Cast Your Line with These 5 Local Fishing Charters in Charleston

June 25, 2024

Charleston’s sparkling sea and rich coastal ecosystem are begging to be explored. So why not take to the water? From adventurous fishing charters to relaxing sailing tours, our community is surrounded by refreshing opportunities.

Cast Your Line On a Private Fishing Charter

The Charleston area boasts some of the best fishing grounds on the East Coast. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or an eager first-timer, there’s room for you on our waters.

  • Sunshine Charters of Charleston is a premier fishing charter experience promising unforgettable ventures. Helmed by Captain Stephen Storey, this crew offers a diverse range of excursions from fishing charters and sunset harbor cruises for seasoned anglers and families looking for adventure.

  • Full Circle Fishing Charters is dedicated to creating awesome memories on the water.” The world-class fishing machine, captained by lead skipper Jamie Holocombe and a loyal network of captains and mates, promises a next-level onboard experience for fishing, dolphin sightseeing and education on Charleston’s waterways and boating culture.

  • Heritage Fishing Charters has earned its name operating on a legacy of proven boating experience. Led by Captain Brian Finnegan, Heritage provides locals and visitors with unique and unforgettable excursions, with three-to six-hour inshore, jetties and shark fishing packages. Charleston Harbor/Battery cruises are also available for those looking to enjoy the sights of the Holy City.

  • Flood Tide Charters Charleston, led by Captain Brian Garris, promises a one-of-a-kind inshore saltwater fishing experience. Captain Garris is a certified 50 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer with a lifetime of experience fishing on Charleston Harbor, Cooper River, Ashley River, Wando River and Intracoastal waterways.

  • Mudbug Charters is the choice for hard-fighting fish in shallow waters. With Captain Danny Carrier as your guide, you’ll traverse Lowcountry marshes for a wide variety of catches, including redfish, trout, flounder and more. Mudbug Charters practices a catch-and-release policy on inland excursions to help maintain the beautiful and delicate ecosystems we are so fortunate to fish.

Tips for Planning Your Perfect Day

When choosing a boat tour or fishing charter, consider your interests and experience level. Most companies offer tours of varying lengths, so you can find one that fits your schedule. Be sure to book your adventure in advance, especially during peak season.

Here are some additional tips for a memorable day on the water:

  • Pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and comfortable clothing.

  • Bring plenty of water and snacks for longer tours.

  • Don't forget your camera to capture those unforgettable moments!

  • Inquire about fishing licenses if you're planning on fishing.

Some tours may offer complimentary snacks and access to essential fishing gear, including rods and even licenses. Check with your captain prior to booking so you’re fully equipped for the journey.

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