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3/4 Day Nearshore Fishing Frenzy!

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Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Sharks/Redfish in Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant

Anchor up in some inshore deep holes and wait for the reel to SCREAM! Big Red Drum are also possible! Great for children and adults that want a short trip, but a big fight! Captain Matt will provide all you need for a great day battling these apex predators including all the tackle, bait, iced down cooler for food and drink, bottled water for all clients, all necessary safety gear, and life jackets. Everything you could possibly need for a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. He will also clean and bag your catch for you at the end of the day. He recommends you consider bringing, food/snacks, beverages other than water (Please no glass), weather-appropriate clothing (it can be quite a bit cooler out on the water than on land), sunscreen lotion (Please no spray sunscreen), non-marking footwear, sunglasses, camera, and a hat. Read More

Inshore, Jetty, River Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Sharks/Redfish In Charleston Harbor

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Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Insane Inshore Trips in Mount Pleasant

Launch aboard Captain Brad's fully decked out 26' Center Console for a freezer-filling fishing experience out of historic Charleston SC. With a background in the US Coast Guard and a resulting 10+ years of experience fishing the Atlantic Coast all the way from Maine down to the Florida Keys, Captain Brad will put all of his knowledge toward getting you on the fish safely and in style! Captain Brad usually likes to launch from the WO Thomas Jr. Boat Landing by the Westmoreland bridge, but there is no need to waste your time hailing an uber or fretting showing up on time, if transportation is a problem Brad is more than happy to come to pick you up! Just let us know where you'd like to be picked up from. Either way, after you get settled in, and Captain Brad starts up his twin 150 Yamahas, you will motor around Charleston Harbor and the surrounding Low Country chasing delicious table fare that puts up a fight! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until Captain Brad has hooked into the fish or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time to feel the bite, Captain Brad can make it happen! Beyond superior service and luxurious amenities, Captain Brad also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. Thus, all you need to bring is your favorite lunch, snack, and drink, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain Brad will take care of the rest to make the most of your Charleston Inshore adventure! Read More

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trip description for Bottom Fishing with Captain Brad in Mount Pleasant

Launch aboard Captain Brad's fully decked out 26' Center Console for a freezer-filling fishing experience out of historic Charleston SC. With a background in the US Coast Guard and a resulting 10+ years of experience fishing the Atlantic Coast all the way from Maine down to the Florida Keys, Captain Brad will put all of his knowledge toward getting you on the fish safely and in style! Captain Brad usually likes to launch from the WO Thomas Jr. Boat Landing by the Westmoreland bridge, but there is no need to waste your time hailing an uber or fretting showing up on time, if transportation is a problem Brad is more than happy to come to pick you up! Just let us know where you'd like to be picked up from. Either way, after you get settled in, and Captain Brad starts up his twin 150 Yamahas, you will motor out a couple of miles offshore to hit the reefs, wrecks, and deepwater structures for some delicious table fare that puts up a fight! On these trip, you will be using heavy tackle rods and weighted live bait or jig hooks that you'll drop down into the murky depths of the Atlantic. You can expect to hook into a variety of Snapper and Grouper species like Red Snapper, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Red Grouper and Gag Grouper, but you never know what the murky depths of the Atlantic will produce! Fishing the reefs you can also catch an occasional Amberjack, and Cobia just to name a few, and there are plenty more species the productive waters of the Atlantic can offer up! You are welcome to get as involved as you would like with your adventure as well, whether you'd rather lounge until Captain Brad has hooked into the fish or if you want your hand on the rod the whole time to feel the bite, Captain Brad can make it happen! Beyond superior service and luxurious amenities, Captain Brad also provides the best rods, reels, tackle, bait, and fishing licenses you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. Thus, all you need to bring is your favorite lunch, snack, and drink, your sun protection, maybe a towel, and your camera! Otherwise, Captain Brad will take care of the rest to make the most of your Charleston offshore adventure! Read More

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Bottom Fishing With Captain Brad

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Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
trip description for Reds on the Fly and Light Tackle in Charleston

Charleston is a fisherman's paradise, and there's no better guide to these skinny backwaters and inshore flats that Captain Adam! He's been fishing here for years, and is a pro when it comes to fly fishing for Redfish, which are his specialty. The clear water and grassy habitat here is ideal for big Redfish, which love to feed on shrimp, crabs, small fish, and more, depending on the season. Captain Adam will help ensure that you're throwing the perfect fly for the conditions, and he can also offer helpful tips to perfect your presentation and get you hooked up on that personal best! You'll be fishing from Captain Adam's 17' Beavertail skiff. She's an ideal boat for maneuvering through the tidal back bays and flooded marshes around Folly Beach, and has a shallow draft to give you access to the skinniest water. She also sports a 60-HP Suzuki, so you'll be off the dock and on the fish ion just minutes. Once you're in the right spot, Captain Adam will maneuver you around so you can post up in just inches of water where the tails and scales will be obvious! Captain Adam will provide you with all the equipment you need, including flies, rods, and reels. All you need to bring is proper clothing, a cooler for snacks and drinks, your SC Saltwater Fishing License, and sunblock. Also, be sure to have polarized sunglasses and a camera to capture the memories! Read More

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Reds On The Fly And Light Tackle

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Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
Fishing in Charleston
trip description for Deep Sea Quest: Reel & Explore in Charleston

Come explore the depths of the Atlantic with Captain Chris out of Charleston, South Carolina. His decked out 26’ Center Console has an assortment of amenities, and the twin 150 Yamahas power you through the offshore chop. The trip has several options in terms of time and distance: you can go 12-20 miles offshore on a 6 hour trip, 25-15 miles on an 8 hour trip, or anywhere between 25-75 miles on a 10 hour, all day adventure. On this 6-10 hour, full day trip you can practice several fishing techniques. Trolling offshore allows you to sit back and enjoy the cool sea breeze and smooth ride while waiting for your reel to scream, when you know you’ve got something good! Captain Chris has extensive knowledge of these waters, and his quick decision making, backed by experience, makes him a great captain who will do his best to help you try and find fish. On this trip, you will be looking for Amberjack, Black Seabass, Cobia, Gag Grouper, Red Snapper, and Triggerfish, but who knows what else you might pull out of the depths? This trip accepts up to six guests, and Captain Chris is very accommodating to all levels of experience, which makes for a great family adventure. He will help you as much as you need, and is very communicative. This trip has the potential to be very productive since the waters off Charleston are so bountiful and Captain Chris has been fishing them for years, so prepare yourself to spend a wonderful day out on the ocean. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Johns Island

Deep Sea Quest: Reel & Explore

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Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
Fishing in Mount Pleasant
trip description for Low Country Inshore Slam in Mount Pleasant

Come fish Charleston's beautiful coastal waters and prepare for an action-packed day of fishing in the South Carolina flats! With so many endless waterways, Charleston makes for great inshore fishing all year long. Mrs. Kendra, your contact listed here, runs all the scheduling for the outfit and handles most of the communication in the days leading up to the trip. On this half-day trip, our captains will take you up the river inlets and creeks, to the grass lines and docks, or out to the harbor where you'll be targeting Flounder, Redfish, and Speckled Trout. You'll be sight casting right to where the fish are on light tackle. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, our captains will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! We have three 25' SeaPro 248s. These vessel allows up to six anglers to move around the deck with ease, and provides ample seating and a stable and flat casting deck. She boasts a top speed of 50 knots to get you skipping from spot to spot in no time, and comes equipped with everything you will need for the perfect day on the water! This vessel has fantastic shallow water capability, and with a 14” draft that allows it to access areas that most cannot. We provide all rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses and an ice box to store your catches. He'll even clean any keepers for you to take home. All you need to bring is any food or drinks you might want. Tight lines! Read More

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Low Country Inshore Slam

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Charter in South Carolina

What are the best fishing charters in South Carolina?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 82 trips in South Carolina, and the most popular trips in the area are Inshore fishing - 24’ Blazer Bay guided by Johnston, Half Day Charleston Adventure guided by Adrian, and 4 hour in-shore fishing trip guided by Dustin.

Our guides in South Carolina are rated a 4.85 out of 5 based on 2711 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

The most popular cities to book a charter in South Carolina are Mount Pleasant, Charleston and Hilton Head Island.

Looking for kid friendly charters / fishing lessons in South Carolina? Check out our beginner and family friendly charters in South Carolina.

What types of fishing charters are common in South Carolina?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in South Carolina as well as inshore fishing, river fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in South Carolina are: 1. redfish, 2. speckled trout, 3. flounder, and 4. kingfish.

The most common fishing techniques in South Carolina are bottom fishing, light tackle fishing, and live bait fishing but artificial lure fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do South Carolina fishing charters cost?

in South Carolina prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,750, but the average price for a half day trip in South Carolina is $600. The average price for a full day trip in South Carolina is $1,282.

What month is best for fishing in South Carolina?

The most popular season for fishing in South Carolina is spring, and most anglers book their trips 17 days in advance.

Do I need a South Carolina fishing license and what are the bag limits in South Carolina?

If you’re thinking about a saltwater trip, you’re in luck! Our saltwater fishing tours in South Carolina don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. For freshwater trips, you’ll still need to purchase a license. See here for more information on fishing licenses, bag limits, and fishing season regulations in South Carolina. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations.

Fishing in the Palmetto State

South Carolina has a rich history of fishing that goes back over 300 years in the rivers and lakes that dot the state. First gaining respect for deep sea fishing in 1937 when Katherine “Cappy” Fitzgerald showed up at a dock in Georgetown with a 237-pound marlin, South Carolina quickly developed its prominence for fishing both in the salt and freshwater. In 1968, the state’s first marlin tournament was formed. Since then South Carolina has only grown as a fishing destination with backcountry rivers, freshwater lakes, and access to the Atlantic Coast all offering endless angling opportunities.

South Carolina does have year round fishing opportunities, but it depends on what you’re targeting. Due to the gulf stream funneling migratory fish, nearshore and offshore species are seasonal but the best fishing seems to occur between March and October. Inshore angling can be excellent almost all year but for freshwater, it again depends on what species you’re looking to land. For example, trout are best in spring, but catfish are best in summer. No matter what season it is, there’s always something to catch in South Carolina.

South Carolina Inshore Fishing

The coast of South Carolina is covered with estuaries and creeks that are prime fish habitat. Between the jutting shell points and marshes, there is water that’s two feet deep or less. This creates abundant flats with mud bottoms and grass beds along the coast. Tide depths change seasonally, which creates opportunities for different species to thrive at different times throughout the year. With great surf fishing on the flats, piers, and jetties, there are plenty of ways to get out on the water.

South Carolina Nearshore Fishing

Within sight of shore the water gets deeper and meets the Gulf Stream, where large migratory fish cruise in search of prey. The reefs and wrecks that litter the nearshore waters of South Carolina create an attractive stopping point for these fish as they pass through, making for excellent trolling, bottom fishing, as well as drift fishing.

South Carolina Offshore Fishing

South Carolina has the advantage of having direct access to the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream brings large migratory sportfish to the state with the warm waters it pulls from the Gulf of Mexico and the tropics. The current is so strong that it actually lowers the sea level around the state, moving at a rate of over 30 billion gallons per second. Another advantage that South Carolina has above other Gulf Stream states is the irregularities on the ocean floor that breaks the stream into eddies, also making great feeding ground for the fish that use it to travel.

Inshore Target Species in South Carolina

***Redfish***

South Carolina’s Lowcountry is known for its exceptional red drum fishing throughout the year where they’re known as spottail bass. Spottails tend to stick to shallower water and flats, usually traveling only a few hundred yards from their favorite spot. South Carolina’s shallow water is ideal habitat for these fish with easy feeding opportunities and protection from predators like dolphins, making for prime fishing. Even during high tide, the water is still relatively shallow along the grass flats where you can find spottails “tailing.” This means that they are nose down, rooting for fiddler crabs and their tails can be spotted poking out of the water. When it comes to spottails, South Carolina is the spot to be.

***Speckled Trout***

Speckled trout are another year round fish that’s caught in South Carolina, however, the best months are fall, winter, and spring. Fall and early winter bring in cool and clear water which is ideal for catching large quantities of trout. Spring is the time for the monster trout since larger female trout will move further inshore to spawn. Specks tend to school around oyster beds and creek mouths that dot the entirety of the South Carolina shore making them easy pickings for anglers.

***Flounder***

The estuaries, river mouths, and shallow coastal waters that hug South Carolina’s coast provide muddy bottoms where flounder thrive making them abundant in the area. Trophy flounder pushing ten pounds can also be found hanging nearshore amongst the reefs. The best season to catch one is April through November, with the peak in July. Flounder can be caught in any tide, the key is to follow the movement of the forage. As ambush predators, flounder will move to the baitfish then lie and wait for them to get too close, making it important to follow the movements of baitfish with the tide. Flounder also tend to hang out in the same areas as redfish, which means when you feel a thump on the line, you’re about to have a good fight no matter what you pull up.

***And More!***

More species like black drum, black sea bass, crab, and more can all be found cruising the shallow flats of South Carolina. With low water, plenty of estuaries, creek mouths, and mud bottoms, South Carolina has a variety of inshore fish to target.

Nearshore Target Species in South Carolina

***Amberjack***

Amberjack can be found both in state and federal waters and in South Carolina the state season is open every month except for April to allow reduced pressure during their spawn. The cooler the waters, the better for these powerful reed fish. South Carolina’s nearshore waters are full of the reefs, wrecks, and ledges that these structure-loving fish use to hunt starting at depths of 45 feet. Amberjack moves closer to shore in December making it the best month to get out there and catch one.

***Spanish Mackerel***

Between April and November, Spanish Mackerel migrate north from their wintering grounds up into South Carolina waters. Especially in the spring, they can be found cruising around inlets and reefs in nearshore waters, following baitfish in the tide. Locating structure, chumming the water, and casting are the most effective ways to get a bite. Bluefish and kingfish tend to hang out in some of the same spots, making Spanish mackerel fishing a potential mixed bag adventure.

***Cobia***

Cobia are a fan favorite in South Carolina, popular for their tough fight and excellent table fare. South Carolina’s nearshore waters are full of the reef structure that cobia are attracted to and can also be found hanging around buoys that mark shipping channels. Once known as the “Cobia Capital of the World,” it was typical to see over 300 boats crowded in one spot landing cobia. However, this led to overfishing and a decline in the population. Now, thanks to management strategies put in place by the South Carolina DNR, they can once again be found in high numbers and provide excellent fishing opportunities.

***And More!***

Nearshore reefs and wrecks litter the South Carolina Coast, along with inshore estuaries and river mouths combined with deep offshore waters near the Gulf Stream, provide many species of fish with excellent habitat. Species like barracuda, jack crevalle, sharks, and more all take advantage making for great fishing up and down the coast.

Offshore Target Species in South Carolina

***Wahoo***

The Gulf Stream brings in warm waters full of wahoo, especially in the winter and spring months despite the cooler surrounding waters. Breaks in the stream near the continental shelf create structures that hold baitfish which draw wahoo out of the Stream making for some of the best fishing spots. With great wahoo fishing comes large tournaments that produce massive fish including a 168.4-pound monster outweighing the state record, and coming within 12 pounds of the IGFA world record.

***Tuna***

Five different tunas roam the deep waters of South Carolina including albacore, big eye, bluefin, yellowfin, and blackfin. The different species of tuna have had population swings in South Carolina over the years, with blackfin being the current front runner. Beginning in March, the Gulf Stream delivers blackfin to offshore ledges, where tides create current flow over the edges. When in season, it’s common for charter boats to head out and catch a limit of blackfin.

***Mahi Mahi***

When you’re in South Carolina, you may hear that fishermen have been catching plenty of dolphin. Don’t worry though, they aren’t talking about the ones that surf in the wake behind the boat, they mean mahi mahi. Late spring brings the dolphin migration through South Carolina, moving up the coast in large schools. Floating structure and debris in current along with temperature breaks attract the baitfish that dolphin prey on, creating excellent angling opportunities.

***And More!***

The Gulf Stream runs right by South Carolina, bringing warm waters and migratory fish right to the continental shelf. Marlin, little tunny, sailfish, and more use this underwater highway and are always ready to hit the hook.

Freshwater Target Species in South Carolina

***Bass***

Largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass can all be caught in South Carolina’s freshwater environments. Some of the state’s reservoirs hold the nation’s top bass tournaments for professional anglers, including some held by Bassmaster(B.A.S.S.). Largemouth bass are native to South Carolina and can be found in any drop of water big enough to hold them. Smallmouth, however, are invasive and have quickly spread around South Carolina to be just about as widespread. The water rich landscape comes from over 48” of annual rainfall and over 700,000 acres of freshwater. With so much water, there’s plenty of spots for the bass to hide, and plenty of fish to catch.

***Crappie***

Over time, South Carolina has become an excellent crappie fishery for crappie and now, like bass, it’s hard to find a body of water without a school or two. In March and April, it’s hard to find a lake or reservoir that’s not absolutely lighting up with crappie bites. They can be found in the shallows during clear weather or by structure like brush piles and rock ledges in water over ten feet deep. South Carolina is home to both black and white crappie, but black crappie are far more prevalent.

***Trout***

Brook, brown, and rainbow trout can all be found in South Carolina’s streams and lakes with the eastern brook trout being the only native species. Over 50,000 anglers take advantage of trout fishing in the Palmetto state each year and one of the biggest attractions is that the majority of trout resources are on publicly owned and accessible land. Most trout fishing is done in the northwest corner of the state, where the Appalachian Mountains fall to foothills, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has created a year round fishery in three reservoirs. There’s plenty of other seasonal fishing opportunities in the nearby lakes making for abundant and accessible trout fishing throughout the area.

***And More!***

With a diverse landscape that ranges from mountains to low country, small streams and ponds to large rivers and lakes, there is plenty of freshwater to explore in search of fish. With species like bream, catfish, and more all over the state, South Carolina offers a variety of freshwater fishing opportunities perfect for any trip.

Best Saltwater Fishing Locations in South Carolina

***Mount Pleasant***

Mount Pleasant is a great vacation spot to see historical sites, enjoy new restaurants, and find so many things to do, especially fishing. The Wando River wraps around the town, meeting with the Cooper River to create the Charleston Harbor. This, along with access to multiple bays and sounds that line the side of Mount Pleasant allows for excellent inshore angling opportunities. It also has access to bigger species surrounding reefs within nine miles of shore and cruising the Gulf Stream beyond that. Whether fishing from Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park or heading out to the natural live bottoms, there is plenty to catch in the area.

***Charleston***

On the other side of the harbor, Charleston is another port city full of history and fine dining. Surrounded by the Stono River and Clark Sound, and with a direct launch into the Atlantic, there’s exceptional fishing for a variety of sportfish. Charleston is a year round fishery, especially when it comes to inshore species like redfish, flounder, and sheepshead, but with migrational patterns of offshore fish using the Gulf Stream, there’s a little more method to the madness. Charleston also has excellent reef fishing with 25 reefs located outside the mouth of the Charleston Harbor including the Air Force, Charleston Coastal Anglers, and Charleston Community Reefs. Whether you’d like to go find tailing reds or troll for giant pelagic species, there are plenty of ways to wet a line in Charleston.

***North Charleston***

To connect Charleston and Mount Pleasant around the Charleston Harbor is North Charleston. In between the Ashley and the Cooper Rivers this is the hub of the Lowcountry being the third largest city in the state it also has excellent shopping. Beyond being another access point to excellent inshore fishing in the harbor and rivers or the Atlantic waters both near and offshore, North Charleston is unique for the fishing in the creeks and reservoirs surrounding the city. With a source of incredible freshwater fishing opportunities anglers have a vast array of fish species to target.

***And More!***

With plenty of inshore marshes and flats, nearshore wrecks and reefs, as well as access to prime deep sea fishing on the Gulf Stream, there is plenty of saltwater fishing to be done in South Carolina. With spots like Little River, Hilton Head Island, John’s Island, and Folly Beach, the Lowcountry is tough to beat.

Best Freshwater Fishing Locations in South Carolina

***Lake Murray***

Lake Murray is one of the most popular spots to target freshwater fish in South Carolina with plenty of access by boat or on its 500+ miles of shoreline. Professional anglers in the state arrive for tournaments held throughout the year, as well as novice anglers looking to get their lines wet. With a million striped bass fingerlings stocked yearly, as well as largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and catfish to be caught, it’s easy to see why everyone flocks to this lake. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has created and maintained 24 marked fish attractor spots reachable by boat, as well as piers to fish from without. You can even borrow a rod, reel, and tackle box from the Deher Island State Park if need be. With so many great fishing opportunities on Lake Murray, it’s hard not to get on the bite.

***Lake Greenwood***

Along with camping and hiking, Lake Greenwood in South Carolina provides 11,000 acres of water to catch crappie, bass, bream, perch, catfish, and stripers. If you’re on the search for stripers, largemouth bass, catfish, white perch, crappie, shell crackers, and panfish, brush piles found at the Upper Railroad Trestle, “Mid-lake Brush Pile”, and “The Birdhouse” are the best spots. Structure like ramps and bridge landings near the Buzzard Roost Dam and Rabon Creek Bridge also hold crappie along with striped and largemouth bass. Don’t forget to stop at the “catfish hole” in the Fall for some of the best catfishing in the state. Of course, some of these spots are pretty colloquial and may be hard to find in that much water. Just keep in mind there’s plenty of fish in the reservoir, and plenty of great spots yet to be found.

***Lake Wateree***

Located just 30 miles northeast of Columbia is the largest of the Catawba-Wateree lakes, and Lake Wateree comes in at 13,025 acres. With islands included, the shoreline spans 216 miles and includes the Lake Wateree State Recreation area, a bird refuge, and the Shaw Air Force Base recreation center. There are eight public boat accesses provided by the SCDNR and one under the Wateree Dam. With 17 fish attractors also maintained by the South Carolina DNR, the lake provides excellent black crappie, striped bass, largemouth bass, and catfish fishing. Like Lake Murray, stripers are routinely stocked to promote populations and great angling opportunities.

***And More!***

South Carolina is covered with waterways that connect the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean over various landscapes. With so much variety in terrain and water, there are countless opportunities to find excellent freshwater fishing in spots like Pee Dee River, Lake Jocassee, Lake Marion, Whitewater River, and more!

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    Dylan S. with Brent R. of Charleston, South Carolina

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    Ali M. with Kaleb S. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    He got us on the fish in short order and we caught a nice variety. He has a good personality for this type of work.

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    Absolutely Fantastic!! Captain Tim was a great Guide!!! Put us right on the fish and helped every step of the way. We caught so many we were getting exhausted just reeling them in!! Went past Fort Sumter and saw it from a totally new perspective. Great guy, great boat and fantastic experience! Marshview Fishing Charters Rock!!!

    Dan C. with Tim M. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    Adrian did a great job taking us fishing. We caught red fish and had just the best time with him. We had fish within 5 minutes of putting our lines in.

    Dave M. with Adrian J. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    Captain Tim was great all through, from early communication/coordination to execution of our 4 hour charter for 4 guys. He showed us how he netted baitfish, then we set up on bull redfish. We were into them quickly and everyone in our party boated fish. Then we relocated because we wanted to try for shark and once again we got on them quickly, and again we all boated fish. Bargain plan, one good size ray was also caught. Highly recommend you try booking Captain Tim.

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    Carolyn L. with Tj D. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    Adam was great. This was my first time fly fishing for reds. He did a wonderful job coaching me through the trip. His boat and gear are top notch. Definitely going to return.

    Marcy B. with Adam L. of Charleston, South Carolina

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    Captain Mike and 1st ante Owen were fantastic. We did the close to shire trip and they quickly put us on some large Black Drum and later we found where the Sheepshead were hiding bringing in enough keepers to make anyone proud! Would definitely recommend!

    Frank L. with Michael P. of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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    Great trip with Captain Chris today! All 6 of us caught a couple including 5 nice Reds! Fun day on the water. Spring break 2024!

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    Spencer W. with Brad B. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    Loved it. Kids had fun. Matt is very knowledgeable and nice. Can’t wait to do some deep sea fishing next summer.

    Ben B. with Matt S. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    We had a great time with Adam! He was very knowledgeable about fishing in the area. It was a very tough day for fishing but we really enjoyed being on the river.

    Dave K. with Adam L. of Charleston, South Carolina

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    Awesome trip!!

    Jonathan W. with Johnston M. of Charleston, South Carolina

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    Great time! Took my 12 yo out for few hours and Adam was extremely knowledgeable. Boat was in great condition and felt safe throughout the trip. We will definitely return in the fall!

    Randy G. with Adam L. of Charleston, South Carolina

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    We had a great day on the water with Captain Dustin! He was very knowledgeable and had great patience with us! We had two small kids and three adults! All of us landed Redfish! Thank you for a great time and helping us make some awesome memories!

    Meg K. with Dustin S. of Folly Beach, South Carolina

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    Captain Brent was amazing. He’s incredibly patient and genuinely caring to make sure you’re having a great experience If it’s your first time or 50th time, Captain Brent IS the guy in Charleston for fishing

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    Tyler M. with Johnston M. of Charleston, South Carolina

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    Five stars for sure! Tim was great from start to finish, had everything we needed, put us on the fish and went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed our time catching fish. Would highly recommend, and one of the unusual things about Tim is, he is a Charleston native. Joe

    Joe M. with Tim M. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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