Pawleys Island is a beautiful seaside community filled with southern charm and a slow pace lifestyle that leaves many tourists coming back year after year. While the town was established in 1938, Pawleys Island itself had houses on it long before in order to enjoy the seabreeze while escaping the cruel August swamp just inland of the barrier island.
Pawleys and Midway Inlets separate the island itself from the mainland portion of Pawleys. Both Inlets connect through little creeks and offer great angling opportunities. The shallow water and marshes make a perfect habitat for bait fish and shrimp, allowing Red Fish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and many other species to thrive. In the Spring and Fall, surf fishing is a great option on Pawleys and Litchfield Beach. During these times, mullet migrate along the beaches bringing large Redfish and Tarpon with them. Fishing for Spotted Seatrout and Sharks is also effective during these times.
On the western side of Pawleys the Waccamaw River separates the town from the rest of Georgetown County. The brackish water swamp winds along the western spine of the peninsula and is home to alligators, several different species of birds of prey, and many other species of wildlife. Birding is excellent along this river during different times of the year as well as freshwater fishing opportunities for Brim, Largemouth Bass, and even Striped Bass.
While there is great fishing in the inlets surrounding Pawleys Island, the shallow water is challenging for fishing boats holding more than two people. A short drive south will bring you to Georgetown, a nice change of pace from the developed beaches of Litchfield and Pawleys Island. The five rivers flowing through the county of Georgetown create much larger inlets, bays, and protected barrier islands that will make you feel like you’re in a different world that has been lost by time.