Myrtle Beach is famous for its bountiful seafood buffets, but the freshest catches are just off the coast waiting for you to wet a line. It's hard to reach the big ones from the beach or even the fishing piers, but the Grand Strand is lined with fishing charters ready to take you out to sea for a fun day of fishing.
Whether you want to take the family out for a quick, half-day trip just offshore, or you want to spend a full day going after the whoppers in the Gulf Stream, you can find the perfect trip for you and your crew at one of the many outfitters along the Strand. In fact, if you want to go angling in the backwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway or freshwater fishing in some of the inland lakes and rivers, fishing charters and guides can hook you up with all the gear, bait, licenses and a boat ride to where they are always biting.
Bay View guests are conveniently located midway between two of the most popular ports for fishing – Little River and Murrells Inlet. Located 15 miles north of Myrtle Beach, Little River is located on the Carolina border, where the Intracoastal Waterway merges with the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina”, Murrells Inlet is located 15 miles south and also features several experienced outfitters and guides.
Here are our top five places to hop aboard a fishing charter and reel in your very own seafood buffet:
Crazy Sisters Marina: Located beside the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, Crazy Sisters offers a wide range of watersports activities, such as parasailing, jet skis and paddleboats. But what they do best is fishing, and you can find half- and full-day charters for a great day of angling on the water. Just look at all the pictures of the record catches that are unloaded on the docks at Crazy Sisters, then go out and land your own. If not, you can always stop off at one of the many great seafood restaurants.
Little River Fleet: This experienced outfitter knows all the honey holes along the Intracoastal Waterway and in the Atlantic Ocean, and their impressive fleet of fishing boats allows you to go after the big ones in style. It's only a 90-mile voyage offshore to the Gulf Stream, where passengers can go deep-sea fishing for the big bottom feeders like grouper and snapper, or go sport fishing for king and Spanish mackerel, swordfish and more. The captain and crew can put you on top of the schools and will even bait your hook and remove your fish for you so you can get the maximum enjoyment out of your trip.
Myrtle Beach Guide Service: If you want to find where the fish are biting, it helps to have a guide. Myrtle Beach Guide Service offers experienced, local anglers who know where to go to catch a boat load. Specializing in saltwater fly fishing and inshore and offshore sight fishing, the guides can take you to some sweet spots that are hard to find, like the scenic Waccamaw Neck or the Intracoastal Waterway. Catch flounder, redfish, spotted sea trout and more and learn the art of fly fishing from real pros.
Voyager Cruises: For folks who like to fish in luxury, Voyager offers a full line of spacious and modern boats for a relaxing day of angling. Sailing out of North Myrtle Beach, Voyager offers full-day trips out to the Gulf Stream and half-day hops a half-mile offshore. Passengers can enjoy the fresh salt air and sea breeze on the open-air deck or seek shelter in the air-conditioned cabin. Nature-lovers can even take a popular dolphin-watching cruise and see the amazing creatures in the wild.
Wherever you decide to wet a line, be sure to come back and relax at Bay View Resort after a long day of fishing.