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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. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 29.2% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2944 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Charleston Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 23.47% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2366 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Charleston Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  5. Red Drum

  6. Red Drum

    There is a 20.35% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 2052 Red Drum counted.

    Charleston Red Drum Counts Chart


  7. Spot Croaker

  8. Spot Croaker

    There is a 4.97% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 501 Spot Croaker counted.

    Charleston Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  9. Sheepshead

  10. Sheepshead

    There is a 4.3% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 434 Sheepshead counted.

    Charleston Sheepshead Counts Chart


  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 1.43% catch rate for Whiting, based on 144 Whiting counted.

    Charleston Whiting Counts Chart


  13. Black Drum

  14. Black Drum

    There is a 1.36% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 137 Black Drum counted.

    Charleston Black Drum Counts Chart


  15. White Grunt

  16. White Grunt

    There is a 1.32% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 133 White Grunt counted.

    Charleston White Grunt Counts Chart


  17. Blue Catfish

  18. Blue Catfish

    There is a 1.14% catch rate for Blue Catfish, based on 115 Blue Catfish counted.

    Charleston Blue Catfish Counts Chart


  19. Bluefish

  20. Bluefish

    There is a 1.12% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 113 Bluefish counted.

    Charleston Bluefish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 87 species of fish and 10083 fish counted for December around Charleston.

To date, there are 170 species of fish and a total of 184940 fish counted for Charleston and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/9/1815 (208 years).

Last Update: 12/5/2023 3:01:28 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

  • Fishing Sullivan’s Island
    Found great fishing all morning underneath sunny skies and light winds. Mud minnows and popping corks were the ticket. Redfish up to six pounds were mixed in with legal sized

  • Charleston Fishing Report – November 2023
    Fishing this Fall has been great so far and we can expect more of the same in November!  Colder mornings remind trout and redfish that they better eat soon or... The post Cha

  • Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach November is great!
    Charter Fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach! November is one of the best months for fishing for Redfish and Speckled Trout. Our charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beac

  • Kiawah Fishing Charters
    The Hamilton party joined me for the third morning this week with our sights set solely on big reds. We had a perfect low tide that would concentrate schools of... The post K

  • Charleston Charter fishing get in on the fall blitz!
    Charleston Charter fishing! Deep Sea fishing and inshore fishing in Folly Beach and Charleston. You don’t want to miss Charleston charter fishing this time of year folks. And

  • Isle Of Palms Fishing Charters
    The charter began as the tide just turned and started falling. Fished the duration of the trip with popping corks and mud minnows. Wherever we could find current and bait...

  • Charleston Fishing Report – October 2023
    Fall has arrived with cooler weather and shorter days. We’re about to experience the best fishing of the year so don’t put away your boat just yet! Fishermen can continue...

  • Fishing Sullivan’s Island
    Jake and Kim booked me again almost exactly on the same date as last year. They knew to expect some great Fall fishing. As it turns out that’s exactly what... The post Fishin

  • Fishing Folly Beach
    Started out the day hunting clean water and good current. Kept our popping corks rolling along with mud minnows underneath. Not much interest at the first two spots but plent

  • Charter fishing in Charleston
    Charter fishing in Charleston and Folly Beach fishing has been good as some slightly cooler weather has seen water temps drop by a few degrees. We fished just off the beach r

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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. 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

  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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Bouy Conditions

Station 41004 - EDISTO - 41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC
December 6, 2023 5:40 am EST
Location: 32.502N 79.099W
Wind Direction: NNW (330°)
Wind Speed: 21.4 knots
Wind Gust: 27.2 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.96 in (1014.6 mb)
Air Temperature: 57.7°F (14.3°C)
Dew Point: 50.0°F (10.0°C)
Water Temperature: 74.1°F (23.4°C)

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Waning Crescent Moon

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