HotFish Charleston

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HotFish Charleston is dedicated to fishing for the most exciting species and having a great time on the water. This is what they’ll take you out to do! Guided by Captain Mike, who has been guiding professionally for over 15 years and fishing for over 35 years, you will have no trouble fulfilling this goal. He is a knowledgeable, world-class Captain, who has fished all over the States including Alaska, the Rocky Mountain west, Georgia, Florida, and even in Europe.

Captain Mike will take you out on his 18 foot Hell’s Bay Boatworks flats boat, originally 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 is equipped with a GPS and all the safety equipment you might need on your trip, as well as an icebox that you’ll use to keep the catch fresh until your return to the shore.

Targeted species will include the super 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. Captain Mike knows these waters well so he’ll take you to the best spots, and if needed provide expert advice on catching them.

HotFish Charleston will provide you with all the fishing gear needed, including fly fishing equipment and a fishing license, so all you have to bring is a positive attitude. And sunglasses.



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  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours 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
    Three(3) Hour Flood Tide Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours 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
21 Reports
40 Customer Reviews
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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
Redfish
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
Photos by reviewers (18)
4.73
out of 5 stars from 40 reviews
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Experience
Worth the Drive!!!
8 hour trip cut to 4 hours
8 hour trip cut to 4 hours
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Angler Rating
35
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
73%
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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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Robert E.
Winder, GA
 4.67
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8 hour trip cut to 4 hours

VERIFIED   July 17, 2019
Planned, in advance, an 8 hour inland trip. Captain was professional and inspired us to modify trip to duration and time...
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Timmy M.
Charleston, South Carolina
 5.00
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Half day with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   June 26, 2019
Excellent equipment and guide!  He put us on the fish, and the weather was perfect.
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Kevin C.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
 5.00
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Half day trip with captain Mike.

VERIFIED   March 30, 2019
Great knowledge of the waterways and behavior of fish. We got some beatiful redfish.
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