Pier Myrtle Beach: From Ocean Thrills to Boardwalk Strolls

Some of the best fishing in Myrtle Beach doesn’t happen on a boat, but rather on the pier.

Get ready to cast away for hours, and perhaps even hook a giant grouper or snapper when you visit the Myrtle Beach piers. Follow along to learn everything you need to know about fishing Myrtle Beach at the pier.

Myrtle Beach’s miles and miles of Atlantic coastline are home to teeming schools of sea bass, trigger, and wahoo fish. No matter if you are an experienced angler or a novice, there are plenty of piers to choose from.

Bring along the whole family for a day of arcade games and entertainment at Garden City Beach, or stretch those legs as you troll down the longest wooden pier on the East Coast.

Take a break from baiting your line to being transfixed by a neon-hued sunset of orange and red. Or, treat yourself to a creamy ice cream cone after a hard day of casting.

From where to find the Myrtle Beach fishing prices to the best bait shops, our team has done their due diligence. Thanks to our careful Grand Strand research you’ll never have to google ‘fishing pole rentals near me.’

Ready to reel in a big one? Read on…

Fishing Myrtle Beach SC

Curious about rod rental fees or where to purchase your bait and tackle? Fishing Myrtle Beach doesn’t need to be a mystery!

Save your fingers the hassle of googling ‘fishing rentals near me’ or digging up dirt on fishing pass charges. Our team has compiled all of the need-to-know pier fishing information below:

family standing on pier over beach at sunsetMyrtle Beach State Park Pier

A classic fishing site pier that’s ideal for the whole family, this wooden dock measures over 600 feet long and contains a bait and tackle shop, restrooms, a fish cleaning station, and a cafe.

One of the Grand Strand’s busier pier locations, you can expect a crowd if you come to the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier. Break out that rod and start trolling for flounder, king mackerel, whiting, trout, spots, Spanish mackerel, drum, and blues.

Please note that while you do not need a South Carolina fishing license to fish from the pier you will have to pay daily rates to fish. A daily fishing pier pass is $8 for individuals 16 years and older.

There are discounted rates offered for both seniors and children and rates for annual passes can be found here. All pass options can be purchased at the pier. Additionally, fishing rods can be rented from the gift shop for $25/day.

Apache Pier Myrtle Beach

Open every day, year-round the Apache Pier holds the honor of being the longest wooden pier on the East Coast. Topping out at over 1,200 feet long her worn wooden planks have been trodden by families seeking fishing and beach fun for decades. Cast your line out to sea and pray for a nibble from a flounder or Winter Trout.

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Those less informed fishermen can hightail it to the tackle shop for a basic primer or to inquire about rod rental packages. The pier even offers discounted multi-day passes and annual fishing membership.

Caught a particularly impressive catch? Ham it up for the pier photographer and your fish just might become memorialized in the Trophy Case.

exterior ground view of the Prince Resort at Cherry Grove Pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
photo credit: Prince Resort via Facebook

Cherry Grove Fishing Pier

On the hunt for some A+ North Myrtle Beach fishing? For over 70 years anglers have flocked to the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier* for some sun, solitude, and salt air. Thanks to copious space, pier fishermen can wait for the big one without rubbing elbows with their neighbors.

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A raised observation deck allows for sweeping coastal views, while their full-service tackle, bait, and gift shop carries all manner of famous rods and reels, bait, and unique beach souvenirs. Keep your eye out for some interesting hauls, as Cherry Grove Pier is home to many record catches including a 1780 lb. Tiger Shark and a record 98 lb. Tarpon.

*Please note that this Pier North Myrtle Beach is currently closed for repairs from the damage incurred by Hurricane Ian.

The Pier at Garden City Beach

Fiery sunsets of orange and red plus a bevy of ice-cold drinks on hand. Not much compares to a day (or night) of fishing at the Pier at Garden City Beach. This full-service pier is fully family-friendly thanks to its abundance of live entertainment and arcade games.

Soak up some Vitamin C when you spring for an adult fishing pass which will run you $12, or swing by the Pieradise Cafe for a HUGO burger smothered in mushrooms, peppers, cheese, and jalapenos. Check out their Deck Bar band schedule and settle in for loads of live music after you hook your supper.

Beach under Pier 14 at the Boardwalk - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
photo credit: PIER 14 RESTAURANT & LOUNGE via Facebook

Pier 14

A modern pier that was built for oceanfront pleasure and A+ angling, Pier 14 has undergone many iterations. Today, visitors can enjoy this expanse of retail, restaurants, and fishing located on the Northern end of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

In addition to a gift shop, anglers can take advantage of the offerings of the bait and tackle shop which includes fishing passes, pole rentals, bait, and more. A fishing pass will run you $7 with an additional $2 charge for a pole. Please note that there is a limit of two pole rentals per person.

Surfside Beach Pier

Surf’s up! Grand Strand locals have been patiently waiting for the unveiling of the new Surfside Beach Pier since its destruction by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Fishermen can expect a pier total length of 814 feet. Besides ample space for reeling, the new state-of-the-art pier will feature retail, restaurants, and more.

Surfside Beach Pier during sunset - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
photo credit: Misty Palek-Scott via Facebook

2nd Avenue Pier

Variety is the spice of life! Diversify your catch when you make a date with the 2nd Avenue Pier. Well known for its optimal flounder fishing, this pier also is famous for everything from Finger Mullet to King Mackerel and Barracuda.

A true angler’s paradise, the catches here are seasonal, meaning you can even walk away with a haul of trout during the winter months. Wondering about the 2nd Ave Pier fishing cost? Walking the pier will run you $2, a fishing pass $8, and a rod rental $10. Also, be prepared to fork over a $10 deposit for gear and $5 for bait.

Springmaid Pier

A Myrtle Beach landmark, this lengthy wooden pier is technically part of the Springmaid Beach Resort property, but it is open to the general public as well. Open year-round, fishermen will be in heaven as the Pier offers plenty of room to spread out and cast away for bass, flounder, Spanish Mackerel, and trout.

Indeed, Springmaid is well known for large catches and hosts a variety of fishing tournaments including the prestigious Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo. Handle all of your rod rental and live bait needs at the Tackle shop which can outfit you with frozen bait, lures, knives, and day passes.

Wide shot of Surfside Beach at sunset with people in the distance in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
photo credit: David Dwyer via Facebook

Myrtle Beach Hotels

Before we embark on the ins and outs of Myrtle Beach fishing, we suggest you lock down some lodgings. A comfy and spacious suite is the perfect icing on your dream Myrtle Beach vacation. Relax and recharge after a long day of saltwater and sun when you book any of our Myrtle Beach Hotels.

From ocean views to fully equipped kitchens and private balconies, we offer accommodations for every type of traveler. As always, make your reservation stress free knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates online.

Salty fresh ocean air, a frosty beer, and hours of quiet contemplation. There is something so therapeutic about a day at a Myrtle Beach fishing pier.

Abscond from the crowds and avoid the hassle of a boat rental, when you stroll down one of the Grand Strand’s well-loved wooden piers.

From Founder to Barracuda, you can bring home an awe-inspiring catch year-round.
Make your afternoon of angling an all-day affair when you soak in live bands, karaoke, and some impressive drink specials.

Fuel up on tasty burgers and fries post-catch, or treat your kiddies to some wholesome arcade fun.

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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