Myrtle Beach Kayaking Tips and Tricks

Top 5 fish found in the Cherry Grove Marsh

One of the most asked questions when guests come on out Myrtle Beach kayak tours is, “What kind of fish will I see?”. Fishermen come from all across the country to try their luck in the Cherry Grove marsh, so we have compiled a list of the top 5 fish you may see on your Myrtle Beach kayak tour.

The summer flounder, also known as fluke, takes its nickname because both of their eyes are on the same side of their body.   Flounder use their flat bodies and camouflage color to lie on the bottom and ambush prey as it swims past. They usually weigh between 1 and 3 pounds, but can reach upwards of twenty pounds. Catching and eating flounder is one of our guests’ favorite things to do in Myrtle Beach.

The sea trout is another common fish found in the Cherry Grove marsh on our Myrtle Beach kayak tours. These fish really aren’t trout at all, but are a member of the drum family. These grey, speckled fish are among the top ten recreationally caught fish in the United States. They usually run 1-2 pounds, but it not uncommon for area anglers to reel in a 5 pound catch.

The red drum is another popular fish on our Myrtle Beach kayak tour. These dark-red fish have white bellies, and at least one spot around their tail area. They love to hang out around rocky jetties, or mad-made structures like docks. They love to eat shrimp, and small mud minnows. These fish can get big! The largest caught on record was 94 pounds!

The sheepshead is another great fish to catch along the Myrtle Beach coast. This fish is also nicknames the “convict fish” because of its vertical stripes (and its ability to steal bait). Because it eats mostly shellfish- anglers love to catch and eat sheepshead because of its shellfish-like flavor. We usually see these fish come in at the 1-4 pound range, but a 7 pound catch is not unusual.

The last fish that guests see on out kayak tour in Myrtle Beach is the whiting. These fish are always a hit during the local fish frys, because of their meaty texture. They are small (coming in right around a pound, usually), but lots of fun to catch along our coast.

We can’t wait to show you the abundant fish that thrive along our coast while you are on your kayak tour here in Myrtle Beach!

 

 

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