August 19, 2012 North Myrtle Beach, SC - Do you surf fish? Is that part of your vacation – packing the rods, chairs, bait and cooler and heading out to the beach? If so, you might want to weigh in. The City of North Myrtle Beach is considering an ordinance that would prohibit surf fishing during tourist season.
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It seems to be a very popular sport. A Google image search for Myrtle Beach Surf Fishing came up with hundreds of pictures. We’ve been out lots of times and have never seen a surf fisherman causing any problems. Is this just a case of a government looking for a solution where there is no problem? If you feel strongly one way or the other, go to the Council Workshop at 6pm August 20 at city hall.
Proposed wording: No person may surf fish, surf cast or practice surf fishing or surf casting on the public beach between the hours of 9am and 5pm from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to the Monday of Labor Day weekend, both days inclusive. No person may surf fish or surf cast within one hundred yards of swimmers or beach goers lying, sitting, walking, surfing or standing on any part of said public beach. No person shall employ or use any fishing lines or equipment in a manner which prohibits or interferes with the rights of all beach goers to pass on the public beach.