Three piers in Horry County sustained significant damage when Hurricane Ian made landfall in the Carolinas late last month as a Category 1 storm.
The damage, however, is not discouraging local anglers from casting lines.
“It’s been slow since the storm. Nobody’s really been catching anything,” fisherman Joe Williams said while standing on the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach.
Giant waves from Ian removed a large portion of the end of the 2nd Avenue Pier on September 30.
“I wasn’t here to do it, I was at home, but there are some crazy TikToks that came down during the storm,” said Paul Nalepa, an employee at the 2nd Avenue Pier store. “No more dunes. The waves knocked them down. Those waves were mad as hell.”
The Coastal Angler Magazine reports that “Hurricanes have been known to produce large amounts of dead fish, crabs, sea turtles, oysters, etc. due to reduced amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water, rapid changes of salinity, and the violent wave”, which is bad news for fishermen.
“I need my saltwater fishing,” said Daniel Shlyonsky, a tourist from New York City, as he fished at the 2nd Avenue Pier.
Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach also took a hit during Hurricane Ian, and Shlyonsky said fishermen there are still active but are forced to stick with each other.
“There’s definitely a lot of people,” he said. “It’s definitely harder on Apache because [Hurricane Ian] took out a larger section.”
Fisherman Prince Bowens said he’s still been frequenting the 2nd Avenue Pier since the storm and that with shrimp as bait, he’s been able to catch mostly spotfish.
The Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach split in the middle of Hurricane Ian, and according to owner Edmund Stephens, repairs will begin in January and are expected to take five to seven months.