OC Outdoors: Charter fishing in Myrtle Beach

Family fishing fun in Myrtle Beach

Even in snowbird season, there are plenty of fish in the sea

Home to over two-dozen charter companies, Myrtle Beach has excellent year-round fishing. See a gallery of photos from associate editor Scott Gardner’s recent visit.

Myrtle Beach

Thanks to a subtropical climate and the Grand Strand—almost 100 kilometres of continuous beach—Myrtle Beach, S.C., has long been a popular destination for Canadians. About 18 hours drive south of the Ontario-New York border, the numerous golf courses, outlet malls and family-friendly attractions draw hoards of winter weary Canucks, especially in spring. But did you know Myrtle Beach also has excellent year-round fishing. There are over two-dozen charter companies operating party boats, offshore big-game trips and light-tackle inshore charters. And for do-it-yourselfers, the region’s eight huge fishing piers offer surprisingly good action.

So when you’ve been cooped up with your family just a little too long, let this two-part report guide you to some great saltwater action. In Part 1 we head out on the ocean with a local guide, and in Part 2 we try our luck off the piers.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.