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Charleston, South Carolina Fishing Overview

There is no shortage of variety in the waters surrounding Charleston. Stalk tailing Redfish in the expansive salt marshes and flats or head out on our Charleston offshore fishing charters for hard-fighting game fish like Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi. Whether you're an experienced angler seeking a hardcore Charleston sport fishing charter, or want to take the family out for a day of fun and learning, our Damn Good Guides have you covered. Captain Experiences offers the best Charleston, SC fishing charters & experiences. Contact us today to schedule your dream fishing trip in Charleston.

Everything You Need to Know About Charleston, South Carolina Fishing

Charleston, SC Inshore Fishing Charters

Seasonality is not an issue when fishing in South Carolina's Lowcountry. The vast biodiversity, water types, and relatively temperate climate means the bite is on year-round. Whether fishing Shem Creek or on a deep sea fishing charter out of Charleston, SC, hooking up is not an issue- the only question is the size of your rod-bending Charleston fish that comes aboard to keep you company!

Redfish

One of the many prized species of Charleston inshore fishing is the Redfish. Cruising winding creeks and rivers on a skiff stalking schooling Reds is some of the most peaceful fishing out there, until you get a bite.

There is no shortage of Redfish fishing rigs and bait to use when targeting these violent eaters. Your Damn Good Guide will have the lowdown on the best techniques to use depending on the season and conditions. Many guides use shrimp or baitfish hooked up to a cork and jig head to target hungry bull Reds, or a soft plastic baitfish imitation. Another popular way to entice a Red is by using a spoon with a soft plastic tail to make more of a disturbance in the water. The inshore waters where Reds reign supreme are dark, muddy and full of silt. You'll need a lot of color and noise to draw attention to your bait.

Charleston, SC Fly Fishing Guides

Another popular way to target Reds is on the fly. The best fly fishing in Charleston, SC is done in the maze of intertidal creeks and flats that surround the city. Fly fishing allows anglers to exploit productive skinny waters that Redfish feed in. The darkness of the brackish inshore water means that sight fishing is a must. Redfish are more than happy to help you out with this as they crawl across shallow mud flats, through Spartina grass fields and up small creeks that branch out from the deeper water. Visible "tailing" Reds are easily recognizable as they prowl the shallows in search of fiddler crabs, shrimp, or anything else that moves.

The location, technique and fly choice depends on a multitude of factors ranging from seasonality and temperature patterns, to wind speed and water clarity. Your Damn Good Charleston fly fishing guide will know what to do. A 7 to a 9 weight will suffice, and you'll have a lot of flies to choose from. Crab imitations, poppers, Clouser minnows and everything in-between; Reds will devour them all.

A Biodiverse Fishery

Fishing tours out of Charleston, SC offer anglers an opportunity to cross off a lot of species from the bucket list. Regardless of season, there are multiple species of trophy fish to be caught in Charleston's marshes, rivers and bays.

Bottom fishing for flounder is productive in the spring, summer and fall. Caught year round, but especially in the colder months between fall and spring, Speckled Trout, or "Specks" can be found waiting in ambush along grass lines and oyster beds.

In the spring, Sheepshead can be found in the flats during high tide, or perusing the rocky bottomed areas near piers, jetties and bridges.

Year round, Black Drum can be found swimming alongside their smaller Redfish cousins. In the heat of summer, migrating Tarpon make their way into the bays and sounds in pursuit of schooling Menhaden and other baitfish. While Charleston isn't necessarily known for its Tarpon fishing, experienced guides know that trophies are out there. With a little patience and a bit of luck, 100+ pound Tarpon can be caught in the waters around Charleston.

Charleston Deep Sea Fishing

Charleston has plenty of charter boats for anglers who want to leave land behind to target a variety of shallow and deep sea species. Whether looking to go nearshore or offshore, our Charleston fishing charters & guides will keep you on fish on your next excursion.

Hop around shallow wrecks and artificial reefs for fantastic shark fishing out of Charleston, SC, or head further offshore to troll or fish deep structure. Much like the inshore fishing, there is no shortage of biodiversity in the saltwater fisheries off the Charleston coast. No matter your budget, experience level, or target species, our Charleston deep sea fishing guides will make it happen!

Nearshore

The waters within 10 miles of the Charleston coast contain some of the most productive fishing in South Carolina. Nearshore fishing is generally done in waters around 100 feet deep. Fishing closer to shore means less money spent on gas, and more time spent on the fish.

Artificial reefs and other seafloor structures provide an oasis for dozens of species of gamefish. Hard fighting species like Cobia, Goliath Grouper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Snapper, Barracuda and smaller reef species can be found hunting baitfish in these nearshore waters year round. 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. From 300 pound Goliath Grouper, to surprisingly strong Triggerfish, 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!

Offshore Fishing Charleston, SC

Offshore trips usually go more than 10 miles off the shore in waters deeper than 100 feet. Generally, offshore fishing involves targeting a variety of trophy Pelagic species around deep structure or open water. Some trips require a couple hour commute out to the prime fishing waters, while others last for multiple days.

A staple of Charleston deep sea fishing is the Wahoo fishing out of Charleston, SC. Battling a mature Wahoo is like trying to reel in a torpedo that continually changes direction. These streamlined predators commonly reach 3 to 5 feet long, weigh 50-80 pounds, and can swim up to 60 miles per hour.

They're also one of the tastiest fish in the sea. Starting in the spring, Wahoo and other popular gamefish like Mahi-Mahi and the occasional Sailfish invade the deep waters off of Charleston. These fish are often caught while trolling at multiple different depths using outriggers, planing boards and artificial lures imitating baitfish or squid.

Our experienced guides use fish finding technology to pinpoint temperature changes over seafloor structure, which is a recipe for finding Pelagic beasts. They also love to hold up under large seaweed islands, often called "paddies" for protection and food. One of the most exciting things as an offshore fisherman is finding one of these floating oases and drawing out a massive gamefish. One well placed cast is all you need to land the fish of a lifetime!

Book a Charleston Fishing Charter Today

Book a reel deal Charleston fishing charter with Captain Experiences for the fishing trip of a lifetime! Check out our Charleston, SC bay fishing and deep sea fishing prices and other info.

And Yes- we can take large groups on our Charleston, SC yacht fishing charters! We also have Charleston charter boats with heads (restrooms) on board.

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The Latest News and Fishing Reports From Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston Weekly Fishing Reports
September 20, 2020

Our Charleston fishing guides constantly update us with the most current and thorough Charleston fishing reports. See below for fishing reports from recent Charleston fishing trips:

Fishing Guides in Charleston, Week of October 8th:

"The cold front that past through this weekend made the bite difficult. Everyone caught fish, and one young man caught his personal best (27” Red Fish)"-Captain Shane