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Charleston Artificial Reefs

Charleston Artificial Reefs

Reef fishing is a very productive style of fishing. Comparatively speaking most species of fish concentrate on structure. 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 reefs. 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. Mention you want a “how to Trip” to get the ultimate how to experience.

PA-25 (Charleston Near Shore Reef)

First on our list is PA-25. PA-25 is Charleston near shore reef. This is the closest of Charleston reefs and is 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. Your rigging technique here will depend on bait. Correspondingly be sure not to over tackle and match hook and leader to bait. Live bait free lined or Carolina rigged are two of the most popular methods. However, chunk and dead on a high low or Carolina Rig can also effective. Make sure you bring your reef anchor! The Charleston Near Shore Reef has swallowed many traditional anchors.

Seasonal Catch

  • 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 not to mention a 56 ft landing craft. Depth of water ranges from 40 -45 feet.

Live bait is key. Mullet, fiddler crab, mud minors, blue crab, and menhaden being some of the most popular. Your rigging technique here will depend on bait. Correspondingly be sure not to over tackle and match hook and leader to bait. Live bait free lined or Carolina rigged are two of the most popular methods. However, Chunk and dead on a high low or Carolina Rig can also effective. Make sure you bring your reef anchor to this spot! Capers Reef has swallowed many traditional anchors.

Seasonal Catch

  • 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 there is an 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 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, in addition to a 60ft deck 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. Your rigging technique here will depend on bait. Correspondingly be sure not to over tackle and match hook and leader to bait. Live bait free lined or Carolina rigged are two of the most popular methods. However, chunk and dead on a high low or Carolina Rig can also effective. Egg sinkers in the 5-8 Oz range are popular for getting baits to bottom. A traditional anchor here with enough scope can hold you over the structure and make for bountiful days.

Anchoring in this depth can take some practice. Successful fisherman know that anchoring is half the battle. Therefore, don’t be afraid to make several anchoring attempts until you get positioned right over the structure. Two feet can make all the difference in catching fish. Adding addition chain to your anchor can help reduce the amount of line needed. Remember the current typically is coming from north east off of Georgetown Hole.

This is a very productive reef system, moreover it is highly recommend for 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.

Seasonal Catch

  • 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. 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 approximately 27 nautical miles from the Charleston jetties with depth of 95 feet.

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. Rigging technique here will depend on bait. Correspondingly be sure not to over tackle and match hook and leader to bait. Live bait free lined or Carolina rigged are two of the most popular methods. Chunk and dead on a high low or Carolina Rig can be effective. Egg sinkers in the 5-8 Oz range are popular for getting baits to bottom.

King fish and Barracuda share this reef and steel leader might be needed. Barracuda tend not to be leader shy, but if targeting kings keep it light. This is not the place for 100lb steel. If targeting Kings, make sure you target away from structure otherwise you will be dealing with Barracudas all day. A drift sock if drifting will help slow the boat down and give your more time over target.

Anchoring in this depth is not very common although you will see some guys do it. Spot lock on trolling motors has changed the game. Adding addition chain to your anchor can help reduce the amount of line needed for this depth Anchoring over specific structure is considerably more difficulties depth increase and margin of error is increased. Remember the current typically is coming from north east off of Georgetown Hole.

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.

Seasonal Catch

  • Winter time look for Black Sea Bass, snappers, groupers. Depending on the water temp, there may still be king fish and Amberjacks hanging around (70+ Degrees). 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, Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel when water temp breaks come over the reef.
  • 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 here. Comanche contains a 105 foot tug boat, cooper river bridge rubble, 80 foot trawler in addition to the famous NYC subway cars. 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. Rigging technique here will depend on bait. Correspondingly be sure not to over tackle and match hook and leader to bait. Live bait free lined or Carolina rigged are two of the most popular methods.

Chunk and dead on a high low or Carolina Rig can be effective. Egg sinkers in the 5-8 Oz range are popular for getting baits to bottom. King fish and Barracuda share this reef and steel leader might be needed. Barracuda tend not to be leader shy, but if targeting kings keep it light. This is not the place for 100lb steel.

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.

Seasonal Catch

  • Winter time Black Sea Bass, snappers, groupers will be everywhere. 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, Spanish Mackerel and King 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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