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Fishing South Carolina’s Coast

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South Carolina’s coastal saltwater fishing is unparalleled. The Inshore angling opportunities offer a pristine maze of tidal creeks that flow through thousands of acres of marshland. There is nearly a half million acres of tidal bottoms.3,000 miles of tidal shoreline, and 10,000 square miles of continental shelf provide plenty of fishing grounds for all types of fishing.

From Myrtle Beach ocean pier, hooking a spotted seatrout in Murrells Inlet, fighting a cobia in Broad River, or going after dolphin or a giant blue marlin in the Gulf Stream South Carolina is truly a unique and prominent fishing destination.  The South Carolina coast provides the quality and diversity of saltwater angling that has made it one of the finest sport fishing areas on the Atlantic coast. Inshore fishing experiences are as plentiful as the angling in South Carolina’s coastal waters. There is over 190 miles of coastal shoreline to fish.  

Small boats have virtually unlimited access for fishing in the coastal bays, inlets, creeks and rivers. The most common tackle used in these areas is double-hook rig fished right on the bottom. Dead shrimp is the most preferred bait to catch smaller fish such as spot, croaker and whiting. Fiddler crabs serve as effective bait for sheepshead. Live shrimp and minnows are usually the choice to catch flounder, trout and red drum. The best time for offshore trolling is from late April to December, though many pelagic game fish are present year round in the warm Gulf Stream waters beyond the continental shelf. In shallower (30 to 180 feet deep), dark green waters, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, little tunny, amberjack, barracuda and bluefish tend to dominate the catch. Anglers venturing into the cobalt blue water further offshore find their catch primarily composed of wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and billfishes. Bottom fishing is ample around five to 25 miles from shore in 40 to 90 feet of water over natural rough bottoms (blackfish banks), or further out on the snapper banks, produces excellent catches of black sea bass, porgies, snappers, triggerfish and groupers. South Carolina has constructed numerous artificial reefs marked with buoys, which provide excellent fishing throughout the year for recreational fishermen.

Want to try surf fishing? South Carolina has 4 beach parks that are popular with anglers. Two of these parks, Myrtle Beach and Hunting Island offer fishing pier to help extend your cast and better provide access. Cast and let your bait drift with the tide, or fish on the bottom. The marine life attached to the pier's pilings means a supply of readily available food to the fish, so they naturally tend to gather around the pier.