One of the reasons many of our guests visit Beaufort, SC is to go fishing! We have hosted everyone from angling experts to fishing first-timers, and we love hearing your stories from out on the water. The Lowcountry provides exciting options for year round fishing adventures. This summer you can expect to find Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Spanish & King Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish, & Tarpon in our local waters. Keep reading for our favorite local fishing hot spots, retailers, and tour companies to get you on the water and enjoying your fishing adventure!
Where to Fish in Beaufort, SC
1. Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island State Park is a haven for fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts alike! Not to mention it’s also South Carolina’s most popular state park. There are both freshwater and saltwater fishing spots in Hunting Island State Park. Whether you decide to cast your line from the beach or in Johnson Creek, you’ll be sure to find a great spot that fits your wants and needs. You can also check out our Hunting Island blog for some places to stop on your drive home.
2. Port Royal Sands in Port Royal
If you’re looking for a quaint and eclectic fishing spot, this is it! Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise from the sands, found at the tip of Port Royal. Here you’ll find a boardwalk to fish, walk, or take in the view. This is an easily accessible park that gives visitors a front-row seat to the amazing nature found in the Palmetto State. When fishing in the Port Royal area, anglers have many options. If you leave the Sands beach, you can fish inshore waters or deep sea in the Atlantic.
3. The Spanish Moss Trail
The Spanish Moss Trail is a must-experience location when visiting Beaufort. The trail is a 12-foot wide, paved path dedicated to those who want to walk, run, bike, fish, skate, scoot, or stroll. The trail offers spectacular Lowcountry water and marsh views and coastal wildlife viewing, making it one of the best fishing spots in the area.
4. Broad River Fishing Pier
As one of the only Beaufort, SC fishing piers, this angling hot spot is a must! The Broad River Fishing Pier is designed to provide a wide variety of amenities for fishermen including public restrooms, lighting after dark, parking, and more. If you cast your line in the Broad River, you’ll have a good chance at hooking a variety of fish species including Blacktip shark, Bonnethead shark, and Cobia.
Click here for a list of more Beaufort Area fishing locations to explore.
Beaufort Fishing Tours and Charters
If you’re new to the area, new to fishing, or would like to test your skills with a local guide, there are so many great tours and charters to choose from. When you book with Castaway Charters, voted the Beaufort Lowcountry and Sea Islands Premier Fishing Charter Company, you can expect private trips for beginners to experts that include licenses, equipment, bait/tackle, and coolers for beverages and snacks. For larger parties they host an exclusive “Cast Away Fishin’ Tourney” aboard multiple boats, complete with a certificate, prize and bragging rights to the winning team. Novices to seasoned anglers can reel in impressive trophy fish! We also send our guests to the nearby Bay Street Outfitters, Beaufort Sport Fishing, Reel Chance Charters, and Sea Wolf Charters, all great options for tours and charters.
Beaufort, SC Fishing Suppliers
With so many great places to fish and enjoy the outdoors come several incredible fishing retailers. If you’re going on a tour or fishing independently you will want to visit one of our go-to outfitters in Beaufort and Port Royal. Located closest to our inn is Bay Street Outfitters. They have an incredible selection of gear and tackle for getting you out on the water. Their apparel options are some of the best outdoor and travel clothing on the planet for men and women–Barbour, Patagonia, Orvis, Simms, Royal Robins, Duck Head and Tilley Hats. You won’t regret stopping in to shop or booking a tour with one of their experienced captains. Check out their blog “What do you fish for in Beaufort Anyway?” to get a better idea of what to expect when fishing in Lowcountry waters.
We also recommend these other great suppliers:
901 8th St, Port Royal, SC
1734 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal, SC
105 SC-128, Beaufort, SC
Don’t Forget Your SC Fishing License
Please keep in mind that a license is required for all fishing in Beaufort, South Carolina! However, it is very easy to purchase your South Carolina fishing license online! Licenses are issued every month and expire one year or three years from the date of purchase. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with our state’s fishing rules and regulations
Book Your Fishing Retreat
Whether you’re looking for an aquatic adventure with a local tour guide or a relaxing fishing getaway in Beaufort, you’ll hardly find a better place to stay than the Cuthbert House Inn. Centrally located in the historic downtown, visitors and locals alike enjoy a stay at this historical Bed and Breakfast, perfect for a midweek or weekend getaway. Book your favorite guest room with us today and don’t forget to take a look at our irresistible vacation packages and specials.
Ready to retreat to South Carolina’s Lowcountry? Book a stay at Cuthbert House Inn, a historic mansion in beautiful Beaufort, SC.