Folly Beach Fishing Charters

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What are the best fishing charters in Folly Beach?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 79 trips in Folly Beach, and the most popular trips in the area are Half Day Charleston Adventure guided by Adrian, Inshore fishing - 24’ Blazer Bay guided by Johnston, and All-Day Offshore Action guided by Will.

Our guides in Folly Beach are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7327 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.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Mount Pleasant, Charleston and North Charleston.

What types of fishing charters are common in Folly Beach?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Folly Beach as well as flats fishing and river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Folly Beach are: 1. speckled trout, 2. redfish, 3. flounder, and 4. bonnethead shark.

The most common fishing techniques in Folly Beach are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and fly fishing but live bait fishing and sight casting are popular as well.

How much do Folly Beach fishing charters cost?

in Folly Beach prices can range anywhere from $250 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip in Folly Beach is $565. The average price for a full day trip in Folly Beach is $1,251.

What month is best for fishing in Folly Beach?

The most popular season for fishing in Folly Beach is spring, and most anglers book their trips 9 days in advance.

Do I need a Folly Beach fishing license and what are the bag limits in Folly Beach?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in Folly Beach don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in Folly Beach. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Folly Beach Fishing Overview

Folly Beach fishing charters offer a variety of tailored trips to maximize the surrounding waters. Inshore charters provide year-round access to Red and Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder, with Tarpon arriving in the summer. Live bait is popular, but lures and flies can also be used. These trips typically last 4-6 hours and are suitable for families and young children. Nearshore charters allow for bottom fishing around local reefs for Red Snapper, Black Seabass, and more, with the best bite in winter. Trolling for King Mackerel is the main activity in the summer, and these trips last 6-8 hours, ideal for beginners and those looking to stock their freezers. Deep sea charters offer the chance to catch Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin, with these all-out adventures lasting up to 12 hours and best in the summer. Most charters depart from the public dock near Folly River Bridge, with some launching from Sunset Cay Marina. Saltwater fishing licenses are covered on all charters, while freshwater fishing requires a license for anyone aged 16 or older, with Striped Bass closed for harvest from June 1 to September 30.

Folly Beach Inshore Fishing

There is no off season when fishing in South Carolina's Lowcountry. With so many inshore species, mild temperatures, and a variety of water types, something is always biting. Bottom fishing for flounder is productive in the spring, summer, and fall. Speckled Trout can be caught year round but the peak bite is in the colder months between fall and spring. Speckled Trout, or "Specks" can be found along grass lines and oyster beds waiting to ambush their prey. Sheepshead can be found in the flats during high tide, or rocky bottomed areas near piers, jetties, and bridges. They are known as bait stealers so make sure you have your bait hooked well.

One of the most sought after inshore fish in Folly beach is the Redfish. Cruise the winding creeks and rivers on a skiff to stalk schooling reds. Fishing for redfish is some of the most peaceful fishing out there until you get a bite. There’s an abundance of redfish in the waters surrounding Folly Beach and once you find them the bites will just keep coming. Many guides use shrimp or baitfish beneath a cork to target hungry bull reds but a soft plastic or baitfish imitation is also effective.

Throughout the year black drum can be found with their close relative the redfish. In the heat of summer, migrating Tarpon make their way into the bays and sounds in pursuit of schooling menhaden and other baitfish. While South Carolina isn't commonly known for tarpon fishing, there are trophies are out there. With a little patience and a bit of luck, 100+ pound Tarpon can be caught in the waters around Folly Beach.

Folly Beach Nearshore Fishing

The water off the coast from Folly Beach contains some of the most productive fishing in South Carolina. Nearshore fishing is generally done in waters around 100 feet deep near artificial reefs. The reefs and other seafloor structures provide an ideal environment for dozens of gamefish to thrive. Hard fighting species like cobia, goliath grouper, king mackerel, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, and other smaller reef species can be found hunting baitfish around the nearshore structure throughout the year. Depending on target species and season, you can expect to use live or artificial bait to troll, cast, or bottom fish. These trips are ideal for taking the family out for a fun day on the water, but make no mistake, there are monster fish lurking in the shallows. Nearshore trips are perfect for anglers who want to switch it up and catch a variety of fish or target specific species. There is no telling what you'll hook up to!

Popular Types of Fishing In Folly Beach

Folly Beach fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters in Folly Beach include inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing.

Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to stay close to shore and catch species such as redfish, trout, and flounder. Nearshore fishing charters take you a bit further out to catch species such as Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and cobia.

Offshore fishing charters are for the more adventurous anglers who want to go out to the Gulf Stream and catch species such as mahi-mahi, wahoo, and tuna.

Some popular landmarks that Folly Beach fishing charters visit include the Morris Island Lighthouse and the Folly Beach Pier.

No matter which type of fishing charter you choose, you're sure to have a great time and catch some amazing fish in Folly Beach.

The Best Places To Fish In Folly Beach

Folly Beach, South Carolina is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Whether you're looking for a peaceful day of shore fishing or an exciting adventure on a fishing charter, here are some of the best places to fish in Folly Beach:

1. Folly Beach Pier - This iconic pier is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, offering a chance to catch a variety of fish including red drum, flounder, and Spanish mackerel.

2. Morris Island Lighthouse - Accessible only by boat, this historic lighthouse is surrounded by prime fishing grounds for species such as speckled trout and sheepshead.

3. Folly River - This scenic river is home to a variety of fish, including redfish, trout, and flounder. Fishing charters are available for those looking to explore the river's many channels and creeks.

4. Kiawah River - Just a short drive from Folly Beach, this river is known for its abundant redfish and trout populations. Fishing charters are available for those looking to explore the river's many inlets and marshes.

5. Stono Inlet - This inlet is a popular spot for surf fishing, with opportunities to catch species such as bluefish, flounder, and black drum. Fishing charters are also available for those looking to venture further out into the ocean.

Other Things To Do In Folly Beach

While Folly Beach fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this charming South Carolina city. Take a stroll down the Folly Beach Pier, which offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and is a great spot for people-watching. For a bit of history, visit the Morris Island Lighthouse, which dates back to 1876. If you're looking for some outdoor adventure, rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the Folly River. For a more laid-back experience, head to the beach and soak up the sun or take a dip in the ocean. And don't forget to check out the local restaurants and bars, which offer delicious seafood and refreshing drinks.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Perfect. Great weather and Brent took advantage of it. Took us to multiple spots to try to find the fish until he found one that was successful. Brent worked very well with our kids...11 and 13 year old boys. He was good at teaching them tips and was eager and fun when action was happening!! He fit right in with our family and was a great guide and leader! The boat rides were fun and he went out of his way to show my son's the jellyball and anything else outside of standard fishing that came up. Loved it!!

    Carissa S. with Brent R. of Charleston, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Dustin was great! Not the most ideal day for fishing but he made it his goal for us to enjoy ourselves and catch fish. Is extremely knowledgeable about fishing. Would highly recommend.

    Caroline N. with Dustin S. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Our two boat trip was absolutely electric. First off, Capt. Chris' boat was perfect. For the price point, you'd be hard pressed to find a better fishing charter deal out of Charleston. The second boat in our group was equally as nice. Both boats were super comfortable, we just sat in the back on beanbags and drank beer as we raced out about 40 miles offshore. The guides gave us an in depth safety talk before taking off and took every safety precaution available, they definitely found a happy medium between fun and safety though. They were also very well informed about what was in/out of season, and the parameters for keeper fish. On first drop, we had 2 really nice red snapper hookups. Once that bite ran cold, we wasted no time, hopping around to multiple different locations, filling the cooler up with vermillion and other good eating fish. Even got a few 5+ foot sharks for the young'n that was with us. He was so stoked! We ran into a bit of weather but that didn't phase the guides, they had contingency plans to keep us busy. We elected to run deeper to avoid the thunderstorm that formed between us and the land, which meant we got a few extra hours of fishing (no complaints). The highlight of the trip was chumming up a cobia feeding frenzy right on the surface before we booked it back to the marina. Any time you can topwater fish for cobia, you're in for a treat. We almost landed a trophy cobia before a 8+ foot shark breached the surface and completely annihilated it about 20 feet off the back of the boat. It was so primal, none of us cared that we lost the trophy. I recommend these guys to anyone, beginners or lifetime anglers. Will definitely be using them again!

    John S. with Chris A. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Dustin was great. Very patient and helpful in every way. Thanks for the awsome time. Tails up

    Rock G. with Dustin S. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Brent did an awesome job on our charter! Captain Brent is all around good people and he went above and beyond to put us on some fish! At the end of the day not only did we have a blast but we left feeling like we had made a friend for life. We will 100 percent be coming back in the future. In our opinion there’s no one better than Captain Brent out there! Booking a trip with him was the best decision we could’ve made!

    Zach M. with Brent R. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    The trip was excellent. Captain Griffin was a great guide and engaging. Shared a lot about fishing and the Charleston area. Absolutely looking forward to doing it again.

    Edward S. with Johnston M. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Ryan was top notch. Great gear, great guy, lots of fish. Super personable and really good at what he does.

    Jack W. with Ryan R. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Adrian was awesome!!! We caught a bunch of fish had an incredible time on the water. Highly recommended!!!

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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jessie was steller it was a top notch experience would book him each and every time👍🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    James M. with Jesse R. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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