Captain Smiley Fishing Charters

Are you ready to have a fishing adventure? Then you’ve come to the right place. Book a trip with Captain Smiley Fishing Charters today for a trip you won’t forget in a hurry. Captain Patrick Kelly has decades of experience and has been a leader in his community in promoting fishing for the next generation.

Step on board his 22’ Pathfinder. This boat can have you and 3 fishing friends on comfortably at the same time – no time is wasted once you’re on the water! With a 200 HP Yamaha engine on board and full navigational equipment, you are sure to be on top of the fish before you know it.

The main targets on these trips are Redfish, Flounder, and Trout. No matter your age and experience level there is a fish out here with your name on it. Children over 3 are welcome on board and there are life vests for them. Capt. Patrick runs a kids fishing camp too, so you know that when your kids fish with him they will have a great time and learn the tricks of the trade too.

Top quality rods and reels from St Croix and Shimano are included in the price – these won’t let you down when reeling in your trophy fish. Live bait is also provided and will usually be prepared before the trip. Even your fishing license for the day is included. You are welcome to bring along your own food and drink.

Book now for an unforgettable trip with Captain Smiley Fishing Charters. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and a delicious fish for dinner – what more could you ask for?



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $525
    This is a 5 hour light tackle fishing trip going after Redfish, Flounder, and Trout. All rods and reels are included, as well as lures, bait, and even your fishing license too. You are welcome to bring along your own refreshments.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $525
    Have a lie in and still get some great fishing in the afternoon. You'll be targeting Flounder, Redfish, and Trout. Everything you need for your fishing trip is provided, from your rods and reels to the fishing license for the day. You are welcome to bring along food and drinks if you wish. Please note, departure time is flexible.

About the Captain

Patrick Kelly
Little River, South Carolina, United States
14 Fishing Reports
23 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since October 2018
"I am a native to the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand area. I have been on the water most all my life. I have a passion for the outdoors and love my job." Captain Patrick Kelly has been operating Captain Smiley Fishing Charters for 18 years and has been an operator for 28 years. He offers a first class service and quality gear. He knows all about the best restaurants, hotels, and places to see in this area. He truly knows the area like the back of his hand. He founded ‘Captain Smiley Inshore Slamming Festival’– this is a festival/tournament he hosts to raise money for charity, people in need, veterans, and hurricane survivors. He’s also a river keeper- which means they do river sweeps, and other community-friendly acts. He also has a kids fishing camp for 8-17 year olds, where he educates them about fish and fishing. He is a pillar of the community and in showing the next generation how to fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark

Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

Little River Fishing Calendar

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Recent Fishing Reports

Nov 19 Myrtle Beach Fishing Report
Nov 19 Myrtle Beach Fishing Report
November 19, 2021
November 19 Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River dropped to about 54 degrees. The trout fishing is still on fire on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly**hidden content**) reports that it doesn’t get much better than this. The best fishing continues to be on the low to rising tide, but they will also bite on the outgoing. Overall having some current is still key, whichever way it is moving, and on the slack tide fish usually don’t feed much. The trout are still around shell beds near the edge of spartina grass in about 6 feet of water in creeks off the IntraCoastal. Live shrimp have been working the best, but it’s also a good time to try out different artificial lures since the fish are feeding so well. DOA shrimp and chartreuse-colored Vudu Shrimp have also been good. The action for redfish has also been strong in the creeks, and – while the fish will also take live bait – Gulp! in new penny colors has been working really well. The flounder fishing is still pretty good on both sides of the state line. The best action has come on flats with live mullet or Gulp! baits. Big black drum are still being caught on shrimp or crab baits around oyster beds and docks, especially off the Tilghman docks. It continues to be wide open whiting fish on the Cherry Grove Pier **hidden content**), and they are also catching small croaker, a few spots and some nice pompano. They are also picking up the occasional flounder. Conditions are still so windy that it has limited fishing at the nearshore reefs, but there should be bluefish, big red drum and some flounder on the bottom.
November 12 Myrtle Beach Fishing Report
November 12 Myrtle Beach Fishing Report
November 12, 2021
November 12 Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River dropped to about 59 degrees but have now rebounded to about 62. This is the prime time for trout fishing on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly **hidden content**) reports that catches have been really good. The best fishing continues to be on the low to rising tide, but they will also bite on the outgoing. Overall having some current is still key, whichever way it is moving, and on the slack tide fish usually won’t bite. The trout are still around shell beds near the edge of spartina grass in about 6 feet of water in creeks off the IntraCoastal. Live shrimp have been working the best, but chartreuse-colored Vudu Shrimp have also been good. The action for redfish has also been good in the creeks, and – while the fish will also take live bait – Gulp! in new penny colors has been working really well. In the inlet they are catching some fish over the slot. The flounder fishing is still pretty good on both sides of the state line. The best action has come on flats with live mullet or Gulp! baits. Big black drum are still being caught on shrimp or crab baits off the Tilghman docks. While the Spanish mackerel have disappeared, Cherry Grove Pier **hidden content**) reports that they are in the middle of a really good whiting run. They are also catching some croaker, pompano, and slot-sized red and black drum. Conditions have been so windy that it has limited fishing at the nearshore reefs, but there should be bluefish, bid red drum and some flounder on the bottom.
Nov 4 Mytle Beach Fishing Report
Nov 4 Mytle Beach Fishing Report
November 3, 2021
November 4 Inshore surface water temperatures around Little River are 68 degrees and on the incoming tide the water is a pretty blue. The trout fishing is picking up on the north end of the South Carolina Grand Strand, and Captain Patrick “Smiley” Kelly**hidden content**) reports that the best fishing has been on the low to rising tide but the outgoing has also fished pretty well. Having some current has been key, whichever way it is moving. The fish have been around shell beds near the edge of spartina grass in about 6 feet of water in creeks off the IntraCoastal. Live shrimp have been working the best, but paddle tail Bass Assassins or Vudu Shrimp have also been good. There have also been some redfish in the same areas. The flounder fishing has been really good recently, and they have been catching a bunch of 15-23 inch fish on both sides of the state line. The best action has come on flats with live mullet or Gulp! baits. Big black drum are being caught on shrimp or crab baits off the Tilghman docks. At the jetties there are trout around as well as smaller redfish in the rocks, but the cold front has probably pushed many of the larger red drum out. However, there are undoubtedly still some that will take live or cut menhaden. It’s been a pretty outstanding bite for Spanish mackerel off the Cherry Grove Pier **hidden content**), which reports that anglers are limiting out on 12-16 inch fish jigging. They are also catching decent numbers of pompano, bluefish, croaker, whiting, spots and small flounder. At the nearshore reefs there are lots of small Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and some flounder on the bottom.

Customer Reviews

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BIG RED! 5\/28\/21
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Half Day with Capt Curtis 5/28/21

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 28, 2021
We have booked (3) different trips with Capt. Smiley (Patrick) and his Team. All excellent Capt’s Chris, Curtis and Patrick....
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on October 19, 2021
Had a whole lot of fun on our trip with The Captain including bringing home that lovely flounder. Can’t wait to come back...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 20, 2021
It was a great experience! Our captain was very friendly and enjoyable to spend the day with. Learned a lot and caught some...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 4, 2021
Captain Curtis was very helpful, knowledgeable, and we had a great time on the water!
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 19, 2020
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FAQs about Captain Smiley Fishing Charters

Captain Smiley Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $525 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $75 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Smiley Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Smiley Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (St Croix rods, Shimano reels. )
  • Live Bait (Usually prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Captain Smiley Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Smiley Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (Bring your own equipment)

Top targeted fish species with Captain Smiley Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout