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we go to myrtle beach about every year and I never get to catch a shark. There is always a buch of people so I cant shore fish. Is it leagle to wait till night time to fish? I can see them under the peir but it is illeagle to tarket them while you are on the peir so can you fish for them UNDER the pier???

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from buckhuntr wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Sorry hkid, the pier i go to wont allow you to bring shark onto the pier. i'm pretty sure you can fish at night though.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

If you are sneaky enough everythings legal bud. I saw a few 4 footers caught on the Garden City Pier just south of Myrtle, nobody said a thing.

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from crosshairy wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Night fishing is legal most everywhere, but pull up the regs for the state you'll be in each year before going to make sure there are no special regulations.

I would recommend going to a message board for saltwater fishing to get tips on fishing in the surf. A lot of times sharks will come closer in to the beach at night to hunt, so it's a good time to try. Just be careful about jellyfish and whatnot, since it's easy to miss what's going on. In fact, I personally wouldn't wade in the surf at all while night fishing.

I'd avoid the piers altogether if targeting sharks. You can check and see about fishing on the beach alongside them though. Just be aware that a decent-sized shark can pull your line into the pilings and/or other lines, causing everyone a big headache. Open water is your friend :)

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

you should have no problems night fishing, but as all have said it is best to check regulations. Surf casting from shore would be the safest way to get a line out, you could paddle a kayak out and drop off your bait futher, but has the dangers of capsizing and becoming the bait.

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from bigbassfisher wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

i was in myrtle beach back in august and caught a shark surf fishing. i was fishin around 7:30 or 8:00 at night

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Night fishing is perfect timing for shark and skate around there. If it turns out to be illegal, there's no way to prove you were specifically targeting sharks.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Most piers on that coast don't allow shark fishing because they don't want the tourists to be aware of just how many sharks are swimming off the beach. Most places allow you to fish at night from the beach and that works very well. Fish the incoming tide and throw out lots of chum to form a good chum slick in the undertow. Use about a six foot single strad steel leader with a stout barrel swivel ever two feet (surf sharks spin like crazy when hooked and will kink the leader if you don't do this. Use small 4x strength hooks. Fish with cut bait on the bottom. The lemon sharks and black tips are plentiful off the beach and they are delicious.

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from jt55 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I go to North myrtle (apache pier) every year and Isee guys fishing under the pier in the no swimming area. you can hook sharks on the pier bring them up you just cant put them on the pier or use the landing nets.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

If you are sneaky enough everythings legal bud. I saw a few 4 footers caught on the Garden City Pier just south of Myrtle, nobody said a thing.

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from buckhuntr wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Sorry hkid, the pier i go to wont allow you to bring shark onto the pier. i'm pretty sure you can fish at night though.

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from crosshairy wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Night fishing is legal most everywhere, but pull up the regs for the state you'll be in each year before going to make sure there are no special regulations.

I would recommend going to a message board for saltwater fishing to get tips on fishing in the surf. A lot of times sharks will come closer in to the beach at night to hunt, so it's a good time to try. Just be careful about jellyfish and whatnot, since it's easy to miss what's going on. In fact, I personally wouldn't wade in the surf at all while night fishing.

I'd avoid the piers altogether if targeting sharks. You can check and see about fishing on the beach alongside them though. Just be aware that a decent-sized shark can pull your line into the pilings and/or other lines, causing everyone a big headache. Open water is your friend :)

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

you should have no problems night fishing, but as all have said it is best to check regulations. Surf casting from shore would be the safest way to get a line out, you could paddle a kayak out and drop off your bait futher, but has the dangers of capsizing and becoming the bait.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Night fishing is perfect timing for shark and skate around there. If it turns out to be illegal, there's no way to prove you were specifically targeting sharks.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Most piers on that coast don't allow shark fishing because they don't want the tourists to be aware of just how many sharks are swimming off the beach. Most places allow you to fish at night from the beach and that works very well. Fish the incoming tide and throw out lots of chum to form a good chum slick in the undertow. Use about a six foot single strad steel leader with a stout barrel swivel ever two feet (surf sharks spin like crazy when hooked and will kink the leader if you don't do this. Use small 4x strength hooks. Fish with cut bait on the bottom. The lemon sharks and black tips are plentiful off the beach and they are delicious.

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from bigbassfisher wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

i was in myrtle beach back in august and caught a shark surf fishing. i was fishin around 7:30 or 8:00 at night

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from jt55 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I go to North myrtle (apache pier) every year and Isee guys fishing under the pier in the no swimming area. you can hook sharks on the pier bring them up you just cant put them on the pier or use the landing nets.

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