Last Updated on November 21, 2023 by Capt. R.C.

If you’re looking for some of the best tarpon fishing in the world, look no further than the unique inshore fishery that the South Carolina coast has to offer.  The annual mass migration of tarpon in the area means incredible fishing but careful planning for your trip will significantly pay off if done correctly.

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Where Are Some of the Best Areas to Fish on South Carolina’s Coast?

Although there is no shortage of space to explore, some of the best places to start are:

These are some of the best places to fish for tarpon because these unique habitats provide the perfect backdrop for the annual mass migration of tarpon along the coast. Within these areas, we like to look for bait. Find the bait = find the fish. Therefore, understanding and monitoring bait movement is key to locating and catching tarpon.

Most fish don’t travel indiscriminately, and tarpon are no different.  By understanding the underwater travel routes that tarpon (and bait) use for travel, you’ll be able to narrow down your target areas.  Finally, understanding the ambush points that tarpon will likely use close to those travel ways will help put you in the best position to land more fish.

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When to Fish for Tarpon on the Coast?

Tarpon begin to show in the area as early as May, but the season is in full swing, and activity significantly ramps up as the weather continues to warm and water temps rise.   Although anglers can catch tarpon from May through October,  certain times of the year are best.   Late summer and early fall periods present some of the best chances to land trophy-sized tarpon.

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When to Start Planning for Your Trip

Carefully planning is crucial to making the most of your tarpon fishing experience.  By understanding seasonal patterns and their impact on mass migration, you’ll make the most of your outing.

Our trips fill fast, especially when it comes to the relatively narrow window of opportunity that the tarpon migration presents in the South Carolina coastal waters.

The time is now for trip planning.  The coastal area begins to boom with activity as the weather changes and warmer temperatures are on the horizon.  At the first glimpse of a slight warming trend coming out of winter, we field an increasing number of inquiries about our fishing trips, and our schedule begins to fill quickly.

Book your trip soon to secure your trip for a fantastic tarpon fishing experience that you’ll never forget!