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Fishing in Mount Pleasant

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Half Day Charleston Adventure

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $525
Fishing in Folly Beach

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Folly Beach Inshore Fishing

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20 ft 1 - 5 People From $550
Fishing in Charleston

Inshore, River Fishing Charter in Charleston

Inshore Fishing II

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $500
Fishing in Mount Pleasant

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter in Mount Pleasant

4hr Inshore

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23 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
Fishing in Mount Pleasant

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter in Mount Pleasant

Inshore Fishing Charter

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22 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
Fishing in Charleston

Inshore, River Fishing Charter in Charleston

Inshore Fishing - 24’ Blazer Bay

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $500

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Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Sharks/Redfish in Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant

Anchor up in some inshore deep holes and wait for the reel to SCREAM! Big Red Drum are also possible! Great for children and adults that want a short trip, but a big fight! Captain Matt will provide all you need for a great day battling these apex predators including all the tackle, bait, iced down cooler for food and drink, bottled water for all clients, all necessary safety gear, and life jackets. Everything you could possibly need for a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. He will also clean and bag your catch for you at the end of the day. He recommends you consider bringing, food/snacks, beverages other than water (Please no glass), weather-appropriate clothing (it can be quite a bit cooler out on the water than on land), sunscreen lotion (Please no spray sunscreen), non-marking footwear, sunglasses, camera, and a hat. Read More

Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter in Mount Pleasant

Sharks/Redfish In Charleston Harbor

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $500
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Fishing in North Charleston
Fishing in North Charleston
Fishing in North Charleston
trip description for Besting Charleston's Beasts in North Charleston

This is one of the best experiences you can have in Charleston. The harbor and jetties provide an abundance of life and structure offering large habitats for saltwater fish to live and thrive in Charleston, South Carolina. Lots of fish variety and opportunities to make memories of a lifetime. We target large Bull Reds, and many different species of shark; some of them are truly monsters. While we are fishing for this species there is a high likelihood to catch and land many other Charleston inshore sport fish. These fish include trout, flounder, reds, sheepshead, stripper, and many more. Even though we can never make the fish eat, this trip has a very high success rate! This is one of our most repeated trips in Charleston. Let us take you on an experience of a lifetime and enjoy a fishing trip in the beautiful and historic waters of Charleston, SC! Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in North Charleston

Besting Charleston's Beasts

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $350
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
trip description for Charleston Low Country Adventure in Charleston

Come join Captain Shane on a thrilling charter fishing trip in the beautiful waters of Charleston and Folly Beach, SC! You'll have the opportunity to experience the thrill of reeling in some of the most sought-after fish in the region, including Redfish and Speckled Trout. These gamefish are some of America's most popular for a reason, and are an absolute blast to catch! As you cast your line and wait for a bite, you'll be able to take in the stunning scenery of Charleston's coastal waters. You can also see dolphins and other marine life swimming alongside the boat, and you might even spot a bald eagle or two soaring overhead! When you finally feel that tug on your line, it's game on! You'll need to keep a steady hand and keep your wits about you as you battle with your catch. You'll be fishing from Captain Shane's Action Craft skiff. She's an ideal boat for maneuvering through the tidal back bays and flooded marshes around Folly Beach, and has a shallow draft to give you access to the skinniest water. Once you're in the right spot, you'll post up in just inches of water where you can sight cast right to tailing fish! Captain Shane will provide you with all the equipment you need, including rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring is proper clothing, a cooler for snacks and drinks, your SC Saltwater Fishing License, and sunblock. Also, be sure to have polarized sunglasses and a camera to capture the memories! Get out there and enjoy this charter fishing trip in Charleston, South Carolina—the ultimate adventure for any fishing enthusiast! Read More

Inshore, River Fishing Charter in Charleston

Charleston Low Country Adventure

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1 - 4 People From $600
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Fishing in North Charleston
Fishing in North Charleston
Fishing in North Charleston
trip description for Charleston Inshore Excursion in North Charleston

Every great adventure needs a starting point and Captain Carlo is here to get you and your guest pointing in the right direction. Whether it's cruising the historic waterways in Charleston or chasing some of our most sought-after inshore sportfish, it will be our pleasure to spend the day with you. On these trips with Captain Carlo, you will fish the many creeks, oyster beds, rivers, and inlets of Charleston Harbor. All within a short and comfortable boat ride from Shem Creek where you will be launching from. Protected from the winds and waves generally associated with offshore fishing trips, these inshore trips are perfect for those who are new to boating and fishing. You’ll be fishing aboard Captain Carlo's 26-foot Avenger. She can accommodate up to 6 anglers. Captain Carlo will provide rods, reels, tackle, licenses, tackle, bait, an ice cooler, and bottled water. Feel free to bring your own equipment as well as any food and drinks of your choice. Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat. Read More

Flats, Inshore, River Fishing Charter in North Charleston

Charleston Inshore Excursion

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24 ft 1 - 2 People From $350
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
trip description for Charleston Inshore Action in Charleston

Hop on board with Captain Will for a fishing get away on John's Island! The waters in and surrounding Charleston Harbor provide the perfect habitat for targeting inshore game species on light tackle, like Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, and Spanish Mackerel. Protected from the winds and waves generally associated with offshore fishing trips, these inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who are new to boating and fishing. On this half or full-day trip, you will fish the many creeks, oyster beds, rivers, and inlets of Charleston Harbor where you'll be going after some Black Drum, Black Seabass, Gag Grouper, Hogfish, Redfish, Spadefish, and Spanish Mackerel. You can go after these fish using techniques such as bottom fishing, jigging, live bait, and trolling. Whatever fish you want to catch, just let Captain Will know and he'll get you set up with the best method and provide some expert instruction to make sure you get one on your line! You’ll be fishing aboard a 26' Skeeter bay boat that can fit up to 4 anglers. Powered by a 300 HP Suzuki engine, she'll have no problem traversing the inshore John's Island waters. This vessel is equipped with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, a Wireless Trolling Motor, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Will will even clean any keepers for you to take home. Captain Will provides all rods, reels, tackle, fishing licenses, water, and snacks. All you need to bring is sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, a hat, and any food or drinks you might need on the water. Have a blast with Captain Will! Read More

Inshore, River Fishing Charter in Charleston

Charleston Inshore Action

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26 ft 1 - 5 People From $550
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Inshore Light Fishing Trip in Mount Pleasant

Discover the Beauty of Carolina Inshore Fishing! Prepare to explore the pristine waters of the Carolina coast on an unforgettable inshore fishing adventure. Our experienced guides are ready to take you on a journey that caters to all skill levels, offering a range of fishing styles and an array of exciting catches. Multiple Fishing Styles Choose your preferred fishing style and let the adventure begin! Whether you enjoy the technique of bottom fishing, the excitement of light tackle fishing, or the finesse of live bait fishing, our knowledgeable guides will lead you to the best spots where these remarkable fish await. A Variety of Inshore Species Be prepared to be amazed by the diversity of fish you can encounter on this Carolina inshore expedition. From the graceful Flounder to the feisty Redfish, the cunning Sheepshead, and the beautiful Speckled Trout, there's something here for every angler. Don't forget about the delectable Whiting, known for their exquisite flavor. Experienced Guides Our guides aren't just skilled anglers; they're passionate about sharing their love for the Carolina coast with you. They possess an intimate knowledge of these waters and are committed to ensuring you have a memorable and successful fishing experience. Immerse Yourself in Coastal Beauty As you cast your line and make your catch, take in the natural splendor of the Carolina inshore. Watch the coastal landscape unfold before your eyes and appreciate the serene beauty of this unique ecosystem. With top-quality equipment and local expertise at your disposal, you're in for an incredible day on the water. Book Your Inshore Adventure Today! Whether you're a seasoned angler seeking a challenge or a novice looking for a relaxing day on the water, our Carolina inshore adventure is the perfect choice. Join us for a day filled with fishing, fun, and unforgettable memories. Reserve your spot now and get ready to create lasting memories on a Carolina inshore fishing trip like no other! Read More

Inshore, River Fishing Charter in Mount Pleasant

Inshore Light Fishing Trip

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Everything to Know About Booking a Charleston Harbor river fishing charter

What are the best river fishing charters in Charleston Harbor?

Why should I book a river fishing charter in Charleston Harbor with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 15 river trips in Charleston Harbor, and the most popular trips in the area are Folly Beach Inshore Fishing guided by Dustin, Half Day Charleston Adventure guided by Adrian, and Inshore Fishing II guided by Johnston.

Our guides in Charleston Harbor are rated a 4.96 out of 5 based on 3259 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly river guides / fishing lessons in Charleston Harbor? Check out our beginner and family friendly river guides in Charleston Harbor.

What types of river fishing charters are common in Charleston Harbor?

The most commonly sought after species for river fishing are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, 4. bonnethead shark, and 5. blacktip shark.

The most common fishing techniques in Charleston Harbor are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and bottom fishing but artificial lure fishing and cut bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Charleston Harbor river fishing charters cost?

Prices for river fishing in Charleston Harbor can range anywhere from about $525 to $1,100, but the average price for a half day trip for river fishing in Charleston Harbor is $621. The average price for a full day trip for river fishing in Charleston Harbor is $974.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for river fishing in Charleston Harbor?

The most popular season for river fishing in Charleston Harbor is summer, and most anglers book their trips 17 days in advance.

Do I need a Charleston Harbor fishing license and what are the bag limits in Charleston Harbor?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Charleston Harbor, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Charleston Harbor. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Charleston Harbor.

What is river fishing in Charleston Harbory all about?

River hunting in Charleston Harbor offers hunters a unique and exciting opportunity to pursue a variety of game species amidst the scenic waterways and marshlands of South Carolina. Charleston Harbor, known for its rich history and diverse ecosystem, provides a prime habitat for waterfowl such as ducks and geese, as well as other game species like deer and wild hogs that frequent the riverbanks and surrounding marshes. Hunters can explore these dynamic environments either by boat or by wading through shallow waters, adapting their strategies based on the targeted species and prevailing hunting conditions.

One of the primary targets for river hunting in Charleston Harbor is waterfowl, particularly during their migration periods. Hunters often utilize specialized watercraft equipped with blinds or set up temporary blinds along the riverbanks to conceal themselves from approaching ducks and geese. Decoys and calls are commonly used to attract waterfowl within shooting range, requiring hunters to display patience and keen observation skills to ensure a successful hunt.

River hunting in Charleston Harbor also extends to other game species such as deer and wild hogs that venture near the water's edge to drink or forage. Hunters may employ stalking techniques along river trails or utilize elevated stands in strategic locations to capitalize on the movement of these animals. This type of hunting demands a thorough understanding of local wildlife behavior and habitat preferences, ensuring hunters are well-prepared to make ethical and effective shots while respecting the natural rhythms of the riverine ecosystem.

What are the most popular months to go river fishing in Charleston Harbor?

Charleston Harbor offers diverse hunting opportunities across different seasons, catering to a variety of game species that inhabit its riverine and marshland habitats. The hunting seasons in Charleston Harbor are carefully regulated to align with the natural breeding, nesting, and migration patterns of wildlife, ensuring sustainable management practices and the preservation of natural habitats within the region. These seasons are established and overseen by state wildlife agencies, such as the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), to maintain healthy populations of game species while allowing for recreational hunting activities.

One of the prominent hunting seasons in Charleston Harbor focuses on waterfowl, including ducks and geese, which migrate through the area during specific times of the year. Typically, waterfowl hunting seasons coincide with the fall and winter months when migratory birds pass through on their journey southward. Hunters must adhere to established bag limits, hunting hours, and species-specific regulations set forth by SCDNR to ensure sustainable harvests and the conservation of waterfowl populations within the harbor and its surrounding marshes.

In addition to waterfowl, Charleston Harbor's hunting seasons may also include opportunities for pursuing other game species such as deer and wild hogs that frequent the riverbanks and nearby woodlands. These seasons are typically staggered throughout the year, taking into account the natural behaviors and habitat preferences of these animals. Hunters interested in river hunting in Charleston Harbor are encouraged to stay informed about current hunting regulations and season dates provided by SCDNR to plan their hunts responsibly and enjoy a safe and rewarding experience in this picturesque coastal environment.

What techniques are popular for river fishing in Charleston Harbor?

River hunting in Charleston Harbor encompasses various types and techniques tailored to the diverse game species and dynamic environments found along its waterways and marshlands. One of the primary methods employed by hunters is boat-based hunting, where they navigate the harbor's channels and estuaries in specialized watercraft equipped with blinds or camouflage coverings. This allows hunters to approach waterfowl such as ducks and geese stealthily, using decoys and calls to attract birds within shooting range. Boat-based hunting requires skillful maneuvering and knowledge of tidal currents and wind patterns to position oneself effectively for a successful hunt.

Another technique in river hunting involves wading through shallow waters or along the riverbanks to access secluded areas frequented by game species like ducks, geese, and wading birds. Hunters may employ stalking tactics, moving quietly and using natural vegetation as cover to approach their targets undetected. This method requires patience and a keen eye for spotting wildlife amidst the marsh grasses and mudflats, making it a challenging yet rewarding approach for hunters seeking a more immersive hunting experience in Charleston Harbor's natural habitats.

For hunters pursuing larger game species such as deer or wild hogs along Charleston Harbor's riverbanks and adjacent woodlands, elevated stands or blinds strategically placed near well-traveled trails or feeding areas are often utilized. These elevated positions provide hunters with a vantage point to observe animal movements and make ethical shots while minimizing disturbance to the surrounding environment. Understanding the behavior and habits of game species is crucial in selecting the appropriate hunting technique, ensuring hunters can adapt their strategies to effectively navigate and capitalize on the diverse hunting opportunities offered by Charleston Harbor's scenic riverine landscapes.

What species are popular for river fishing in Charleston Harbor?

When river hunting in Charleston Harbor, hunters can target a variety of game species that thrive in its diverse coastal and marshland habitats. One of the primary targets for waterfowl hunters is ducks, including species like mallards, wood ducks, teal, and pintails, which frequent the harbor's estuaries, creeks, and marshes. These birds are attracted to the abundant food sources and shelter provided by the marsh grasses and tidal flats, making them accessible to hunters who employ effective decoying and calling techniques.

In addition to ducks, Charleston Harbor also supports populations of geese, including Canada geese and snow geese during their migration periods. These birds are often found feeding in agricultural fields or resting in open water areas within the harbor, offering hunters opportunities for both decoy-based hunting from boats and shoreline setups. Geese hunting requires careful planning to anticipate their flight patterns and behavior, ensuring hunters can position themselves strategically for a successful hunt.

For hunters interested in larger game species, Charleston Harbor's riverine and adjacent woodlands provide opportunities for pursuing deer and wild hogs. These animals frequent the riverbanks and marsh edges to drink, feed on aquatic vegetation, or seek cover in the dense forested areas nearby. Hunters may utilize stalking techniques or set up elevated stands to observe and target these game species responsibly, adhering to hunting regulations and ethical practices to ensure sustainable harvests and conservation of wildlife populations within the harbor's scenic and ecologically rich landscapes.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Captain A. Johnson, was great!! He has a great personality, joked around, and is down to earth kinda guy. He also put us on the fish!!

    Scott J. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain A. Johnson, was great!! He has a great personality, joked around, and is down to earth kinda guy. He also put us on the fish!!

    Scott J. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tim was great got us live bait and we got into a spot and each one of us brought in a large red drum

    Eric B. with Tim M. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Adrian was such a fantastic guide- we got on fish immediately and caught multiple species. He has a deep knowledge of the area and has an excellent personality for the guide service. We had such a fun time, cannot wait to get back and highly recommend using his service!

    Andrew P. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Dustin gave me a fabulous day on the water. I learned more about fishing today than I had ever learned before. He was incredibly helpful, extremely knowledgeable, and gave me hints about fishing in Charleston that were spot on. When Dustin told me where to cast, and how to fish based on the cast, he was right in all occasions. He went out of his way to make my trip something to remember forever

    Stephen A. with Dustin S. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Great captain! Carlo wants his guests to succeed! Great experience!

    Ed . with Carlo M. of North Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Carlo was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Add to that the fact that we all caught a variety of fish and two of us had only been fishing once before in our lives, and you have a perfect day. Thank you!

    Peta S. with Carlo M. of North Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    He got us on the fish in short order and we caught a nice variety. He has a good personality for this type of work.

    Benjamin G. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Adrian did a great job taking us fishing. We caught red fish and had just the best time with him. We had fish within 5 minutes of putting our lines in.

    Dave M. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Tim was great all through, from early communication/coordination to execution of our 4 hour charter for 4 guys. He showed us how he netted baitfish, then we set up on bull redfish. We were into them quickly and everyone in our party boated fish. Then we relocated because we wanted to try for shark and once again we got on them quickly, and again we all boated fish. Bargain plan, one good size ray was also caught. Highly recommend you try booking Captain Tim.

    Jeffrey H. with Tim M. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Loved it. Kids had fun. Matt is very knowledgeable and nice. Can’t wait to do some deep sea fishing next summer.

    Ben B. with Matt S. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome trip!!

    Jonathan W. with Johnston M. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great day on the water with Captain Dustin! He was very knowledgeable and had great patience with us! We had two small kids and three adults! All of us landed Redfish! Thank you for a great time and helping us make some awesome memories!

    Meg K. with Dustin S. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great trip!

    Tyler M. with Johnston M. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Five stars for sure! Tim was great from start to finish, had everything we needed, put us on the fish and went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed our time catching fish. Would highly recommend, and one of the unusual things about Tim is, he is a Charleston native. Joe

    Joe M. with Tim M. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Very nice guy great fishing really knows what he’s doing put me on sharks right away great to find some one you can actually talk to and hold a conversation

    Ryan F. with Dustin S. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Adrian was just awesome! He kept us up to date on weather and was flexible with date/time to make sure we went out at the best time. He got there early to make sure we were all set with plenty of bait and extra rods and reels ready to go. He even had an extra hat and sunglasses for our 16 yo who forgot his. He knew the best fishing spots and locations at each spot. He could cast within inches of his intended target, was very knowledgeable about the fish, and helped us release the sting ray and gar we accidentally caught. Very pleasant, hard working and very experienced! You can’t go wrong with Adrian!

    Cynthia B. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    He was very good and tried to get us where the fish were bitting but hot weather was not our friend for this adventure but we did catch some would go with him again hands down

    Michele W. with Christopher C. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time. Captain Adrian was knowledgeable and interactive. One of our best trips.

    John A. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    We had an incredible day fishing with Captain Adrian! He was awesome lining up the best time of day to fish ahead of time thru great communication. While we didn't expect to catch a bunch since we were early in the season, we caught a BUNCH of fish - completely lost count it was such a good day - all catch and release. Adrian did a great job keeping our lines in the water from baiting hooks to fixing a few snags to getting fish off the hooks. Adrian was awesome! Highly recommend!! What a great day...

    Ben F. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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