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Hook ‘Em: The Best Fishing Charters on Kiawah Island

Hook ‘Em: The Best Fishing Charters on Kiawah Island

March 31, 2022

Categories: Lifestyle, The Island

The Top 5 Kiawah Island Fishing Charters

Kiawah Island is commonly known for its white sandy beaches, world-class golf, and serene nature parks. But did you know that the Island is also a top fishing destination? With various inshore waterways and offshore reefs, a variety of fish species reside in the waters surrounding the Island.

On Kiawah Island, fishing charters typically offer inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing trips. An inshore excursion involves fishing the creeks and inlets around the Island in search of redfish, trout, flounder, and sharks. For those looking to venture a little further out, nearshore fishing takes you a few miles off land where you will be fishing the reefs and wrecks that are home to sea bass, sheepshead, and cobia. Lastly, the adventurous at heart are sure to enjoy the thrill of offshore fishing. During this trip, you will be on the hunt for big game fish such as tuna, mahi mahi, grouper, and marlin. 

No matter what type of fishing you prefer, continue reading to discover the top Kiawah Island fishing charters to book for a memorable day out on the water. 

1. Keen Eye Charters

Keen Eye Charters, out of Bohicket Marina, offers inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing excursions. Their most popular trip is their bottom fishing expedition, in which anglers drop their bait to the bottom of the ocean floor in order to catch grouper, snapper, and kingfish among many other species. 

In addition to fishing trips, Keen Eye Charters offers additional excursions based on your interests. Whether you prefer a relaxing sunset cruise, dolphin watching, or a barrier island adventure, Keen Eye Charters can accommodate your every need!

2. Sonny Boy Charters

Also out of Bohicket Marina, Sonny Boy Charters is led by certified U.S. Coastguard Captain Brad Rumph. A Lowcountry native with 30 years of experience, Captain Brad is a seasoned fishing guide with a true passion for the outdoors. In terms of fishing expeditions, Sonny Boy Charters offers inshore, nearshore, and offshore trips onboard a 25-foot SeeVee fishing boat.

For those looking to further experience the Island’s marine life, Sonny Boy Charters also offers Eco Tours. During this exciting adventure, passengers will watch for bottlenose dolphins and birds as well as explore the salt marshes and river ecosystems. With his vast knowledge of the area and its history, Captain Brad sure makes an excellent tour guide no matter what your interests are. 

3. D&S Charters

Owned and operated by local fisherman, Captain Darrell Crabtree, D&S Charters offers inshore light tackle sport fishing out of Bohicket Marina. Captain Darrell has spent his entire life fishing competitively and for fun, so you can be sure that you are in good hands during your trip. Captain Darrell’s 21-foot Triton center console boat powered by a 200 hp Yamaha Four Stroke engine comfortably accommodates up to six guests. 

During your trip, D&S Charters will take you around the salt marshes and estuaries surrounding the Island. Captain Darrell will provide you with all needed equipment as well as cleaning and filleting of your catch at the end of your trip. 

4. Marlin Dog Marine

Marlin Dog Marine fishing charters are led by Captain Will Fredrick. With over 12 years of experience as a captain, Captain Fredrick was raised by the water and prides himself in showing both newbies and experts the best fishing spots around the Island. 

During your trip, you will be fishing on Captain Will’s 22-foot Pathfinder bay boat. This vessel is capable of accommodating up to six guests. Plus, if you want to bring your kids along for the adventure, Captain Will welcomes children ages three and up on board. Shimano rods and reels, bait, and a fishing license will be provided for your convenience. 

5. GoKiawah Cruises & Fishing with Captain Elliot

Last but certainly not least, Members of the exclusive Kiawah Island Club have the opportunity to enjoy customized fishing trips led by Captain Elliot Hillock aboard our 30-foot Everglades boat. Those looking to enjoy some of the best inshore fishing the Lowcountry has to offer are guided by our captain along the marsh creeks and waterways of the Island. Meanwhile, Members looking to venture further out may prefer reef fishing in deep water among an abundance of birds, dolphins, and other wildlife. 

In addition to fishing trips, GoKiawah also provides Members with the opportunity to enjoy sunset cruises and other various excursions surrounding Kiawah Island, the Charleston Harbor, and other Lowcountry waters. Captain Elliott can accommodate groups of up to six passengers for cruises onboard the Scout 275 Dorado.

To learn more about the exclusive Kiawah Island Club amenities and activities, click here

Preparing for Your Fishing Trip

Once you have booked a fishing charter, it is time to prepare for your trip! Your captain will supply you with fishing equipment and bait, however, you will need to bring other items to ensure you have the best experience possible. In terms of clothing, we recommend wearing layers, as the weather on the water tends to fluctuate. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are needed to protect you from the bright rays. Don’t forget a camera if you wish to document your big catch!

In terms of food and drink, be sure to check with your captain in order to determine if a meal will be provided or if you will need to bring your own. We recommend packing a cooler with snacks, sandwiches, and plenty of drinks to keep you hydrated throughout the day. First-timers may want to consider bringing motion sickness medication or acupressure wrist bands just in case. It is always better to be over-prepared for a day at sea!

Outdoor Adventures on Kiawah Island 

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and a myriad of interior waterways, Kiawah Island is truly an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you prefer fishing, kayaking, or surfing, Kiawah Island residents never run out of fun things to do on the water

We invite you to visit the Island to experience the endless adventures for yourself –– and don’t forget to book a fishing excursion while you’re here!