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Beaufort SC Fishing and Tides Guide

Summer may be over, but Fall offers some of the best family fishing fun. It’s not really about what’s biting; it’s about what you want to catch- and the coastal waters of Beaufort have it all. Redfish in particular is one of the local favorites and can be caught just about any time of the year. Catching these inshore native fish is a ton of fun, and you don’t need a ton of gear to catch ’em. All you need is a bit of time, a fishing pole, bait and some good shoes.

Angling in deeper waters demands a bit more gear, but a few hours in Beaufort’s shin-deep local tidal flats will be remembered as a rewarding fishing adventure. Watch for movement in the water and “tailing,” as Redfish dine on small fiddler crabs for lunch. Throw a line with a fiddler, and it may just earn your lunch!

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural resources web site, “No hunting or fishing license or permit required until person reaches age 16.” For the rest of us, the saltwater fishing license rates are reasonably priced for both residents and non-residents. For residents, a 14 day saltwater fishing license is $5.00 and for non-residents, a 14 day salt water fishing license is $11.00. For more detailed fishing license fees, please visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources web site. A license may be obtained from any of the Beaufort County License Agents. A list of those agents can be found here (

Hilton Head Fishing Adventures

Enjoy a day of light tackle fishing on the waters of Hilton Head, South Carolina with local fishing guide Captain Charlie Beadon. Let’s head out for a saltwater fishing adventure into the backwaters around Hilton Head Island. I specialize in light tackle fishing so whether you are a seasoned angler or just getting started I have plenty of options to meet your needs. Within the inshore back waters you will […]Read More »

Beaufort Coastal Adventures

Captain Mike’s love of the fishing has had him on the waterways in the Beaufort & Hilton Head area for over 30 years. This is a trait he has instilled in those around him especially his grandchildren. His determination to catch fish has caused him to find unique places to locate many different species. Thought out the years he has entered several different tournaments, many of which he continues to […]Read More »

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White Marlin

WHITE MARLIN (Tetrapturus albidus) OTHER NAMES: Spikefish, Aguja Blanco Short, heavy bill, Greenish-blue above, silvery-white below. Light blue stripes may be present. Dorsal and anal fins are rounded, and may contains spots. The lateral line is conspicuous on the white marlin; but, can not be seen on the blue. RANGE: Blue ocean water off all Florida coasts and throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean. HABITAT: Like the Blue Marlin, a […]Read More »

Yellowfin Tuna

YELLOWFIN TUNA (Thunnus albacres) OTHER NAMES: Allison Tuna, Ahi RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. HABITAT: The open seas, but frequently near dropoffs. DESCRIPTION: Distinguishing the Yellowfin Tuna from the Blackfin or Bigeye is sometimes difficult as many visual features are similar. Finlets of the Yellowfin are yellow, trimmed in black. Gold stripe along side. Light underside usually shows spots and/or wavy lines. Second dorsal and anal fins […]Read More »

White Grunt

White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri) OTHER NAMES: Gray Grunt, Key West Grunt, Ronco Arara RANGE: All Florida coasts and the Bahamas. HABITAT: Not choosy; inshore to deep sea. DESCRIPTION: Usually from light gray, almost white, to dark gray. Many small blue and yellow lines on head. SIZE: Averages 8-10 inches; not too uncommon at 12 inches or slightly larger, especially in deeper waters of the Gulf. Word record 6 pounds, 8 […]Read More »


WEAKFISH (Cynoscion regalis) OTHER NAMES: Gray Trout, Northern Trout RANGE: From North Florida, south to Cape Canaveral; stragglers perhaps to Fort Pierce on the East Coast. HABITAT: Most fishing for Weakfish takes place in the Jacksonville area and Port Canaveral. This species prefers deeper water, as a rule, than its spotted cousin; channels, deep holes, basins and harbors. DESCRIPTION: Silhouette similar to the spotted seatrout, but markings take the form […]Read More »

Warsaw Grouper

WARSAW GROUPER (Epinephelus nigritus) OTHER NAMES: Giant Grouper, Black Jewfish, Garrupa Negrita RANGE: All Florida coasts, Atlantic and Gulf, but not reported from the Bahamas. HABITAT: Very deep dropoffs, ledges and seamounts. Seldom encountered in less than 200 feet, and most common in much deeper water. Partyboats working offshore waters of the state’s upper half both Gulf and Atlantic seem to bring in Warsaws more often than elsewhere. DESCRIPTION: Mottled […]Read More »

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Fishing Tips by Cpt. Charlie Beadon

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