Key public marinas in the area are the Downtown Marina (1006 Bay St., 843/524-4422) in Beaufort , the Lady’s Island Marina (73 Sea Island Pkwy., 843/522-0430), and the Port Royal Landing Marina (843/525-6664). Hunting Island  has a popular thousand-foot fishing pier at the south end.
A good local fishing charter service is Captain Josh Utsey’s Lowcountry Guide Service (843/812-4919, www.beaufortscfishing.com ). Captain Ed Hardee (843/441-6880) offers good inshore charters.
The ACE Basin  is a very popular fishing, crabbing, and shrimping area. It has about two dozen public boat ramps, with colorful names like Cuckold’s Creek and Steamboat Landing. There’s a useful map of them all at www.acebasin.net , or look for the brown signs along the highway.