Just when you thought Perry’s Bait & Tackle couldn’t possibly offer anything more for fishing enthusiasts, the story has gotten more exciting! Situated right behind Perry’s iconic, colorful bait shop (surrounded by giant oaks and affording fantastic views of the marsh and Murrells Inlet) is Perry’s newest addition: The Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge. Located in the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, the new lodge offers clients a perfect fishing vacation. The finest Southern hospitality awaits you.
Whether you’re thinking about a family vacation or a group fishing getaway, this rustic, newly designed lodge will please everyone who ventures to the Inlet to fish. The Lodge boasts four bedrooms (two king and two queen beds), plus three full bathrooms, an open kitchen, laundry room, and mud porch to store your fishing poles and gear. You’ll also have access to Perry’s fish-cleaning station and dock. Imagine waking up at Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge, brewing a fresh cup of coffee, and listening to the sounds of nature as you get ready for a great day of fishing.
Guests at Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge will enjoy fishing for cobia, tarpon, whiting, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder, speckled seatrout, mahi, and many other species of gamefish. Fishing charters with experienced captains are available, or you can head out on the water in your own boat.
Steps away from the Lodge, Perry’s Bait & Tackle—with its time-worn floors and pleasing local color—invites you. Meandering through this picturesque bait shop, you will find the best fresh and frozen bait in Murrells Inlet, including shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet, blue crabs, sand fleas, eels, fiddler crabs, menhaden, crickets, and bloodworms. Perry’s offers a wide selection of baits for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, and has you covered for the salt for inshore, offshore, trolling bottom fishing. Perry’s Bait & Tackle staff members are always ready to provide expert advice about what’s biting and how to catch it. The folks at Perry’s are happy to order any specific products you might need to make your fishing experience successful.
Perry’s is well known for the excellent rigs hand-tied in the shop, and a large selection of locally made rigs for flounder, bluefish, spots, bull reds, pompano, and Spanish mackerel. Perry’s Bait & Tackle is indeed a prime destination for any angler, whether you’re a novice or blessed with years of experience. You will be delighted with the staff, baits, tackle and gear, and friendly service.
If you’re looking for a place to unwind, the famous Murrells Inlet Marshwalk—a half-mile wooden boardwalk along the natural saltwater estuary—is located just seconds away. Best known as the “Seafood Capital of the East,” Murrells Inlet boasts the best seafood restaurants, with plenty of outdoor seating and live entertainment. Murrells Inlet also offers shopping and all the other conveniences you would expect. Veterans Pier is directly connected to the Marshwalk, and the Inlet Public Ramp is right down the street, ensuring your fishing adventures will be fun and convenient.
If you are a little curious why the Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge’s sign reads “The LAB Fishing Shack,” it’s because the Perry children named it! (L) Liam, (A) Aden, and (B) Bella decided to use the first letters of their names to christen the Lodge and honor Nixon, a chocolate Labrador retriever and one of Perry’s Bait & Tackle’s favorite four-legged employees. Nixon is a sweet, obedient, fish- and boat-loving boy who loves to greet customers and makes himself available to anyone who wants to play. The fishing lodge was a dream of the children’s beloved mother, Jessica Perry.
Sadly, Jessica was a victim of domestic violence, and her life was taken three years ago on September 29, 2017. The entire fishing village of Murrells Inlet mourned her passing, as she had contributed so much to the community. Jessica had an uncanny prowess for fishing, and her willingness to share her skills and knowledge was widely admired. Her parents, Sharon and Craig Doehner, have dedicated their lives to carrying on her memory, but most importantly, they are raising Jessica’s three children. Perry’s Bait & Tackle and now Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge—owned by Jessica’s children—will undoubtedly perpetuate her vision and love for everything to do with fishing.
Sharon Doehner said: “One of Jessica’s wishes was to transform the old house behind Perry’s into a place where avid fishermen could visit with their fishing buddies or families. She wanted to create a spot where families could develop fishing traditions and make memories year after year and from generation to generation. Jessica envisioned a type of fishing lodge that had a Key West–Ernest Hemingway type of vibe. Completing the lodge has been key in our healing, and our grandchildren’s. We knew in our hearts that Jessica would have wanted us to see it to completion, and we are so proud of accomplishing it in her honor.”
Visit the website at MurrellsInletFishingLodge.com for all the details about rates and amenities available, as well as a virtual tour to guide you through the lodge.