Pier Fishing Tips
Successful fishing requires both the right equipment and knowledge
of the conditions that effect the fish. For information on catch and size limits,
view the Department of Natural Resources South Carolina Saltwater Fishing Regulations.
A fishing license is not required to fish from the Cherry
Grove Pier with your admission.
Conditions that effect fishing
The position of the sun, moon and tides. The sun and moon affect
the level of the tides, and their light appears to influence the feeding habits
The sunrise and sunset seems to increase the activity levels
of fish. Some fish feed at night while others feed mainly during the day. Both
day and night feeders become more active with the changing light and tides. Because
of this, the changing tide at dawn or dusk can be among the best times to fish.
When fishing from the pier
Cast and let your bait drift with the tide, or fish on the bottom.
The marine life attached to the pier's pilings means a supply of readily available
food to the fish, so they naturally tend to gather around the pier.
To catch more fish
Come see us often and bring the whole family. Fishing is a great
time of togetherness for families, and some of the fondest memories can be of
father or grandfather teaching the kids to fish, and sharing a dinner of the day's
Ask the fishing pros in our tackle shop how the fish are biting
and what is the best bait to use. We have everything you'll need to make your
outing fun and prosperous. Read our Carolina Pier Fishing Encyclopedia below.
It will help you identify some common pier fish, and understand their habits.
Use the proper tackle. Monofilament line should be replaced
periodically, and tackle should be well maintained. Many a fisherman has lost
"the big one" because of old, weakened line, dull hooks, or an improperly maintained
drag. Our tackle shop pros can help you keep your equipment in top shape.
Use fresh bait. It will always attract more fish especially
if you are using live bait like shrimp or sand fleas. Change bait frequently for
the best results.
Use enough weight on your line when bottom fishing for the current
and tide conditions. Bottom feeders will usually not surface to reach bait that
is above them. Our fishing pros can advise you about the tide and current conditions
Keep loud conversation, music, and noises to a minimum. Sound
carries great distances under water and can drive fish away.
Watch the experienced fishermen. You can learn a lot from the
pros just by watching their techniques. Fishermen are friendly people who love
the sport. Most will gladly answer a question or two, and some will even offer
colorful stories about "the one that got away".