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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 25.24% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 4737 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Charleston Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 9.25% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1736 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Charleston Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart


  5. Atlantic Menhaden

  6. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 7.32% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 1374 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Charleston Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  7. Whiting

  8. Whiting

    There is a 7.2% catch rate for Whiting, based on 1351 Whiting counted.

    Charleston Whiting Counts Chart


  9. Red Drum

  10. Red Drum

    There is a 6.98% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1309 Red Drum counted.

    Charleston Red Drum Counts Chart


  11. Atlantic Croaker

  12. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 6.09% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 1143 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Charleston Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  13. Bluefish

  14. Bluefish

    There is a 4.92% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 924 Bluefish counted.

    Charleston Bluefish Counts Chart


  15. Hardhead Catfish

  16. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 3.17% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 595 Hardhead Catfish counted.

    Charleston Hardhead Catfish Counts Chart


  17. Oyster Toadfish

  18. Oyster Toadfish

    There is a 2.73% catch rate for Oyster Toadfish, based on 512 Oyster Toadfish counted.

    Charleston Oyster Toadfish Counts Chart


  19. Spot Croaker

  20. Spot Croaker

    There is a 2.52% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 472 Spot Croaker counted.

    Charleston Spot Croaker Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 109 species of fish and 18765 fish counted for June around Charleston.

To date, there are 170 species of fish and a total of 164802 fish counted for Charleston and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/9/1815 (208 years).

Last Update: 6/5/2023 8:29:28 AM

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

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. Artificial Reef
    Artificial Reef

  10. Thornley Forest II Ramp
    Thornley Forest II Ramp

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Latest Charleston Fishing Reports

  • Charleston Fishing Report – June 2023
    Great fishing conditions have arrived! Weeks full of warm temperatures and sunny weather have made our fishery come alive. Bait is everywhere and fish are eagerly chasing it

  • James Island Fishing
    Finally a day with light winds! Great fishing on the flats where it was easy to see large schools of reds milling about the shell rakes. The reds happily ate... The post Jame

  • Isle Of Palms Fishing Charters
    With sunny skies we started the charter with mud minnows and popping corks. Caught some nice legal trout and slot redfish. Then moved over to the docks to try get... The post

  • Charleston fishing and Folly Beach Fishing
    Charleston fishing and Folly Beach fishing in May! By this time of year our Deep Sea and Inshore fishing charters are catching many different species of sportfish. We are abl

  • Charleston Fishing Report – May 2023
    Warm weather has arrived and with it comes a host of seasonal species like Spanish mackerel shark and ladyfish. The traditional targets redfish and trout feed more aggressive

  • Kiawah Fishing
    Jeff already had the bug for targeting big redfish and this time he brought his Dad along too. Eating heartily ahead of the big storm system reds whipped the rods... The post

  • Charleston Family Fishing Trips
    Started as the tide began to fall and had some luck around docks. Once the tide started rolling the popping corks started dropping! Trout ate both live shrimp and mud... The

  • Charleston Charter fishing and Folly Beach Fishing charters
    Charleston charter fishing and Folly Beach fishing charters are reporting good fishing! Typically as the month goes on we will have more sunny days and less wind. With these

  • Charleston Charter fishing and Folly Beach Fishing charters
    Charleston charter fishing and Folly Beach fishing charters are reporting good fishing! Typically as the month goes on we will have more sunny days and less wind. With these

  • Charleston Fishing Report – April 2023
    At the beginning of March Charleston had begun to shed the effects of Winter. The bite improved noticeably and then two weeks of storms and windy weather slowed things down..

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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 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

  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. 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
June 10, 2023 1:40 pm EDT
Location: 32.502N 79.099W
Wind Direction: ENE (70°)
Wind Speed: 7.8 knots
Wind Gust: 9.7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.94 in (1013.8 mb)
Air Temperature: 76.1°F (24.5°C)
Dew Point: 64.9°F (18.3°C)
Water Temperature: 78.1°F (25.6°C)

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