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Barrier Island Eco Tours


Isle of Palms Fishing Trips – Charleston Fishing Charters
Happy Boy with Redfish

Happy Boy with Redfish

Our guides are well experienced, patient, friendly, humble, and have a deep passion for what they do. We cater to those who want a relaxed fishing trip with plenty of action. Our guides take extra care with kids making sure they have the best experience possible. We especially love to watch first timers get hooked on fishing. No matter what your skill level, you are sure to have a blast.

Our trips depart from the Isle of Palms Marina. Heading north out of the marina on the intracoastal waterway you are entering a stretch of 60 miles of undeveloped coastline. We like to get you back in the salt marsh tidal creeks and flats to give you a true nature experience.

The waters surrounding the Isle of Palms are one of the most productive areas along the east coast for redfish, speckled trout, flounder, shark and many others. Our salt marsh eco-system in Charleston creates a “nutrient rich soup” which provides the basis of the food chain for many species of fish. This is the nursery ground for the Atlantic Ocean where shrimp, crabs, fish, and other marine life spend a large part of their life cycle. In the warmer months it is possible to catch over 10 species during one outing.

All necessary tackle, licenses and supplies are provided on every trip. Our fleet consists of a 6 passenger 23 foot bay boat (Cut Mullet), a 3 passenger flats boat for shallow water fishing targeting redfish, and a 16 passenger 27 foot Carolina Skiff (Marsh Mama) for larger groups. And take a look through our Photo Gallery from our fishing trips.

Creek Fishing

Jim and kid redfishProtected waters of salt marshes, bays, and inlets.

$95/adult and $85 for child 12 and less

Our experienced captain will take you to a few of his hot spots back in the salt marsh. This is fun-fishing at its best, with light tackle and plenty of action. Catches include redfish, trout, flounder, shark, rays, ladyfish, and more. Fresh bait, license, and all tackle provided.

We offer this scheduled trip from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Creek Fishing is catered to families and individuals who don’t want to pay the price of a private charter, and don’t mind joining others on a fishing trip. We take up to 6 people on our 23 foot bay boat and offer this excursion three times a day Monday – Friday.


Memorial Day – Labor Day: Monday – Friday 8-11:30, 1-4:30, 5-8:30

Private Inshore Fishing Charter
28 lb Redfish while fishing from the Cut Mullet

28 lb Redfish while fishing from the Cut Mullet

Depending on your groups size you may charter either our 3 passenger flats boat, 6 passenger bay boat or 16 passenger Carolina Skiff.

With a private charter you may choose to target certain species or let the captain put you on what fish are going to be the most productive for the time of year, day, and tide. You may decide to target redfish or you may want to target 100 lb plus sharks.

You may just want to ensure your kids have plenty off action, attention, and positive encouragement to ensure they will be future fishers.

Typically this is a 4 hour charter and most of the spots are within 15 minutes of the Isle of Palms marina.

Four hour private charter rate: $400 for 2 people and $50 for each additional person

Ladies Having Fun Fishing From the Marsh Mama

Ladies Having Fun Fishing From the Marsh Mama

Our 16 passenger Marsh Mama is a great option for families with multiple kids who want simple fishing with plenty of action. It’s also a great choice for groups of friends who want to share the fishing experience together on the same boat.

Corporate Fishing Charter

What a better way to have fun with your fellow co-workers than spending a day on the water fishing and socializing in a relaxed environment. We work closely with some of the best and friendliest fishing guides in the Charleston area to ensure you have a productive and enjoyable experience.

Sandbar Shark while fishing from the Cut Mullet

Sandbar Shark while fishing from the Cut Mullet

We can accommodate groups of 50 and more by putting together several 6 passenger bay boats, 3 passenger flats boats, and our 16 passenger skiff. Our guides target whatever is biting at the time but Redfish and Sea Trout are in season all year.

Many groups choose to end the excursion with a shore lunch or dinner on Capers Island Preserve. Fried fish, red rice, and hushpuppies are a favorite. Your group may also choose a low country boil of fresh shrimp, sausage, corn, onions, and potatoes.

After your Barrier Island Eco Tours guide have dropped everyone off on Capers to reunite for fish tales and feasting, the group will cruise back together aboard our 49 passenger boat. The end to a “fintastic” day on the water!

We fish the waterways, inlets, tidal creeks, sounds, and near shore reefs between the Charleston Harbor and Bull Island. With a 4 to 8 ft tidal swing every 6 hrs. their is a constant movement of nutrients and marine life within tidal creeks of the salt mash from the inlets connecting to the ocean. One spot may be productive for an hour and then the fish move and we will also move. It’s hard to say that a certain tide is better than another because it all depends on the time of year, day, tide, wind conditions, and what spot you are fishing. Our guides know what areas are going to be the most productive on whatever tide or conditions their are.

Doubled up on Bull Reds Near Shore

Doubled up on Bull Reds Near Shore

Just as the seasons change so does the fishing and what type of fish we will be catching. In the colder months many species leave the salt marshes and migrate to deeper water or head south. As the water gets colder Redfish and Speckled Sea Trout will congregate into large schools and will stay in the salt marsh even during the coldest months. This leads to some fun fishing with high numbers in the fall and winter. The summer is a fun time of year because of the variety of fish that inhabits the salt marsh. When you throw out a live mullet or shrimp you never know what you might hook up with.

Following is a generalization of what’s going on for fishing during the changing seasons:

January-Feburary: Redfish can be found in large schools. The trout bite has slowed but warm days can produce. Nearshore reefs for Black Sea Bass and Sheepshead is excellent.

Black Tip Shark caught from the Cut Mullet

Black Tip Shark caught from the Cut Mullet

March-April: Large Redfish begin showing up in the inlets and nearshore reefs. Large schools of Redfish along the waterways and oyster banks. Large Sheepshead on nearshore reefs. Whiting, Rays, and Smooth Dogfish Sharks caught in the inlets.

May – June: Speckled Sea Trout schooled up on points in the salt marsh and inlets. Smaller schools of Redfish in salt marsh and inlets. Bonnethead and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks become prolific. Many other species of sharks are entering the salt marsh. Flounder, Ladyfish, Black Drum, Bluefish, Croakers, Whiting, Rays, and others are inhabiting the salt marsh.

July-August: Everything and Anything – great time for large sharks.

September: Redfish are gathering large schools. Black Drum and Sheepshead bite great. The Mullet Run goes on and the large sharks go in a feeding frenzy.

October: Everything is still around but fishing for Redfish is so productive that is what we mostly do. Large sharks are still around.

November-December: Speckled Sea Trout in large schools hitting on artificial. Not uncommon to catch one every few casts if not every. Redfish bite is excellent also.

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