Popular Fishing Destinations in South Carolina


The people of South Carolina have a secret. Everyone knows the towns and vacation spots of Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head Island, but not as many people know that there is excellent fishing for anglers of all abilities and types along with the beaches, offshore and inland. There are many South Carolina fishing charters all over the coast and inland at the many lakes around the state ready to take you fly-fishing, inshore fishing, nearshore fishing and offshore fishing. Whichever you pick, you will be in for a real blast because there are so many tasty fish that are fun to reel in and aggressive fish that will give you a fight bringing into the boat.

In South Carolina, there are four main fish in the waters of the state. They are Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel and Cobia. There are tournaments for Redfish and King Mackerel and some of the many other fish as well. During some of the year, Tarpon are also a very popular fish sought after.

The Intercoastal Waterway, Backcountry (also known as the “Low Country”), the Bays and more inshore spots are plentiful with fish, especially the Redfish. Many South Carolina fishing charters are ready to take you to the calm waters for the Redfish as well as Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sharks and during the summer and fall. These South Carolina charters are found all over the state and are ideal for families and those that are prone to seasickness. They are also great for those that want to cast a fly.

The coast has fantastic fishing nearshore in the surf, jetties and piers and up to 20 miles offshore in the many artificial and natural reefs. Here during a South Carolina fishing charter, you can target King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Triggerfish, Snapper, Grouper, Sharks, and much more.

Far offshore are the trophy fish on every angler’s bucket list. There are Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sharks, many types of billfish like Sail, and the occasional Marlins. It is a little far out to sea but taking a South Carolina fishing charter out 50+ miles is well worth your time battling these monsters.

I have mentioned sharks in all of the categories because shark fishing is a popular South Carolina fishing trip all up and down the coast. Many smaller sharks excite the smaller children and larger Bulls and Hammerheads for the anglers with more experience looking for a really exhilarating day or night on the water. All sharks are catch and release only, so make sure you bring a video camera or camera to commemorate the moments.

The lakes in South Carolina have many fish too. Many South Carolina fishing charters take you onto the lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers inland if you do not have your own boats. Bass are the most prevalent, and there are Bass tournaments on some of the lakes. Along with Bass, other popular fish are Catfish, Crappie, Walleye, and Sunnies.

For your fishing vacation, the main areas that you would want to go to are Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Murrels Inlet for inshore and offshore fishing. And for inland, there are a few major lakes such as Lake Murray, Lake Greenwood and many more. There are many South Carolina fishing charters ready for you to board for fresh and saltwater fishing all over the state. There are also tournaments in the lakes and the oceans for Bass, Mackerel, and other fish.

So if you and your family are thinking about a vacation and you want to take a few items off your bucket list or are looking for a fun day of fishing, South Carolina fishing charters will not only put you on the fish you want to catch they will do everything in their power for you to reel and land these fish and if you are taking them home cut and clean them too. You will have memories you will be able to tell your grandchildren or buddies for your lifetime.

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