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You can’t talk about fishing in South Carolina without mentioning Georgetown. This historic port town is situated on Winyah Bay, an estuary brimming with marine life. With a good mixture of saltwater and freshwater opportunities, Georgetown fishing charters are ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime to catch the fish of your dreams!

Top Fishing Spots

Georgetown sits at the confluence of four main river systems that feed the Winyah Bay. Its geographical location makes this area a prime spot for inshore and flats fishing, as well as offshore fishing. With quick access points to the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll be able to combine inshore and offshore fishing in one day and target a wide range of species.

Winyah Bay

Over the decades, Winyah Bay has become a top destination for anglers looking to catch Bull Reds, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, and Flounder. Shallower parts of the watershed contain salt marshes and oyster reefs, making it ideal for the likes of Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Catfish, and Jack Crevalle to thrive. You can also head out to the deeper parts of the bay to target nearshore species, such as Cobia, Kingfish, Sheepshead, Triggerfish, Black Seabass, Bluefish, and Shark.

The Atlantic Ocean

If you have time, be sure to check out one of Georgetown’s saltwater charters that will take you offshore to target big game species such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. There are a variety of charters that offer exciting bottom fishing trips as well, where you’ll be able to catch Grouper and Snapper, as well as other bottom-dwellers like Amberjack.


Georgetown also presents an abundance of exciting freshwater opportunities. As mentioned above, there are four rivers that drain into the Winyah Bay: the Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Sampit, and Black Rivers. These rivers contain lots of freshwater A-listers, including Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish, and Brown Trout.

Types of Trips

Fishing trips are typically packaged into half day and full day trips that last up to four hours and eight hours, respectively. Some charters also offer ¾ day trips that last about six hours. Extended day trips are also available for those die-hard anglers looking to squeeze in a little extra deep-sea action into their day.

If you’re looking to take your kids fishing, then shorter inshore trips are your best bet. You’ll stay close to shore while fishing in calm waters and captains usually recommend no more than four hours for small children. Plus, inshore half day trips are a great way for beginners to practice the basics of casting and spinning, as well as other techniques like drifting.

What You Need to Know

Georgetown fishing charters will cover your license if you’re fishing in saltwater. However, if you plan on joining a freshwater guide, you’ll have to purchase your own before the trip. You can buy one online or at a local bait and tackle store. If you’re fishing alone, you’ll need to purchase an SCDNR fishing license, regardless of whether you plan to fish in saltwater or freshwater.

Tackle and bait are usually provided by the captain, so just be sure to pack some snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing, and you’re all set.

You’re now one step closer to planning your fishing adventure in the Palmetto State. Pick a charter that’s right for you and invite the whole family on an unforgettable journey down in Georgetown!

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The New Year begins with excellent inshore fishing. You’ll be able to target Redfish, Black Drum, and Speckled Trout in the Winyah Bay. Bass fishing in the rivers is solid as well, with active bites from Spotted, Largemouth, and Smallmouth Bass.


A lot of the action is centered inshore along the marshes and oyster bars. Sight fishing is a great option as the clear winter waters allow you to spot your target easily. Top catches include Red and Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, and Bluefish.


If you plan to go fishing on one of the rivers, right now is a great time to target Crappie and Bass. Inshore, you’ll find Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, and Jack Crevalle in shallow waters of the Winyah Bay.


The Cobia bite starts to warm up, Flounder fishing is in full swing, and you can also target many other inshore fish, such as Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, and Redfish. Freshwater fishing is all the rage as well, so be sure to head upstream for Bass and Crappie.


May is an excellent time to go Cobia and Shark fishing inshore. Yellowfin Tuna and Little Tunny start to show up offshore as well, so now is the time to find a charter to take you Tuna fishing.


Water temperatures average around 80 degrees, making fishing ideal no matter where you go. June is a great month for targeting Bull Reds in shallower parts of the Bay. Head into deeper territory to battle Kingfish, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi. You won’t be disappointed!


Tarpon takes the center stage as it settles into its summer patterns. The best time to target the Silver King is early in the morning or in the evenings, so if you’re an early bird or a night owl, Tarpon fishing might be the perfect option for you.


The summer heat continues so the fishing is hot everywhere. Go offshore and hit the Gulf Stream in search of Sailfish, or stay closer to shore and target Flounder or Redfish. Nearshore waters produce great opportunities for Cobia and Kingfish as well.


Tourists start to head home for the fall, so September is a great month for fishing. As your kids head back to school, a variety of inshore fish join schools of their own. Winyah Bay is teeming with Red and Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, Tarpon, and Sheepshead.


As water temperatures begin to cool, flats fishing remains hot, so choose a charter that will take you sight fishing for Redfish and Trout. Other top-targeted species are Flounder, Tarpon, Sheepshead, and Bluefish. 


Speckled Trout and Redfish are filling their bellies up for the winter, going after shrimp and other small bait. This is prime time for inshore fishing in marshes and tidal creeks, as well as freshwater fishing for various Bass species and Brown Trout.


Keep an eye out for Redfish near the oyster bars and creeks. Speckled Trout start to become a bit more picky as winter approaches, so the right bait and technique is crucial. As long as you’re patient and willing to learn as you go, December should be a breeze! 

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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Georgetown

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Georgetown costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $421, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $643. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Georgetown is 22 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bay boat.

According to customer reviews, State Line Guide Service, North Island Fishing Charters, and Lights Out Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Georgetown, South Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Georgetown.

State Line Guide Service, North Island Fishing Charters, and Lights Out Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Georgetown.

The best way to experience fishing in Georgetown is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Georgetown, South Carolina.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and backcountry fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As water temperatures begin to cool, flats fishing remains hot, so choose a charter that will take you sight fishing for Redfish and Trout. Other top-targeted species are Flounder, Tarpon, Sheepshead, and Bluefish.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Georgetown.

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