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Kiawah Island: 5 fishing charters available

Stroupe Fishing Charters II

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(34 reviews)
Wadmalaw Island
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(105 reviews)
Seabrook Island

D&S Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(180 reviews)
Seabrook Island
trips from $350

Lowcountry Inshore Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Johns Island
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Marlin Dog Marine

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(98 reviews)
Johns Island
trips from $400

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Kiawah Island

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Kiawah Island costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $538, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,206. 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 Kiawah Island is 23 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Stroupe Fishing Charters II, Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore, and D&S Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Kiawah Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Kiawah Island.

Stroupe Fishing Charters II, Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore, and D&S Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Kiawah Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Kiawah Island 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 Kiawah Island.

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

The Cobia migration rolls into town, bringing amazing drift fishing with it. Shark season is officially underway, too, with Bulls, Bonnetheads, and Blacktips showing up in the shallows. Check availability for local fishing charters in Kiawah Island.

Kiawah Island is the perfect place to enjoy South Carolina’s great outdoors. With beautiful beaches, isolated inlets, and one of the East Coast’s best golf courses, it’s an ideal escape from the busy streets of nearby Charleston. And what better way to enjoy it than from the water? Kiawah Island fishing charters will give you an authentic Lowcountry angling experience with an endless cast of hard-fighting fish to catch. Spend a day in these stunning waters and you’ll head home with a huge smile and a trunkload of tasty fillets!

Known For

Kiawah Island is surrounded on all sides by fish. You can find Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and more all year round in the local shallows. Head farther out, and you can add anything from Black Seabass to Blue Marlin to your list of potential catches. The island even has a decent Largemouth Bass fishery – It really doesn’t get more varied than this!
 
Most Kiawah Island fishing guides launch from nearby Folly Beach, just a mile up the coast. Large parts of the island itself are privately owned, and the local marina is mainly for resort members. Folly Beach has easy access to all of Kiawah’s fisheries, though, and is actually better placed for heading offshore.

Kiawah Island Fishing Spots

Drop a hook and a hunk of bread into any of the local waters and you’ll probably find something on the end of your line. Fish in any of these spots, though, and things hit a whole new level of awesome.
 

Kiawah River

Take a trip into the protected shallows of Kiawah River and you won’t believe the variety of fish on offer. Spotted Seatrout and Redfish (known locally as Spottail Bass) top the list, but you can also find Southern and Winter Flounder, Black Drum, Whiting, Tarpon, and several species of Shark. All this, just a putting stroke from the island’s resort.
 

Kiawah Reef

If you thought the shallows had all the action, just wait until you see what’s in store for you on the reefs! Kiawah Reef is just one of a score of reefs and wrecks littering the surrounding area. Depending on how deep you fish, you can expect anything from Black Seabass and Spadefish to Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack. You can also find pelagic fish like King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi hunting around more remote spots.
 

Gulf Stream

Kiawah Island deep sea fishing is good enough to stop even the most seasoned sportfisher in their tracks. Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish all spend their summers in the deep waters offshore. Head out at night, and you can try your luck against one of the toughest fish in the sea – Swordfish. Throw in a variety of pelagic Sharks and a great Yellowfin Tuna bite, and it’s hard to resist making the long journey offshore. It is a long journey, though: the best action takes place anywhere from 40 to 70 miles out.
 

Beaches

If you don’t handle boats well or just don’t have the time to enjoy Kiawah fishing charters, you can find some big hookups from shore. The surf fishing Kiawah Island has to offer is a perfect way to snatch an hour’s angling while the family enjoys a day at the beach. Bluefish are common catches here, and you can even hook the big Trout and Bull Reds Kiawah Island is so good for.
 

Ponds

If you’re more the freshwater type, you’ll be pleased to hear that the island’s golf courses are dotted with ponds full of Largemouth Bass and Bluegill. Many of these are also home to alligators, though, so only fish from ponds with proper docks.

Need to Know

So you’re sold on fishing around Kiawah Island. Good for you, you won’t regret it! Here are a few last tips to make your trip even easier, because we’re nice like that.
 

Local Laws

You don’t need a fishing license aboard registered South Carolina charter boats, but you will need one to fish from shore or in the island’s ponds. You should be aware that most ponds are only accessible to anglers renting in the Vanderhorst Plantation.
 

Budget

An inshore charter will cost you around $400-$450 for a half day or $700-$850 for a full day. Boats fishing the reefs are bigger and burn more fuel, so they cost a little more. Offshore charters start at around $1,400 for an 8-hour trip, with extended 12-hour or overnight charters on offer if you’re after the biggest Billfish out there.
 

Getting There

Kiawah Island is well under an hour’s drive from Charleston, and just over 2 hours from Savannah, GA or Columbia, SC. Once you’re on the island, there are paved cycle tracks and bike rental points if you feel like getting some exercise. You can also rent kayaks easily if you want to explore the surrounding waters.
 
Whether you’re visiting the island for its beaches, its golf, or for the fishing itself, you won’t be disappointed wetting a line here. With dozens of major species and every important habitat within reach, there’s a trip to suit any taste. What’s more, most of the accommodation on the island is self-catered. So avoid the overpriced restaurants and have a great time catching some delicious dinner instead!

January

January is the coldest month of the year, with average temperatures in the low 50s during the day. That doesn’t bother the local reef fish, though, who bite harder than ever this time of year.

February

Forget the February blues – Hit the local reefs and wrecks to land Black Seabass, Snapper, Amberjack, and more, or explore the shallows on the hunt for monster Redfish and Spotted Seatrout.

March

The spring season slowly gets going in March, with the first few King Mackerel showing up offshore. The reefs are still red hot, with Amberjack, Snapper, Grouper, Spadefish, and Seabass biting hard.

April

Don’t be an April fool – get out on the water for your chance to catch a huge range of tasty bottom fish! The inshore bite is just as good, with Spottail Bass, Spotted Seatrout, and Sheepshead.

May

The Cobia migration rolls into town, bringing amazing drift fishing with it. Shark season is officially underway, too, with Bulls, Bonnetheads, and Blacktips showing up in the shallows.

June

Bluewater anglers have been waiting all year for the start of Billfish season, and it’s finally here! Alongside Blue and White Marlin, you can expect great catches of Mahi Mahi and Wahoo offshore.

July

There are big fish in every depth of water in July. Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and more put deep sea enthusiasts through their paces while Tarpon strain both lines and wits in the shallows. Fish on!

August

This is your last chance to take on South Carolina’s Billfish. As if that wasn’t enough, huge numbers of Yellowfin Tuna explode onto the scene this time of year, making for endless bluewater fun.

September

Yellowfin Tuna get even better as the summer draws to a close. Inshore, Trout and Redfish are back on form and Sharks are still gnawing on big wire leaders in the shallows.

October

The big game battles of summer are almost over, but you can still find Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even Sailfish offshore if you’re lucky. The inshore action’s as good as ever, so you won’t get bored!

November

Can’t face the thought of another turkey this year? Hit the reef and pull in some delicious Snapper or Amberjack instead! Kiawah River fishing is also fantastic, with big bull Reds, Trout, and more.

December

Head to Charleston for a variety seasonal events in December, or escape the crowds to spend your day battling big fish around the inlets and nearshore reefs. Happy holidays indeed!

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Lowcountry Inshore Charters
Lowcountry Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Johns Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
4 of us booked a trip with Captain Rob. We had a great time . We were lucky, the ocean was flat calm and we were able to get quite always off shore. The fishing was pretty good , we caught a cobra and several bottom fish. Captain Rob was a great host and we all had a great time
Rick  H.
Rick H. Chico, CA
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Captain Darrell is very kind and works very hard to take care of his customers. We enjoyed our conversations with him very much. We were able to catch a bonnet head shark, a stingray and a couple small fishes. Thank you, captain Darrell! God bless!
Sam  N.
Sam N. Mason, OH
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Chris was awesome to work with, he taught my wife and I tips and tricks. We ended up with plenty of fish to come home and throw on the grill. Chris was very knowledgeable about the ecosystem of the marshlands which allowed us to catch all the fish we did, and showed us beautiful scenery on the way. Can’t wait to go again. Thank you
Alexander  T.
Alexander T. Simpsonville, KY
Lowcountry Inshore Charters
Lowcountry Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Johns Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Capt Rob and mate Terry were awesome. With knowledge of the area and putting us on some great redfish. We not only limited out but released 3 bull reds with 1 measuring 35 inches.
Shawn  G.
Shawn G. Fletcher, NC
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Captian Chris was Awesome! Great expertise and put us on fish immediately! Only took one throw of the cast net to get us our bait for the day. Caught 7 different species of fish today. Started out hot with the Red’s then the sharks took over. Great day of fighting fish!
Josh  S.
Josh S. Weaverville, NC
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We were so happy to charter again with Keen Eye! Chris is an excellent captain and made the afternoon such a great experience. My children loved hearing his stories and were so happy to learn how to fish with him. We would love to see him again next year when we return to Kiawah!
KRISTIN  F.
KRISTIN F. Westport, CT
Stroupe Fishing Charters II
Stroupe Fishing Charters II
Fishing charter in Wadmalaw Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Man works hard and fun to talk with when fish not biting what he was often today. But that’s just part of the deal. Caught some small Spaniards and trout.
Bill  M.
Bill M. Cornelius, NC
Lowcountry Inshore Charters
Lowcountry Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Johns Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Great morning with Rob and Traci. Knew exactly where the fish were and how to catch them. Would book with them again!
Brian  R.
Brian R. Fort Mill, SC
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
This is our second time fishing with Captain Darrell. Definitely a wonderful fishing experience for the family! We will be booking again on our next trip!
Junell  P.
Junell P. Roanoke, Virginia
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(180 reviews)
After being rained out the afternoon before, Captain Daryl took us out for a great morning of fishing. No keepers but we definitely had fun!! We will definitely be back to catch the big ones!
Mary  M.
Mary M. Johns Island, South Carolina
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Had a great 4 hour trip. Hooked up within the first rise off the bottom and the action continued all morning. Capt Chris is super knowledgeable, personable and willing to share information. Really enjoyed and will be back again.
Wes  R.
Wes R. Arden, NC
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Tough outing, no fish, too early in the season. Still a fun trip Captain Darryl gave us a tour at the same time.
Peter  S.
Peter S. Chatham, MA
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
One of the best things we could have done on our vacation. Chris was knowledgeable, friendly and helped us have a fantastic afternoon
Mike  F.
Mike F. Almont, MI
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Captain Derrell was great especially with my 4 year old grandson. He made the experience for him a truly memorable one. Would definitely recommend him again and again!
Tom  C.
Tom C. Lake Park, NC
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Family had a wonderful time and Captain was very good sport to go out on a very cool SC morning. Thank you Captain Keen!
Shawn  B.  P.
Shawn B. P. Stanfordville, NY
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
We had a great day. Chris was gracious with the kids and put us on some nice red fish and trout. Can't wait to get back down to Bohicket Marina!
Chris  T.
Chris T. Greenville, SC
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Capt Darrell was great with my 8 year old grandson. He was very patient and helpful. My Grandson had the best fishing experience and will remember it for a long time.
James  D.
James D. Seabrook Island, SC
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Outstanding experience for my wife, sons (16 and 12) and me! The weather was gorgeous and Cap Chris was fantastic helping us catch Lemon shark, Bonnethead shark and Red fish! This was our family’s first charter. Cap Chris was great with the boys and patient with our questions. We will definitely charter again with Keen Eye Charters!
Jerry  Y.
Jerry Y. Sanford, North Carolina
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Chris is great and quite knowledgeable. He did an excellent job working us through a lousy weather day and finding good spots.
Walter  K.
Walter K. Kenilworth, IL
D&S Charters
D&S Charters
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Captain Darrell provided good fishing poles, plenty of bait, and keep moving to where the fish were.
Elbert  B.
Elbert B. Woodfin, NC