Just 30 minutes down the road, Beaufort, SC was named the 108th best town for sportsmen by Outdoor Life Magazine in its June/July 2009 edition, joining the publication’s second annual list of 200 towns across the country.
In 2008, Field & Stream Magazine listed Beaufort No. 2 on its list of best fishing towns in America with a population under 100,000 residents.
The magazine called Beaufort “a saltwater paradise,” and went on to say “fishing-wise, you couldn’t expect to cover all the flats and inshore options for redfish, seatrout, and even tarpon at certain times of the year, in one lifetime.”
We offer every service and convenience you could think of. Our staff will be happy to get your boat ready to go, using the in-out ramp service. If you prefer to ready your own boat, take advantage of the marina’s gasoline and diesel services, as well as the pump-out station. Our knowledgeable staff can offer docking assistance, or tell you about our boat cleaning service.
If you are interested in leaving your boat at Fripp Island, the marina has 65 convenient wet slips, and 120 dry slips for long-term storage.
For everything else boat- and water-related, the Marina Store is your destination. Here you will find restrooms and showers, for those leaving or returning from a boat trip. Make sure your boat is stocked with live and frozen bait, tackle, sunscreen, ice and drinks, or pack your cooler with sandwiches and salads from our deli.
Paddle board rentals and tours are also offered daily in season. Visit nalu.co to learn more.
Let’s not forget fishing! Choose offshore or inshore fishing, accompanied by one of our experienced charter guides. If you choose offshore fishing in the Gulf Stream, chances are good you’ll catch sailfish, mahi-mahi, barracuda, kingfish, marlin, wahoo, grouper or snapper.
If you prefer inshore fishing, the South Carolina coast is the place for you. Trout, flounder, red drum, cobia, tarpon and Spanish mackerel are plentiful around Fripp Island.
The Fripp Island Resort Marina is proud to host a number of Fishing Events throughout the year.
In May, we host the Memorial Day Kingfish Tourney. The 2015 tournament is May 21-23. Enjoy a Lowcountry boil for dinner, and hit the water at sunrise. At 6 p.m., all fish are weighed in, and prizes are awarded for the largest king mackerel, wahoo, dolphin, cobia or Spanish mackerel.
In September, we celebrate the annual Labor Day Kingfish Tourney (September 3-5, 2015). Catch the largest kingfish or Spanish mackerel, you win!
October 23-24, 2015 brings the Owen Perry Inshore Tournament. Proceeds from this tournament benefit Camp Rainbow, which is a day camp for MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center hemotology and oncology patients. At CampRainbow, children with cancer and their siblings spend relaxing, fun-filled days with children in similar situations. Together, they learn from each other, offer mutual support and share their complex emotions. Camp also provides opportunities for children to build confidence, learn independence and improve self-esteem.
Fishermen ages 6 to 14 have their own event, the Kids’ Fishing Tourney, in November. Held the day after Thanksgiving, fishermen angle for trout, bass, flounder, spot and croaker. Participants can fish from the marina docks, a boat, in the surf, your private fishing hole or from the Maxwell Memorial Bridge. There’s no entry fee, but fishermen must supply their own rod, reel and tackle. Prizes are given for the largest fish in each category.
Click here for the May tide table.