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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.

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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 32.6% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 6702 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Charleston Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  3. Scup

  4. Scup

    There is a 12.77% catch rate for Scup, based on 2625 Scup counted.

    Charleston Scup Counts Chart


  5. Spotted Seatrout

  6. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 5.63% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1158 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Charleston Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  7. Red Drum

  8. Red Drum

    There is a 5.17% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1062 Red Drum counted.

    Charleston Red Drum Counts Chart


  9. Whiting

  10. Whiting

    There is a 4.51% catch rate for Whiting, based on 928 Whiting counted.

    Charleston Whiting Counts Chart


  11. Mahi-mahi

  12. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 3.89% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 800 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Charleston Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  13. Atlantic Croaker

  14. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 3.72% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 764 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Charleston Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  15. Bluefish

  16. Bluefish

    There is a 3.57% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 733 Bluefish counted.

    Charleston Bluefish Counts Chart


  17. Hardhead Catfish

  18. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 2.62% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 539 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Charleston Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  19. Sheepshead

  20. Sheepshead

    There is a 2.47% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 508 Sheepshead counted.

    Charleston Sheepshead Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 109 species of fish and 20559 fish counted for May around Charleston.

To date, there are 174 species of fish and a total of 188496 fish counted for Charleston and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/9/1815 (209 years).

Last Update: 5/21/2024 5:12:24 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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Top Charleston Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Charleston are the following:

  1. Charleston 60 Reef
    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)
    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

    32.24875 -79.83925

  5. Lowcountry Anglers' Reef

  6. N. Edisto Nearshore Reef

  7. Capers Reef (R8)

    32.47915 -80.0017333333333

  9. Thornley Forest II Ramp
    Thornley Forest II Ramp

  10. Artificial Reef
    Artificial Reef

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Latest Charleston Fishing Reports

  • Charleston Fishing Report – May 2024
    It’s a perfect time to be fishing! Our waters are now full of bait and fish are actively eating. All summer seasonal species have arrived and when added to our... The post Ch

  • Charleston Flats Fishing
    Great morning on the flats as we watched large schools of redfish pushing baitfish around. Every time a school would go over our cracked blue crab the rod would whip... The p

  • Charleston charter fishing and Folly Beach fishing
    Charleston charter fishing and Folly Beach fishing charters are reporting good fishing! Typically as the month goes on we will have more sunny days warmer water and less wind

  • Folly Beach Fishing Charters
    First trout of the year! Mud minnows paired with popping corks were the ticket. As the tide fell the trout stacked up in front of creek mouths waiting to pick... The post Fol

  • Charleston Fishing Report – April 2024
    Spring is here! With days full of sun and temperatures holding in the 70’s our fishery is quickly evolving with signs of new life. Trout and flounder have entered the... The

  • Charleston Fishing Charters
    Left Shem Creek and heavy winds quickly ushered us into the ICW. Caught trout with popping corks and mud minnows as the tide fell. Best fishing of the day was... The post Cha

  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach
    Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing charters have been great the past few weeks. Deep Sea fishing nearshore fishing and inshore fishing has benefited from a

  • Charleston Fishing Report – March 2024
    Chilly days are quickly fading away with temperatures rising well into the 60s and sometimes pushing into the 70s. Warmer water temperatures will wake the fish up and get the

  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach Fishing
    Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing has been good as we enjoy another mild winter. Deep Sea fishing charters have been producing good size and numbers of Ki

  • Charleston fishing charters and Folly Beach fishing
    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

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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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  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. Charleston Fish Finder
    Hello, I am Captain Ben Floyd and I can show you a great time on the water while you are in the Charleston area. Our Charleston Fishing Charters offer excellent fishing opportunities available year round. My goal is to provide my clients with a safe,

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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

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41004 - EDISTO - 41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC
May 26, 2024 1:30 pm EDT
Location: 32.502N 79.099W
Wind Direction: WSW (250°)
Wind Speed: 5.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.94 in (1013.9 mb)
Air Temperature: 76.3°F (24.6°C)
Dew Point: 73.4°F (23.0°C)
Water Temperature: 79.2°F (26.2°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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