Charleston fishing


I first want to thank everyone for their reports, discussions, and information. I am planning a trip down to Charleston area with my brother in-law in March. He has never fished saltwater. I grew up fishing the coast of Texas. I have talked a lot about redfish with him and would love to get him one. I am not looking for any special spots but need a general direction or areas to stay away from. I have experience with tidal fishing but any advice on areas to look would be awesome. I love grass flats and creeks. Fishing in a 16ft high tide boat. Thank you for any help with locations to research more.
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I would say with that boat, you should put in at Paradise Landing at the end of Chandler Rd off of N Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. There is a bunch of good redfish and trout activity up that way. All the grass lines, oysters and creek mouths you want.


Capt. Jeremiah McCarthy
Southern Slam Fishing Charters
www.southernslamfishing.com
2018 Sea Hunt BX22BR
Thank you for the info Firefighter. I am also a paramedic and work in the Peds Er here in Greenville. Is there parking at that ramp? It’s hard to tell from aerial photos.
Yes there is parking. Don't leave valuables in the vehicle, someone may like them more than you at times. Still a decent ramp other than at very low tides, but the hightide(boat) should be fine there. The fishing is good all in that area, within eyesight even. Good luck and welcome to the forum!


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Thank you for the info......I am trying to decide between this spot and running out of beaufort area. Can anyone shed some light on which place they would rather fish....pros/cons?
You're welcome. I have no input on the Beaufort area as I've never fished down that way. I am sure the fishery is probably pretty solid. I don't think either place would be a bad time on the water, regardless of number of fish caught.


Capt. Jeremiah McCarthy
Southern Slam Fishing Charters
www.southernslamfishing.com
2018 Sea Hunt BX22BR
Not sure how often you're planning on coming down here but unless winter pattern ends early due to warmer weather would advise waiting a month or two. Winter fishing here is the worst relative to any other time of year and many people that have fished here for decades literally don't go out this time of year. SCDNR has tons of species info on their site and gist of it for reds/trout is that they just don't feed much in winter. Would keep an eye on fishing reports on this site and follow local fishing people on social media (Eye Strike Fishing on Instagram comes to mind) to see when spring pattern starts.

If March is the only time you can make it, lower your expectations and make sure you have bait in case soft plastics aren't effective. One thing we have found easier this time of year is spots to fish, only having any success around docks and heavy underwater structure. Know at low tide reds school up on flats if you're comfortable taking your boat in those areas, but still hard to find and they spook easy. None of our normal oyster beds, grasslines, feeder creek mouths have produced anything since fall pattern ended.

Hope this helps. Don't have much insight on where to launch from. Less boats is best but puts burden more on you to find spots.
Welcome to the site AA.
I love this time of year. As you said not many people on the water.thumbsUp . I have had a couple 50+ fish days in January. You have to really slow down. which I have a hard time doing.I prefer a couple hours before & h after low tide. As you said the reds will be back in the creeks. Been finding nice fat trout in the holes. A buddy of mine has been slamming the black drums. @$$ Won't tell me where..
The water is still around 55. I'm hoping after this week we start staying in the 60s during the day. Worst thing that can happen is you can get skunked. But you'll have a story.



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I am also new to Charleston fishing and thinking about heading down that way with my 18' boat. Is the area you mention (Paradise Landing in Mt. Pleasant) as good for specks/reds as somewhere further down like the Isle of Palms area or Shem's Creek area?

I was looking for an area with good boat ramp and hotels/restaurants nearby.

Thx,

Richard
Asheville
BEEN A LOOOOONG TIME (SEVERAL YEARS) SINCE I FISHED ABOVE THE 41 BRIDGE BUT IT USED TO BE AS GOOD AS IT GETS FOR REDS AND SPECKS.. THE LANDING AS NOTED ABOVE IS A LITTLE DICY ON LOW TIDE AND THERE ARE TONS OF OYSTER RAKES AND FLATS THAT TEND TO BE VERY PRODUCTIVE. MY ADVICE FOR A NEWBY WOULD BE TO GET YOUR RIDE IN BEFOR DEAD LOW THEN SPEND A LITTLE TIME EXPLORING THE AREA TAKING NOTES AND PICS.. JUST BE SURE TO DO THE EXPLORING ON LOW TO RISING TIDE SO AS TO NOT HAVE TO SIT OUT A TIDE CYCLE GROUNDED ON A OYSTER BED OR MUD FLAT.....bigsmilebigsmile


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Hi I’m originally from Corpus Christi, tx. I’ve lived here in Spartanburg, SC from 18 years. I kayak fish and I want to fish Charleston probably once a month. I was used to catching redfish/specs/drum/sheephead. I was wondering if anyone could help me find a good spot to fish to where there is bridge fishing for sheepshead and reds and specs close to that bridge. Any help or tips would be awesome. Thanks in advance