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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.

Basic Info
  • 60° 46° Dec-Feb
  • 72° 59° Mar-May
  • 88° 77° Jun-Aug
  • 75° 62° Sep-Nov
Atlantic Ocean, South Carolina Estuaries
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Charleston, SC


Amberjack, generally refers to a few species that usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins, fierce predators.

Black Drum

A saltwater fish similar to the related Red Drum (or Redfish). Typically 5-30 lbs but can't be much larger.


A large saltwater fish known for its cylindrical shape, flat head, and fearlessness.

Jack Crevalle

One of the biggest and more aggressive in the jack family, these predatory fish have yellow fins and silver bodies.


Reddish color along the back and white on the belly, Redfish are known for the distinct eyespot on their tail.

Sea Trout

Plentiful and good eating in the saltwater marshes of the South. Known for their spots, the sea trout is often called a speckled or spotted trout.

Spanish Mackerel

A migratory species of mackerel, these fish have a dark back and distinctive yellow spots.

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