Fishing, like any romantic pursuit, involves patience and the bestowal of irresistible worms in exchange for a phone number. Attract a catch with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fishing gear and apparel at the Charleston Angler. This Groupon may be redeemed at the West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, or Summerville locations.
The Charleston Angler and its knowledgeable staff equip trout tempters and redfish beguilers of all experience levels with top-notch gear and threads. Fishing fanatics can take to the sea with one of the many freshwater and saltwater rods, such as the Charleston Angler fly rod, an 8-weight rod that conveniently separates into four pieces ($139.95). Crank in goldfish, drowned boots, and other gilled gifts with a wide array of reels.
Avid anglers can fill their tackle boxes, such as the Calcutta utility box ($9.59─$11.59), with an assortment of lures and tackle. The Johnson spoon silver minnow hard lure ($5.19─$5.49) attracts freshwater and saltwater species, as well as fish sticks from the freezer. A variety of flies, such as trout flies ($2) or versatile Deep Clouser saltwater patterns ($3.50), can be used to imitate insects out on the water or in a bowl of fish chowder. Crustaceans can be charmed with the cotton, double-ring Eagle Claw crab net ($3.89).
Men, women, children, and aquatic creatures hopeful of blending in can do so with the aid of functional and stylish apparel. The Charleston Angler pocket T-shirt ($18) protects torsos from chilly splashes, and the high UV-protection buff ($23) is wearable as a bandana, neckerchief, mask, or hair band, and looks good next to any fashionable fish.
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The water starts to darken along a stretch of marsh grasses, just before its surface is slashed apart by the fins of hungry redfish. The redfish trap schools of mullet into a tight corral—and then go into a feeding frenzy. South Carolina fishermen love this scenario. The owners of The Charleston Angler love it, too, which is why they founded their shop back in 2000. The shop's crew of seasoned anglers supply fly, inshore, and offshore fishermen with tackle specific to South Carolina's waters, from the coastal flats that draw trophy tarpon to the inland lakes filled with blue catfish. Along with advising customers on gear from brands such as Shimano, Penn, and St. Croix, the shop hosts classes and seminars. These sessions can cover topics as broad as Orvis fly-fishing, or as specific as catching bass in the cypress-strewn swamps of Francis Marion National Forest.
Beyond tackle and apparel—some of which comes from their own "Redfish" line of t-shirts, trucker hats, ball caps, visors, and jackets—The Charleston Angler offers fly-fishing and light-tackle charters and runs an in-house embroidery boutique. The staff also posts tips, insights, fish haikus, and fishing reports on its Reel Blog and encourages customers to share their fish stories.