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mvarley84 03-10-2012 07:16 AM

Fishing from the surf in Myrtle Beach.
Hey guys, since funds are tight, I don't have the luxury of going on fishing vacations...So I just go fishing while on vacation with the family. We are heading to Myrtle in May, and I plan on casting in the surf as well as hitting the shallow water in Murrel's Inlet for some reds.

Any tips on gear? I am a freshwater guy, never fished the salt before. I have a 9 foot 9wt that I am planning on bringing with me, but I have no clue as to what patterns work the best. I am not looking to catch any monsters, just something to nibble on the end of my line!

Any help is greatly appreciated!

pa dave 03-10-2012 02:31 PM

Re: Fishing from the surf in Myrtle Beach.
You probably already know this, but the cardinal rule with saltwater is to thoroughly wash off your rod and reel, one end to the other, immediately after fishing each time. Even if it never gets wet, salt will find your gear and eat it if you don't wash it away. I only fish the salt on family vacations as well, using a 9' 8wt, which has proven enough for stripers and blues.

bigjim5589 03-10-2012 03:26 PM

Re: Fishing from the surf in Myrtle Beach.
I've spend some time fishing around Pawley's Island, just south of Murrells Inlet.

Haven't spent enough time there to have done to well with flies yet, so when I get down there I take other tackle too. Take some basic stuff, Deceivers, bucktails, Seaducers, Clousers, Half & Half's, plus perhaps some topwaters like poppers & gurglers. These will all work on various species. Take some small crab & shrimp patterns too, primarily for the Redfish if you can find them in shallow water. Various colors, olive, tans, browns, pearl/white, pink. Sizes ranging from 2 to 2/0 & about 3 to 6 inches long on the various streamers, and size 4 to 1 on the crab & shrimp patterns. You don't need to have exact imitations. It can be much like fishing for bass, most salt species will eat whatever you can get in front of them without spooking them, except salt species move around a lot more.

You'll have to fish the tides too. Unlike bass fishing, unless you're accustomed to fishing in tidal waters, tides will influence when & where the fish will be. Sometimes a specific phase of the tide, either out going or incoming will be best. It usually depends on where you are.

While you're there, you may want to check out Huntington State Park, which is between Murrells & Pawley's. I have not been in there, but from what I've read there are creeks & back waters you might find are conducive to fly fishing.

Hope this helps!

mvarley84 03-10-2012 04:29 PM

Re: Fishing from the surf in Myrtle Beach.
Thanks for the replies guys!! I was aware that everything needs a good fresh water rinse to get the salt out.

I guess I shall get tying!!!

pa dave 03-10-2012 05:21 PM

Re: Fishing from the surf in Myrtle Beach.
I figured, but it would be a shame not to make sure. :) I rinsed mine this past summer but slightly inadequately, and I'll be rebuilding the rod this spring with new guides.

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