Places to Go Fishing in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island

You won’t find them on a bulletin board somewhere.

The best spots for fishing in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island get that way by reputation. So, it pays to ask those in the know. Luckily, you have us.

If you’re planning to cast a line on your beach vacation, this post is for you.


You’ll need a South Carolina fishing license.

Familiarize yourself with state regulations on limits and sizes. Violations can carry hefty fines. It’s upon you to know this information before you embark on your excursion.

Fun Facts About the Intracoastal Waterway

It’s not by accident you’re staying near the Intracoastal, and you brought your gear. Fishing the Intracoastal and ocean nearby is an adventure. Here are a few fun facts about the Intracoastal Waterway to toss at your fishing buddies.

  1. It’s long 

The part through the Lowcountry is the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It stretches from Norfolk, Va., to Key West, Fla. That’s about 1,100 miles.

  1. It’s longer than that

The Intracoastal Waterway goes north to Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., down through Key West. It extends to Brownsville, Texas, by the Gulf of Mexico. That’s 3,000 miles. It goes through canals, bays, natural inlets, saltwater rivers, and sounds, and not the ocean.

  1. It’s built to avoid the ocean

That’s a desirable route, but an ocean voyage would be time-consuming and treacherous. The Intracoastal gives mariners a path to navigate without the perils of the open sea.

Hit These Spots Only if You Want to Catch Fish

Steal a page out of our fishing journal so you’ll know where to cast a line while you’re here.

The Jetty at Huntington Beach State Park

About a 1.5-mile walk from the public access point in the park, the jetty is the place to fish. You’re likely to see alligators and spectacular avian life while at the park.

PRO TIP: Don’t go all the way to the end of the jetty. You’ll have a better variety of fish about halfway down.

WHAT’S BITING: Black seabass, bluefish, flounder, pinfish, rays, red drum, small sharks.

BAIT/LURE: Carolina rigs, gotcha plugs, live mullet, medium shrimp, mud minnows, surf spoons.


The North Causeway in Pawleys Island

Anglers have success here at Morse Park Landing or Veteran’s Pier. There’s good crabbing near the oyster shell recycling area. That’s just south of the southern split of U.S. Highway 17 and U.S. 17 Business at Huntington Beach State Park.

PRO TIP: For crabbing, try baskets, or a chicken leg at the end of a line.

WHAT’S BITING: Blue crabs, bluefish, flounder, mackerel, pinfish, redfish, sheepshead, speckled trout, whiting. 

BAIT/LURE: Carolina rigs, live mullet, whole shrimp, twister tail grubs, whiting.

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