South Carolina Saltwater Fishing

South Carolina Salt Water FishingTidal waters offer exciting and challenging South Carolina saltwater fishing atop breaking waves and in the winding marsh creeks, estuaries, mudflats, and jetties of the Palmetto State coast. Enjoy inshore fishing for red drum, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, ladyfish, and bluefish. Near shore reefs are home to shark, tarpon, cobia, and mackerel.

Experience the thrill of deep sea South Carolina saltwater fishing off shore on the South Carolina coast. Troll for mahi mahi, mackerel, cobia, jacks, and bottom fish for grouper, snapper and seabass. The South Carolina Fishing Report will let you know what's biting in our salt waters.

Charters and Headboats

South Carolina salt water fishing guides can take you where the action is on half day to full day inshore and off shore fishing charters and longer 8 to 12 hour Gulf Stream deep fishing trips.

If you know the mechanics of handling a rod and reel, setting the hook and fighting the fish, hop on board a South Carolina salt water fishing head boat. Head boats can take from 10 to as many as 100 fishermen on a bottom of drift saltwater fishing trip.

Onshore and Pier Fishing

South Carolina Saltwater FishingShore bound fishermen can still have a great day of South Carolina salt water fishing. Bring your rod down to the surf and cast for flounder, bluefish, drum and sea trout or enjoy excellent crabbing for the Atlantic blue crab in South Carolina coastal rivers.

Enjoy bountiful pier fishing on the Grand Strand during the fall months when migrating salt water fish swim into the warmer waters near Myrtle Beach. Bait and tackle stores offer everything you need for a day or more of saltwater fishing, and piers will rent you a rod and reel and sell you the right bait for what's biting.


Located in beautiful and historic harbors all along the coast, South Carolina marinas offer an excellent range of of services for yacht owners and sea loving visitors. Marina services include slip rentals, boat storage, restaurants, floating docks, 24 hours security, guided charters, bait shops, and water taxis. South Carolina marinas provide all you need to enjoy your South Carolina coastal vacation.

License Information

For information about saltwater fishing regulations, including size and quantity limits please visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources or purchase your license online.