Fishing in Myrtle Beach

What We Catch

 

Red Drum or Redfish from the Myrtle Beach Area

Red Drum

General Description
Iridescent silver-gray with a copper cast, darker above; one or more oscillated spots on upper sides from below soft portion of dorsal fin to base of caudal fin. Mouth inferior and horizontal, teeth set in bands on both jaws. Chin without barbels, smooth pre-opercular margin.

Average Size
18 inches, 2.6 pounds;
South Carolina State Record: 75 pounds (1965);
maximum age: approx. 38 years (a few individuals as old as 60 have been reported in other states).

 

 

Trout caught in the Lowcountry

Spotted Seatrout

General Description
Dark gray above with bluish reflections. Numerous round black spots irregularly scattered on back and sides, extend to soft parts of dorsal and caudal fins. Two large canine-like teeth at tip of upper jaw, all remaining teeth small, gradually increasing in size posteriorly on lower jaw. First dorsal fin with 9 – 10 spines, second dorsal fin with one spine and 25 – 28 rays. Soft portion of dorsal fin without scales.

Average Size
14 inches, 1.3 pounds;
South Carolina State Record: 11 pounds, 13 ounces (1976);
maximum age: approx. 8 – 10 years.

 

Fishing for Flounder in Myrtle Beach

Southern Flounder

General Description
Dorsoventrally flattened body with both eyes on the left side. Pigmented side light to dark brown (controlled by chromatophores) with diffuse nonocellated dark spots and blotches; blind side of body is white or dusky.

Average Size
12 – 14 inches, 1 – 2 pounds;
South Carolina State Record: 17 pounds, 6 ounces (1974);
maximum age: approx. males – 5 years, females – 7 or 8 years; females are generally larger and outlive males.

 

Gamefish Tarpon fishing in Myrtle Beach

Tarpon

General Description
Silvery, scales large, eyes large; lower jaw projects forward of fish. Dorsal fin originates near mid-point of body; last ray on dorsal fin filamentous and very long.

Average Size
40 – 60 inches, 40 – 60 pounds;
South Carolina State Record: 154 pounds 10 ounces (1987);
maximum age: approx. 50 years – possibly up to 70 years.

 

 

Myrtle Beach Fishing

Here on your Myrlte Beach Vacation? Looking to get out on the water and have some fun?

March, April, May

Spring is good to Catch Redfish and trout. Waters are warming up from the winter months and the schools of redfish are breaking up. Trout bite usually starts to really heat up this time of year because the bait is finally showing up. Flounder will also start to show up in a few numbers.

June, July, August

In the summer months Tarpon are here in full force. They show up in June and dont leave until mid to late September. Also a fan favorite, is wading for Redfish on the flats. This time of year, we have larger high tides than normal. This entices the reds to get up on the flooded island and look for food like Fiddler crabs and snails. we like to take people out and wade for these fish. If you have never done it, It is an experience of a lifetime. Walking in about 1 foot of water looking for the Tail, Tail sign. Fish moving around just looking for food. Absolute blast for most anglers.

September, October, November

As thewaters start to cool down significantly, The bite starts to heat up. These are by far the best of times here in the lowcountry when it comes to fishing inshore. We as anglers really get excited to see the fall weather come. Bait starts to move in enormous numbers. When this occurs a feeding frenzy is happening. We have had days where we have boated over 100 fish in an 8 hour day. Unfortunately not all days are like this but when the weather and tides cooperate, it can get really crazy on the boat.

December, January, February

In these months, most people tend to think fishing is over for the year. But this is not the case here in McClellandville. As the waters tend to cool in to the 60’s and 50’s, the Redfish tend to get into large schools in the intracoastal and in the bays, Cape Romain and Bulls Bay. The water clears up due to colder weather and you can look on the flats and see the larger schools laying in the shallow waters warming up in the sun. this is when we always throw artificial baits at the Redfish. Catching up to and near 50 is possible, but most days will yeild about 2 dozen. So all you northerners need to come down to South Carolina and leave the snow behind you for a few days and catch some Redfish.