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Charleston Artificial Reefs

Charleston Artificial Reefs

Reef fishing is a very productive style of fishing. Considering many species of fish concentrate on structure, these artificial reefs systems offer the perfect eco system to hang around all year.

South Carolina Department of natural resources has set up a variety of artificial reef system. CharlestonReelAdventures offers charters to these reefs in an instruction how to session. We will walk you through the entire process. We start with rod and reel prep, and proceed all the way through to catching live bait. Click HERE to learn more. Be sure to mention you want a “how to Trip” to get the ultimate how to experience.

PA-25 (Charleston Near Shore Reef)

Considering thee many reefs, we have selected a few of our favorite spot producing reefs. First on our list is PA-25. PA-25 is Charleston near shore reef. This is the closest of Charleston reefs and is only 2.5 nautical miles from the jetties. This reef system is comprised of, Cooper River, Bridge Rubble, deck barges, CAFB runway rubble, and concrete balls. Water depth is between 29 – 35 feet. This is one of the easiest reefs to get to with most boats being able to reach it on nice days.

Live bait is key here. Mullet, fiddler crab, mud minors, blue crab, and menhaden being some of the most popular. Depending on bait live or dead, will change your rigging technique. Live bait free lined and carolina rigged to bottom. Chunk and dead need to fished on bottom. Make sure you bring your reef anchor to this spot, as Charleston near shore reef has swallowed many traditional anchors.

Target species on this reef will vary depending on the time of year.

  • Winter time Sheepshead, black drum, Red drum, and Black Sea Bass are everywhere.
  • Spring and Fall you will find monster Red Drum in the 40 to 50 inch range. Bring some 30lb outfits as these fish can be savage. They will school up in pods of 100 fish at a time and feeding can be furious. Sheepshead, black drum, and Black Sea Bass will still be here.
  • Summer will hold all the fish of other seasons, but it will also hold some exotic species like Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel.

PA-22 (Capers Reef)

Second on our list of Charleston Reefs is PA-22 Capers Reef. Capers Reef is roughly 12 miles from the Charleston Jetties. There are are variety of structures that form the reef including; concrete reef balls, 90ft tug boat, 110 ft deck barge, Cooper river bridge rubble, Army APC’s, and a 56 ft landing craft. Depth of water here ranges from 40 -45 feet.

Live bait is key here. Mullet, fiddler crab, mud minors, blue crab, and menhaden being some of the most popular. Depending on bait live or dead, will change your rigging technique. Live bait free lined and carolina rigged to bottom. Chunk and dead need to fished on bottom. Make sure you bring your reef anchor to this spot, as Capers reef has swallowed many traditional anchors.

  • Winter time Sheepshead, black drum, Red drum, and Black Sea Bass are everywhere.
  • Spring and Fall you will find monster Red Drum in the 40 to 50 inch range. Bring some 30lb outfits as these fish can be savage. They will school up in pods of 100 fish at a time and feeding can be furious. In addition to this opportunity for the hard fighting AmberJack (ReefDonkkey).
  • Summer will hold all the fish of other seasons, but it will additionally hold some exotic species like Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel. Trolling for these Spanish or throwing small flashy spoons can be very effective. Remember to match the hatch. It is not uncommon to see schools of Spanish going air jaws on some bait fish. Have that spoon ready and you can load your cooler.

PA-24 (Charleston 60 Reef)

Third on our list of Charleston Artificial Reefs is Charleston 60 AKA “C60”. C60 is approximately 13 nautical miles from the tips of the jetties. This reef system is one of the more popular fishing spots with several key structure point to key on. The reef system consists of 130 concrete reef balls, 240 foot deck barge, 110 foot deck barge, steel oil tanks, army APCs, and a 100 foot spud barge. The average depth around the reef is 60 feet.

Live bait is key here. Mullet, menhaden, and Pin fish if you can get them are like candy out here. Depending on bait live or dead, will change your rigging technique. Live bait free lined and Carolina rigged to bottom. Chunk and dead need to fished on bottom. A traditional anchor here with enough scope can hold you over the structure and make for bountiful days.

This is a very productive reef system, and it is highly recommend for your seasoned boaters. If you have never been out this far by yourself we recommend a boat buddy, or at the very least book a “How to Trip” with us to go over basic safety and boating. If your looking for a boat buddy try getting on ChalresstonFishingFourms.

  • Winter time Sheepshead, black drum, Red drum, and Black Sea Bass are very where. Additionally King fish may be around deepening on water temp. Don’t plan to fish for these over the structure as your baits will be gobbled up by everything else.
  • Spring and Fall you will start to find some of the more exotic species. Barracudas, groupers, snappers, Amberjacks, Bonita (false albacore), cobia, sharks, and Spanish Mackerel can be found in droves depending on water temps.
  • Summer time will hold just about everything. You will find all species from other season and even the occasional Mahi Mahi.

PA-23 (Y-73 Reef)

Forth on our list of Charleston Artificial Reefs is Y-73. The reef is named after the large 180 foot tanker that was sunk as the corner stone of this reef. There are three 90 foot tug boats for their reef system and various shipping containers that show clearly on any fish finder. The reef is located approximetaly 27 nautical miles from the Charleston jetties with depth of 95 feet. This is considered big water and the farthest a Amateur boater should venture.

Live bait is key here. Mullet, menhaden, and Pin fish if you can get them are like candy out here. Bottom fishing for snappers and groupers requires squid or cigar minors. Depending on bait live or dead, will change your rigging technique. Live bait free lined and carolina rigged to bottom. Chunk and dead need to fished on bottom. King fish and barracuda share this reef. If targeting Kings, make sure you target away from structure. A drift sock is your best option.

If you have never been out this far by yourself we recommend a boat buddy, or at the very least book a “How to Trip” with us to go over basic safety and boating. If your looking for a boat buddy try getting on ChalresstonFishingFourms.

  • Winter time and Black Sea Bass, snappers, groupers are very where. Depending on the water temp, there may still be king fish and Amberjacks hanging around. This water is close to the Gulf Stream and can hold 60’s for water temp through the winer making it more reliable during winter.
  • Spring and Fall you will find Barracudas, groupers, snappers, Amberjacks, Bonita (false albacore), cobia, sharks, and Spanish Mackerel can be found in droves depending on water temps.
  • Summer time will hold just about everything. You will find all species from other season and even the occasional Mahi Mahi and even a Sail Fish.

PA-27 (Comanche Reef)

Fifth on our list of Charleston Artificial Reefs is Comanche Reef. The reef is named after the large 165 foot ship that was sunk there. Comanche contains a 105 foot tug boat, cooper river bridge rubble, NYCT subway cars, and an 80 foot trawler. The reef is located approximately 22 nautical miles from the Charleston jetties with depth of 105 feet. We do not recommend amateur boats venture out here without a season guide.

Live bait is key here. Mullet, menhaden, and Pin fish if you can get them are like candy out here. Bottom fishing for snappers and groupers requires squid or cigar minors. Depending on bait live or dead, will change your rigging technique. Live bait free lined and carolina rigged to bottom. Chunk and dead need to fished on bottom. You can troll ballyhoo here as well but barracuda hold tight to the structure, so if trying to target other species fish away from structure. Anchoring here is not out of the question, but you will need more that 300 feet of rope to successfully anchor. A drift sock is your best option.

  • Winter time and Black Sea Bass, snappers, groupers are very where. Depending on the water temp, there may still be king fish and Amberjacks hanging around. This water is close to the Gulf Stream and can hold 60’s for water temp through the winer making it more reliable during winter.
  • Spring and Fall you will find Barracudas, groupers, snappers, Amberjacks, Bonita (false albacore), cobia, sharks, and Spanish Mackerel can be found in droves depending on water temps.
  • Summer time will hold just about everything. You will find all species from other season and even the occasional Mahi Mahi and even a Sail Fish. Odd of running into these fish here are significantly higher that other reef structure discussed on this page.

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