Fishing in the Lowcountry is great year round!
The South Carolina Lowcountry boasts a great year round fishery. No matter what time of year, we at Charleston Fishing Adventures can always bend rod! Our primary year round target is Red Drum, also called Spottail Bass, Channel Bass, or Redfish. Redfish are resident fish and are extremely hardy. With that being said, they are a true gamefish and rarely does their fight disappoint!
Beyond Redfish our other primary targets would be Speckled Seatrout, Flounder, Shark, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Tarpon, Cobia, Spadefish, and Tripletail. Book with Charleston Fishing Adventures and we will show you what it is all about!
The warmer weather brings the largest variety of species into the Lowcountry waters. The Inshore fishing mainly consists of Redfish, Speckled Seatrout, and Flounder. With that being said it is also common to catch Ladyfish, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel. This time of year I prefer to target larger Bull Redfish in the harbor and slightly off the coast. These Brute Redfish are quite the tangle! The majority tend to be between 10-30lbs with some getting up to 50lbs.
The Jetties teem with life and the primary target there is larger Bull Redfish, with some getting up to 50 pounds!
The waters also offer abundant Shark Fishing this time of year, with some of our most common catches being Bonnethead, Blacktip, Spinners, Atlantic Sharpnose, and Bull Sharks.
In the early summer it is common to see Spadefish and Cobia around the nearshore reefs. Both of these fish are extremely good eats. Around late June we begin to see Tarpon showing up in the Harbor, Bays, and Inlets. These “Silver Kings” are not the most common species, but certainly are one of the most rewarding! Also in June we have a few shots at some Tripletail around structure close to the ocean. The Tripletail is my most favorite table fare. The late summer and early fall also produces opportunities for fly fishing or sightfishing for tailing Redfish. These Redfish go into the grass on higher water and stick their tails up out of the water! The do this in search of crabs on the bottom. This can only be done on flood tides and is a sight fishing trill for any angler.
The Fall is by far the best time of year to fish! With an abundance of bait and the prime water temperatures can make for some stellar days of fishing!
This is Prime Inshore Fishing! The Redfish, Trout, and Flounder are feeding heavily in preparation of the coming Winter.
The Redfish begin to school up and hold shallower water. This is the time that they feed regardless of time or tide. It is not uncommon to boat 20-30 Redfish per trip! This time of year offers an abundance of sight fishing and fly fishing opportunities for Redfish. Trout are also feeding for the coming winter, we tend to catch them in deeper creeks and inlets. At this point the Flounder begin to push offshore, that can make some productive fishing too!
Winter is cold but has several advantages compared to the other seasons! This is my favorite time to fish. Our primary target is again Redfish. The Redfish gather in massive schools, it's common to find them ranging from 50 to 200 fish. With the temperatures dropping, the Redfish group closer together and gather in shallower water! Also, the water becomes almost “gin clear” which is a sight fishing dream! This allows us to see the fish from a distance and stalk the school. With all of these details coming together it allows you to spot the fish, stalk the fish, cast to the fish, hook the fish, fight the fish, and enjoy every second of it!
For fly fisherman, this is the time of year I recommend!
On another note there is a constant Sheepshead bite inshore around docks and other structure, and as the winter progresses we begin to see larger Sheepshead holding the Nearshore Reefs. We may end up fishing for them too!
Spring is the transitional period of the Lowcountry waters, yet it still offers plenty of opportunities to catch some fish!
At this point in the year, the Redfish tend to break schools and venture out to find bait arriving with the warmer temperatures. While Redfishing isn’t as stellar as it is in other points of the year, we tend to catch the biggest this time of year. On the other hand, this is my favorite time to fish for Speckled Seatrout! It is not uncommon to catch several dozen in one outing. The Spring is also when we tend to catch the largest Trout, normally seeing several over 6lbs. The Flounder begin to show up off of the beach and in the inlets. These are what you want to keep, as they are one of my favorite eating fish. The Sheepshead bite will remain strong throughout this time, and we also begin to see Cobia show up off the coast.
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