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A Guide to Fishing the South Carolina Coast

Last Updated on February 17, 2023 by Eric Bonneman

South Carolina offers a variety of fishing options for adventurers, from inshore to nearshore and fly fishing . Whether you’re an experienced angler or a first-timer, there is a fishing experience for everyone in South Carolina. Let’s explore some of the different types of fishing available in the state and the best fishing times for each species.

Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing is a great way to explore the saltwater estuaries of South Carolina, teeming with redfish , sea trout, black drum, sheepshead, and flounder. Inshore fishing occurs in the calmer waters of shallow bays, creeks, and inlets.

You can either use light spinning tackle with live or artificial baits. The best time for inshore fishing is in the fall when all inshore gamefish are actively feeding. During the coldest months of the year, redfish will school up in shallow bays and creeks where you can often see fish for them in water less than a foot deep.

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Nearshore Fishing

The nearshore coastal waters of South Carolina offer various options for adventurous anglers. Numerous artificial reefs blanket the South Carolina coast, ranging from 3 miles to 25 miles off the beach, which provides clients with an authentic deep-sea fishing experience. You can expect to catch king mackerel, cobia, amberjack, mahi, snapper, grouper , and numerous other bottom fish on these nearshore trips. The best time for nearshore fishing is during late spring, summer, and early fall.

Fly Fishing

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding fishing experience, fly fishing in South Carolina is the way to go. Redfish are the most popular fish on the fly, but you can also target seasonal species like tarpon, false albacore, cobia, triple tail, and blacktip sharks. The best time to fish for redfish is in the fall and winter. Late winter and early spring can be the most challenging season due to the weather.

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Shark Fishing

Shark fishing charters are popular for family trips , and South Carolina has a very healthy fishery for sharks. The size of sharks averages from 15-25 lbs, but you can also target some of the larger species that exceed 200 lbs. Sharks begin showing up in the coastal waters of South Carolina starting in May, and you can continue catching them until the water begins to cool off in late October. The summer months are perhaps the best time of year for shark charters.

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South Carolina is an excellent place for fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels. With a wide variety of species available year-round, the state offers numerous inshore and offshore fishing opportunities.

Carolina Guide Service has you covered from the estuaries of Winyah Bay to the undeveloped coastline of Cape Romain and Bulls Bay. We also provide charters in the surrounding areas such as Georgetown , Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Myrtle Beach, Edisto Island, Kiawah Island, and Charleston.

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Carolina Guide Service can help make your South Carolina fishing experience one to remember, whether you are looking for a family-friendly trip or an adventure-filled excursion. Book your next fishing trip with Carolina Guide Service, and show us why South Carolina is one of the best fishing destinations in the country.

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Santee Cooper fishing with Captain Leroy is a memory to last you a lifetime! Fish on Lake Moultrie, just outside of Charleston. This lake is famous for trophy-sized freshwater striped bass. The scene is so competitive that the season from October to June books quickly! Captain Leroy is a pro Captain and tournament angler with decades of experience to out you on the bite. Spend a half day or full day on the water with your friends and family chasing bass. You can't find a more experienced Lake Moultrie guide!

Fishing out of Santee Cooper, Captain Leroy's Striper Charters will make your Fishing Charter the best Fishing experience we can provide. We target Striped Bass, Also Called Striper.. We Fish Lake Moultrie, Cross, Berkeley County, Charleston, Lake Marion, Cooper River.

See the maps below for exact guest meeting locations. We meet our guests at Blacks Fish Camp in Cross ( 1370 Blacks Camp Rd, Cross, SC 29436, USA ). Get Hooked On Striper Fishing and More in Santee Cooper, South Carolina!.

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Santee Cooper Country is a popular tourism district located in the south-central area of the U.S. states in South Carolina. It surrounds the Santee Cooper Lakes, Lake Moultrie, and Lake Marion, which were formed from damming the Santee River and the Cooper River. This climate-perfect state boasts so many outdoor activities for families to enjoy, and Striped Bass fishing is one of them! This competitive sport will surely give you a reason to be hooked so come visit the place and have a great time.

Captain Leroy's Striper Charters Fishes Lake Moultrie, Cross, Berkeley County, Charleston, Lake Marion, Cooper River.

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Charleston Fishing Trips

Charleston harbor and its waterways offer a rich history with many options for targeting a variety of fish species. It is also home to a unique saltwater ecosystem, full of wildlife to explore and enjoy.

Captain Jason will draw your attention to all of these wonderful aspects as you fish Charleston aboard a comfortable, safe, and clean vessel!

Fishing inshore Charleston offers many opportunities for targeting fish species and sightseeing on the water. Your particular level of fishing experience does not matter. We want everyone to not only catch fish but have a blast doing it in a relaxed but professional atmosphere. We love working with everyone whether it be your first time fishing or you are a seasoned veteran. We can talk about the type of trip you are looking for and decide together what best suits your needs. Our boats are updated with the latest equipment from electronics to fishing gear and tackle.

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THE BEST FISHING TRIP SPENT IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA COASTS

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South Carolina has many water activities to offer, it is a place that can also satisfy your  fishing  dreams. Whether your favorite fishing includes collapsing with the waves of the Atlantic, casting a line from the beach, cruising across a big inland lake, wetting hooks in a pond or fly-casting in a roaring river.

South Carolina  is blessed with rivers, lakes, mountain streams, salt marshes as well as the Atlantic Ocean, all of which are great for fishing. It can be as straightforward as a fishing rod and also a worm, or as state-of-the-art as you see on champion angling programs.

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  • Coastal The SC shoreline has an endless listing of communities where deep-sea anglers can depart to plumb the Atlantic Ocean, from the  Grand Strand  in the northeast to Beaufort in the southwest, with such gems as Georgetown, Charleston, Edisto Island and also Hilton Head Island in-between. Many marinas offer day, as well as half-day deep-sea fishing charters, bent on the Gulf Stream. A vast array of types include dolphin fish, flounder, Red Drum, sharks as well as much more.
  • Midlands Lakes With 14 significant reservoirs covering almost 370,000 acres, South Carolina’s network of synthetic lakes is a product of utility business to generate power. The Santee Cooper Country map includes Lakes Marion, Moultrie and Murray; Lake Wateree and also Lake Monticello north of Columbia; and also other, smaller state lakes consisting of Lake Edgar Brown (Barnwell), Lake George Warren as well as Webb Center Lakes (Hampton), Bonneau Ferry WMA Lake (Berkeley) and more. Bass and various other freshwater fish are plentiful. Expect to find candy striped bass, little and also largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, catfish and numerous panfish such as crappie and also bream.
  • Upstate Lakes A number of big lakes populate the Upstate area, including those along the state boundary with Georgia, including Lake Hartwell, Lake Monticello as well as Lake Thurmond. To the eastern near Rock Hill is Lake Wylie, while Lake Secession in Abbeville, Lake Greenwood, Lake Keowee (Oconee) as well as Lake Jocassee (Pickens) are likewise faves. Smaller lakes consist of Jonesville Lake, Lancaster Reservoir and Lake Cherokee in Gaffney. Expect to discover small as well as largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and also pumpkinseed, among others.
  • Rivers and also Ponds South Carolina is crisscrossed with large and little rivers, from the Ashley and also Cooper Rivers in Charleston, May River near Bluffton and also the Edisto River (Orangeburg) to the Chattooga River moving from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Oconee. As well as there are many ponds throughout the state, both personal and also public, for a more unwinded fishing experience. In Upstate streams and rivers, fish for creek, brownish or rainbow trout. The lakes and also fish ponds provide exceptional angling for catfish, bass, crappie, sunfish, bream and also others.

Fishing Licenses If you’re age 16 or older and would want to fish in public waters, you will need to obtain a  fishing permit  from the state  Department of Natural Resources . You do not require a permit if you’re fishing in a private fish pond, on a certified charter watercraft or from a qualified pier. Licenses can be bought for a two-week period or yearly, and also SC residents can buy ones good for 3 years.

Obtaining a license is easy and can be done through their website, by calling them and from more than 500 permit suppliers, which generally include searching and also angling shops, take on stores and also various other similar organizations.

Capture and also Release Specific species of fish, and also others at particular seasons, undergo catch-and-release regulations. The policies differ extensively; to determine specific rules here.

Dos and also Don’ts. Like a lot of outdoor sports, South Carolina has fishing rules that should be followed. For those new to the sport, here are some general rules for your safety and security when going on a fishing trip .

1. Constantly respect personal property. Get authorization if you are intending to fish from it. Try to be considerate of others who are also fishing Myrtle Beach .

2. Never ever trash, particularly with mono-filament lines. Birds, as well as other animals, can obtain entangled in it.

4. Report individuals going against angling regulations.

5. Capture as well as release whenever possible. Don’t keep fish you are not going to consume. Utilize steel split shot rather than lead. It is much better for the setting.

6. Never ever keep a trout over 15 inches. Smaller ones taste better and also returning larger fish to the stream makes sure you capture bigger fish in the future, given that they have great reproductive genetics. Bring an electronic camera and also a means to measure your fish.

7. Be aware of the weather prediction before going. Never ever fish these sections alone because flash flooding can occur at any time.

8. When fishing tailwater areas, understand launch timetables.

9. Use belted waders to avoid the water from entering your waders should you wind up going with a flight. Constantly bring an emergency treatment kit when you go on a deep sea fishing trip .

10. Clean and also dry your boots and equipment in between trips to stop the transmission of invasive varieties.

11. As you cast, keep an eye out for hornets’ nests in the trees over the water.

12. Constantly inform a person where you are going.

You will surely have the best fishing adventure if you follow these simple rules. To know more about fishing in South Carolina, especially in Myrtle Beach, call Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises.

Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises 1525 13th Ave N North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 (910) 575-0111 (843) 626-9500 http://supervoyagerdeepseafishing.com/

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Murrells Inlet Fishing Trips

by Capt. R.C. | Nov 8, 2023 | Murrells Inlet Fishing

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Dive into an adventure that blends epic days of fishing with tranquility right here in South Carolina’s fishing paradise – Murrells Inlet. These fishing trips offer a unique opportunity for nearshore and inshore fishing – perfect for families, beginners, or pro’s.

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Harvest Moon Fishing Charters: Your Murrells Inlet Fishing Guide

If you’re looking for a world-class fishing experience, look no further than Harvest Moon Fishing Charters . Nestled in the heart of Murrells Inlet, we offer a diverse range of trips tailored to every angler’s preference. From first-timers exploring shallow water fishing to seasoned anglers seeking epic adventures, Harvest Moon has got it all. But what truly sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to providing memorable experiences that last a lifetime.

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A Day with Harvest Moon Fishing Charters

With Harvest Moon Fishing Charters, you’ll dive deep into the heart of South Carolina’s most productive fishing grounds. Whether you’re looking to battle the giants on our nearshore charters, or simply seeking the peace of fishing near the shoreline, we’ve got you covered. Our inshore fishing adventures offer year-round fishing opportunities. In Murrells Inlet, one moment you might be fightng a redfish, and the next, you’re on the trail of an elusive tarpon. It’s this ever-changing diversity that has our anglers returning, time and again. Fish with us, and let’s create fishing tales to remember.

Targeted Species

In Murrells Inlet, the waters contain a diverse range of species. You’ll encounter redfish, seatrout, flounder and black drum on inshore trips while snapper, grouper and king mackerel dominate nearshore areas.

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But it’s not just the numbers game—our charters promise top-notch fishing adventures. Imagine battling tarpon that bursts out of the water once they’re hooked – we do that too!

Our Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters take you to the heart of Murrells Inlet’s diverse marine life. Here, inshore fishing allows us to primarily target redfish, seatrout, flounder, and black drum.

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Seasonal Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon are a seasonal target for anglers in Murrells Inlet due to their migration patterns. These fish bring an element of challenge because they’re known for their acrobatic leaps and relentless fights. We have specific techniques honed over the years that we use when hunting these elusive creatures. Patience is key as tarpon can be picky eaters but don’t worry; our seasoned guide will give you all the help needed to check one of these off your bucket list.

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Inshore Favorites: Redfish, Seatrout, Flounder & More

Fishing in the calm waters around Murrells Inlet provides opportunities for casting lines close to shore where species such as redfish, seatrout, and flounder thrive. Catching these species often involves lighter tackle, making each catch a game between angler and fish. We make sure every guest has access to top-notch equipment so that no fish tale gets away from being told back at home.

Note: Most trips successfully target these favorites, providing plenty of action on deck.

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Nearshore Adventure: Snapper & Kingfish

For those seeking more adventure, our nearshore fishing trips often target snapper and kingfish.

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Getting this right means knowing what these guys eat, where they like to hang out, and adjusting to the present situation. It’s a bit like coaxing someone from their cozy house – not exactly a walk in the park.

Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters: Adventure and Relaxation

Picture this. You stand on the deck of a vessel, breathing in the fresh salt air, as you take in the views of estuaries around Murrells Inlet. And then, bang! Fish on! Its this mix of fishing and setting that make a Murrells Inlet fishing trip one worth going on.

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The Calm Waters of the Bay

Murrells Inlet is known for its calm bay waters, making it perfect for both novice and experienced anglers looking to enjoy a relaxing day on a fishing trip . The inshore conditions allow for easy casting and reeling while still providing plenty of opportunities to land some of the most sought-after species in the area.

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What makes these inlet fishing charters even more appealing is their close proximity to Myrtle Beach . So, if you’ve spent enough time soaking up rays on the beachfront or want some respite from bustling tourist hotspots like Broadway at the Beach, jumping aboard one of our charter boats offers an exciting change of pace. This isn’t your standard ‘drop-a-line-and-wait’ kind-of affair either; there’s real excitement involved. With a skilled guide leading each trip who knows exactly where to find fish, those peaceful moments of waiting suddenly turn to fun when you feel that tug at the end of your line.

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A Unique Spin on Traditional Fishing Trips

There’s something incredibly rewarding about catching dinner with your own two hands during these Murrells Inlet fishing charters . But it’s not just about ripping lips; these charters are also a chance to immerse yourself in nature, away from modern distractions. It’s like hitting pause on life’s fast-forward button and taking time to breathe.

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Fishing Charters in Murrells Inlet: The Experts Who Make It Happen

Behind every memorable fishing trip, there’s an expert guide who makes it all happen. Meet the experienced professional at Harvest Moon Fishing Charters . Captain RC has a passion for fishing and an unrivaled knowledge of these local waters.

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Dedicated Service Tailored To You

At Harvest Moon Fishing Charters, we believe every trip should be unique – just like our clients. We tailor each adventure to suit your needs and desires, whether you’re after redfish or black drum, prefer nearshore adventures or calm bay excursions. We even cater trips specifically targeting tarpon during peak season ; trust us when we say landing one is enough to make any day on the water an awesome one.

Safety Is Our Priority

We want you feeling confident from start to finish, so safety remains at the forefront throughout your day on the water with us; from pre-trip briefings to ensuring everyone understands onboard procedures through providing necessary safety equipment.

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Variety of Trips

We get it—different anglers have different tastes. That’s why Harvest Moon offers an array of tailored experiences , catering to everyone from casual vacation-goers looking for a beach break to experienced enthusiasts. With our wide range of options, we’ve got something that’ll hook your interest. The beauty here lies not only in variety but also in adaptability. Be it solo or group trips; daybreak outings or moonlit adventures, targeting redfish or chasing tarpon—these guys flex and fit like your favorite pair of gloves.

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Inshore vs Nearshore – Pick Your Adventure.

A question we often hear is “What’s the difference between nearshore and inshore?” Well, think about sitting at home (inland) versus hanging out on your porch (near land). It’s kinda like that. While both offer great catches such as flounder and black drum, nearshore goes further into deeper waters where bigger fish roam, including kingfish and sharks – giving you bragging rights back home.

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Finding the Right Fit

You might be wondering how one decides which trip type fits best—and we say listen to your gut. Are you a calm-water lover seeking tranquility? Or perhaps an adrenaline junkie who thrives in the unpredictable waves of deeper water fishing? Harvest Moon helps you decide with our comprehensive trip descriptions , complete with what to expect and preparation tips. You can even ask us directly —after all, our Captain is as friendly as he is experienced.

FAQs: Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters

What fish are they catching in murrells inlet.

The hot targets in Murrells Inlet include redfish, seatrout, flounder, and black drum for inshore fishing. Nearshore fishing usually hooks snapper, grouper, and king mackerel.

Is there fishing in Murrells Inlet in February?

Absolutely. Winter doesn’t slow down angling action here; species like Red Drum or Spotted Seatrout make excellent catches during February.

Where can I fish on Pawleys Island?

Pawleys Island offers plenty of great spots such as its surf zones along the beachfront or salt marshes. You could also try casting a line off one of its two causeways.

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With a range of options available, you can find the perfect charter to meet your needs. Our guide is ready to help make your Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters adventure unforgettable! His expertise ensures every trip is more than just casting a line; it’s an experience!

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Captain R.C. was very knowledgeable of the area and so much fun to fish with. My husband is already planning future trips with him. If you're looking for a great charter experience, this is the one for you."

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Plan Your Next Fishing Trip in Beaufort and Port Royal, SC – Visit Beaufort

Enjoy the scenic fishing spots that Port Royal and Beaufort, SC has to offer for your next fishing trip. Plan fishing trip vacations with Visit Beaufort.

Fishing Trips in Port Royal and Beaufort, South Carolina

Embark on a fishing experience to remember. Whether you’re a beginner looking to try a new sport or an expert looking for a fresh challenge, Beaufort and Port Royal, South Carolina, are wonderful destinations for fishing trips. With 300 square miles of marshland waters, Beaufort has plenty of prime fishing areas for you to scope out. Let Visit Beaufort help you plan upcoming fishing trip vacations in the area.

Why You Should Choose Beaufort for Your Next Fishing Trip

Beaufort is a great fly fishing location for all skill levels. Anglers can try their luck along shorelines of plankton-rich oyster beds and muddy river banks. The fish are plentiful in Beaufort, as anglers can cast their lines into schools of fish. Challenge yourself to catch as many different fish as you can — Beaufort is home to many different kinds, such as speckled sea trout, sheep-head, and Spanish mackerel.

If you choose to plan your fishing trip to the area in the months of April, May, or June, enjoy fishing for brown cobia. You can see these sizeable visitors in the Broad River, as it’s only one of two places on the entire east coast where cobia come inshore to spawn.

Try One of Beaufort’s Fishing Guides and Carters

An experienced guide can assist in making your fishing trip a successful endeavor. With extensive local knowledge and countless hours testing bait and different techniques, these guides can ensure your fishing experience is one that's full of fun and excitement. Endorsed by Orvis, Bay Street Outfitters is a highly regarded fly fishing service in the area. When you need new gear, the experts at Bay Street Outfitters can help.

Fishing charters are an excellent choice for those looking to get into the sport. With all the necessary equipment provided for you, all you need to do is bring whatever you would like to eat for lunch and your most comfortable angling attire. Clients can book a charter for a half-day or a full day, depending on how long you would like to be out to sea.

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Feel like kicking back and taking in the view? If you decide to take a break from fishing but still want to enjoy our waterways, go kayaking, canoeing, or paddling . Experience the water on a fast-paced kayaking tour, or try a more relaxing adventure on a standup paddleboard and enjoy the scenery. Beaufort Kayak Tours hosts educational excursions through the salt marsh at low tide in the downtown area. Here, they'll cast a net into the water and offer a look into the organisms that thrive in the area.

Plan Your Next Fishing Getaway

Beaufort and Port Royal, SC are great destinations for fishing trip vacations. With a wide variety of fish and the ability to accommodate anglers of different skill levels and techniques, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy. Visit Beaufort can assist in your planning and provide you with a range of areas to explore. For help planning your vacation itinerary, contact us today.

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19 Best Lakes in South Carolina for Your Next Visit

S outh Carolina is home to some of the best lakes in the country!  Every type of popular recreational water activity can be found here, including world-class fishing, boating, swimming, and water sports!

So grab your rod, life jacket, and sunscreen, and get ready to discover why you should plan a trip to a South Carolina lake soon! Read on for the best lakes in South Carolina.

FEATURED LAKES

Our featured lakes are along the less-crowded South Carolina Freshwater Coast!

LAKE GREENWOOD

Lake Greenwood is an 11,000-acre lake offering 212 miles of shoreline along with a whole lot of southern charm!

This lake offers all the fun water activities you expect from a lake, but at a slower pace.  Extending from Greenwood County into Lauren, and Newberry Counties, this lake is known for its boating, bass fishing, and camping.  This lake is so popular for its catfish, there is a Catfish Feastival in Ware Shoals, SC every Memorial Day weekend!

Read more about Lake Greenwood State Park below.

LAKE STORM THURMOND

Lake Strom Thurmond , also known as Clarks Hill Lake, is one of the 10 most visited Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the United States, with 5.5 million visitors every year!

Located on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, just north of Augusta, GA, this massive 71,000-acre lake has it all!  It offers striper and largemouth bass fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, hiking, and swim beaches. Bordering Georgia and South Carolina, the lake stretches nearly 40 miles up the Savannah River.

With 10 campgrounds, seven day-use areas, five state parks, and six marinas, there is something for everyone!

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LAKE RICHARD B. RUSSELL

Lake Richard B. Russell, or as the locals call it – Lake Russell – is a 26,650-acre lake that straddles South Carolina and Georgia, and is perfect for all kinds of water sports!

Bordering Elbert County in Georgia, and Abbeville and Anderson counties in South Carolina, this lake offers boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and swim beaches!  Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and bream are popular fish here.

There are 13 public recreation areas with public boat ramps in South Carolina, making the lake easy to access.  Due to federal regulations, most of the shoreline around Lake Richard B. Russell remains undeveloped, giving this lake a rural and quiet feel.

MOST POPULAR LAKES IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Want to know what all the fuss is about?  These eight lakes are some of the most popular in the state, and it’s easy to see why!

LAKE GREENWOOD STATE PARK

Lake Greenwood State Park is well-known for offering boating, freshwater fishing, swimming, hiking trails, and campsites along the shoreline of Lake Greenwood.

This state park was one of 16 built in South Carolina by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and many of the original structures can still be seen here.

With two boat ramps and a fishing pier, the lake at this state park stays busy!

LAKE MARION

Lake Marion is the largest lake in South Carolina at 110,000 acres!

This lake is centrally located and extends through five counties, including Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, and Sumter.

This lake is a popular place to cast your line and is well-known for its big fish, like blue and flathead catfish, and largemouth bass.  With cypress trees dotting the view, this lake makes for a relaxing day on the water.

Lake Wylie is a popular 12,455-acre lake that sits on the South Carolina/North Carolina border, just outside of Charlotte!

If you’re looking for a beautiful escape from the city, this lake is well-known for its summer water sports and fishing, on both the South Carolina and North Carolina sides.

Largemouth bass and catfish are popular catches in the area.

LAKE KEOWEE

Lake Keowee is a beautiful and popular summertime spot that offers all types of outdoor recreational activities!   Fishing, boating, water sports, and with 300 miles of shoreline, beach activities can be enjoyed here too.

Lake Keowee is located mostly in Oconee County, SC and is near Seneca and Clemson.  This pristine 18,500-acre lake boasts views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This is one picturesque lake that should not be missed!

LAKE MOULTRIE

This 60,000-acre man-made lake is popular with fishermen and boaters alike!

Lake Moultrie is known for its large fish and abundant wildlife.  Fishermen can expect to catch largemouth bass, pickerel, and bream.

LAKE HARTWELL

Lake Hartwell is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border and is a popular lake for all water sports!

I-85 crosses over Lake Hartwell, making this lake easily accessible.  Fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing are popular sports in the area.

Lake Hartwell is known for its striped bass, catfish, largemouth bass, and bream.  There are many boat ramps in the area, and state parks in both Georgia and South Carolina offer camping, hiking trails, and biking!

LAKE JOCASSEE

Lake Jocassee is a clear, mountain spring-fed lake, and is home to waterfalls and coves that you can only reach by boat!

Because the lake is spring-fed, the water stays clear and cool year-round, and is perfect for boating, kayaking, scuba diving, and trout fishing.

Lake Jocassee’s only public access points are located within Devil’s Fork State Park in Salem, SC.  The area around Lake Jocassee remains largely undeveloped, making it easy to enjoy its natural beauty.

LAKE MURRAY

Lake Murray is located in Columbia, SC and is well-known for all types of boating!  Canoeing, fishing, and sailing all take place here.

Lake Murray is popular for its fishing, swimming, and water sports.  With dozens of marinas for putting in your boat, and several local parks to enjoy along the shoreline with your family, Lake Murray has something for everyone.

Read More: 15 FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN COLUMBIA SC (+ all of Lake Murray Country)

HIDDEN GEMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Some lakes in South Carolina may not be as well-known, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be known!  Here are some of the most amazing lakes South Carolina has to offer that you might not know about.

LAKE TUGALOO

Lake Tugaloo is a beautiful mountain lake that is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border!  Well-known for its trout, fishermen can also find bass, catfish, crappie, and bream.

There is only one boat access point, and the area is undeveloped, so except for a few campsites, you can experience this lake in all its natural glory.

SALUDA LAKE

Saluda Lake is a 330-acre lake that is known for its boating, kayaking, and fishing.

Located in Greenville, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bream can be caught here.

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Lake Bowen is a 1,534-acre lake located in Spartanburg County, SC near the North Carolina border.

With boat ramps, a fishing pier, a playground, and picnic areas at Anchor Park, this lake is a great place to spend the day. Recreational activities such as boating and fishing also take place here, with fishermen reeling in catfish, largemouth bass, spotted bass, and crappie. A boat permit is required.

Read More: 16 THINGS TO DO IN SPARTANBURG SC YOU CAN’T MISS

LAKE WATEREE

Lake Wateree is a 13,250-acre lake and is one of the oldest man-made lakes in South Carolina!

The lake is located just north of Columbia, SC in Lugoff, and is a great spot for fishing for crappie, bream, catfish, and bass.

Lake Wateree State Park hosts several fishing tournaments every year!

BEST LAKES IN SOUTH CAROLINA FOR…

If you have a special interest and you’re looking for the best lake for your hobby, we break it down for you right here!

BEST SMALL LAKE TOWN

After a day on Lake Greenwood, visiting the town of Greenwood is a must-do.  Enjoy a movie at the 25 Auto Drive-In Theatre, or visit the farm animals with your family at Emerald Farm.  Find fresh, local foods and ingredients at the Uptown Farmer’s Market, or enjoy a picnic at one of the local parks. This town oozes small town, southern charm, and a walk down their streets will garner you a lot of friendly waves.

The town of Lake Wylie is the perfect combination of small-town living near the big city.  A suburb of Charlotte, NC , Lake Wylie hosts annual fireworks show every Fourth of July, and is well-known for their elaborate Holiday Boat Parade in December.

Seneca, SC is home to Lake Keowee, Clemson fans, and Ram Cat Alley!  Ram Cat Alley is a pedestrian-friendly area where visitors can find local shops and restaurants.  This historic drag also hosts several festivals throughout the year.

BEST LAKES FOR BOATING AND WATER SPORTS

Lake Russell in Abbeville and Anderson SC and Lake Greenwood in Lauren and Newberry Counties are the best places to go if boating and water sport activities are your jam!

It’s not uncommon to see pontoon boats, sailboats, ski boats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards on the water at these lakes on any given day.  With marinas and boat rental companies nearby, there’s a boat for you at both of these lakes, no matter your preferred activity!

Lake Jocassee is also a really popular boating spot.  There are several waterfalls on Lake Jocassee that can only be seen by boat!  There are a couple of boat tour companies that will take you to the secret spots, or you can take your own boat and find them yourself!

And last, but certainly not least, Lake Hartwell in Oconee County, SC and Lake Murray in Columbia are also very popular with boaters!

BEST LAKES FOR FISHING

Almost every South Carolina lake on our list offers fishing, but if you’re looking for some of the best – you’ll find that at these lakes.

We’ve already mentioned the popularity of catfish at Lake Greenwood. Nearby Thurmond and Russell are better known for their bass fishing, as well as crappie and catfish.

Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are known as the “Great Lakes” of South Carolina, and a 58-pound channel catfish has been caught here, which still holds the world record today!  Striped bass, crappie, and bream are also popular catches in the area.

Lake Murray in Columbia is a great lake if you’re looking to reel in big fish!  Largemouth bass and striped bass are often pulled from the waters, and state record-holding white bass, white perch, white crappie, and white catfish have been caught here!

Lake Jocassee is a great place to catch trout!  With its cool, spring-fed waters, it’s the only lake in South Carolina that has both trout and smallmouth bass.  And if you’re looking to compete, fishing tournaments are also often held at Lake Jocassee.

BEST SWIMMING LAKES

If you’re looking to cool off in the refreshing water of a lake, head out to the Twelve Mile Recreation Area on Lake Hartwell!

The Twelve Mile Recreation Area has a sandy beach, a playground, and a bathroom on site, making it an easy choice for enjoying a day in the water.

Both Pinnacle Lake at Table Rock State Park and the lake at Oconee State Park offer sandy beaches at their swimming areas, complete with lifeguards during certain hours and low and high diving boards!  State Park parking fees apply.

Sunset Beach, Marina Beach, Martins Landing Beach, and Resort Lodge Beach are four of the most popular beach areas for soaking up the sun on Lake Murray.

STAYING AT THE LAKE

If you’re looking to spend some quality time on the lake, you’re going to need some quality digs!  Here are some of the best places to stay on the water in South Carolina!

SOUTH CAROLINA LAKE RESORTS

The Wyndham Vacation Resorts at Lake Marion is surrounded by outdoor water activities, thanks to the fact it sits right on the quiet shores of Lake Marion.  Fishing, boating, and swimming can be enjoyed at this resort, that’s only an hour away from Charleston.

The Long Cove Family Resort on Lake Wylie offers tiny house cabins and suites that overlook the lake.  With its own private beach for enjoying campfires under the stars, this is a great place for enjoying water sports, hiking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing!

BEST LAKES FOR RENTALS

There are so many homes, cabins, tiny houses, and treehouses (!) to rent along the lakes of South Carolina!  You can find hundreds of options on Lake Greenwood, Lake Russell, Lake Thurmond, Lake Hartwell, Lake Greenwood, Lake Murray, Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, Lake Marion, and Lake Moultrie.  Here’s just a few that caught our eye!

If you’re looking to enjoy both the water and the trees with a large group, then Moonshine Bay on Lake Secession may be just what you are looking to rent. This home on the water sleeps eight and includes everything you need for a day at the beach –  towels, umbrella, beach blanket, and even snorkeling gear.

For a romantic getaway for two to a secluded lake retreat, try this home on beautiful Lake Thurmond.

If you’re looking to enjoy both the water and the trees, then the Lost Treehouse of Lake Jocassee might be for you!  This awesome treehouse offers unique accommodations for two, and is only a mile from Devil’s Fork State Park!

Stay in a beautiful, modern cottage right on Lake Keowee, and enjoy kayaking the clear water!

For families, Firefly Landing offers everything you need for a great family vacation!  This home sleeps 10, and is located on Lake Murray.  You can enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing, and you’re only minutes from Columbia.

Another family-friendly choice, this rental home sleeps 12 and is located right on Lake Hartwell!  This rental includes a fire pit, outdoor yard games, and the use of two kayaks.

Lakes in South Carolina FAQ

What is the clearest lake in south carolina.

Lake Jocassee is considered the clearest lake in South Carolina. Take a trip to Devil’s Fork State Park and explore the lake for yourself! The clear and cool waters from the Appalachian mountain rivers make this lake a must-see.

What lake in SC is known for not having alligators?

Lake Greenwood says their lake has no alligators! They also say the lake here is clean and perfect for water activities.

Which SC lake has a town under it?

Lake Marion was created when a dam was built, and the lake covered the former town of Ferguson, SC. You can read more about the history of the lake and the town it covers here.

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Seasonal Fishing Strategies for Largemouth Bass: A Beginner’s Guide

By Debbie Hanson

May 13, 2024

Summary of seasonal fishing strategies for largemouth bass based on seasons of the year, suggestions on which lures to use under different fishing conditions

Largemouth bass are one of the most sought-after freshwater gamefish species in America due to their wide native range and accessibility for anglers of all skill levels. However, understanding bass behavior during different seasons of the year is a major key to successful fishing trips. From chilly winter water temperatures to the heat of summer, here's a basic guide that covers seasonal fishing strategies for largemouth bass.

Winter: Cracking the Cold

As air and water temperatures drop, largemouth bass become lethargic and seek refuge in deeper waters. To entice bass into biting during the winter, focus on slow fishing techniques with small profile lures like jigs, spoons, or weedless soft plastics. If you have electronics on your boat, use your fish finder or sonar to find deep structure, like submerged rock piles or ledges – you are likely to find bass in these areas as well. Once you locate deep water bass, use a slow retrieve or “deadstick” presentation (keep your bait or lure still) and allow your lures to bounce off the bottom or hover just above it. Slow is always the way to go when bass fishing during the coldest months of the year.

Spring: Spawning Season

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Summer: Beat the Heat

When summer water temperatures begin to peak, largemouth bass will retreat to cooler, oxygen-rich environments, such as deep water, shady cover, or submerged vegetation. The best time to fish for bass in summer is during the early morning or late evening hours when bass are most active and surface water temperatures are lower. Some of the best summer bass lures are topwater presentations, such as poppers or soft plastic frogs. Buzzbaits can also be highly effective on calm mornings or evenings, eliciting explosive strikes.

During the summer daytime hours, shade fishing for bass and locating fish in deeper water will require persistence. Use Carolina rigs, Texas rigs , or deep-diving crankbaits to find bass holding under the shade of cover (vegetation, downed trees, brush piles) or near underwater structure or thermoclines. Pay close attention to water temperature and use your electronics to locate schools of baitfish or submerged cover to greatly bump up your success rates during the dog days of summer.

Fall: Feeding Frenzy

As temperatures begin to cool again, there will be a pre-winter bass feeding frenzy in preparation for the winter months ahead. Mimic the natural forage that is present during the fall season to boost your catch rates. In other words, use lures that imitate shad and other baitfish, like lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, or swimbaits to trigger bites from hungry bass that are feeding heavily in preparation for the coldest months of the year.

If you’re wondering where to find bass in fall, focus your efforts on creekmouths, submerged vegetation, and rocky points – these types of areas typically yield good results. Additionally, as water temperatures drop following the heat of summer, bass become more active and willing to chase down fast-moving presentations. This makes reaction baits like spinnerbaits or chatterbaits effective options as well.

Seasonal fishing strategies for largemouth bass depend on understanding bass behavior and habitat preferences throughout the year. By adapting techniques and lure presentations to suit the water temperatures and conditions, you can embrace the challenges and maximize your chances of success. Leave the weather excuses behind – grab your tackle, hit the water, and apply these tips by going on an unforgettable bass fishing adventure.

Debbie Hanson

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Book a trip today with Captain Keith for a fun and memorable day out with an accommodating and friendly captain! With over 30 years of experience, Captain Keith is one of the best in the business. Hit the water on his 38-foot center console and experience an action-packed day of fishing out of Little River, South Carolina! You can choose between a 4, 5, or 7-hour adventure. For the client seeking the “Light Tackle” experience, we offer Inshore Fishing Charters in the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, backwater creeks, estuaries, jetties, and nearshore wrecks. If you select the 4-hour charter, you’ll be fishing the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, backwater creeks, and estuaries. Expect to catch Red Drum (Redfish), Black Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder, and much more. While fishing the estuaries, you will see a unique perspective of the Little River area and wildlife. You will be fishing with artificial and live bait, which you will catch on the trip. This trip is perfect for families with kids (all ages welcome), beginners, or those that just want a chance to discover their sea legs. If you select the light tackle 5-hour or 7-hour inshore charter, expect to catch the same fish offered on the four-hour charter along with the Bull Redfish, Flounder, Spadefish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Sharks that surround the nearshore wrecks and jetties. These fish are typically a lot bigger. You will be fishing light tackle with artificial and live bait that you will catch on the trip. Don’t forget to bring food and drinks for the day, a hat, sunscreen, and a cooler to take home your day’s catch. Captain Keith will provide all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and fishing licenses. He will also clean and fillet your day’s catch after the trip is over. You will use live bait (which you will catch for the first 20-30 min of the trip) throughout the day. Test your skills and strength and fill the boat on what promises to be an exhilarating day with Captain Keith! Read More

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Fishing in Charleston

Head out with Captain Darius for an action-packed day of fishing on the beautiful South Carolina coast! The Gulf Stream in the offshore waters of Charleston is perfect for chasing after some prized Atlantic fish! On the 6-hour trip, Captain Darius will bring you 20-30 miles offshore to productive fishing grounds where you'll be bottom fishing for Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Sheepshead, Red and Vermilion Snapper, and Grouper. If you go for the 8-hour trip, you can venture 30-50 miles offshore where you'll start to see Mahi-Mahi and maybe even some billfish. Either way, you can bet on doing a lot of catching. Just let Captain Darius know what you want to catch and he'll take you to the prime spots and get you set up the best methods! You'll be aboard Captain Darius's 24' Seafox 248 Commander center console with enough room for 6 anglers. Powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, she'll have no problem getting you to the prime fishing spots! This vessel comes equipped with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Multimedia System, on board Bathroom and Ice Box to store your catches. You'll get to take any keepers home for a tasty meal! Captain Darius will provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait, lures and fishing licenses. He will even provide a tasty lunch for an additional fee. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food or drinks you might want out on the water. Head out to the Gulf Stream with Captain Darius! Read More

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Fishing in Charleston

Head out with Captain Johnston for a memorable fishing adventure in the Charleston inshores! With its harbor and array of canals and rivers, the Charleston inshores are a great spot to go after some of the picture-worthy fish that South Carolina is known for without too long of a trek. On this 4, 6 or 8-hour trip, Captain Johnston will motor you out into Charleston Harbor or the nearby canals where you'll be targeting Redfish, Blacktip Sharks, Bonnethead Sharks, and maybe even Tarpon in the summer months, and Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and more in the colder months. You'll be fishing with light tackle and choosing from a selection of live bait or artificial lures. Captain Johnston has years of experience in these waters and he's sure to get your rod set up with what the fish are biting! You'll be aboard Captain Johnston's 24' Blazer Bay center console with a capacity for 6 anglers. Powered by a 350 HP Yamaha engine, she'll have no problem taking you to the prime inshore fishing spots! This vessel comes equipped with a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, Wireless Trolling Motor, and Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Johnston will even clean any tasty keepers for you to take home! Captain Johnston will provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait, lures and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food or drinks you might want out on the water. Come get some tasty fish with Captain Johnston in the Charleston inshores! Read More

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Fuel is included in the price! Come aboard with Captain Johnston for an exciting day fishing the Charleston nearshores! The nearshore waters of Charleston are home to plenty of fish-rich reefs and wrecks that are great for picking up some prized Atlantic fish. On this 6 hour trip, Captain Johnston will motor you out into the Charleston Harbor jetties or some nearshore reefs and wrecks where you'll be targeting Redfish, Blacktip Sharks, Bonnethead Sharks, and maybe even Tarpon in the summer months, and Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and more in the colder months. You'll be fishing with light tackle and choosing from a selection of live bait or artificial lures. Captain Johnston has years of experience in these waters and he's sure to get your rod set up with what the fish are biting! Captain Johnston will provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait, lures and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food or drinks you might want out on the water. Come get some tasty fish with Captain Johnston in the Charleston nearshores! Read More

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The Redfish is the staple, year-round fish in the South Carolina Lowcountry and has proved to be the perfect gamefish. They can be sight fished on the fly or artificial lure on flood tide grass flats, mud and sand flats, or up tidal creeks at lower water levels. They can also be fished using live or cut bait. Other common species caught include Black Drum, Speckled Sea Trout and Flounder. Throughout the year some species are in more abundance than others and some seasons hold different surprises as migratory fish move through the area. ​ Winter in the Lowcountry is special because the water can become gin-clear due to the lack of nutrients in the water with water temperatures in the upper 40s and 50s. Redfish will school up in large numbers and provide anglers with excellent sight fishing opportunities at lower tides ​ As the water temperature begins to warm in the Spring baitfish begin to move into the interior waters. The food source becomes slightly more abundant and schools start to break up and spread out to more zones.  In April and May, the Cobia begin to show up to spawn in this estuary. The Cobia can be taken on the fly or artificial on the surface when weather and sea conditions line up. ​ Summer months afford the angler the most variety.  In addition to Redfish, Black Drum, Sea Trout, and Flounder other species frequent a variety of scenarios. Ladyfish, Tripletail, Spanish Mackeral are all fun species to target on light tackle and fly but the big schools of large Jack Crevalle are high on the list of gamefish to be hunted this time of year when the sea conditions are calm enough. Tarpon also visit our water during Summer but are generally on the bottom in deeper water. ​ Once the Fall season comes into play, we see relief from Summer temperatures, the baitfish mature, and the shrimp move into the creeks. It seems like everything gets fired up! Bull Redfish have a tendency to move back into estuarine waters to feed. When the water is calm enough Bull Reds can be targeted on the surface out in nearshore waters where they are spawning this time of year. So no matter what time of year there is always something buzzing aboard Captain Graham Skiff! It comes loaded with everything you could possibly need for success, so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Graham will show you what Hilton Head fishing is all about! Read More

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Fishing in Mount Pleasant

Launch aboard Captain TJ's fully decked out 26' Center Console for a freezer-filling fishing experience out of Charleston SC. Captain TJ will put all of his knowledge of fish habits, sea trends, and weather patterns toward getting you on these reef fish safely and in style! The boat you'll be fishing from is a "Just Right" 26-foot Mako 264. A true battle wagon designed for hardcore offshore fishing. She's equipped with twin 200 HP Suzuki engines, outriggers, VHF radio, Garmin radar, GPS, sonar satellite radio, bathroom, live wells, fishing boxes, sink, and top-of-the-line fishing equipment. After you get settled in, and Captain TJ cranks up his Suzuki outboard, you will motor out a couple of miles offshore to hit the reefs, wrecks less than 15 miles offshore, depending on how far out you'd like to go you can either hits the reefs and wrecks just offshore for snapper and grouper species or stay closer to fish the jetties where giant inshore species lurk like Bull Reds, and big sharks! On these trip, you will be using heavy tackle rods and weighted live bait or jig hooks that you'll drop down into the murky depths of the Atlantic. You can expect to hook into a variety of Snapper and Grouper species like Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Red Grouper and Gag Grouper, but you never know what the murky depths of the Atlantic will produce! Fishing the reefs you can also catch an occasional Amberjack, and Cobia just to name a few, and there are plenty more species the productive waters of the Atlantic can offer up! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until Captain TJ has hooked into the fish or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time to feel the bite, Captain TJ can make it happen! Beyond superior service and a stylish ride, Captain TJ also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. Thus, all you need to bring is your favorite lunch, snack, and drink, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain TJ will take care of the rest to make the most of your Charleston offshore adventure! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Mount Pleasant

Offshore Reef Fishing

Fishing in North Charleston

Launch aboard Captain TJ's fully decked out 26' Center Console for a freezer-filling fishing experience out of Charleston SC. Captain TJ will put all of his knowledge of fish habits, sea trends, and weather patterns toward getting you on these reef fish safely and in style! The boat you'll be fishing from is a 26-foot Mako 264. A true battle wagon designed for hardcore offshore fishing. She's equipped with twin 200 HP Suzuki engines, outriggers, VHF radio, Garmin radar, GPS, sonar satellite radio, bathroom, live wells, fishing boxes, sink, and top-of-the-line fishing equipment. After you get settled in, and Captain TJ cranks up his Suzuki outboard, you will motor out a couple of miles offshore to hit the reefs, wrecks, and deepwater structures for some delicious table fare that puts up a fight! On these trip, you will be using heavy tackle rods and weighted live bait or jig hooks that you'll drop down into the murky depths of the Atlantic. You can expect to hook into a variety of Snapper and Grouper species like Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Red Grouper and Gag Grouper, but you never know what the murky depths of the Atlantic will produce! Fishing the reefs you can also catch an occasional Amberjack, and Cobia just to name a few, and there are plenty more species the productive waters of the Atlantic can offer up! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until Captain TJ has hooked into the fish or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time to feel the bite, Captain TJ can make it happen! Beyond superior service and a stylish ride, Captain TJ also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. Thus, all you need to bring is your favorite lunch, snack, and drink, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain TJ will take care of the rest to make the most of your Charleston offshore adventure! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in North Charleston

Reef & Bottom Fishing Trip

Fishing in North Charleston

Launch aboard Captain TJ's fully decked out 26' Mako for an epic and productive trolling adventure off the coast of Charleston SC. Captain TJ will put all of his knowledge of fish habits, sea trends, and weather patterns toward getting you on the fish safely and in style! After you get settled in, and Captain TJ starts up his 200 Suzuki, you will motor out a couple miles offshore to the fishing grounds. Thes trolling trips are great because the boat and the knowledge of your captain do the "boring" part for you. Captain TJ will drop the throttle down to a couple knots and start surveying the horizon for birds and grass lines. The grass lines can provide structure for pelagics to congregate around and birds are usually an indicator of bait on the surface! You're welcome to help TJ scout, but you more than welcome to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sweet sea breeze while you wait for the reel to start screaming! These trips can be extremely productive as well. If you get into a pod of Wahoo, King Mackerel, or Mahi, Captain TJ will just keep circling back to catch more and more, until you've caught your limit or your arms get too tired. Wahoo, King Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi, are just a couple of the potential species you could catch while you're out there, and there are plenty more species the productive waters of the Atlantic can offer up! Beyond superior service and luxurious amenities, Captain TJ also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. TJ recommends you bring your favorite lunch, snack, and drink items, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and some good company! Otherwise, Captain TJ will take care of the rest to make sure you fill the box on your next Charleston Offshore Trolling adventure! Read More

Offshore Trolling With Captain TJ

Everything to know about booking a south carolina bluefin tuna fishing charter, what are the best bluefin tuna fishing charters in south carolina.

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 1 bluefin tuna trip in South Carolina: Big Fish Luxury Charter guided by Bentley .

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The most popular city to book a Bluefin Tuna charter in South Carolina is Mount Pleasant .

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What types of bluefin tuna fishing charters are common in South Carolina?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for bluefin tuna in South Carolina.

The most common fishing techniques in South Carolina are trolling, live bait fishing, and light tackle fishing but jigging and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do South Carolina bluefin tuna fishing charters cost?

for bluefin tuna in South Carolina prices can range anywhere from about $2,250 to $2,250, but the average price for a full day trip for bluefin tuna in South Carolina is $2,250.

What month is best for bluefin tuna fishing in South Carolina?

The most popular season for bluefin tuna fishing in South Carolina is fall, and most anglers book their trips 22 days in advance.

Do I need a South Carolina fishing license for bluefin tuna and what are the bag limits for bluefin tuna in South Carolina?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in South Carolina don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in South Carolina.

The Best Places to Fish in South Carolina

  • Mount Pleasant, SC

Other Fishing Species in South Carolina

  • Almaco Jack
  • Apache trout
  • Black Grouper
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  • Blackbelly Rosefish
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  • Red Snapper
  • Scamp Grouper
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
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  • Tiger Shark
  • Triggerfish
  • Vermillion Snapper
  • Warsaw Grouper
  • White Marlin
  • Yellowfin Tuna

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