6 ridonkulous local fishing spots 

1. The Jetties. A stony reef line located past Castle Pinckney and Fort Sumter (stretching roughly from Morris Island to Sullivan's Island), the choppy waters along the Jetties are one of the more popular fishing holes around Charleston, especially for veteran anglers who've conquered motion sickness, eager to land gamefish like redfish, seatrout, Spanish Mackerel, and sharks.

2. Between Bull Island and Capers Island. If you have access to a boat, it's great fun to motor up the waterway past Isle of Palms and Dewees to the waters between Capers and Bull islands (two pristine barrier islands), where the fishing along the saltwater creeks and marshes is great for trout, flounder, and snapper — and even a few sand sharks and hammerheads.

3. Breach Inlet. The deceptively dangerous but beautiful inlet between Sullivan's Island and IOP is a convenient place to throw a line for bass, trout, and little creek fish. Warning: The swift currents make the water unsafe for swimming.

4. Bowens Island's dock. Adjacent to the restaurant, the little Bowens Island fishing dock is a laid-back spot on Sol Legare Creek open to the public for a minimal dock fee of $2.50, a tiny gratuity for an opportunity to reel in a bucketful of spot, croaker, bass, and flounder (if you're lucky).

5. Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier. This large pier at the end of Folly Road (next to the Holiday Inn) symbolizes the island's recovery from Hurricane Hugo and serves as a big draw for tourists and locals hoping to land a few keepers from the Edge of America.

6. The old Pitt Street Bridge. Open year-round at the Pickett Bridge Recreation Area at Cove Inlet (at the east end of Mt. Pleasant's Old Village), this old trolley causeway has become a true local gem, as valuable for its stunning views of the IntraCoastal Waterway and Charleston Harbor as for its shallow water fishing (high tide is the best time to cast, by the way).

Summer Guide 2010

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