Got Fish? Fishing Charters Along The Grand Strand

It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really.

But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them.

While staying at your vacation rental at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek!) will be swimming right below your feet while experienced guides walk you through the basics, all the way up to advanced technique. They know all the best spots and the tried-and-true tricks, so all you have to do is show up. And have fun.

Who to try in or near the South Strand? Read on.

Carolina Guide Service: Customization is the key to Carolina Guide Service’s operation, which will work with you to find the best spot to get the fish of choice for your outing. Locations vary but most fishing is done in calm, shallow water and always with land in sight — and with a USCG-certified captain helming your vessel. They provide everything — from rods and tackle to an ice-filled cooler — but you’re in charge of smart sun gear and your own food and drink. They’ll pick you up at one of several area ramps, depending on tides and weather, and prices start at $400 for a four-hour trip. They’re great with kids and have excellent specialized local fishing knowledge. They are based in Pawleys Island.

Barrier Island Guide Service: We love this fully licensed and certified crew if you’re trying to please a variety of folks: some may be more into the fishing, others a little less so. You’ll get it all with Barrier Island, whose trips may also include shelling, birding, dolphin watching, island hopping and lighthouse visiting. This will always go over well with the kids, as does the captain’s patience with learning little ones … and larger first-timers, too. Four-hour fishing trips start at $350 (for two anglers), and the eco-tours go for the same price (for four boaters). Large groups can be accommodated for additional fees. As is the case with most area charters, these folks know their stuff and are committed to ensuring you have a fantastic experience. They are also based in Pawleys Island.

Critter Gitter Fishing Charters: Care to venture a little farther out to sea? Based in nearby Georgetown, the creatively named Critter Gitter outfit is primed and ready to take you to the gorgeous Gulf Stream, more than 50 miles from shore. There the more elusive dolphin, tuna and billfish are swimming under the big, radar-equipped boat you’ll call home for the day. This option affords some luxury, given their new Wellcraft 330 Coastal is outfitted with a bathroom and an air-conditioned salon area. Off-shore adventures are full-day affairs, but half-day inshore trips and bottom fishing excursions are also available. You bring food, drink and personal items, and they’ll take care of the rest. Prices and scheduling upon request, so contact licensed and certified Captain Max here.

Other recommended spots include:

Try Inshore Xtreme for fishing with a side of local love. Take a traditional fishing charter or instead spend a day boating to and from Charleston. Rates are competitive and staff is wonderful, with kids especially.

Georgetown Charters is beloved for successful outings, friendly service and diverse fishing options — think jetty, inshore, near shore or flats. They also have a number of different fishing vessels to further customize your trip.

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4th of July Along the Grand Strand

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Here is a partial list of things to do during the 4th of July Holiday:

July 4th

Celebration with the Indigo Choral Society at Kaminski House Museumin Georgetown at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your chair!

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing at 10:15 pm.

Cherry Grove Pier Fireworksat 9:30 pm.

Murrells Inlet Annual Boat ParadeThe theme is
“Saluting our Founding Fathers” with a patriotic boat parade at 5pm. Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Pawleys Island Annual Parade10am-11pm – Come celebrate island style!

Myrtle Beach Hot Summer Nights Fireworks at 2nd Ave. Pier at dark.

Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach 10pm

Surfside Beach July 4th Celebration – 6pm -10pm

July 5th

Independence Music Blast at La Belle Amie Vineyards – 12pm-5pm – Bring your chair for all day music, BBQ, and wine tastings!

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show October 19, 2013

wooden boat showThe Wooden Boat Show is a terrific event held every fall in Georgetown, SC.  Check out the website www.WoodenBoatShow.com for all of the details including photos and videos from past years.

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Things to Do in December Around Pawleys Island

DECEMBER EVENTS

  • Atalaya Holiday Celebration

    12/01/2012 11:00 AM – 12/01/2012 04:00 PM

    Celebrate and Experience Atalaya as it comes alive for the Holidays! Refreshments – Live Music All day – Crafts and Gifts Booth – Kids Holiday Crafts – Oyster Roast with Chowder – Lionel Train Club Display and more!

    Sponsored by Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC

    Price: $2.00 plus park entrance fee

  • Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade

    12/02/2012 03:00 PM – 12/02/2012 04:00 PM

    Boats and Floats for the Kids!

    Get in the holiday spirit with the Annual Community Christmas parade. Begins at Wilcox Avenue and marches down Hwy 17 Business to Pendergrass Ave. Come join the fun!
    Address: Hwy 17 Business
    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC
    Zip: 29576
    Email:
    Website: http://www.murrellsinletsc.com/upcoming-events.php
    Price: Free

  • Georgetown Christmas Parade

    12/01/2012 11:30 AM – 12/01/2012 02:00 PM

    Come enjoy a small town holiday kick-off at the Georgetown Christmas parade! This year with a special appearance from some beautiful SC birds of prey and that other flying Christmas guy, Santa Claus!

    Address: Front Street – downtown
    City: Georgetown
    State: SC
    Zip: 29440
    Email:
    Website:
    Price: Free

  • Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

    12/07/2012 – 12/08/2012

    12/14/2012 – 12/15/2012

    12/20/2012 – 12/22/2012

    Contact: Helen Benso
    Address: 1931 Brookgreen Drive
    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC
    Zip: 29576
    Website: www.brookgreen.org
    Price: $16 adults

    Brookgreen Gardens will come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
    This annual event has become a holiday tradition when the gardens become a wonderland of lights and candles and outstanding entertainment. Dinner catered by Inlet Affairs is available in addition to admission prices.

    Purchase Tickets Online

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Fall in Pawleys Island South Carolina

Need some encouragement to come to Litchfield/Pawleys Island this fall?
* Lowest rates of the year
*Beautiful weather
*Same beaches – just less people to share them with
* Uncrowded restaurants
* Lots of special events such as the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival (Sept. 28-30), the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (Sept. 27 – Oct. 14), The 23rd Annual Wooden Boat Show (Oct. 20) and Brookgreen Garden’s Brew at the Zoo (Oct. 27)

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July 4th Concert in Georgetown

TIP:  Enjoy dinner at the Rice Paddy prior to the event.

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Lumber Schooners Exhibit at South Carolina Maritime Museum

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Lumber Schooners Exhibit
Opening Reception
 
Thursday, February 9, 2012
5pm until 7pm
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
South Carolina Maritime Museum
729 Front Street
Georgetown, SC

The South Carolina Maritime Museum opened its doors in December of last year. The Museum’s first temporary exhibit tells the story of the lumber schooners that sailed in and out of Georgetown between 1890 and 1920 when Georgetown was the biggest lumber port in the Southeast.  Sailing ships and steamships transported millions of feet of pine and cypress lumber from South Carolina forests to cities in the northeastern United States. The stories of these ships and their crews are an important part of the maritime history of South Carolina.

For more information
Call: (843) 520-0111
Email: ssanders.scmm@gmail.com

Visit us at

www.scmaritimemuseum.org