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2 Aug 2023
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The Isle of Palms offers plenty of inshore and offshore fishing opportunities with its salt marshes, shallow coastal waters, and estuaries. The waters are teeming with an array of species. 

Anglers reel in a wide variety of fish when inshore and near-shore fishing along Isle of Palm waterways, including redfish, spotted trout, flounder, shark, tarpon, crevalle, sheepshead, jack king, and Spanish mackerel. Offshore fishing with a guided charter provides the once-in-a-lifetime experience of hooking big fish like king mackerel, cobia, shark, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, tuna, and mahi mahi. 

However, before you get that hook in the water, have a South Carolina fishing license. You can purchase online or at local bait and tackle shops. The law requires a license for anyone holding a fishing rod, or using a hand line, crab trap, cast net or other fishing device. 

As for where to fish, that’s relatively simple. Walk out the door of your vacation rental, and the world is your oyster. 

You can surf fish from any of the beaches on Isle of Palms. Go early in the morning, just before sunrise. It won’t be as hot, and there won’t be many swimmers. The area between 45th and 50th Avenues is good at high tide. Use fresh shrimp, cut bait, or sand fleas. 

Breach Inlet doesn’t allow swimming, which makes it perfect for fishing. Anglers catch flounder, drum, and even sharks. Try a cast net for catching mullet.

The Fort Moultrie Fishing Dock makes an incredible spot for reeling in red and black drum, sheepshead, mackerel, seabass, and shark. 

Book an inshore charter to get out on Bull’s Bay, Gray Bay or Hamlin Sound. Headshaker Charters knows these waters as well as anyone can. The charter provides all the equipment you need, and Capt. Legare Leland offers tips and pointers for newbies.

There is nothing like a day of fishing to put a smile on your face. You can take our word for it or find out for yourself.