Fishing the Folly River

The best part about fishing on Folly Beach is that it is a great activity that you can engage in year-round.

Whether you decide to go it on your own or join a private fishing charter, you can expect to catch several different local species, including red drum/redfish/spot tail bass, black drum, spotted sea trout, flounder, sheepshead and shark. 

If you would rather hire an expert guide, Charleston Outdoor Adventures offers inshore and nearshore fishing charters that aim to make each trip special for everyone in your group. Their captains are all experienced anglers who will work hard to help you land a catch and have a memorable time out on the water. 

Guided options entail Inshore Fishing Charters where you can enjoy a three or four-hour excursion led by a local captain who will show you the area’s best fishing spots.

The Nearshore Fishing Charter is a six-hour boating trip geared toward the angler who prefers those harder-to-reach fishing holes. The charter departs from their base of operations on Bowens Island and heads to the Charleston Harbor jetties, an area known for its excellent fishing sites. 

Then there is the five-hour Boat to Beach Fishing Excursion, which splits time between fishing from the charter vessel and spending time on the beach at Morris Island. The common thread is that both areas are productive fishing spots where you are more likely to find success. You also have the choice to experience the beach at your leisure any way you like, whether surf fishing, shell collecting, shark tooth hunting or just relaxing. This exciting adventure is a good fit for families of diverse ages and interests. 

Another unique opportunity is Kayak Fishing, where a local guide will join you in the saltwater estuary behind Folly Beach, allowing you to access areas and fish that are inaccessible to others. The stealth and quiet component of a kayak also provides an added advantage over other anglers using boats. 

Whichever charter you choose, keep in mind that COA proudly offers a catch and release program that is optional to all anglers. 

For any of their private charters, please remember to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, water, drinks and snacks. Additionally, for the Boat to Beach Excursion, it is recommended that you also bring beach items such as a towel, chair and a bag for shell and shark tooth collecting. 

For a list of their requirements and what COA provides on each private charter, visit their website and click on a specific fishing excursion for more details and pricing. 

Every tour departs from the dock at their location on Bowens Island, which provides free parking and restrooms. 

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