Fishing for History in Murrells Inlet

Alex's Bait & Tackle Murrells Inlet SC

The Murrells Inlet History Project and Murrells Inlet Fishing are very popular facebook pages that prove that fishing in Murrells Inlet is enjoyed by the masses today, much as has been the joy of many locals and tourist alike in years past. While today many people have access to fish the Atlantic in personal watercraft back in the day Murrells Inlet was home to no less than 3 Marinas each with head boats to take fishermen out for half and full day trips and was a big part of the Murrells Inlet experience much like the seafood resturants are today.

I remember how busy it used to be around Captain Alex Marina before the 7 am departure of the Capt. Alex and the air of anticipation as the passengers arrived to get on board to head out to the Gulf Stream for a full day of fishing. Back then fishing in Murrells Inlet was much more of an adventure and my daddy certainly took a huge leap when he and my mother brought the first Gulf Stream Head Boat to Murrells Inlet and made fishing more accessible to all. I didn’t know enough at the time to appreciate the pioneering spirit my parents along with the other great boat captains and crews had as they made the daily trips out of Murrells Inlet to go catch the big fish.

Yes the fastest boat that would take passengers to the Gulf Stream in two and a half hours proved to be quite popular and the 6 pm return became an event that was much more important when nobody watched TV and the Sun News reported on the large catches on a regular basis. The lines would be stretching out the door at the Bay Harbor Resturant and one of the local kids would be outside ringing the old bell behind the rose garden alerting everyone that the Capt. Alex was backing into the dock with a load snapper and grouper from the day at sea.

The Capt. Bill, New Inlet Princess and Miss South Carolina were other popular headboats that docked in Murrells Inlet along with the Flying Fisher, Sun Gypsy, Thunderbird to name a few and all were head boats that dock along the Murrells Inlet waterfront where the popular Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is located today. The history of Murrells Inlet fishing is likely to change depending on the teller but one thing is for sure fishing in Murrells Inlet is as popular today as is was in the early days but today it is a whole lot easier to get out in the Inlet and go fish. Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc. Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

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  • Chuck

    My Grandfather, Sam Barwick lived in Murrells Inlet. He ran several businesses in the 60’s and 70’s. I remember playing on the Inlet Princess after it docked.