Last Updated on April 7, 2023 by Capt. R.C.
Are you ready to experience the thrill of inshore fishing? If so, you won’t want to miss out on the 2023 Myrtle Beach Tarpon Run! This incredible event occurs every summer along South Carolina’s Grand Strand. and offers anglers a fantastic opportunity to catch these magnificent fish.
Whether this is your first time fishing or you are a seasoned pro, there will be plenty of thrills during the run with mighty tarpon moving through from destinations like Winyah Bay & Murrells Inlet up into The Little River near North Myrtle Beach and beyond.
The Upcoming Tarpon Season
Tarpon is a world-renowned game fish, with the most experienced anglers recognizing their exhilarating leaps and runs. However, many don’t realize that tarpon is one of the world’s most extraordinary migratory fish species. Winyah Bay is a popular destination for these armored creatures, as they seek food resources, shelter from strong currents, and suitable water temperatures.
Tarpons migrate up the East coast yearly. Every spring, fishermen anxiously await their arrival due to their size and fight power. Water temperature is the primary factor for these fish’s first appearance. Like humans, tarpons have a temperature range where they are most comfortable – 75° – 95° Fahrenheit is optimal for them. It is rare to even stumble across one if you find yourself in waters below 70°, as cold shock/mortality occurs within the 50° – 55° range. Fortunately, in late May, water temperatures reach the high 70s!
For the South Carolina tarpon angler, bait and water temperature play essential roles. When we move into the spring months, there will be an influx of small menhaden along our coast from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown. Then come the mullets out of their cold weather haunts, congregating in certain areas waiting to be plucked up by aggressive fish and savvy fishermen.
Gizzard shad make their presence known, too, schooling around bay points while they search for food. With these two elements aligned – bait in the water and our temperatures steadily on the rise – it sets off a chain of events that makes this one of the best times to catch the tarpon along our coastline!
Get Ahead of the Game! Get Ready for Your Epic Tarpon Trip!
Myrtle Beach is the place to be if you want to catch a tarpon on your next fishing trip. But for the best chance of success, you need an experienced local guide who knows the area and can show you the best spots for these incredible fish. At Harvest Moon Tarpon Fishing Charters, we offer the ultimate South Carolina fishing experience.
Our experienced captain can take you to where the tarpon is biting and show you everything you need to know about catching one of these fantastic fish. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just getting started, our knowledgeable staff will provide you with all the guidance and advice needed to make your outing successful. So book your trip today for an exciting day of tarpon fishing!