South Carolina law requires any person who fishes in
saltwater to first obtain a saltwater fishing license from the state. For
online information visit www.dnr.sc.gov.
Additionally, in the city of North Myrtle Beach it is
illegal to bait, fish for, catch or otherwise attract sharks in the area of the
beach from the shoreline extending seaward for one mile into the Atlantic Ocean
or in any saltwater area, including but not limited to inlets, marshes,
channels and any portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Also, no person
may chum for any marine life in those areas.
If you are fishing in saltwater and catch a shark or
other marine animal that you reasonably know may pose a danger to swimmers,
waders or people otherwise engaged in activities in the above mentioned areas,
you must release it at the place where you caught it immediately upon
recognizing the catch as a shark or other dangerous marine animal.
If they perceive a danger or hazard to the public,
city lifeguards and public safety officers have the authority to tell anyone
who is saltwater fishing to stop. Comply with the order until the lifeguard or
public safety officer tells you that you may resume fishing. If conditions
permit, the lifeguard or public safety officer might offer you an alternate
location in which to fish during the time the order to stop fishing in your
original location is in effect.
All debris, bait, fish line, hooks and other fishing
equipment or tackle must be contained on the beach or any area where saltwater
fishing activities occur. Remove the same from the beach or other saltwater
fishing area immediately after you stop fishing.