Grand Strand Piers Offer Great Fishing, Views
For ocean fishing without a boat and for walking on the water without getting wet, you can't beat the access of one of the eight fishing piers located on the Grand Strand.
While most piers may charge a buck tor two to walk out to the end of the wooden docks, and even a little more to use it as a fishing platform, it's worth every penny to stroll out over the ocean. And you arms will get a workout just like your legs if you decide to drop a line. Here are the best piers to check out during your stay on the Grand Strand:
* Cherry Grove Pier: This northernmost pier is home to several state, national and world records, including the largest tiger shark ever caught on rod and reel that tipped the scales at 1,780 pounds and a record tarpon that weighed nearly 100 pounds. Cherry Grove is a real hot spot for local anglers.
* Apache Pier: Owned and operated by the Apache Campground between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, this 1,200-foot pier is the longest on the Strand. An outdoor bar and seating area plays host to live music during the summer months as well as great fishing almost year-round.
* Pier 14: Located at 14th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, this long-standing pier houses one of the best seafood restaurants in town, as well as offering full-service fishing. Situated at the northernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this is also a popular sight-seeing spot.
* Second Avenue Pier: The oldest pier in Myrtle Beach also happens to be one of the most popular. Located at the southernmost point of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, this pier offers great dining and drinks at the Pier House Restaurant and PierView Open-Air Rooftop Bar, as well as a bait shop with everything you need to catch a big one.
* Springmaid Pier: The longest pier in Myrtle Beach at 1,060 feet, more than three football fields, Springmaid Pier allows patrons to get closer to the fish and the action than any other. Affiliated with the Springmaid Beach Resort, the pier is open to non-guests as well.
* Myrtle Beach State Park: Park admission is required, as well as a nominal pier fee, but this secluded stretch of ocean is perfect for photo opportunities from the end of the wooden walkway. The bait and tackle shop provides great gear and information about which fish are running.
* Surfside Beach Pier: This pier is for entertainment as much as fishing. Featuring restaurants and special events during the summer months, visitors can enjoy dinner and live music at night while anglers try to catch supper by day.
* Garden City Beach Pier: There's no cover charge for walking to the end of this pier, and the Paradise Cafe on the pier offers excellent food and views. Located near the entrance of Murrells Inlet, the fishing here is first rate.
(photo courtesy: 247HardWorker, Mar 2012)