When anglers think about the best places in the Lowcountry to catch speckled trout, several immediately come to mind: the Wando and Cooper rivers, Bulls Bay and even the Ashley River. One location that always seems to escape the top of the list is the Stono River, but not for a lack of trout.
Capt. John Boy Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters guides on the Stono year-round and is perfectly happy with the ranking his home waters have among the local angling community.
“I don’t think this area is really overlooked, I mean, plenty of anglers fish it and catch a lot of trout here,” he said, “but I do believe the Stono doesn’t get as much pressure as some of the other areas around Charleston, and there’s certainly areas that don’t get fished much at all.”