Myrtle Beach fishingMyrtle Beach Fishing Tips for Beginners

Myrtle Beach fishing has come a long way from the humble cane pole with a string attached. And if you’re new to the sport, don’t be intimidated by high-tech bite alarms and smart apps for finding fish. Those are nice, but you can get by with a rod, reel, tackle box, and bug spray. So, check out some top fishing tips for beginners, and you’ll be casting lines in no time.

Getting Started in Myrtle Beach Fishing

Our first tip is an easy one:  Plan

Planning saves time, money, and energy. It can mean the difference between a great family experience or the silent treatment. We’ve anticipated some of your questions to help you get started.

What Kind of Fish Can I Catch?

The type of fish you’re after determines where you fish, when you fish, and what equipment you need. So, consult a species guide that describes appearance, size, habitat, and behavior. From there, you can plan your Myrtle Beach fishing trip accordingly.

What’s the Difference Between Freshwater Fishing and Saltwater Fishing?

That’s a great question. There is some overlap between the two, but they are largely different experiences. Moreover, there’s no law that says you can’t do both, but be aware of the distinctions. They have bearing on equipment, technique, licensing, and more. For instance, some fish can’t even live in saltwater, so do your homework:

  • In general, saltwater fish are bigger than freshwater fish, and there is greater variety.
  • Besides, saltwater species put up a bigger fight. Catching a swordfish, marlin, or tuna requires more skill and experience than catching a bass or bluegill.
  • Some saltwater species are far offshore, so fishing trips in Myrtle Beachmay take longer.
  • Furthermore, special gear is required for saltwater fishing.
  • Most newcomers get their feet wet by learning in freshwater environments closer to shore.

What Are the Best Times for Fishing?

Fishing is possible all year round. There’s always something to catch. Nevertheless, if you have your heart set on certain species, it’s best to wait for the right season. So, a good fishing calendar comes in handy, showing when your target fish are most active.

As for the best time of day to fish, shoot for early morning or after sunset when it’s quieter and less crowded.

fishing camps for kidsWhere Is the Best Myrtle Beach Fishing for Beginners?

Again, it depends on what you hope to catch, but there are endless resources on the internet for finding out where the fish are biting. Besides, there are feeding charts, breeding charts, depth charts, tidal charts, and lake maps. Here are more ideas:

  • Local and regional fishing reports (online, on TV, or on the radio)
  • Online fishing forums
  • Fish-finding GPS

Furthermore, hanging out at local marinas to learn from charter captains and seasoned pros can be invaluable. In no time, they’ll have you mastering complicated knots and referring to ordinary crappie as sac-à-lait.

What Myrtle Beach Fishing Gear Do I Need?

Don’t spend a fortune on fancy equipment; most charter boats furnish all the gear. When planning a trip, a spinning rod-and-reel combo of good quality is sufficient. A spinning combo is the go-to tool even for experienced anglers. It provides the right control for casting and reeling. Moreover, it’s great for learning and won’t work as well for heavy, trophy-type fish, but it’s a fantastic rod to start with. Once you’ve mastered the basics, a baitcaster rod is the next step up.

What Goes in the Tackle Box?

Before you go crazy, remember that all your gear — including rod, reel, hook, line, and sinker — must match up with your target fish. Therefore, the size of the hook matters, and the weight and appearance of the line could either fool the fish or provoke snickers. Moreover, bait must look like the real prey that specific fish like to eat. Lures have to “swim” convincingly.

A competent employee at a good tackle shop can help you stock up. Here are the essentials:

  • Extra hooks
  • Extra fishing line
  • Live or organic bait such as worms or chicken bits
  • Lures (also called hard bait) such as rubber worms or fake shrimp
  • Bobbers, floaters, and sinkers
  • Swivels to prevent your line from tangling
  • A multipurpose tool that can cut line, pull out hooks or pop a cold beverage

Is There Anything Else?

Finally, wear comfortable, layered clothing that’s adaptable to different weather conditions. Wear sensible shoes. Moreover, protect your skin, eyes, and scalp from the sun. Don’t forget a small first-aid kit, waterproof, resealable bags for documents and money, a cooler for water and snacks (plus a secondary cooler if you plan to store your catches), and bug spray.

Making Myrtle Beach Fishing Easy on Yourself

The best way to find out if you like fishing — and to keep getting better at it — is to hire a charter captain. Experienced guides have the know-how and equipment to make you a lifelong fan of fishing in Myrtle Beach. For a small investment, you can improve your diet, teach your kids a new skill, or just unplug your devices and truly relax. Whatever your goals, fishing for beginners has never been better.

Ready to start your fishing adventure? Contact Captain Smiley Fishing Charters LLC. today to book a trip with one of our expert guides and experience the thrill of fishing firsthand!

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Captain Smiley Fishing Charters LLC.
4495 Baker St
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 361-7445

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