The deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina make for some great fishing – which is why a vacation for the avid angler provides the perfect chance to snag the big one. When you hear folks discussing deep sea fishing, they are typically referring to fishing on the Atlantic Ocean, or in any of the numerous channels, creeks and waterways in the Myrtle Beach area and in Horry County, South Carolina.
Many fishing enthusiasts choose to charter a boat in Myrtle Beach for its abundance of fishing species, including grouper, marlin, black sea bass, snapper, king mackerel, trigger, and shark. There have been several trophy size fish pulled from the waters. Because of the abundance of the fish population, fishermen in the local area work year round, and charters are available at any time of the year as well, including the winter months.
Various Private Charter Boats
There are different types of charters that you might select for your charter boat excursion during your Myrtle Beach deep sea fishing excursion, the most popular of which is the party boat type charter, which can take either individuals or larger groups out to sea – sometimes miles out into the Atlantic, or the private charter, which usually takes no more than six persons at a time. The length of the charter depends on the charter trip you choose but usually lasts for half a day, going out either in the morning and returning around noon, or departing after lunch and being back in by sunset. Of course, there are all day expeditions as well, and trips billed as Gulf Stream trips, that run for twelve hours or longer. Some charters also cater to those who like to fish at night.
Most of the private fishing charters book up several months in advance of the actual trip itself, especially on the weekend, so plan your charter alongside your vacation if you’re looking for a more serious, private fishing trip.
While you won’t need a fishing license with some charters because they cover that cost, you will need to determine for yourself if a license is needed with your particular charter. Individuals over the age of sixteen are required to be licensed to fish from a boat or from the surf, but not when fishing from public fishing piers. To find out if you need a license, contact your charter provider, or the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources – who can also provide you with information about current fees and applications for fishing licenses before you charter a boat or check with the charter boat captain.
While deep sea saltwater fishing on your vacation is the most popular fishing venue, you might also consider fishing the inland waters around Horry County. The Intracoastal Waterway runs parallel to the coast and merges into the Waccamaw River. Along the Waterway, you will find other rivers and tributaries that feed into the ocean. The Intracoastal Waterway runs from Key West, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts and was built in the 1930s by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Contact Voyager Fishing Charters to schedule your charter fishing boat excursion while you are on vacation here in Myrtle Beach.
Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises
1525 13th Ave N
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582