About Charleston, S.C.
The waters surrounding Charleston Harbor are as rich in marine wildlife as it they are in history and culture. There is no “off season” when it come to fishing around Charleston’s harbor, coastal waterways, rivers, and endless miles of shallow flats. Anglers can witness a wide variety of wildlife and schooling fish on shallow flats, backwater river systems, or the nearshore reefs, inlets and beaches.
There area many inshore fishing options from Historic Charleston due to the proximity to several bodies of water and river systems. Historic Charleston lies on a peninsula and there are five major river systems that feed the estuaries that include the Wando River, Cooper River, Ashley River, Stono River and the Edisto River. This complex river system feeds a healthy and vast ecosystem that support numerous inshore species like Red Drum, Flounder, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Sharks, Tarpon, King Mackerel, Spadefish and more.
Several uninhabited Barrier Islands are accessible within 20 miles of Charleston Harbor that include Morris Island “Coffin Island”, Bull Island, Cape Romain, Capers Island, and Deveaux Banks. These barrier Islands offer wonderful fishing opportunities as well as exploring and artifact hunting. For local information including hotels, accommodations, and Charleston area attractions, please visit www.charlestoncvb.com.
Charleston, S.C. Fishing Charters
The South Carolina tarpon season lasts from May – Oct. In the Charleston area, many tarpon congregate in Charleston harbor, along the beaches, inlets, and jetties. Tarpon season peaks in late Summer through early Fall when multiple shots of Tarpon are common during the mullet migration. Prime fishing times book up fast so be sure and reserve a spot early for the best shot at catching the elusive silver king in South Carolina.
Redfish are the primary target for fly fisherman in the Charleston area, particularly on the flood tides during summer. When the weather cools off, the water turns gin-clear and redfish begin to school up in shallow water to seek refuge from hungry dolphin. Tarpon, trout, cobia, and flounder are also prime fly fishing targets when the conditions are favorable. We provide top-quality fly gear gear for your fishing charter.
The most exciting sight-fishing in the Kiawah and Edisto area takes place during the Summer and Fall flood tides. High tides send swarms of hungry redfish onto the shallow grass flats to feed on crabs which leave their tails exposed above the water line. Stealth and casting accuracy are critical to getting these fish to bite. “Tailing” redfish can be caught on fly fishing gear and light spin tackle.