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

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

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

  4. 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 12:41:16 AM - 32.47915 -80.0017333333333

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

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

  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 Prediction

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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 18.43% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 1051 Black Sea Bass counted.

  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 9.78% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 558 Mahi-mahi counted.

  5. Red Drum

  6. Red Drum

    There is a 6.91% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 394 Red Drum counted.

  7. Whiting

  8. Whiting

    There is a 6.59% catch rate for Whiting, based on 376 Whiting counted.

  9. Atlantic Croaker

  10. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 5.63% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 321 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.29% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 302 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  13. Sheepshead

  14. Sheepshead

    There is a 4.07% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 232 Sheepshead counted.

  15. Atlantic Menhaden

  16. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 4% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 228 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.73% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 213 Hardhead Catfish counted.

  19. Pollock

  20. Pollock

    There is a 3.56% catch rate for Pollock, based on 203 Pollock counted.

Recommedations above based on 78 species of fish and 5704 fish counted for May around Charleston.

To date, there are 110 species of fish and a total of 49985 fish counted for Charleston and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Charleston Fishing Reports

  • Lowcountry Slam
    5/10/2022 2:45:34 PM - Over a six hour charter Cheryl and Carrie fished a full falling tide. After the tide started moving trout started hitting mud minnows under popping corks and Carrie landed th

  • Charleston Fishing and Folly Beach Fishing in May!
    5/4/2022 11:03:23 AM - Charleston fishing and Folly Beach fishing in May! By this time of year our fishing charters are seeing big Bull Redfish Sharks Flounder Spanish Mackerel Speckled Trout Black

  • Charleston Fishing Report – May 2022
    4/27/2022 11:22:20 AM - It’s a great time to be fishing! Our waters are now teeming with bait and fish are eating heartily. All the summer seasonal species have arrived and when combined with... The

  • O Menhaden Where Art Thou?
    4/21/2022 9:37:17 AM - Found big schools of menhaden flickering at first light in the ICW and knew we were setting up for a great day. Cut them up into chunks and fished docks... The post O Menhade

  • Johns Island Fishing Charters
    4/11/2022 2:02:47 PM - All year I had been waiting to get my hands on some blue crab thinking no redfish would resist. Turns out they couldn’t care less but smoked cut mullet. Spent... The post Joh

  • Charleston Charter fishing and Folly Beach fishing charters report
    4/4/2022 4:18:35 PM - Charleston charter fishing and Folly Beach fishing charters are reporting good fishing! Typically as the month goes on we will have better weather and  the fishing will get m

  • April Fishing Report
    3/27/2022 11:22:07 AM - Redfish are no longer focused simply on preservation but are now feeding again. Anglers should consider using artificial plastic lures that mimic bait fish. One good choice w

  • Folly Beach Fishing Charters
    3/21/2022 1:15:46 PM - A blown up reel shredded leaders pulled hooks……….it was perfect! Jeff had seen enough of my pictures with big redfish and wanted to go hunt some himself. Spent the day... The

  • Sullivan’s Island Fishing
    3/9/2022 5:09:30 PM - Visiting from France Cedrik refused to let winds gusting 30+ out of the NE to keep him from catching redfish. We motored slowly over to one of the few corners... The post Sul

  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing report
    3/1/2022 3:26:40 PM - Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing trips have been producing some of our favorite sport fish. The inshore fishing in Folly Beach and Charleston is a great

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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 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

  9. 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

  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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Buoy Conditions

Station 41004 - EDISTO - 41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC
May 20, 2022 2:40 am EDT
Location: 32.502N 79.099W
Wind Direction: SSW (210°)
Wind Speed: 15.6 knots
Wind Gust: 17.5 knots
Average Period: 4.1 sec
Mean Wave Direction: S (183°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.93 in (1013.4 mb)
Air Temperature: 77.2°F (25.1°C)
Dew Point: 75.7°F (24.3°C)
Water Temperature: 75.7°F (24.3°C)

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Waning Gibbous Moon

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