Fishing in the Charleston Area - Charleston, South Carolina is probably most popular for its inshore fishing, which is fishing the plentiful shallow coastal waters and estuaries. Well known for its ample redfish population as well as the speckled sea trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead and even the fisherman's challenge, the shark, Charleston area waters are teaming with a variety of game fish. The tactics required to land varying fish is a diverse as the types of fish. Some fish require finesse while others will take muscle and determination to reel it in. Knowing what your desired sport fish likes to is also quite helpful in knowing where they can be found and what to use as a lure or for bait eat.
Some species run more heavily at various times, depending on the season and time of year, for example; summertime offers spotted sea trout, red and black drum, flounder, whiting, mackerel and crevalle jack but the trick is to fish at dawn and dusk when the waters are cooler and the fish are more active. Though successful fishing tends to slow to a halt in the summer months elsewhere, due to the plethora of baitfish, crab and shrimp found in the shallow waters around Charleston, the game fish typical to the season can usually be found in abundance.
Though inshore fishing offers many choices in how one may prefer to fish, private and public tours, boat rentals and fully manned and captained excursion boats pier and dock fishing, flatboat fishing, shore fishing, near shore fishing, wading, spear fishing etc. there are several additional options for those who prefer the deep-sea experience. There is certainly something exciting about challenging the sea to give up her booty out where the entire horizon is blue. The fish are bigger, stronger and seemingly wilier offering a different kind of fishing challenge in the deep waters. For this type of expedition there are literally hundreds of tour boats along the South Carolina Coast but in choosing the outfit that's right, one should consider personal skill level and how much assistance may be needed.
Fishing the open ocean is exhilarating but selecting a captain or guide who is U.S. Coastguard Certified is a wise move due to all the situations that may arise while braving the wide-open waters. There are some tours that will offer lessons and instruction while others will merely man the boat and navigate to the fishing spots most likely to help you land the big one. Being honest about your personal abilities, choosing the level of tour commensurate with those abilities and asking for help in choice of bait and equipment when needed will go a long way to ensure that you, your friends or your family have the best and safest time possible but most importantly, you'll be more likely to go home with a fish than a fish story if you listen to the experts.
Shallow waters, on shore, off shore, surf fishing, etc., Charleston offers arguably the best ocean, tidal, and fresh water fishing of any kind. See for yourself and check out these Charleston area tour sites to find the one that is just right for your plans.