HotFish Charleston

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Explore some of the richest fishing grounds off the coast of South Carolina with HotFish Charleston! Guided by Captain Michael Bales, who has been guiding for over 15 years and fishing for over 35 years, you’re sure to have a productive and fun day.

Capt. Mike will take you out on his 18’ Hell’s Bay Boatworks flats boat, built in 2016. It is powered by a 70 HP Yamaha engine that makes it fast on the shallow waters, but silent enough not to spook the fish at the same time. The boat can accommodate 3 people, so it’s perfect for an outing with a few friends.

The captain will provide you with all the fishing gear needed, along with a fishing license. There’s fly fishing equipment on board in case you’re up for a little adventure. If you want to taste the fruits of your labor, the crew will be happy to clean and fillet your catch.

Targeted species will include the delicious and good quality game fish like Redfish, Black Drum, and Spotted Seatrout. These fish populate the inshore and flats waters in the Isle of Palms and Charleston, and you’ll have a great time catching them. Capt. Mike knows these waters well so he’ll take you to the best spots and provide expert advice.

You’ll get snacks and drinks on board for your refreshment, so you only need to bring some sun protection so you can relax and enjoy your day. Wear a hat and some sunglasses, bring some positive vibes, and you’re all set for a great time!

Join HotFish Charleston and fish for the most exciting species in South Carolina, having a great time on the water. This is what they’ll take you out to do!



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  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    You will spend 6 hours on the water with Captain Michael, who will guide you to the best fishing spots in Isle of Palms. Your targeted species will include Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish. Captain Mike will provide the fishing gear, so you only need to bring your sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    up to 3 persons
    The half day trip will see you fishing the beautiful shallow waters od the Isle of Palms for Black Drum, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Captain Mike will provide the fishing gear, so bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and some good vibes!
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About the Captain

Michael Bales
Isle Of Palms, South Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
24 Fishing Reports
49 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2015
Captain Michael Bales is a native Floridian, who's been fishing for over 35 years and FULL TIME professionally guiding for 15 years. You can either find him in Alaska, or poling the coastal waters of Charleston, South Carolina.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Redfish Redfish
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Hell's Bay Boatworks (Flats boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.73
out of 5 stars from 49 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
May fishing trip
Fishing with Michael
Worth the Drive!!!
+17
Angler Rating
41
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Kevin W.
Grovetown, GA
 5.00
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  May 16, 2020
Captain Michael did a great job finding the fish. They just did not want to eat.  Saw some big reds most of the morning.
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Steven V. N.
Sanford, NC
 5.00
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  May 14, 2020
Mike was awesome! Very knowledgeable and worked hard to put us on the reds! Fantastic experience! Will be back!
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William H.
Jonesboro, GA
 5.00
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3 hr inshore

VERIFIED   NEW  May 29, 2020
Michael is a very knowledgeable guide and will put you on the fish..
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Rodney M.
Sanford, NC
 5.00
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Worth the Drive!!!

VERIFIED   July 20, 2019
This was the first time husband, son, and friend experienced fishing on a boat out in the Mt. Pleasant area. Captain Mike was...
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Corey G.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
 5.00
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Great guide

VERIFIED   July 16, 2019
I’ve done many guided tours; Mike is very knowledgeable, Fun and patient (I had my 8yr old son with me). Great experience...
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