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How to Make the Most of Your Charleston Fishing Charters Experience
Fishing in the waters off the lowcountry of South Carolina is one of the best things to do in Charleston, SC and worth the trip alone. With the waters around Charleston that include the Ashley, Cooper Wando, and Kiawah rivers converging to create an ecosystem that attract many fish species. The Charleston waters are famous for the flounder, sheepshead, spotted sea trout, black drum, as well as the monstrous Bull Red. For many anglers, this is a fisher’s paradise. Whether you like fishing inshore, around the Charleston Harbor area, or near the shore reef, there's an abundance of Charleston fishing charters ready to make your dream fishing trip come true. And if you favor a custom package, that can be arranged too.
The waters of South Carolina’s Lowcountry offer some of the best angling experiences along the East Coast. Whether you are trying to reel in a big catch or casually fish, you’ll find plenty of fantastic Charleston fishing charters in the area! Keep reading to discover some of our favorites.
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Choose Your Favorite Charleston Fishing Charters Experience
Inshore Fishing Charters
Inshore charters cover mainly the marsh estuaries of the rivers flowing through and around the Charleston area. These include the Cooper River, Ashley River, Wando River, as well as the Charleston Harbor itself. Fish such as cobia, tarpon, sea bass, stingray, and sharks are just a few of the popular fish that call our waters home. You can use either live or artificial bait to catch fish from the docks, oyster mounds, and tidal flats and creeks.
Nearshore Fishing Charters
Charleston nearshore fishing charters take you out of the harbor into the Atlantic Ocean. On average, you will travel anywhere from two to 10 miles off the coast. Here you will be able to target deep-water species such as black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, spadefish, cobia, and tarpon (although those last three are season dependent). Since you will be fishing out in the open ocean, expect a change of technique from inshore fishing. You can use bottom fishing near the artificial reefs, sight fishing, and “free lining” live baits.
Dolphin Sighting and Sharktooth Collecting Tours
For those who prefer to comb the beach instead of casting lines on charters boats, Charleston offers great opportunities to collect bounties from the sea. Morris Island is a favorite among shell collectors. Its sandy shores are home to beautiful shells of all colors, shapes, and sizes. You may also get lucky and find shark teeth there. The island also attracts dolphins that you can view frolicking in the water at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a camera and be ready to snap some pictures!
The Best Charleston Fishing Charter Companies
There are many Charleston fishing charters that provide an array of services in the area. Check out some of our favorites!
- Charleston Charter Fishing
- Charleston Shallows Fishing Charters
- Exclusive Fishing Charters
- Redfin Charters
- Avid Angling Fishing Charters
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