Fishing in the exciting waters of the lowcountry with Captain Mark Phelps

The Charleston area has some of the best inshore salt water fishing found in the United States. The waters spanning from Cape Romain national seashore through the historic Charleston harbor and then down to the Broad River in Beaufort offer miles and miles of beautiful salt grass flats, oyster bars, bays, rivers, and creeks. These areas are teeming with shrimp, crabs, and mullet which redfish, trout, flounder, and other species feed on daily.  The area is also home to other wildlife such as pelicans, heron, porpoises, turtles, alligators, and the occasional manatee. While fishing the incredible waters you also get to enjoy nature at its finest.

Shore Thang Charters, Inc. offers several types of fishing in several locations in the Charleston area.  I fish out of an 18 ft. Hells Bay “flats” style boat. I use this type boat because it is very versatile. The solid construction and unique design allow me to provide a smooth and comfortable ride in the bays or a few miles off the beach in good weather.

I am able to take 3 people with fuel and bait as shallow as 5 inches of water. When booking a trip please let me know the type of fishing you would like to do and what your experience is. That way I can tailor the type and style of fishing to best fit what you want out of the trip. Because I cover a broad range of fishing areas, I like to trailer my boat close to the fishing grounds for the day. This means we don’t have to run long distances to find fish and I can suggest a meeting place that is convenient for your location.

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There are a lot of great activities to enjoy in the low country in October.  Eating fresh local oysters and shrimp is great, but if you like fishing, you must go for the redfish and sea trout—October is the best month for these two local species.  October is “crunch” time for Charleston redfish.  October brings cooler weather, less humidity and great fishing.  This begins the official start of the fall feeding frenzies.
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Flats/Bay Style Fishing

Flats fishing is my favorite type of fishing. When flats fishing I use a push pole in order to enter very shallow areas where we can sight cast to fish. This can be very rewarding but is also challenging. The idea is to push the boat along very quietly and slowly and look for any life moving along the flats. You can find redfish, trout, sheepshead, flounder, and sharks. The challenge is then getting the angler to cast bait, lure, or fly in front of the fish without spooking them. When the conditions are right this can be one of the most exciting types of fishing you will ever do. It can be very tricky, though, because very calm winds can make fish extra sensitive, and stronger winds make seeing the fish very difficult. When fishing the skinny flats is not productive, we have several options in deeper grass flats, creeks, and channels. The deeper flats can be worked with a trolling motor or just simply by drifting through a productive area. In these areas, you can catch a wide variety of fish, including redfish, trout, flounder, ladyfish, pompano, jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sharks, sheepshead, and many others, depending on the season.

Flats & Inshore Fishing Charters
Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Kiawah, South Carolina
Specializing in Fly Fishing and Light Tackle


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