Known as the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, Murrells Inlet has a rich nautical history. Famous Bluefin Tuna fishing pioneers like Capt. Drew Hagler and many others used the inlet to sell thousands of pounds of fish to the various seafood markets in Murrells. The inlet itself currently holds the South Carolina State record for largest flounder and speckled trout catches.
Most tourists are familiar with the marsh walk at Murrells. A half mile wooden boardwalk lined with some of the best restaurants in the area and live music every night. It is easy to see the inlet’s dedication to fishing along this quaint boardwalk with inshore and offshore vessels lining the water’s edge.
Murrells Inlet is known for nearshore fishing for King and Spanish Mackerel as well as off shore deep sea fishing. While the inlet had been known to produce giant inshore catches in the past, the impact of pressure on these fish populations is seen in the size and numbers of species caught.
A short drive south will bring you to Georgetown. A nice change of pace from the Murrells crowd and completely developed beaches where much larger inlets, bays, and protected barrier islands will make you feel like you’re in a completely different world.