Inshore Fishing Charters

At Mattson Charter Services, we offer half and three-quarter day Inshore Fishing Charters tailored to the season, tides, what you want to catch, and how you want to catch it. Whether it is fishing for tailing reds on the flats and flood tides, bottom fishing for the biggest Cobia, Shark, Bull Red, or Tarpon we can catch, a family-friendly eco-tour, or angling with live bait to bring home dinner, we can make your fishing adventure happen!

Call today to speak with your captain: (843) 694.7422

Inshore Charter Rates

    Number of Passengers
    1-2 3 4 5 6
3-hour charters
(offered morning or afternoon*)
  $350 $350 $400 $450 $500

4-hour charters
(offered morning* only)

  $400 $450 $500 $550  $600
    *During the summer season, 4-hour morning charters begin at 7:30AM. 3-hour charters begin at 8:30AM. Afternoon charters run from 12-3PM.

For charters outside of the local Beaufort area (including Fripp/Harbor/Hunting/Hilton Head Island) or pickups at private docks, add $50 to all of the above prices.

It is customary to tip 15-20% of your charter fee if the service has been good and your trip was enjoyable. Hours of hard work before and after your trip are also required by the Captain. However, tips are appreciated not expected.


  • A trip deposit of $50 will hold your charter
  • Cancellations more than 1 week prior to the trip will not be charged, less the trip deposit. Less than 1 week prior will be charged the full amount of the charter.
  • Cancellations due to weather as determined by the Captain will not be charged.
  • For large parties requiring multiple boats or double trips, an automatic 18% gratuity will be added to the total trip fee.


Boat Ramp Directions

Click the balloons on the map to see the ramp name. Select the ramp the Captain has specified and then enter your address in the FROM ADDRESS box at the top of the map and click GET DIRECTIONS.

Broad River Boat Landing
1050 Robert Smalls Parkway

Edgar Glenn Boat Landing/Lemon Island
305 Okatie Highway

Russ Point Boat Landing/Fripp Island
Russ Point Landing Road
St. Helena


Fishing Equipment and Friends

What to Bring

We provide all fishing equipment and licenses, ice, water, soda, sunscreen, some candy bars, and cooler space for your beverage or food of choice. Be sure you wear non marking shoes, and bring a quality pair of copper lensed polarized sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen if you have a preference. Please, no aerosol sunscreen.

The Boat

Our versatile Pathfinder 24 TE is large, comfortable and stable with a T-top for shade. It is well suited for accommodating groups of up to six for ecotours, bottom fishing big game such as shark, tarpon, bull reds, black drum, black sea bass (while fishing inshore wrecks), cobia and redfish. Or, if you want to sight cast for redfish or cobia with light tackle and fly, we still have you covered.

Our Gear

All equipment provided is premium quality, including: light tackle 7'6" ML St. Croix Premier spinning rods, Star Rods Paraflex series, Shimano Tallus kingfish series, TFO fly rods, Shimano Stradic reels, Shimano TLD reels, TFO fly reels, Galvan fly reels, Power-Pro braided line, Orvis Hydros fly line, Gamakatsu and Owner hooks, and always fluorocarbon leader and tippet!


Be sure to visit these local businesses for your fishing needs!

Beaufort Boat and
Dock Supply

Bay Street


 Southern Drawl


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Bahia Honda Sportfishing Club


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Port Royal Landing Marina


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South Carolina Inshore Fishing Guide

What we catch on guided fishing charters depends on the season, but fishing in the lowcountry is great year-round.

Redfish · Trout · Flounder · Cobia · Sharks · Tarpon · Black Drum · Spanish Mackerel · Tripletail

Redfish, Bull Redfish (Red Drum)

The staple of Lowcountry fishing! Actively pursued on every angle from fly fishing, artificials, live bait, you name it. They are aggressive eaters, and school up in large numbers cruising and tailing all over the hard flats during flood tides searching for fiddler crabs. My personal favorite and for good reason. Available year round, and best in winter. "Bull reds" refers to the larger sexually mature brood stock redfish which are over 30" in length. These bull redfish typically move offshore and come back in to spawn September through the beginning of November and can be caught in deeper water, however a few are usually found roaming with the other redfish and provide some extra enjoyment to a day.

  • Average Size: 18 inches, 2.6 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 75 pounds (1965)
  • Maximum Age: approx. 38 years
  • (a few individuals as old as 60 have been reported in other states).

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spotted sea trout
Spotted Sea Trout
  • Average Size: 14 inches, 1.3 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 11 pounds, 13 ounces (1976)
  • Maximum Age: approx. 8 – 10 years.

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  • Average Size: 12 – 14 inches, 1 – 2 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 17 pounds, 6 ounces  (1974)
  • Maximum Age: approx. males – 5 years, females 7 or 8 years; females are generally larger and outlive males

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A unique inshore game species of the Port Royal Sound, and a species pursued by sight casting fly fishermen, people throwing jigs and eels as well as actively pursued by people bottom fishing on upwellings, rips and live bottoms across the sound, as well as our nearshore and offshore reefs. Cobia come well into the Port Royal Sound to spawn in April, May and June and are a great game fish for all levels of anglers.

  • Average Size: 30 inches, 15 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 92 pounds, 10 ounces (2009)
  • Maximum Age: approx. 15 years
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The lowcountry is home to many shark species, including blacktip, lemon, and bonnethead. Follow the link below to watch the Coastal Kingdom episode "Sharks and Rays" and learn more about the sharks in Port Royal Sound. Port Royal Sound's high shark biodiversity is a great positive indicator of the health of our fishery.

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One fish you won't forget catching, if you can handle it. With screaming runs, aerial jumps, and the ability to recuperate if you let up on them at all, the tarpon is a fish of a lifetime. Tarpon arrive in the Lowcountry late in summer and stay through most of September.

  • Average Size: 40 – 60 inches, 40 – 60 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 154 pounds 10 ounces (1987)
  • Maximum Age: approx. 50 years – possibly up to 70 years

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Black Drum

A welcome sight on a flat - they are fun to catch on fly or light tackle, but do require a very accurate cast as they don't typically move out of their way to eat baits. The large, bull black drum are a great fight and can be found around structure and caught on peeled shrimp with light tackle. Black drum are here year round.

  • Average Size: 14 inches, 2.2 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 89 pounds (1978)
  • Maximum Age: approx. 60 years

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spanish mackerel
Spanish Mackerel

Bite best when the temperature gets up high and the water is slick and clean. A great species to target with inline spinner baits buzzed on the surface on light tackle as they school up on minnows, or while trolling. Spanish mackerel can be found throughout Port Royal Sound from spring through the end of summer.

  • Average Size: 15 inches, 1.5 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 11 pounds (1983)
  • Maximum Age: approximately 11 years

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black sea bass

An ideal species for fly fishermen and light tackle anglers as they hover high in the water column around debris and in Spartina reeds on high tides awaiting invertebrates. Readily eat a well-placed bait and can be found spring through mid fall.


  • Average Size: 10-18 inches, < 20 pounds
  • South Carolina State Record: 33 pounds 8 ounces (caught off Hilton head in 2005)
  • Maximum Size: 50 pounds, 36 inches




A trip deposit of $50 will hold your charter.

Cancellations more than 1 week prior to the trip will not be charged, less the trip deposit. Less than 1 week prior will be charged the full amount of the charter.

Cancellations due to weather as determined by the Captain will not be charged.

For large parties requiring multiple boats or double trips, an automatic 18% gratuity will be added to the total trip fee.