Charleston Fishing

Charleston Fishing

Charleston may be known as the Holy City, but it is also known for its excellent fishing. With legendary low country inshore fishing, plentiful nearshore reefs, and access to the Gulf Stream, Charleston makes a top destination for many anglers.

Inshore fishing around Charleston provides excellent Red Drum fishing year round. The Speckled Trout fishing is also great a good portion of the year, as well as Flounder fishing. With the exception of the coldest months, Cobia can be found inshore and nearshore most of the year.

Perhaps the best fishing can be found on the numerous artificial and natural reefs nearshore of Charleston. Bottom fishing and trolling around these reefs will produce good catches of a variety of reef fish, including Grouper, Snapper, King Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, Barracuda, and Sharks.

Offshore fishing Charleston can produce a variety of different tuna, including Blackfin, Skipjack, and Yellowfin. There are also many Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish that move through during the summer months, along with the Mahi-mahi (Dolphinfish). While Wahoo can be found year round, most are caught in the Spring or during the Fall.

Top Charleston Fishing Spots

  1. Charleston 60 Reef
    5/8/2011 12:30:23 AM - Lot's of Black Seabass. A stray Grouper or ARS (Red Snapper) may take your line. Cobia, Amberjacks are frequent. And freeline for King Mackeral and Barracuda is . popula

  2. Edisto 60' Reef
    12/13/2017 12:22:56 AM -

  3. Kiawah Reef (4KI)
    12/13/2017 12:22:55 AM - Kiawah Reef (4KI) 2 buoys mark reef Water depth 20-40'. North Buoy 32 29.451, 80 00.058 South Buoy 32 28.870, 80 00.441 300' Hopper Barge 32 29.531, 80 00.243

    5/7/2011 12:41:08 AM - 32.24875 -79.83925

  5. Lowcountry Anglers' Reef
    12/13/2017 12:22:54 AM -

  6. N. Edisto Nearshore Reef
    12/13/2017 12:23:09 AM -

    5/7/2011 12:41:16 AM - 32.47915 -80.0017333333333

  8. Capers Reef (R8)
    12/13/2017 12:22:50 AM -

  9. Artificial Reef
    1/16/2017 3:21:56 PM - Artificial Reef

  10. Thornley Forest II Ramp
    4/13/2017 2:24:07 PM - Thornley Forest II Ramp

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Charleston Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Charleston, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Red Drum

  2. Red Drum

    There is a 16.52% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1191 Red Drum counted.

  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 8.99% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 648 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  5. Whiting

  6. Whiting

    There is a 8.79% catch rate for Whiting, based on 634 Whiting counted.

  7. Black Sea Bass

  8. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 7.38% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 532 Black Sea Bass counted.

  9. Hardhead Catfish

  10. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 7.2% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 519 Hardhead Catfish counted.

  11. Pinfish

  12. Pinfish

    There is a 6.78% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 489 Pinfish counted.

  13. Vermilion Snapper

  14. Vermilion Snapper

    There is a 4.84% catch rate for Vermilion Snapper, based on 349 Vermilion Snapper counted.

  15. Atlantic Croaker

  16. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 4.15% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 299 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  17. Striped Mullet

  18. Striped Mullet

    There is a 3.98% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 287 Striped Mullet counted.

  19. Atlantic Menhaden

  20. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 3.7% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 267 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

Recommedations above based on 83 species of fish and 7211 fish counted for September around Charleston.

To date, there are 146 species of fish and a total of 56037 fish counted for Charleston and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/9/1815 (207 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 3:35:15 PM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Charleston Fishing Reports

  • Charleston Fall Fishing
    9/21/2022 11:00:52 AM - Well it’s that time of year where fishing becomes as pleasant as the weather. The Rudkowski clan joined me again and we steadily caught fish for eight hours. Redfish trout...

  • Charleston Fishing Charters
    9/9/2022 11:32:15 AM - We fit the whole rotation into today’s six hour charter! Slack high tide found us catching bull reds and sharks with live large menhaden while we also snared bluefish with...

  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach September report
    9/2/2022 12:52:21 PM - Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach has been good as some cooler weather has seen water temps drop by 5 degrees. We fished just off the beach recently and there wer

  • Charleston Fishing Report – September 2022
    8/29/2022 2:48:26 PM - Fantastic fall fishing is about to begin thanks to a perfect storm of conditions. The combination of lower water temperatures tons of bait and fewer fishermen on the water ma

  • Charleston Sharks
    8/22/2022 2:56:51 PM - The inlet was on fire with schools of blitzing menhaden that were the size of your flip flop. Drop them out the back and just hold on! Several species of... The post Charlest

  • Kiawah Fishing Charters
    8/11/2022 1:29:33 PM - Tim decided to make inshore fishing part of his visit to Charleston. Caught a redfish on the first cast and things continued to roll from there! Found reds that would... The

  • Charleston Fishing Charters and Folly Beach Fishing Charters August reports
    8/9/2022 8:33:23 AM - Charleston Fishing Charters and Folly Beach Fishing Charters The post Charleston Fishing Charters and Folly Beach Fishing Charters August reports first appeared on Charleston

  • Charleston Fishing Report – August 2022
    7/30/2022 10:06:42 PM - As always August brings warmer temperatures but also some great fishing. Fishermen will want to focus on fishing early or late in the day for the best action. Lots of... The

  • Sullivan’s Island Fishing Charters
    7/19/2022 1:59:28 PM - Fishing a ledge in the harbor one of the back rods slowly bent over and then went screaming. After a long fight Mike landed an 41″ redfish that weighed more... The post Sulli

  • Fishing Kiawah
    7/12/2022 1:22:20 PM - After catching a fair number of trout on popping corks we decided to go after redfish in the grass. Lobbed out chunks of blue crab and in no time the... The post Fishing Kiaw

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Top Charleston Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Haddrell's Point Tackle
    Haddrell's Point Tackle is located in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Locally owned and operated since 1983.

  2. FinAddict Fly & Light Tackle Charters

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Top Charleston Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Charleston Charter Fishing
    Led by Charleston fishing guide Capt. Geoff Bennett, Charleston Charter Fishing provides fly fishing and light tackle fishing charters in beautiful historic Charleston, South Carolina. During your Charleston fishing charter, you will fish the many bo

  2. Exclusive Fishing Charters Charleston SC
    Our guide service provides year round action and excitement to all skill levels of anglers in Charleston, SC. Exclusive Fishing Charters specializes in fishing charters in the Charleston, SC area. We specialize in catching year round inshore and n

  3. FishWater Outfitters
    FishWater Outfitters provides expert fly fishing guides and inshore fishing charters throughout the Charleston area. We specialize in Inshore Light Tackle and Fly Fishing in the beautiful lowcountry waters surrounding Charleston, SC.

  4. Fly Right Fishing Charters
    Captain John Irwin of Charleston’s premier light tackle and fly-fishing charter service has been an expert area guide for over 10 years. Fly Right charters caters to serious anglers, including experienced fly-fisherman. Fly Right Charter’s also offer

  5. Knot Stressed Charters
    We are currently fishing out of a 2007 20′ Pathfinder loaded with all the equipment needed to fish in the back waters of the low country.

  6. Charleston Saltwater Fishing
    We offer year round charter fishing in the Charleston area. Inshore fishing can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Our ecosystem provides us with the opportunity to fish for many different species. Make a fishing charter part of your weekend pl

  7. Fin Stalker Charters
    Fin Stalker Charters is owned and operated by Capt. Chris Chavis, a native of Charleston, he has been guiding on the waters in and around Charleston for 16 years. He is dedicated to making your trip productive, memorable, and safe. We cater to the wa

  8. Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company
    Deep Sea fishing charters and Inshore fishing charters in Charleston's calm waters for Redfish, Shark, Speckled Trout, Flounder and a host of other seasonal species. We are family friendly and fish year round! Our goal is to create a custom trip

  9. Charleston Fishing Adventures
    Throughout the miles of Spartina Grass and collections of oyster bed ecosystems the South Carolina Lowcountry is teeming with life! Our goal at Charleston Fishing Adventures is to bring you a fun filled and productive day of fishing in the unique coa

  10. Captain Alex Inshore Charters
    Specializing in light tackle fishing charters and fly fishing charters in and around the Charleston Area.

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Top Charleston Marinas

  1. Ashley Marina
    The Harborage at Ashley Marina is a large, professionally managed marina capable of accommodating vessels up to 150 feet in length. The marina consists of approximately 230 wet slips and is located in historic downtown Charleston. Among Ashley Marina

  2. Safe Harbor Charleston City
    Previously named ‘Marina of the Year’ by Marina Dockage magazine, Safe Harbor Charleston City is home to the famed Mega Dock which hosts some of the most prestigious yachts in the world. As a premier boating destination, the marina’s state-of-the-art

  3. Safe Harbor Bristol
    Sitting on a quiet stretch of the Ashley River neighboring Charleston's historic district, Safe Harbor Bristol bestows boaters with easy access to open water and the rich culture of one of the top cities in the country. Take your boat out for a d

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41004 - EDISTO - 41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC
September 25, 2022 10:40 pm EDT
Location: 32.502N 79.099W
Wind Direction: SSW (210°)
Wind Speed: 13.6 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Average Period: 4.6 sec
Mean Wave Direction: E (99°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.92 in (1013.1 mb)
Air Temperature: 80.1°F (26.7°C)
Dew Point: 66.0°F (18.9°C)
Water Temperature: 83.1°F (28.4°C)

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