Charleston Fishing Charters

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Charleston: 110 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(144 reviews)
Charleston
trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(343 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
trips from US $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(9 reviews)
Charleston
trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(10 reviews)
Charleston
trips from US $1,300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Charleston
trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(372 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
trips from US $325
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
trips from US $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(387 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Charleston
trips from US $500

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Charleston

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Charleston, South Carolina are: Full list of top fishing charters in Charleston

The average price for a private 4 hour Charleston fishing trip is US $624, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,531 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Charleston that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Charleston are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Charleston are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Charleston are:

Many fishing charters in Charleston provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Charleston are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Charleston?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Charleston are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $500
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $550
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $1,113
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,600
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,850
  • 12-hour fishing trips – US $2,225

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
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Based on 28582 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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What anglers said about fishing in Charleston

The inland waters are great fishing. Plenty of fish, calm waters and easy to locate.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The inland waters are great fishing. Plenty of fish, calm waters and easy to locate.
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters Oro Valley, AZ
If you are not used to the heat and sun, make sure you have the right protective clothing, sun screen and drink water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are not used to the heat and sun, make sure you have the right protective clothing, sun screen and drink water.
Ceviche Charters
Ceviche Charters Charleston, South Carolina
If you're coming in July, be prepared for some hot fun! Be patient, as the heat effects the fishing and its hit or miss. Pick a highly recommended guide, like Brian at Heritage Charters, to ensure you have the trip possible and a fun guide to keep ya going, even if the fishings slow!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you're coming in July, be prepared for some hot fun! Be patient, as the heat effects the fishing and its hit or miss. Pick a highly recommended guide, like Brian at Heritage Charters, to ensure you have the trip possible and a fun guide to keep ya going, even if the fishings slow!
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters El Paso, IL
Fish early or late. It gets hot if there isn’t a breeze or cloud cover. Spring and fall appear to be peak for most fish in backwaters of the river systems.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish early or late. It gets hot if there isn’t a breeze or cloud cover. Spring and fall appear to be peak for most fish in backwaters of the river systems.
Salty Habit Charters LLC
Salty Habit Charters LLC
The weather might be touch and go bc of all the different weather at this time around
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather might be touch and go bc of all the different weather at this time around
Charleston Fishing Charters – 48' Teaser 2
Charleston Fishing Charters – 48' Teaser 2 Louisville, GA
Get your rest before you go. you’ll be glad you did pulling those fish in gets tiring after a while
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get your rest before you go. you’ll be glad you did pulling those fish in gets tiring after a while
BoSs Fishing Company
BoSs Fishing Company Hiram, GA
A great time to get out before all the doofs are out on their boats for the summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A great time to get out before all the doofs are out on their boats for the summer.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters Charleston, SC
Find Captain Justin to go fishing and he knows where the good restaurants are.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find Captain Justin to go fishing and he knows where the good restaurants are.
Salty Habit Charters LLC
Salty Habit Charters LLC Cheltenham, MD
Like all SC weather, it changes often. Be prepared to reschedule or to take a trip with conditions that are less favorable than you might want. If you do not get sick easily, take a chance and get your hook wet!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Like all SC weather, it changes often. Be prepared to reschedule or to take a trip with conditions that are less favorable than you might want. If you do not get sick easily, take a chance and get your hook wet!
Coastal Carolina Fishing Charters
Coastal Carolina Fishing Charters Belton, SC
I would definitely recommend this fishing charter. Our captain was super fun and very knowledgeable about the fish we caught. Kids had a blast.
Very good
4.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend this fishing charter. Our captain was super fun and very knowledgeable about the fish we caught. Kids had a blast.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters COLD SPRGS HI, KY
Sharks were all we caught. Which was fun. Would have liked more reel time , even if smaller. But it was a good time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sharks were all we caught. Which was fun. Would have liked more reel time , even if smaller. But it was a good time!
Charleston Fishing Excursions
Charleston Fishing Excursions United States
Not all fish are running so summer is a little better but there is stil plenty to catch. Pick a calm day and go!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not all fish are running so summer is a little better but there is stil plenty to catch. Pick a calm day and go!
Fin Stalker Charters - 30'
Fin Stalker Charters - 30' Mooresville, NC

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Charleston?

All In One Charters – Inshore
All In One Charters – Inshore
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Captain Chris was fantastic! Found multiple species of fish for us to catch. He was great with our kids ages 7 12 & 17. Overall a fantastic trip. Would highly recommend!!!
Luke  P.
Luke P.
Charleston Fishing Excursions
Charleston Fishing Excursions
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(70 reviews)
Did a great job and was patient. He found the fish and we were able to catch; redfish, trout, black drum and perch.
Joe  T.
Joe T.
Salty Habit Charters LLC
Salty Habit Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(158 reviews)
We caught plenty of fish and had a great time. Justin took care of us; put us on the fish we wanted to catch, hooked the bait, made casts to help, and poured drinks that we brought. His recommendation for a catch and cook restaurant was awesome as well.
Randy  Z.
Randy Z.
All In One Charters – Inshore
All In One Charters – Inshore
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
On a windy, post rainy day morning fishing charter Chris brought us to multiple spots catching something at almost every spot including a massive 42 inch drum fish in the inter coastal. There is never a guarantee of fish but Captain Chris’s local knowledge and experience will give you the upper hand on any fish swimming around Charleston. My son and I will for sure be calling if we travel back here again.
Scott  W.
Scott W.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
We had a great time and Capt. Brian was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!
Joshua  P.
Joshua P.
Full Circle Fishing Charters
Full Circle Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Had a great day out with Capt Jamie and his sons on a very nice spacious boat. They put us on a wide variety of fish. Super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Kept us on the fish all day long. By far the best by far the best charter fishing experience we’ve had to date. Looking forward to going back out on Full Circle with Captain Jamie when we again.
David  B.
David B.
Salty Habit Charters LLC
Salty Habit Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(158 reviews)
We had a blast. I was happy that Justin worked with us. It was so cold and windy on the actual date of our trip that he cut it short early because we were just beat up and frozen. He had us come out the following morning and we reeled in plenty of red drum and a couple young trout. Walked it up to the restaurant and had a great lunch!
Mark  D.
Mark D.
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We had a great fishing experience with Capt Danny. He had pre scoped out a couple spots that had lots of fishing action. He was great with our son who caught a good sized red, and our daughter who was content being the shrimp master. Everybody had a great time, we lost count on how many fish we caught. We think about 19.
Wes  M.
Wes M.
Chompin Charters - Private-Toilet & Live Bait
Chompin Charters - Private-Toilet & Live Bait
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Daniel was a great choice. He was knowledgeable about the area, friendly, and most importantly he brought us to spots where fish were biting. We’ll be back next year.
Lance  G.
Lance G.
All In One Charters – Inshore
All In One Charters – Inshore
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Had us on fish with our first cast, and kept us on the fish. Great day of fishing.
Chad  S.
Chad S.
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
One of the best and most fun charters we have done. Danny was knowledgeable and and clearly loves what he does. Great experience on a father/son trip.
Clay  W.
Clay W.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
We went out on Brian’s boat for my son’s 12th bday. Brian was great and we had a great day with him!
Meghan  P.
Meghan P.
Reel Freedom Offshore Charter
Reel Freedom Offshore Charter
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Captain Ryan and his first mate Ray were awesome! They were super accommodating and friendly. Everyone on the trip caught fish and had a blast. If you are looking for an exciting fishing trip, you should go fishing with Ryan!!
Jeremy  S.
Jeremy S.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Nice trip all 4 people caught multiple fish. Highly recommend this captain. I have done several fishing trips and this one was top of the list!
Eric  K.
Eric K.
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
All three of us caught fish and totally enjoyed our fishing trip!! Danny went out of his way to make sure we had a good time. I would recommend his fishing trips 150%
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
Brian worked hard to help us find and land fish. He was patient and worked well with our kids! We would highly recommend!
Matt  N.
Matt N.
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Danny was incredibly nice, accommodating, had a great boat and equipment and led us in an incredibly enjoyable outing looking for redfish. While we weren’t able to land one in the end, we had a great experience, got to learn what to look for, saw some fish up close, had a few bites that got away and had a ton of fun. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to get out on the water and have an enjoyable fishing experience. I’m sure we’ll come back on our next trip down here.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
I’ve fished with many various captains, and this operation is top notch! Very knowledgeable, friendly and personable! I will definitely be looking forward to booking another trip with him in the future!
Joshua  R.
Joshua R.
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(144 reviews)
We had a great time on our trip with Brian. He got us on a massive school of red fish and we caught dozens.
Ryan  C.
Ryan C.
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Captain Danny is knowledgeable and passionate about putting clients on fish. Highly recommend for a fun day of fishing in the Charleston area.
Nick  G.
Nick G.

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