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Fishing in Charleston

The waters around Charleston are a maze of salt marshes, creeks, and artificial reefs, all bustling with fish. Charleston fishing charters make the most of all of this, tailoring trips to every spot and species around. From family angling to hardcore sportfishing, you’ll find it all with a warm Lowcountry welcome.
 
Most Charleston fishing guides specialize in inshore trips targeting Red and Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder. The bite is best in the cooler months, but all these fish are available year-round. You can catch them with live bait, lures, or on the fly, depending on your skill level.
 
It’s not all about the inshore action. Spring through fall, you can find a ton of big fish farther out. King Mackerel and Cobia hunt around nearshore structure. Wahoo and Mahi Mahi patrol offshore. These trips focus on trolling, but you can also bottom fish for tasty Red Snapper and Amberjack.
 
Inshore charters stay in sheltered waters close to town, so they’re great for kids and families. Nearshore trips fish open water, but they’re fine for beginners and older kids. Both are available as half or full days. Offshore adventures last the whole day and are best for seasoned anglers. Charters run out of Charleston, as well as nearby Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach.

Rules & Regulations

Fishing licenses are included on saltwater fishing charters in South Carolina. In freshwater, you need a license for everybody age 16 and up. Striped Bass are closed for harvest June 1 to September 30, and saltwater Catfish species are closed year-round. It’s also illegal to gig for Redfish and Trout from December 1 through the end of February.
Charleston
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Charleston Fishing Seasons

January

The coldest month of the year in Charlestone still sees temperatures rarely get down below 40 degrees, and can offer great inshore fishing for the large groups of Redfish schooling on the flats.

February

Temperatures start to warm up slightly towards the end of the month, and so do offshore opportunities, with Kingfish and (rarely) Tuna starting to bite. Low rain also makes February good for fly fishers.

March

March marks the end of winter, and things start to get more active both inshore and offshore. The first few Cobia arrive, and the Redfish and start feeding aggressively, making for great lure and fly fishing.

April

More visitors start to arrive - both on land and in the water. April has great fishing for Cobia, and you may start to see some Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna and Marlin on the end of your line offshore.

May

Offshore fishing kicks off properly, with Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo and Billfish all on the cards. Inshore, Redfish, Trout and Flounder are getting bigger. You can also expect to pull in some big Sharks this time of year.

June

As the fishing picks up, so does the rain. Not that you will care, because big game fishing is really getting good with Marlin offshore and sharks over 10 feet long caught in the harbor!

July

Big Bull Reds are joined by the best of the summer Tarpon to make inshore fishing outstanding, while offshore Billfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi are hitting hard. It's not surprising this is peak tourist season.

August

August is the best time of year to catch Tarpon, making it a fly fisherman's dream. August also sees some of the best fishing for Blue and White Marlin, with multiple encounters per trip possible.

September

The summer heat - and summer storms - start to taper off. Small Wahoo and Mahi Mahi remain in strong numbers and the Tuna keep getting bigger. Inshore, you can find Tarpon, Redfish, and much more.

October

The cooler temperatures and drop in rainfall makes inshore fishing much more enjoyable. Trout bite well this time of year, as do Sheepshead, Red Drum, and Flounder. Offshore, Tuna are still going strong.

November

November offers great fishing for Trout around underwater structure, with plenty of opportunities to target Red Drum, too. This is the driest month, as the fall draws to a close and the tourists leave town.

December

You can still find Tuna way offshore, but you will have to search for them. Migratory species have pretty much left, but Snapper, Grouper, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead and more all still call the area home.

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Reviews of Fishing in Charleston

Fishing with Gene
Matthew B. fished with Charlestowne Charters on July 3, 2020
Go out on a charter and go bottom fishing on the reefs off shore, fish were biting like crazy.
12 hour trip
Timothy P. fished with Charleston Fishing Charters – Git R Done on October 13, 2019
Book an excellent boat and crew like the Git-R-Done
Taking the boys fishing
Mark L. fished with Flood Tide Charters on July 30, 2019
Sit back and enjoy the time on the water.
Half day trip with Captain Rob
Dale A. fished with Citadel Marine Services on July 3, 2019
Definitely do a charter and let the captain lead you to the best options.
Full day fish trip with Capt. Jeff
James W. fished with Olde Man Charters & Tours on July 2, 2019
Go with Captain Jeff on an all day fishing trip.
Six hours of fun in the sun
David P. fished with Flood Tide Charters on May 10, 2019
Easy to use but had some issues contacting our captain which the site quickly resolved
4 hour inshore with Capt Brian
Becky N. fished with Flood Tide Charters on March 16, 2019
It's a little chilly but with proper clothing you will have fun!
Half day with Captain Brian
Steven P. fished with Flood Tide Charters on February 17, 2019
A little cold, so dress warm with layers so you can dress down as it warms up.

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