NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – City Council in North Myrtle Beach is considering an amendment to city code pertaining to their beach and waterways.
That amendment is prompted by complaints the city has received from beach-goers about surf fishing, says city spokesman Pat Dowling.
Currently the amendment to the city code concerning surf fishing reads as follows:
Sec. 5-10 Regulations on recreational fishing from pier to shore:
a) Any person who surf fishes must obtain a valid Surf Fishing License in accordance with South Carolina State Law. City jurisdiction extends to one (1) mile in the Atlantic Ocean and includes all beaches, swashes, and piers.
b) It shall be unlawful for any person to bait, fish for catch, or otherwise attract sharks in the area within one mile of the public beach, nor shall any person in any manner chum for any marine life. All fishermen shall release at time of recognition any and all fish or other similar type animals that may pose any danger to any beach goers, sunbathers, swimmers or any other person where the fish or animal is caught.
c) No person may surf fish, surf cast or practice surf fishing or surf casting on the city's public beaches between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to the Monday of Labor Day weekend, both days inclusive.
d) All debris, bait, fish line, hooks, and other fishing equipment or tackle must be removed from the beach after fishing has been conducted.
Mayor Marilyn Hatley stated that the City was not in a rush to pass an amendment.
"We do have a problem along the beach," Mayor Hatley said, "but we are not in a hurry to pass an amendment. Our primary tourist season has come to an end, and we have the offseason during which to consider this carefully and come up with a workable solution."