What bait and tackle should I use to catch fish in Myrtle Beach, SC?

I am going to Myrtle Beach in SC in about 2 weeks and I was wondering what would be the best kind of bait or tackle to use when fishing off the beach coastline? I know Sandfleas work good, but any idea on what to use to try and attract different kind of fish. Thanks!

The answer to this question depends in large part to the species of fish you are attempting to catch. Sand fleas, also called mole crabs, are excellent bait for Pompano, Croaker and a variety of other small fish. The most versatile bait you can use is a live shrimp. If you cannot get live shrimp a raw freshly killed shrimp will also work quite well. The great thing about shrimp is that they will catch a wide variety of fish of all different shapes and sizes. Different shapes and sizes. You will want to fish this bait on the bottom. If you are surf fishing understand the tide in Myrtle Beach is quite strong. I take a large weight to keep your bait secure on the bottom. Myrtle Beach offers some excellent fishing for sharks. A Tiger Shark of well over one thousand pounds was once caught off the pier in Cherry Grove. More common catches range from ten to one hundred pounds. These fish are quite easy to catch from shore or from the beach. You best bait for these sharks is a live fish. You can also use freshly cut bait. It has been my experience that the best part of a fish to use for bait is the head along with a little bit of body meat. If you plan to use artificial lures I recommend spoons with a huge surface to reflect the sun as an attractant. I prefer gold and silver to any other colors.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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