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Top Fishing Charters in Mount Pleasant

Fishing in Mount Pleasant

With a historical town center that’s packed with oak-lined streets, winding waterways, and plenty of old Southern charm, Mount Pleasant has definitely earned its name! But that’s not all – this South Carolinian gem is also surrounded by some incredible fishing grounds. Best of all, there’s a huge variety of Mount Pleasant fishing charters available to introduce every type of angler to fishing, Southern-style. 

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Inshore Fishing for Newbies and Experts Alike

Whether you want to hook trophy-sized Bull Redfish, or get to grips with fishing while taking in the Charleston skyline, Mount Pleasant offers up a variety of year-round inshore fishing charters. Shem Creek runs directly through the town – here, you’ll be able to target Snapper species, Flounder, and Speckled Seatrout. This is a great option for families and newer anglers, as you’ll get to combine top-notch angling action with plenty of sightseeing.
More experience under your belt? August sees the arrival of “Silver Kings” (Tarpon) in these shallow waters. Grab your rods and reels – it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your light tackle skills, or even fish with flies.
Want to hook your own Bull Redfish? They grow to impressive sizes around the jetties, where you’ll also find Sheepshead and Black Seabass. For a more notorious kind of species, embark on your trip under the cover of darkness to cast off for a variety of Sharks – Blacktip, Bull, Bonnethead, Sharpnose, and more lurk here.

Reefs, Wrecks, and Further Ashore

If you want to experience exciting fishing in deeper waters and are still developing your angling skills, a half day trip allows plenty of time to explore the wrecks and reefs near Mount Pleasant’s shoreline. You’ll only have to travel around 7 miles to reach productive waters, and you’ll be able to target world-famous bottom-dwellers such as Black Seabass, King Mackerel, Triggerfish, and Grouper species. These fish provide plenty of fun, fast-paced action!
If you want to hook some seriously huge fish, you’ll have to head further out onto the Atlantic – opt for a full day trip, and you’ll have the chance to travel up to 60 miles, where you’ll hit the “Charleston Bump.” There are incredible bottom fishing opportunities here, with gigantic Grouper and Snapper regularly biting, as well as Cobia and Amberjack. During the spring, Mahi Mahi and Blackfin Tuna can be found here in abundance, and the Sailfish bite really heats up in September. 

What to Bring

The majority of Mount Pleasant fishing charters provide everything you need for a successful trip, including fishing gear, bait, tackle, and a fishing license for all guests. It’s also common for charters to offer discounts to military personnel, so make sure you discuss this with your captain. Bring along:
  • Snacks and drinks. Water and ice are usually provided.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Bug spray! This is a must if you’re planning on Shark fishing, or heading on an evening trip.
  • Sea-sickness medication. Inshore waters are calm, but fishing grounds around the reefs and wrecks can get choppy.
Mount Pleasant is more than just a hidden Southern gem – it also provides angling adventures that are a treasure in their own right. Come discover these bountiful waters for yourself, and get ready to take home some priceless memories!
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Mount Pleasant Fishing Seasons

Start off your new year  the right way and head to Mount Pleasant’s inshore waters for some seriously huge Bull Redfish. Even in winter, temperatures stay mild here, so there’s always something biting!

Inshore fishing remains fruitful, with Bull Redfish biting. The temperature starts to heat up toward the end of February, and this makes for some fun, fast-paced Kingfish action near the wrecks and reefs!

Spring has arrived, and as inshore waters get hotter, so does the Redfish bite! The jetties are particularly plentiful, with Sheepshead making an appearance, too. In shallower waters, you’ll find Speckled Seatrout.

Hardcore anglers should prepare for battle – Mahi Mahi and Blackfin Tuna have arrived offshore! On land, head to the Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, which pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s fishing industry.

This is the month to visit if you’re a big game enthusiast, with Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo all providing plenty of fighting spirit offshore. Inshore, come face-to-gills with some notorious Shark species around the jetties. 

Inshore, the “Silver King” makes his first appearance. Offshore, Sailfish and other Billfish begin to bite hard – seasoned anglers can even take part in Mount Pleasant’s annual Carolina Billfish Classic tournament!

As the weather hits maximum heat, offshore fishing starts to slow down, with hard-fighters retreating to cooler, deeper waters. Don’t worry, though – Groupers and Snappers are plentiful around the reefs!

August is all about inshore Tarpon fishing! Head to the shallow bays and flats to battle your very own “Silver King.” Shark species lurk around the jetties, and offshore, there’s plenty of Barracuda and Mahi Mahi to be found.

For an incredible Billfish battle, this is the month to visit – Sailfish are biting like never before around the “Charleston Hump.” Want to hook your own Bull Redfish? Head inshore and explore the local jetties for huge fish!

Shem Creek is bustling with some inshore superstars – Flounder, Snapper, and Speckled Seatrout are all on offer. This the perfect time for a family vacation! Bull Redfish are still hanging around the jetties, too.

The inshore bite remains strong, and Bull Redfish are everywhere! Spotted Seatrout and Flounder inhabit creeks and shallow waters. With fewer boats on the water, visit now if you want the fishing grounds to yourself.

Don’t let the year end without experiencing Mount Pleasant’s incredible winter-time fishing! Bull Redfish can be found lurking around the jetties and in shallower waters. Head offshore for Grouper and Snapper species.

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What People Are Saying About Mount Pleasant

"Fishing with Kaleb"

Steven J. fished with Captain Kaleb Charters on July 23, 2019

Spring and fall are generally better ?. The experience was great.

"2 Hour Trip With Ronnie @ All in One Charters"

James M. fished with All In One Charters on July 3, 2019

Yes! This was our first time and we had a great experience!!

"Fishing with Joseph"

Betsy W. fished with Captain J Hook Fishing Charters on July 1, 2019

Sunscreen, water, and a hat. Enjoyed our trip.

"June fishing trip"

Virginia W. fished with Coastal Fishing Guides on June 10, 2019

A must do we were first timers and definitely not disappointed.

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Top Targeted Species in Mount Pleasant



Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

Black Drum

Black Drum



King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)



Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

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