on throwing a cast net.

A cast net isn’t part of the basic equipment needed to pier fish—shrimp is an effective bait for most fish along Myrtle Beach area piers—but for those that take their pier fishing a little more seriously, a cast net is the most affordable way to get live bait. Ciacco recommends a 4-foot cast net if you plan on throwing solo from a pier. For an idea as to how it should be done, be sure to check out the video.

Not only is fishing a relaxing way to spend time with family and friends on vacation in Myrtle Beach, it’s a great way to teach children about the ocean and environment and can even provide dinner!