Here in Beaufort, fishing can be every changing and will bring a challenge to even the best. With its 300 square miles of marshland waters, Beaufort is prime fly fishing territory. As the tides ebb and flow through the spartina, along a shoreline of plankton-rich oyster beds and muddy riverbanks, the fishing experience is like no other.
At low tide, anglers can cast into schools of fish concentrated in the mud flats around oyster beds. High water levels offer the opportunity to float into the grass to sight cast for redfish feeding on fiddler crabs. Along with the bountiful redfish, Beaufort's year-round saltwater fishery also includes speckled sea trout, sheep-head, black drum, Spanish mackerel and jacks.
The months of April, May and June bring a special visitor-the big, brown cobia. The Broad River is one of only two places on the east coast where cobia come inshore to spawn. One of the most exciting ways to catch this hard-fighting fish is by sight casting-considered the ultimate hunt with a rod.
Whether you're chasing cobia or looking for redfish, an experienced guide can be the difference between a frustrating day of fishing and a successful one. Bay Street Outfitters located on Bay Street, is one of only four South Carolina fly fishing outfitters and guide services to be endorsed by Orvis-the gold standard for world-class fishing.