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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. 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


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


  4. EDISTO OFFSHORE REEF
    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 -


  7. KIAWAH REEF
    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. Anchovy

  2. Anchovy

    There is a 30.49% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 93 Anchovy counted.

    Charleston Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON ANCHOVY COUNTS CHART


  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 12.46% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 38 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Charleston Mahi-mahi Counts Chart
    Mahi-mahi

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON MAHI-MAHI COUNTS CHART


  5. Red Drum

  6. Red Drum

    There is a 11.8% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 36 Red Drum counted.

    Charleston Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  7. Blue Catfish

  8. Blue Catfish

    There is a 10.82% catch rate for Blue Catfish, based on 33 Blue Catfish counted.

    Charleston Blue Catfish Counts Chart
    Blue

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON BLUE CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  9. Spotted Seatrout

  10. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.57% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 17 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Charleston Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  11. Striped Mullet

  12. Striped Mullet

    There is a 3.61% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 11 Striped Mullet counted.

    Charleston Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


  13. Spiny Dogfish

  14. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 2.95% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 9 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Charleston Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Green Sunfish

  16. Green Sunfish

    There is a 2.3% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 7 Green Sunfish counted.

    Charleston Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON GREEN SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. Bluespotted Sunfish

  18. Bluespotted Sunfish

    There is a 1.97% catch rate for Bluespotted Sunfish, based on 6 Bluespotted Sunfish counted.

    Charleston Bluespotted Sunfish Counts Chart
    Bluespotted

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON BLUESPOTTED SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Flounder

  20. Flounder

    There is a 1.97% catch rate for Flounder, based on 6 Flounder counted.

    Charleston Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE CHARLESTON FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 36 species of fish and 305 fish counted for February around Charleston.

To date, there are 150 species of fish and a total of 62187 fish counted for Charleston and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/9/1815 (208 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 3:41:55 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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.

View full Charleston Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Charleston Fishing Reports

  • Charleston Fishing charters and Folly Beach fishing/ January forecast
    1/4/2023 1:49:04 PM - Charleston Fishing charters and Folly Beach fishing has improved greatly the past few days. Warmer weather has moved back in after a week of cooler temperatures. Our inshore


  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach!
    11/28/2022 9:24:41 AM - Charter Fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach! December is one of the best months for fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout. These fish feed heavily in advance of our short


  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach!
    11/28/2022 9:24:41 AM - Charter Fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach! December is one of the best months for fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout. These fish feed heavily in advance of our short


  • Thanksgiving Fishing
    11/21/2022 5:36:06 PM - Lots of action on a beautiful sunny day! Ernie and Eileen doubled up on these reds when a school cruised over our baits. Eileen’s red had 16 spots on one... The post Thanksgi


  • Folly Beach Fishing
    11/11/2022 9:42:59 AM - Fishing for reds at low tide to begin the charter was very productive with mud minnows being the bait of choice. After that we switched over to trout using popping... The pos


  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing report
    11/7/2022 2:15:17 PM - Charter Fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing in November is hard to beat. Our Deep Sea fishing and Inshore fishing charters are out daily. This is the time of year o


  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach November Report
    11/7/2022 2:15:17 PM - Charter Fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach area in November is hard to beat. This is the time of year our inshore Charters can boat big numbers of Redfish Speckled Trout B


  • Charleston Fishing Report – November 2022
    10/31/2022 11:37:19 AM - Fishing this past month was very productive and we can expect November to be just as good!  Chilly water temperatures remind trout and redfish that they better eat now or...


  • Fishing Sullivan’s Island
    10/20/2022 12:27:10 PM - Frequent visitors to Charleston Wing and Lucy decided to mix some fishing into their weekend trip. Popping corks kept dropping wherever we went as the seasonally strong Octob


  • Isle Of Palms Fishing Charters
    10/11/2022 12:19:08 PM - Started a little after noon and fished the rising tide. Corks and mud minnows were the way to go. Effective on both trout and redfish as we found a bite... The post Isle Of P


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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. 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

  8. 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

  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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Latest Fishing Spots

Gag Grouper 14534

Gag Grouper 14527

Gag Grouper 14526

Gag Grouper 14523

Gag Grouper 14519

Red Grouper 15328

Speckled Hind 12177

Red Snapper 35891

Scamp

Scamp

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41004 - EDISTO - 41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC
February 2, 2023 11:50 am EST
Location: 32.502N 79.099W
Wind Direction: NNE (20°)
Wind Speed: 3.9 knots
Wind Gust: 5.8 knots
Significant Wave Height: 4.9 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 7 sec
Average Period: 5.4 sec
Mean Wave Direction: ENE (60°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.14 in (1020.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 64.2°F (17.9°C)
Dew Point: 62.2°F (16.8°C)
Water Temperature: 72.9°F (22.7°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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