South Carolina’s estuaries are a beautiful natural ecosystem which host many of an inshore angler’s most prized gamefish.
Just minutes from downtown Charleston, you can find pristine shallow waters which hold redfish, sea trout, black drum, jack crevalle, and Spanish mackerel - just to name a few! If you want to chase bigger fish, it is only a short motor out to deeper water, where you can find sharks, amberjack, and cobia. Charleston boasts year round fishing, guaranteeing you a shot at the prized (and delicious) redfish and seatrout whenever you book your trip. It is not uncommon to catch redfish over twenty pounds in this part of South Carolina.
Most outfitters in Charleston also offer non-angling trips. The estuaries and bays around the Charleston are teeming with natural wonders and historical landmarks. Many Charleston fishing guides also encourage would-be anglers to put away their rods for a bit and take a sightseeing tour around this extremely unique and productive ecosystem. Options include bird watching, crabbing, shelling, historic and ecological tours. The warm weather, scenery, good shopping, and nightlife in Charleston will take care of everyone in your party while you sneak off for a day on the water.
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Top fish species to target in Charleston, SC
Fishing Info Charleston Shallows specializes in inshore light-tackle and fly fishing charters in the Charleston, South Carolina area. We offer a half day or full day trips for any level of fisherman. If you are looking for a relaxing day on the water or come with more technical experience Charleston Shallows will tailor specifically to your needs for the most rewarding day on the water. South Carolina’s pristine estuaries are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world, and support an incredible number of species in the world of sport fishing. Charleston Shallows offers you the opportunity to target inshore species like redfish (red drum), sea trout, flounder. Nearshore fishing opportunities include Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, sharks, amberjack and cobia depending on season. These fishing spots are all within a few miles of each other, and any fisherman can experience them in a single day.
More Charleston Outfitters
Affinity Charters Fishing Guide
John's Island, SC
Affinity Charters is owned and operated by Charleston, South Carolina native Captain John Ward Jr. Captain John is a full time fishing guide who holds a 100-ton Masters License from the USCG, and has two current IGFA world records while fishing with customers. Capt. John has over 25 years of fishing experience in Charleston and surrounding waters. He makes it his own personal goal on every guided charter to provide a safe, productive, and memory filled fishing adventure. Charleston, South Carolina’s nutrient rich eco system provides productive year round fishing for: Red Drum, Black Drum, Speckled Sea Trout, Flounder, and Sheepshead. Seasonal species include: Bluefish, Barracuda, Sea Bass, Cobia, Jack Cravelle, Tarpon, Ladyfish, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and numerous species of Sharks. Charleston and surrounding waters provide numerous areas to fish. You can fish the Charleston back water flats, rivers, harbors, bays, creeks, ICW, Charleston Jetties, and numerous near shore reefs off of Charleston’s coastline. Most areas can be reached within 15 minutes or less to provide more fishing time on a charter. Affinity Charters offers ½, ¾, and full day fishing trips for light tackle and fly-fishing charters aboard 2013 and 2014 24ft Sportsman Bay Boats. Affinity Charters is Charleston’s finest inshore and flats fishing charter service. All guided trips are private and custom, so they cater to each client’s goals, wants, and skill level. Capt. John Ward is a dedicated professional fishing guide with a History and Biology degree form College of Charleston. Charleston’s waters are full of life, and by special request: private eco tours, bird watching, harbor cruises, shelling, crabbing, historic, and corporate trips are available. Fishing in Charleston is world class, whether you are sight casting a fly at schooling redfish, or battling acrobatic Black Tip Sharks or Tarpon on light spin tackle.
Avid Angling Fishing Charters
Avid Angling Fishing Charters, with Captain Mike Illig, is your experienced go to full service inshore and nearshore fishing charter company here in sunny Charleston, SC! We offer competitive rates for guided inshore, nearshore, deep sea or flyfishing trips in the Charleston area. Specialty charters such as nightly sunset cruises, sharks teeth and shell collecting, eco and dolphin tours, and photography excursions are available for you and your family, friends, and business partners if you prefer to leave the rods at home.
Exclusive Fishing Charters
Our goal at Exclusive Fishing Charters is to satisfy our customers with an amazing day of fishing at an affordable rate. We would like to make our passion your fishing pleasure. Clients will have the opportunity to learn local tried and true fishing methods, and a few techniques of the pros. We provide our customers all of the tools necessary to land that catch of a lifetime. Exclusive Fishing Charters specializes in catching year round inshore and nearshore species like Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, Flounder and Black Sea Bass. We also go after seasonal species like, Bull Redfish, Spanish Mackerel , King Mackerel, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon and Sharks. We catch it all! We know how much you've been looking forward to a great day on the water, and our guide service would like you to feel right at home. So feel free to bring along anything that would enhance your fishing experience. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather. This fishing trip is all about you! About Captain John Ever since he was young, Captain Jonathan Smith has been fascinated with the waterways in the Charleston area. Fishing has become a lifetime passion for the captain. With his local knowledge of the inlets, creeks and rivers, area fish have become a simple catch. Captain John enjoys teaching new anglers about local fishing techniques, as well as sharing the rich history of the area. From visiting newcomers to local experts, all are welcome to have a great day on the water! Experience breathtaking local views of historic Charleston, SC with a local Fishing guide!
Allure Fishing Charters
Mount Pleasant, SC
At Allure Fishing Charters we strive to be the best at what we do. Our captains are out on the water 300 plus days per year to assure that we are always dialed in on what the fish are doing. No matter if you’re a first time fisherman or an expert, we are here to give you the trip of a lifetime. We are a locally owned and operated family fishing charter business with over 10 years experience in Charleston, South Carolina fishing. Our Charleston inshore fishing guides are great at what they do, primarily because we combine personal passion with family values.
Isle of Palms Marina Fishing Charters
Isle of Palms, SC
Get ready for an adventure... and some fishing you will not soon forget! Choose Inshore or Offshore fishing trips, the kind of fish you would like to catch, and boat type and trip length. Our experienced staff knows the area waters and how the weather and time of day can affect your fishing prospects. Trip prices include all fishing equipment, an experienced USCG Licensed Captain, and fishing license. Reservations are required, so call now!
Grey Ghost Charters
Captain Tucker Blythe was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. His love of fishing began at an early age learning how to fool mountain trout with a fly rod. As a teenager he began fishing the North Carolina and South Carolina coastline and found a new passion. The Salt. After graduating the College of Charleston with a Biology degree he traveled around the country learning new and exciting fisheries. He now resides in James Island, SC and pursues many of the different species along the South Carolina coast. Among these species, his favorites are the redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead, spadefish, bonnet head shark, tarpon, spanish mackerel and cobia. He is constantly trying to figure out new and old tricks to put fish in the boat. The East Cape Vantage is the true king of open water skiffs. It has massive spray rails that allows a smooth and dry ride. Powered by the lightweight Etec 90, this boat drafts less than 8 inches. The Vantage is the perfect boat for both running the beach in search of tarpon or chasing reds in the skinny. The Vantage can accommodate up to 3 anglers with plenty of storage and cooler space for all.
Carolina Backwaters Fishing Charters
Isle of Palms, SC
Book your Carolina Backwaters adventure today and fish aboard one of our beautiful flats boats ! About the Captains Captain Jim Captain Jim Potzauf, Originally from south Florida, I grew up on the waters from Ft Lauderdale to Islamorada fishing as a kid with my family. As a family we always took advantage of the time on the water and the great times they provided. After college, I was transferred by the military to Charleston and soon realized that those same opportunities were here to enjoy. Since then, I have been able to spend time learning the coastal waters of Charleston, its unique fishery and conservation efforts to protect it. I now spend time with my family and friends enjoying the great outdoors of South Carolina. Captain Fred I grew up fishing the Atlantic waters off the New Jersey shore and fished them all the way south to Hilton Head Island in 1982. Upon moving to Hilton Head I quickly fell in love with fishing the backwaters for redfish, trout, flounder, cobia and monster tarpon. During my 30 plus years fishing I have learned great techniques from friends and from some of the best charter captains in the south. My career has held me close to the Carolina Backwaters and I look forward to providing friends both new and old a productive and memorable fishing trip here in beautiful Charleston South Carolina.
Captain Richard Fishing Charter
Fishing in Charleston is in peak season year round with endless opportunities to fish the beautiful waters around Charleston, South Carolina. Check out my trips and affordable rates here. I offer competitive rates and am always willing to design a fishing trip that fits your needs and budget. I have been fishing and working on boats for years and offering custom Charleston charters for everyone from beginning and advanced anglers to family and group trips. My fishing charters include more advanced trips to the harbors, bays, creeks, rivers, jetties, and numerous shore reefs around Charleston, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Isle of Palms. I also offer family fishing trips, dolphin tours, and sport crabbing. Come take a fishing charter with me! I will make sure your Charleston, SC fishing trip is your most memorable experience.
Overdose Fishing Charters
Moncks Corner, SC
Welcome to Overdose Fishing Charters. There are many fishing guides here in Charleston, SC and the surrounding area. However, we are all about our clients and we are here to serve you to the best of our abilities! With over 12 years of experience fishing these waters,our goal is to make sure you get the very most out of fishing with us! We offer a number of fishing guides along with other services. We will do everything we can to accommodate you and your needs. We Guarantee you to catch fish! Check out our guarantee on our packages page! Also, don't forget to take a look at our monthly offers. Come on in and check us out and see what we have to offer. Capt. Chris
Marsh View Fishing Charters
Mount Pleasant, SC
Captain Tim Mullins Tim Mullins is a USCG Licensed and Insured Captain. He is a native of the Charleston area and a College of Charleston graduate. He has been fishing the Charleston area his whole life. Captain Mullins fishes in tournaments all over the South has learned many tactics from professional anglers all over the world. Let Captain Mullins put his experience to work for you. Charleston offers some of the best inshore and deep sea fishing around. With its proximity to the ocean, along with all of our rivers, creeks, and marshes the fishing opportunities are endless. The area is located in a sub tropical climate, making fishing a year round experience . Our primary targets year round include redfish and speckled sea trout. Other species of fish are targeted during certain times of the year, primarily from May to October. These fish include: cobia, sharks, tarpon, bull reds, striped bass, along with king and spanish mackerel. Deep sea fishing is also available. Deep sea catches include: Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, Marlin, Grouper, and Snapper just to name a few. We also provide live bait trolling for King Mackeral on light tackle. Sight fishing for redfish can last all year long with even better possibilities in the winter. We specialize in light tackle and using anything from live bait to artificial lures. All fishing is done from our 22′ Pathfinder bay boat and our 30′ Contender which are both loaded with all of the latest technology. We provide all of the fishing equipment, licenses, ice, bottled water, and local information about our beautiful city. We also offer fly fishing for redfish while wading. Nothing is more fun than being in the water while tangling with a large redfish.
Holy City Fishing Charters
EXPLORE ALL THE BEAUTY THAT CHARLESTONS WATERWAYS HAVE TO OFFER Never been fishing? Don't worry! Holy City Fishing Charters works with new anglers, clients of all ages and skill levels. Let us help you prepare to enjoy an adventure like none other. We're outfitted to help you make a splash. All year round you will find Captain John Fuss and his dog Stretch, navigating through Charleston's hidden waterways, tromping through pluff mud and mapping the ever changing sand banks to find the best fishing spots in the Low Country. Whether you are looking for the elite fishing experience, night bow fishing, a dolphin cruise or a fun day watching your rod bend, John's expertise and area knowledge will provide you and your companions a fishing experience that will last a lifetime. For the past 11 years, John has built a reputation as one of the Low Countries' top fishermen. As a guide, he has developed a core following and has led hundreds of clients to catch thousands of fish. John Fuss is a fourth generation waterman. Born in the Philippines, his youngest memories were island hopping as his father spearfished in the crystal waters of the South Pacific and China Sea. Moving to the United States, he spent his school years living on a freshwater lake in northern SC where he cut his teeth on catfish, bass and crappie fishing. After high school, John moved to Charleston to focus on his passion, and to immerse himself in the rich sea life the area has to offer. There he honed his skills and garnered the respect of the local fishing community. Aside from his daily trips on the water, John has written numerous articles, has been recognized in local and national journals. He regularly lectures at organized local fishing meetings and provides tips to the readers of the popular local fishing websites and boards.
Charleston Fun Fishing Private Charters
Mount Pleasant, SC
SC Fishing Charters by Charleston Fun Fishing. Our Charleston, SC fishing charter service includes guided offshore deep sea saltwater fishing as well as inshore fishing and near shore fishing. Captain Dave Yates has been fishing SC for over 20 years, which means he knows where the fish are! In addition to the finest fishing around we provide full service private boat charters that can meet all of your recreational boating needs. Charleston Fun Fishing offers sunset and dolphin watching tours. Whether you are looking for a birthday or anniversary celebration, bachelor - bachelorette party, an old fashioned booze cruise for your friends or co-workers, or want to kick back and catch THE BIG ONE Captain Dave Yates can meet your needs.
Charleston Fishing Adventures
Isle of Palms, SC
Charleston Fishing Adventures goes beyond the unique history of Charleston, the charming beach of the Isle of Palms, and the vast and complex waterways of the South Carolina Lowcountry, to bring you a fun filled and informative day on the water. Fishing Charleston, SC offers some of the finest Inshore, Nearshore, and Offshore fishing in the world. With a high quality year round fishery, an outing with us is guaranteed to be an experience you will not soon forget. We strive to make every trip or excursion unique to the customer’s specifications. Our Licensed and Insured Captains go to great lengths not only to ensure their clients are satisfied, but also bring education to all skill levels, ensuring everyone enjoys their time on the water. All Captains are TWIC, CPR, and First Aid certified, and take great pride in what they do. There is no better to way to create memories for Families, Corporations, or first time Anglers than a day on the water with Charleston Fishing Adventures!
Ambush Inshore Charters
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Experience the South Carolina Outdoors like never before with an experienced low country angler. Captain Johnny Spitzmiller offers Charleston, SC's finest saltwater fishing charters. Enjoy half day or full day guide trips in the Wando River, The Charleston Harbor Jetties and Bulls Bay. Johnny has over 30 years experience fishing the local waters and guarantees you will have a great time while searching for Redfish, Trout and or Sheepshead. Shrimp Baiting Charters also available as well as oyster and clam harvesting. We look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day
Fly Right Charters
Fly Right Charters is an inshore and nearshore fly-fishing and light tackle charter service, operated by Captain John Irwin. Fly-casting and tying instruction is also available. Region/Terrain Where You Fish Fly Right Charters covers Charleston, South Carolina and it's surrounding areas from Georgetown to South Edisto. Typical Weather by Season We have a great fishery year-round. Winter fishing is typically mild, but can be cold with high temperatures ranging from the 30's to 70's. Spring and Fall provide beautiful weather with high temperatures ranging from the 50's to the 80's. Summer is generally very warm with high humidity and high temperatures ranging from the 80's to the 100's. What is Provided to Customer All tackle, flies, leaders, tippets, and licensing. Also, a cooler is provided with water, drinks, and ice. Date Range Year-round fishery.
Charleston Fly Fishing Expeditions
Premier guide service for fly and light tackle fishing in Charleston, South Carolina Experience truly world-class sight fishing, in an incredible environment enriched by the beauty and history of the Low Country I was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Columbia. My father taught me to fly fish at a young age, in trout streams and bass ponds. I moved back to Charleston to attend college, and it was then that my passion for saltwater fly fishing developed. Throughout college I spent every chance I could on the water, learning as much as possible. After graduating from the honors college at CofC, I attained my captain's license and began working full time as a guide. Fishing is done from a Maverick 17' HPX Micro - This is an incredibly diverse technical skiff able to fish in less than 5 inches of water, yet equally capable of handling rough open waters with a safe, smooth, and comfortable ride.
Fly Fishing Charleston
Fly Fishing Charleston (“FFC”) offers fly fishing and light tackle charters in the waters surrounding Charleston, South Carolina. Some of the best inshore fishing in the Country, the vast areas of marshes, flats, creeks, rivers and beaches of the Lowcountry provide a diverse and year-round fishery. FFC fishes the northern waters of Cape Romain all the way down to the southern Broad River in Beaufort, targeting Redfish (spottail bass), Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead and more. The type/method of fishing will depend on the time of year and the fish we’re after. Whether you’re a first-time caster or an experienced angler… whether we’re fishing a 7-foot flood tide or a mere 5 inches of water… whether it’s the middle of Summer or the dead of Winter…FFC will provide you with an exciting, rewarding and memorable day out on the water.