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Explore Charleston's public launch ramps for red drum and adventure. Explore Charleston's public launch ramps for red drum and adventure. Photos: Courtesy Charleston Outdoor Adventures

The kayak age hits Charleston, South Carolina.

Paddle the waters of Charleston, South Carolina, and you follow in the wake of a thousand years of anglers. From the Walpole Indians prowling the pre-historic backwaters to modern kayak warriors battling it out in high-stakes fishing tournaments, the tidal waters of South Carolina’s lowlands hold treasures that have attracted anglers for ages. RIC BURNLEY

Planner: 

OUTFITTER 

Time Out Sports and Ski, 843-388-2660, www.timeoutsports.net 

BAIT AND TACKLE 

Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply, 

843-881-3644, www.haddrellspoint.com 

EAT 

Wreck of the Richard and Charlene, 843-884-0052, 

www.wreckrc.com 

GUIDE 

Tommy Samuels, 843-725-8784, 

www.kayakfishsc.com 

Charleston Outdoor 

Adventures, 843-795-0330, charlestonoutdooradventures.comadventures.com 

DON’T MISS 

East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival, 

April 17 to 19, 2015 

www.ccprc.com

Charleston Trident Tournament, Year Round 

www.ccprc.com

Scoop

GUIDE 

Tommy Samuels, professional guide, Wilderness Systems pro staff 

FISHING HOLE 

Paradise Boat Landing on the Wando River 

WHAT’S BITING 

Redfish 

TOURIST SEASON 

Spring when the water temperature hits 60 degrees. 

RIGGED UP 

7.5-foot medium-heavy rod and Okuma Trio spinning reel, 20-pound braid. 

TACKLE BOX 

Z-Man ShrimpZ and CrabZ on a 4/0 Trigger hook. 

KAYAK 

Shallow draft and stand-up friendly for short paddle expeditions and skinny-water stalking. 

GEAR 

Fishfinder to identify oyster bars and drop-offs. 

GAME PLAN 

Launch at the public boat ramp and hit the first set of dock pilings. Find the oysters and you’ll find bait and redfish. The next few miles of river offer several feeder creeks, plenty of oyster bars and lots of great fishing. Every oyster mound is a micro-environment, but some are better than others.

Find oysters near a creek mouth and deep water to find feeding reds. Drift downstream keeping an eye out for jumping bait, the V wake of a foraging red or a bright blue tail sticking out of the water and waving seductively.

Old South Paradise Preview2This article first appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Kayak Angler magazine. For more great kayak fishing content, subscribe to Kayak Angler's print editions and digital editions and digital editions, download issues on your device or view the Spring 2015 issue for free on your desktop.

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