You’re out on the water, the sun beating on your face; the distant cry of seagulls is the only sound you hear. Your line jerks and you know you’ve hit the jackpot. You reel it in and relish at your fresh catch.
A fishing vacation such as this could easily become a reality in the Myrtle Beach area. Perhaps you want to try saltwater fishing off of a pier, or you are interested in trying a deep-sea charter. Or maybe you are more interested in freshwater or inland fishing. No matter what type of fishing you’re hoping to put your hooks in, there are plenty of options for casting your line in the Myrtle Beach area.
Best Conditions For Fishing
Now that you have your location of choice, your tackle box stocked, and your schedule available, it’s time to decide whether or not the conditions are right for good fishing. Things to pay close attention to include the weather, time of day, saltwater tides, temperature of the water, as well as the migration patterns of the fish you intend to catch.
Here are a few tips for determining whether or not the tide is offering good fishing conditions:
- Avoid fishing during a slack tide, when the water is neither coming nor going. Focus instead on fishing when there’s sufficient tidal movement.
- Water moving in and out means that small baitfish will be active; which means time for luring in your big game!
- If the fishing report suggests a strong incoming tide, you know you’re at your optimal fishing conditions.
- Check a daily tide chart or ask a local tackle shop to ensure you fish at the best time possible!
The lunar phases of the moon can also affect fishing conditions. A full moon can make it easier for prey to see. The pull of gravity of a full moon can also alter the feeding patterns of fish. This is true for new moons as well. There will be more active baitfish during strong currents, which is a great time to get out there under the moonlight and catch your biggest game yet!
Weather Patterns And Barometric Pressure
Cold or hot air fronts can also affect fishing conditions. A good time to give it a go is right before a front comes through. The barometric pressure drops, giving some cloud cover. The skies then typically clear up, making them more visible, before the fish have the chance to relocate. It will be easier than ever to catch what you’re looking for now!
Time Of Day
While it’s possible to fish at any time of the day, dawn and dusk are the best times for favorable weather, and plentiful tidal movements. Don’t forget to refer to a saltwater tide chart to help you find what time of day will have the best tide times for fishing.
Here are a few fishing locations to help get your fishing vacation started:
- Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 North Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
This landmark pier is the home of many record catches including a world record 1780-pound tiger shark! With a two-story observation deck, the Cherry Grove Pier is 985 feet of fishing fun for the entire family!
1525 13th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach
If you are interested in a party, then Voyager is the cruise for you! This party fishing boat has a variety of year-round trips to choose from, whether you are interested in a half, full day or a 24-hour trip at sea. Or if you want something fun to show the kids, embark on a dolphin adventure cruise!
- Action Watersportz, 1525 13th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach
Another great spot for dolphin watch tours, charter fishing, and even jet ski rentals. Give your family the fishing vacation of a lifetime!
- Fish Hook Charters, 2200 Little River Neck Road, North Myrtle Beach
Come aboard a 36 or 45-foot Crusader with Volvo engines and enjoy a refreshing air-conditioned experience for those hot summer fishing days!
- Second Avenue Pier, 110 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
This newly renovated pier is just the place for families to create new memories. It’s famous for its wide variety of catch, like finger mullet, flounder, and king mackerel.
- Springmaid Pier, 3200 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
No need to stop and buy supplies; Springmaid Pier has a Tackle Shop to help set you up. This pier also holds the State Record catch for Spanish mackerel, and the biggest tarpon caught from their pier was 125 pounds!
- Apache Pier, 9700 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach
Enjoy live entertainment at the covered stage, or simply bring the kids out to introduce them to the big game of fishing. The east coast’s longest wooden pier also has a full-service bait and tackle shop.
- Capt. Ricky Long’s Charters, 4495 Baker Street, Little River
Another family favorite, Capt. Ricky Long’s fishing boat excursions can last anywhere from a half day to overnight. Make your fishing trip memorable!
- Crazy Sisters Marina, 4123 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
Think outside the box and try shark fishing, game fish trolling or deep-sea fishing. This hot fishing spot also has jet ski, parasailing and boat rentals available.
South Carolina requires a license to fish from the surf. No license is needed to fish from a public fishing pier. For more information about fishing regulations in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Whether you are looking for a family fishing charter expedition, or are more interested in a quiet trip to the pier, the Myrtle Beach area has something to offer every fisherman of every level. Book your trip for the fishing vacation of a lifetime today with Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach!
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