Myrtle Beach: Grand Stranding

For decades, anglers have been hooked on the Grand Strand, the 95‐kilometre (60‐mile) length of eastern seaboard in South Carolina, which teems with coastal fish species. Folks seeking deep‐sea trophies can saddle up in a fighting chair and brave the mighty waves of the Atlantic. But the fishing’s different inland, where bountiful scenic estuaries and inlets afford a more placid, contemplative experience.

 

Spot On

Drum — in this case the spot variety (below right) — are named for the croaking sound they make while vibrating the muscles around their swim bladders. You don’t need a pricey fishing boat to find them; they’re abundant near the beach and around piers. If you’re planning a fish fry, don’t go overboard filling up that cooler. There’s a daily limit of 50 spot, Atlantic croaker and whiting per angler.

 

Pucker Up

For those looking to sample the salty pleasures, a popular option during high season (March through November) is to rent a pole at the iconic 2nd Avenue Pier, at the southern anchor of the bustling boardwalk. Join the fray along the 275-metre (900-foot) wooden pier, where seasoned anglers rummage through their tackle boxes for the right gear, use shrimp for bait (below right) and wait for that scale-tipping big one. You’ll need to be patient, but it pays off. With so many lines and nets in the water, somebody’s always reeling in a catch. Newbies who need a casting refresher are in luck. The veterans here are an amiable bunch, happy to lend a hand and weigh in with an unsolicited tip or two. It won’t be long before you join in on the symphony of strikes.

Where to Stay

Compass Cove

2311 S. Ocean Blvd; compasscove.com

Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort sits right on the beach, with three restaurants, a water park and more than 500 condos.

Read more about Myrtle Beach in re:porter Issue 68, on flights now.