Folly Beach Pier Guidelines

General Pier Guidelines

  • No outside alcohol is permitted, except what is purchased from the pier restaurant.
  • No loud music, profanity, or rude behavior.
  • No jumping from pier or standing on pier railings.
  • No inline skates, skateboards, bicycles, or other devices that may cause harm to the pier decking.
  • No open flames, including lanterns, stoves, and grills.
  • Non-open flame grills (e.g. George Foreman Grills) are allowed.
  • No fireworks.

General Fishing Guidelines

  • Valid fishing pass must be visible at all times.
  • Two rods per person will be allowed, but must be fished from one fishing station or rod holder.
  • Do not leave rod unsupervised.
  • Do not leave your cooler or equipment in another fishing station.
  • Inhumane handling of wildlife will not be tolerated.
  • Release all fish or rays if they are not to be consumed.
  • All size and catch limits per SCDNR regulations must be followed.
  • Per City of Folly Beach Ordinance 151.04 (D), intentional shark fishing is banned from 3rd Street West to 3rd Street East. There is a penalty of a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail. If unintentionally caught, sharks 3-feet long or under must be hand-lined up and released immediately. Sharks over 3-feet long must be released immediately by cutting the line. Sharks will not be allowed in landing nets. Violators can be banned from the pier.

King Mackerel Fishing Guidelines

  • Only trolley rig setups are allowed. A trolley rig setup includes one anchor rod, one fighting rod, and one bait fishing rod. No balloon rigs, kite rigs, etc.
  • One rod holder per paid person is allowed.

Bottom Fishing Tackle Size Limits

  • Hooks must be size 4/0 or smaller.
  • Whole bait must be the size of finger mullet or smaller.
  • Cut bait must be smaller than 2 in. x 2 in. x 2 in.


  • Landing nets are to be used only for landing a catch.
  • Do not use landing nets for crabbing.
  • Sharks are not allowed in landing nets. 
  • Return landing nets to designated spot when finished.
  • Cast nets may be used in areas that do not disrupt other’s fishing.

Tournament Rules

  • All size and catch limits per SCDNR regulations must be followed.
  • Catches must be of a species with scales - sharks and rays are not eligible.
  • In order to be eligible, catches must be caught after paying tournament fees.
  • Catches must be weighed in before the end of the tournament.
  • To be considered, catches must be reeled in by the angler with minimal assistance from others.
  • Anglers are eligible for one category only.
  • In case of a tie, the winner is whomever first weighed in their fish.