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Fishing Charters and Pier Fishing in Myrtle Beach

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
Family Fishing on Pier in Myrtle Beach

South Carolina’s Grand Strand is home to some of the most bountiful natural beauty in the United States. The year-round climate and prices of amenities make enjoying outdoor activities a year-round pleasure. One common activity popular amongst tourists and locals alike is fishing. This has been a premiere recreational activity across the Grand Strand, with various types to enjoy including deep-sea fishing, kayak fishing, and pier fishing.

Our region, since it’s near the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, and the Waccamaw River, offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Each of these bodies of water has easy access and various amenities to assist you to your destination, making it a fun and smooth adventure for anglers of all levels.

*Several of the fishing charter locations also offer dolphin-seeing tours/cruises. Be sure to check the websites to see which tour best suits you and your family! *

Charter Fishing Murrells Inlet

Fishing Charters

Fish Finder Fishing Charters

Fish Finder has local, Myrtle Beach natives to guide you on your journey into either inshore or nearshore journeys. If you decide to venture further into the water, you have the chance to catch Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, sharks, and more. Whether you are a seasoned fisher, want to just explore this area of the waters, or are looking for a life-long experience to have with your family, Fish Finder is prepared to offer it to you.

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Captain Smiley Fishing Charters

If you want to embark on an adventurous fishing trip, you need Captain Smiley. The Little River Fleet offers some of the best gulf stream fishing trips on the Grand Strand for grouper, snapper, jumbo bass, triggers, and more. They have experienced captains and a professional crew that will lead you to inshore sounds, inlets, tidal creeks, and near-shore wrecks in the Myrtle Beach - Little River area. Full and half-day charters are available at this location.

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Crazy Sister Marina Fishing & Fleet

Crazy Sister has fishing trips that include private charters, inshore/near shore, deep-sea fishing, shark fishing, and a public head boat. The marina also rents out ’17 Carolina Skiff and pontoon boats so you can take a fishing trip of your own or just cruise the Carolina Marshes. The boats are paired with a fuel dock of ethanol-free unleaded and diesel fuel, and a ship store stocked with all the essentials. The business is open Monday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises

Voyager offers the largest and most comfortable party fishing boat in the Carolinas! There are special fishing rates year-round with half-day, one-day, and 24-hour trips available. With them, private charters, large groups, and deep-sea fishing are all at your fingertips. You can catch various fish like red beeliner snapper, pink snapper, silver snapper, grunts, porgies, grouper, triggerfish, amberjack, and more.

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Calabash Fishing Fleet

“Myrtle Beach Deep Sea Fishing Charters & Party Boats with Captain Robert!”

Offering the Myrtle Beach Area year-round party boats, charter boats, deep-sea fishing, inshore, nearshore & Gulfstream charters, Calabash Fishing Fleet has it all. You can take a ride on the famous NAVIGATOR, which is equipped with the latest fishing electronics, so you are guaranteed to take home a nice catch. After your trip, you can get grub at the Waterfront Seafood Shack where they say fresh, local, and wild.

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Harvest Moon Fishing Charters

Are you looking for an inshore fishing charter while you are on your Myrtle Beach vacation? Whether you are a serious angler, a novice, or just looking for a great family-friendly day on the water, Harvest Moon Fishing Charters has you covered. Located in Georgetown, SC, Harvest is a fishing guide service that targets redfish, trout, tarpon, flounder, and many other species of fish. Come experience exactly what it’s like to fish on a boat with RC and his crew!

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Hurricane Fleet

Since 1948, the Hurricane Fishing Fleet has been the leader in Myrtle Beach for head boat and deep-sea fishing charters. Located in Calabash, NC, our port is the closest to the ocean in the area, allowing for more fishing time and less riding time. Hurricane Fleet also covers fishing licenses and provides all the equipment needed to be successful such as the rod, reel, bait, and tackle, so all you must do is show up prepared to spend a day full of fun.

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Pier Fishing Cherry Grove

Pier Fishing

If you prefer staying on land, then maybe pier fishing is more up your alley. The Myrtle Beach area has five piers for you to relax and enjoy wonderful ocean views while you fish.

Apache Pier

At 1206 feet, the Apache Pier is the longest wooden fishing pier on the East Coast. With a loaded Bait and Tackle shop, an oceanfront restaurant, and a huge arcade the Apache Pier has something for everyone.

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Cherry Grove Beach Pier

The Cherry Grove Beach Pier in North Myrtle Beach is partially open for walking and fishing. Note that the pier is only opened to about 2/3 the way out, and that the benches are still being worked on so those who are fishing may want to bring their own chair. It’s considered a soft opening until the rest of the pier can be repaired. Note that the pier has been closed to the public nearly 2 years due to storm damage from Hurricane Ian.

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Myrtle Beach State Park Pier

Only a small portion of the fishing pier remains closed due to past storm damage. This is noted on the park’s website and they’ll provide updates as available.

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Pier 14

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, directly next to the iconic SkyWheel, Pier 14 offers amazing scenery, great fishing, and a fantastic restaurant that bears the same name with a menu consisting mainly of seafood options. Fishing passes cost $7.00 and are valid for the whole day, so you can leave and return at your leisure. They also have poles for rent priced at $8.00.

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Second Avenue Pier

Second Avenue Pier is famous for its wide variety of catches. Everything from Finger Mullet to Flounder to Spanish and King Mackerel, and even Barracuda! Catches are seasonal, with Flounder abundant in the summer and fall, and Winter Trout in the colder months.

Whether it’s fishing, spending time with the family, or enjoying a relaxing cocktail against an ocean backdrop, Second Avenue Pier has you covered. Built in 1936, this 900-square foot long pier offers an oceanfront bar and restaurant, as well as gift and tackle shops.

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Surfside Beach Pier

The Surfside Pier opened this Spring after being under construction for many years. The pier is free for guests to walk, however if you intend on fishing there is a fee that needs to be paid at the bait and tackle shop. The pier will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. daily April 1 through September 30 and 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. October 1 through March 31, and after you’ve caught all your fish, you can enjoy a meal at one of the local establishments.

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Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.