If you want to explore Hilton Head Island waters, you can’t go wrong with Black Skimmer Charters. With Captain Stephen Ranney, both expert anglers and beginners can find the adventure tailored to their desires.

To Captain Stephen, charter fishing is a passion, not a job. He loves sharing his knowledge and expertise with others and seeing the wonder on their face as something new is discovered. Black Skimmer Charters welcome anglers of all skill levels – no experience needed.

The captain invites you to join him aboard his 31’ Blackfin offshore sportfishing boat. You’ll find shade and a restroom on this comfortable riding boat that can carry up to 6 anglers comfortably. Powered by twin 250 HP Yanmar Turbo engines, it also features a flybridge, downriggers, live bait tank, and state of the art marine electronics and safety gear.

You’ll be exploring the hottest fisheries, from inshore and nearshore waters to reef and wreck spots. Get ready for some trolling, spinning, drifting, and bottom fishing for a variety of species! Depending on the bite, your main targets will include Kingfish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and many others.

The charter will cover top-notch fishing gear by Shimano and Pen, along with lures. Live bait is available free of charge during summer – you’ll get to catch your own at the beginning of the trip. The first mate will even clean and fillet your catch at the docks after the trip.

Come catch a big one with Black Skimmer Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,200
    This 8-hour trip is perfect for avid anglers looking for quality time on the waters. Depending on the bite, you'll have the opportunity to reel in Kingfish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and whatever else crosses your path.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Six hours on the water allow for a little extra time for going further out and also exploring the reefs for a variety and abundance of fish. You'll get to target Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, and whatever else takes the bait.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    On this 5-hour trip, you'll have enough time to go farther from the shore and explore the reefs. Amberjack, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Redfish, and much more will be on the menu.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    If you're looking to spend some quality time with the family or you're just new to saltwater fishing, this is the trip for you! The captain will do everything he can to put you on Amberjack, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Redfish, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    This afternoon trip is great for families and those new to saltwater fishing in general. Depending on the bite, you'll be going after Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Kingfish, Redfish, and more.
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About the Captain

Stephen Ranney
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
107 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since September 2018
Captain Stephen Ranney has been fishing all his life and he loves sharing his passion for fishing with others. He has been fishing Hilton Head Island waters since 1978. In 2007, he fulfilled his lifelong dream and started doing this professionally. His wife Patte and his son are also captains and guides – love of fishing runs strong in this family.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Blackfin (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2006. Powered by 2 250HP Yanmar Turbo engines.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
77%
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Cassey E.
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 28, 2021
We went out for my husband’s 30th birthday. We were hoping to go a good ways off shore in search of some sport fish but the...
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5 Hour Tour with Ben & Nick

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on April 8, 2021
The photo doesn’t show a very big catch, but what you don’t know is this was within 5 minutes of stopping and putting the...
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Garry R.
Elmrock, KY
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Pm trip withCapt. Ben and Nick

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on August 26, 2021
We had an absolutely amazing day!! Ben and Nick were really nice and knowledgeable young men and really enjoyed spending time...
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5 hour

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on May 11, 2021
We caught about 23 fish. Red snapper( out of season, so back in it went) Black bass ( too small to keep but we caught a good...
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Charlotte, NC
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Half day trip with Captain Ben

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 18, 2021
We had a great trip with some great catches.  We hooked 4 good sized sharks and our 2 teenage daughters had opportunities...
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FAQs about Black Skimmer Charters

Black Skimmer Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Black Skimmer Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Full-head)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Black Skimmer Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Pen)
  • Live Bait (During summer only, caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (At the dock)
  • First Mate (Works for tips, 15 to 20% is customary)
  • Fishing License

Black Skimmer Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Black Skimmer Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Black Skimmer Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Spanish Mackerel