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Fishing in Charleston

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Inshore Fishing - 24’ Blazer Bay

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $500
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Half Day Charleston Adventure

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $525
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Charleston Deep Sea Offshore

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24 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,180
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Charleston Jetty Trip

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Sharks/Redfish In Charleston Harbor

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Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
trip description for Reds on the Fly and Light Tackle in Charleston

Charleston is a fisherman's paradise, and there's no better guide to these skinny backwaters and inshore flats that Captain Adam! He's been fishing here for years, and is a pro when it comes to fly fishing for Redfish, which are his specialty. The clear water and grassy habitat here is ideal for big Redfish, which love to feed on shrimp, crabs, small fish, and more, depending on the season. Captain Adam will help ensure that you're throwing the perfect fly for the conditions, and he can also offer helpful tips to perfect your presentation and get you hooked up on that personal best! You'll be fishing from Captain Adam's 17' Beavertail 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. She also sports a 60-HP Suzuki, so you'll be off the dock and on the fish ion just minutes. Once you're in the right spot, Captain Adam will maneuver you around so you can post up in just inches of water where the tails and scales will be obvious! Captain Adam will provide you with all the equipment you need, including flies, rods, and reels. 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! Read More

Flats, Inshore, River Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Reds On The Fly And Light Tackle

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $500
Fishing in Hilton Head Island
Fishing in Hilton Head Island
Fishing in Hilton Head Island
trip description for Backcountry Light Tackle & Fly in Hilton Head Island

The Redfish is the staple, year-round fish in the South Carolina Lowcountry and has proved to be the perfect gamefish. They can be sight fished on the fly or artificial lure on flood tide grass flats, mud and sand flats, or up tidal creeks at lower water levels. They can also be fished using live or cut bait. Other common species caught include Black Drum, Speckled Sea Trout and Flounder. Throughout the year some species are in more abundance than others and some seasons hold different surprises as migratory fish move through the area. ​ Winter in the Lowcountry is special because the water can become gin-clear due to the lack of nutrients in the water with water temperatures in the upper 40s and 50s. Redfish will school up in large numbers and provide anglers with excellent sight fishing opportunities at lower tides ​ As the water temperature begins to warm in the Spring baitfish begin to move into the interior waters. The food source becomes slightly more abundant and schools start to break up and spread out to more zones.  In April and May, the Cobia begin to show up to spawn in this estuary. The Cobia can be taken on the fly or artificial on the surface when weather and sea conditions line up. ​ Summer months afford the angler the most variety.  In addition to Redfish, Black Drum, Sea Trout, and Flounder other species frequent a variety of scenarios. Ladyfish, Tripletail, Spanish Mackeral are all fun species to target on light tackle and fly but the big schools of large Jack Crevalle are high on the list of gamefish to be hunted this time of year when the sea conditions are calm enough. Tarpon also visit our water during Summer but are generally on the bottom in deeper water. ​ Once the Fall season comes into play, we see relief from Summer temperatures, the baitfish mature, and the shrimp move into the creeks. It seems like everything gets fired up! Bull Redfish have a tendency to move back into estuarine waters to feed. When the water is calm enough Bull Reds can be targeted on the surface out in nearshore waters where they are spawning this time of year. So no matter what time of year there is always something buzzing aboard Captain Graham Skiff! It comes loaded with everything you could possibly need for success, so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Graham will show you what Hilton Head fishing is all about! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Backcountry Light Tackle & Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $495
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Offshore Reef Fishing in Mount Pleasant

Launch aboard Captain TJ's fully decked out 26' Center Console for a freezer-filling fishing experience out of Charleston SC. Captain TJ will put all of his knowledge of fish habits, sea trends, and weather patterns toward getting you on these reef fish safely and in style! The boat you'll be fishing from is a "Just Right" 26-foot Mako 264. A true battle wagon designed for hardcore offshore fishing. She's equipped with twin 200 HP Suzuki engines, outriggers, VHF radio, Garmin radar, GPS, sonar satellite radio, bathroom, live wells, fishing boxes, sink, and top-of-the-line fishing equipment. After you get settled in, and Captain TJ cranks up his Suzuki outboard, you will motor out a couple of miles offshore to hit the reefs, wrecks less than 15 miles offshore, depending on how far out you'd like to go you can either hits the reefs and wrecks just offshore for snapper and grouper species or stay closer to fish the jetties where giant inshore species lurk like Bull Reds, and big sharks! On these trip, you will be using heavy tackle rods and weighted live bait or jig hooks that you'll drop down into the murky depths of the Atlantic. You can expect to hook into a variety of Snapper and Grouper species like Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Red Grouper and Gag Grouper, but you never know what the murky depths of the Atlantic will produce! Fishing the reefs you can also catch an occasional Amberjack, and Cobia just to name a few, and there are plenty more species the productive waters of the Atlantic can offer up! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until Captain TJ has hooked into the fish or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time to feel the bite, Captain TJ can make it happen! Beyond superior service and a stylish ride, Captain TJ also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. Thus, all you need to bring is your favorite lunch, snack, and drink, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain TJ will take care of the rest to make the most of your Charleston offshore adventure! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Offshore Reef Fishing

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26 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,100
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for 4hr Inshore in Mount Pleasant

If you're looking for a fun and family-friendly inshore fishing experience, an inshore fishing charter with Captain Tim out of Mount Pleasant, SC is the perfect choice. With Captain Tim's local knowledge and experience, you'll have a chance to catch a variety of species and have a blast, whether it's your first time or your 100th! Captain Tim is a native of Mt. Pleasant, SC and has been an offshore and inshore fishing guide for over 15 years. Fishing with a local has many advantages. This trip is designed for people of all ages and skill levels, making it perfect for families or groups of friends. You'll be targeting species such as Redfish, Speckled Sea trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, shark, and others. These fish are known for their abundance and are relatively easy to catch, making for an enjoyable and rewarding fishing experience. The charter will take you out to the shallow waters of the local estuaries and tidal creeks, where you'll have a chance to fish in a variety of habitats, including grass beds, oyster beds, and rocky shorelines. Captain Tim's 23' Pathfinder Bay boat is equipped with top-quality fishing gear, including all rods, reels, and tackle! During the trip, Captain Tim will provide you with tips and guidance on how to catch the target species, including the best techniques and baits to use. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the local fishing scene and the different types of fish that inhabit the area Overall, an inshore fishing charter with Captain Tim is a fun and family-friendly sportfishing experience that you won't forget. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-timer, this trip is sure to provide you with plenty of excitement, adventure, and memories that will last a lifetime! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter near Johns Island

4hr Inshore

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23 ft 1 - 6 People From $550
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Wrecks, Reefs, and Ledges in Mount Pleasant

On this trip, you'll head go offshore to different wrecks, reefs and ledges for bottom fishing and trolling. Depending on targeted species and the time of year this can be as close as two miles from shore and as deep as thirty-five miles from shore. Captain Bob uses and provides Penn spinning and conventional reels to pull up a variety of species. Typical catches include Black Seabass, Triggerfish, Snappers, Grouper, Amberjack, Barracuda, Sharks, Cobia, Kingfish, and Sheepshead. On the morning of your trip, you'll load up aboard Captain Bob's luxurious 30' Grady White center console. You'll get comfortable in a bean bag and settle in for the ride out to the fishing grounds. Then, the real adventure will begin! Whether you're trolling or bottomfishing, you'll be able to fight fish and collect trophies all day. The fish are biting—get out there and have some fun! *Fuel not included* Guest pays for fuel used at the end of the charter. Contact the captain for current marina fuel prices. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Wrecks, Reefs, And Ledges

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,300
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Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Low Country Inshore Slam in Mount Pleasant

Come fish Charleston's beautiful coastal waters and prepare for an action-packed day of fishing in the South Carolina flats! With so many endless waterways, Charleston makes for great inshore fishing all year long. Mrs. Kendra, your contact listed here, runs all the scheduling for the outfit and handles most of the communication in the days leading up to the trip. On this half-day trip, our captains will take you up the river inlets and creeks, to the grass lines and docks, or out to the harbor where you'll be targeting Flounder, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. You'll be sight casting right to where the fish are on light tackle. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, our captains will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! We have three 25' SeaPro 248s. These vessel allows up to six anglers to move around the deck with ease, and provides ample seating and a stable and flat casting deck. She boasts a top speed of 50 knots to get you skipping from spot to spot in no time, and comes equipped with everything you will need for the perfect day on the water! This vessel has fantastic shallow water capability, and with a 14” draft that allows it to access areas that most cannot. We provide all rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses and an ice box to store your catches. He'll even clean any keepers for you to take home. All you need to bring is any food or drinks you might want. Tight lines! Read More

Flats, Inshore, River Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Low Country Inshore Slam

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25 ft 1 - 6 People From $600
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Everything to Know About Booking a South Carolina light tackle fishing charter

What are the best light tackle fishing charters in South Carolina?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 51 light tackle fishing trips in South Carolina, and the most popular trips in the area are Inshore fishing - 24’ Blazer Bay guided by Johnston, Half Day Charleston Adventure guided by Adrian, and Charleston Deep Sea Offshore guided by Darius.

Our guides in South Carolina are rated a 4.97 out of 5 based on 2711 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.

The most popular cities to book a Light Tackle Fishing charter in South Carolina are Mount Pleasant, Charleston and Hilton Head Island.

Looking for kid friendly light tackle fishing guides / fishing lessons in South Carolina? Check out our beginner and family friendly light tackle fishing guides in South Carolina.

What types of light tackle fishing charters are common in South Carolina?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for light tackle fishing in South Carolina as well as inshore fishing, river fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species for light tackle fishing in South Carolina are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, and 4. black drum.

How much do South Carolina light tackle fishing charters cost?

for light tackle fishing in South Carolina prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,383, but the average price for a half day trip for light tackle fishing in South Carolina is $601. The average price for a full day trip for light tackle fishing in South Carolina is $1,126.

What month is best for on a light tackle fishing charter in South Carolina?

The most popular season to go on a light tackle fishing charter in South Carolina is summer, and most anglers book their trips 12 days in advance.

Do I need a South Carolina fishing license and what are the bag limits in South Carolina?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in South Carolina 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 South Carolina. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time and plenty of fish

    Dylan S. with Brent R. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Fun, educational and exactly what we were looking for! Highlight of our vacation.

    Ali M. with Kaleb S. of Mount Pleasant, 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

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely Fantastic!! Captain Tim was a great Guide!!! Put us right on the fish and helped every step of the way. We caught so many we were getting exhausted just reeling them in!! Went past Fort Sumter and saw it from a totally new perspective. Great guy, great boat and fantastic experience! Marshview Fishing Charters Rock!!!

    Dan C. with Tim M. 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

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome amazing ! Great guides we caught a LOT more of fish! Highly recommend!

    Carolyn L. with Tj D. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Adam was great. This was my first time fly fishing for reds. He did a wonderful job coaching me through the trip. His boat and gear are top notch. Definitely going to return.

    Marcy B. with Adam L. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Mike and 1st ante Owen were fantastic. We did the close to shire trip and they quickly put us on some large Black Drum and later we found where the Sheepshead were hiding bringing in enough keepers to make anyone proud! Would definitely recommend!

    Frank L. with Michael P. of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip with Captain Chris today! All 6 of us caught a couple including 5 nice Reds! Fun day on the water. Spring break 2024!

    Jay J. with Kendra K. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great trip with Captain Brad! Nice boat, friendly guide, and tons of fish! Would highly recommend.

    Spencer W. with Brad B. 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

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time with Adam! He was very knowledgeable about fishing in the area. It was a very tough day for fishing but we really enjoyed being on the river.

    Dave K. with Adam L. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome trip!!

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

  • ★★★★★
    Great time! Took my 12 yo out for few hours and Adam was extremely knowledgeable. Boat was in great condition and felt safe throughout the trip. We will definitely return in the fall!

    Randy G. with Adam L. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Brent was amazing. He’s incredibly patient and genuinely caring to make sure you’re having a great experience If it’s your first time or 50th time, Captain Brent IS the guy in Charleston for fishing

    Matthew A. with Brent R. of Charleston, 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

  • ★★★★★
    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

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Bentley and Patrick were awesome. They made the experience memorable, and we plan to make this a tradition. Great boat and great crew!!

    Josnel F. with Bentley J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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