Hello there, in the Fall of 2016 I will be attending Coastal Carolina University just a few miles away from Myrtle Beach, SC. I have a passion for fishing; especially for surf fishing. From my understanding, Myrtle Beach was recently, "Re-Done" leaving it with a flat, sandy bottom. I was wondering if anyone with experience could give me a few pointers on where to start out looking for fish. I am used to the style of surf fishing in DE/MD since i grew up in Lewes, DE; I assume the style of fishing isn't much different. Whether i have to travel north to N Myrtle or south to Murrells, I will. If you could just tell be where the best areas to surf fish are, it would be greatly appreciated! Also, any tips you have would also be of great use! Thank you all in advance & Tight Lines!
I actually moved from fishing the SC coast to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
The approach to learning how to fish well will be the same- visit local tackle shops, talk to people, observe, and try it out yourself. Keep the following in mind: we do not have striped bass in the surf here, bluefish are usually not the 10 pound+, more bait than lure casting, but lures do have their purpose.
Location-wise: Garden City, Cherry Grove, Pawley's Island, and Huntington Beach will be your target areas. Since you are young and mobile, I would stake out the south jetty of MI/Huntington Beach Jetty. Reds, flounder, bluefish, weakfish, and Spanish Mackerel run through there during the fall mullet run.
We have several piers for easy fishing access- you may want to consider sticking to that. I highly recommend getting a cast net to catch your own mullet for bait.
bait: shrimp, mullet, menhaden
local lures: gulp and jighead, sting silvers, mirrolure, got-cha plugs