Salty Fin Charter

Salty Fin Charter invites you to join Captain Doug Illing for an adventure of a lifetime off the sunny coast of South Carolina. Whether you’re looking for a quick run nearshore, or a 12-hour excursion to the Gulf Stream waters, Capt. Doug will make sure you have a great time.

You’ll be cruising in a 2009 35’ Contender ST center console, powered by twin 350 HP Yamaha engines. This baby provides a fast and smooth ride and is equipped with top-of-the-line navigational equipment to bring you to fish as fast as possible.

The Contender also comes with state-of-the-art electronics by Simrad and Furuno, a comfortable bean bag and bench seating, and a T-top for shade and comfort. The deck provides plenty of room to fish without bumping elbows or tanglin’ lines, making her perfect for large groups. Most importantly, she has all the necessary safety gear to ensure a secure ride and allow kids of all ages to join in on the fun.

Capt. Doug is a USCG licensed captain and understands your time on the water is valuable, which is why he works hard to maximize your fishing time and put you on fish as quick as possible. Beginners will stay nearshore to target Spanish Mackerel, Seabass, and Shark, while those with more experience will troll for Mahi, Barracuda, Kingfish, Sailfish, and Amberjack. Capt. Doug also loves to take his customers bottom fishing for delicious meaty species such as Grouper and Snapper.

His Gulf Stream trips are reserved for the most hardcore anglers. Here you’ll be duking it out against various Tuna species, Marlin, Wahoo, and many other offshore pelagics.

You’ll have Okuma, Penn, and Shimano gear available and live bait will also be caught and used during your trip. Your fishing license is already covered, and Capt. Doug will also offer to fillet your catch for you.

Join Salty Fin Charter on the ride of a lifetime and prepare to be amazed. Feel free to bring a cooler with snacks and drinks and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,650
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Gulf Stream trips run out to 60 miles from shore. These trips are specifically designed for advanced anglers who want to push themselves to the limit. Get ready to reel in some of the biggest and best tasting game fish you've ever laid your eyes on! Target species include Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, and more. All fishing gear, tackle, and licenses are included as well. The crew works for tips and 15%-20% tips are appreciated.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,350
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This all-day trip is extremely fun for friends, family, team-building, you name it! You'll head out 50 miles offshore to target huge game fish. Capt. Doug does a lot of bottom fishing if the trolling bite isn’t hot. Big Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Cobia, Mahi, Kingfish, Sailfish, Wahoo are just a few you'll be able to target. Departure time can change depending on the season. All fishing gear, licenses, and tackle are included. The crew works for tips and 15%-20% tips are appreciated.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $975
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will take you 35 miles out from shore and is tailored for either trolling or bottom fishing. These deep waters are extremely productive, so you can expect to target species such as Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Kingfish, Barracuda, Sailfish, Amberjack, Shark, Snapper, Grouper, Seabass, and more! All fishing gear and licenses are included. Please feel free to bring a small cooler with snacks and beverages for your enjoyment. Departure time may change. The crew works for tips and 15%-20% tips are appreciated.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $695
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip, you'll head out up to about 20 miles, using live bait to slow troll for trophy game fish like Barracuda, King Mackerel, Shark, Cobia, Amberjack, and more. Everyone is welcome on this trip, from beginners to experts. With 6 hours ahead of you, you can count on catching larger and more varied species. All rods, reels, bait, and even your fishing license is included. Departure time may vary depending on the time of year. The crew works for tips and 15%-20% tips are appreciated.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $575
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip is designed for beginners looking to experience the productive nearshore waters for the first time. You'll cruise out to 5 miles from land, approximately a 15-minute ride. Get ready to troll for Spanish Mackerel, bottom fish for Seabass, and even drift for Shark. You can count on your confidence levels to go up after this one! All fishing equipment will be included, as well as your fishing license. The crew works for tips and 15%-20% tips are appreciated.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $575
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip is great for beginners and first-timers that want to experience being out on the big ocean but not too far from land. You'll venture out about 5 miles from shore, which is about a 15-minute ride. The trip will be spent trolling for Spanish Mackerel, bottom fishing for Seabass, and drifting for Shark. All gear and tackle are included, as well as your fishing license for the day. Please bring your own refreshments. The crew works for tips and 15%-20% tips are appreciated.
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About the Captain

Doug Illing
Little River, South Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
10 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Doug Illing is a lifetime fisherman and deep sea “fin-atic.” Having grown up fishing on both fresh and saltwater, his technique is versatile and he’s able to accommodate any style of angler. Capt. Doug has been working as a football coach and teacher for the last 32 years as well, is great with kids, and loves sharing his passion for the open waters with his customers. He invites you to join Salty Fin Charter for an all-out battle against some of the toughest fightin’ fish you’ll ever go up against!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black)

Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish
Sailfish

Seabass (Black)
Tuna (Blackfin)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2009. Powered by 2 350HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.97
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Nicole T.
Myrtle Beach, SC
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 30, 2019
We had a great day with Captain Doug and first mate David.  It was our first experience with a deep sea fishing trip. ...
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Ryan K.
Sanford, NC
 5.00
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Outstanding!

VERIFIED   September 21, 2019
Went out with Salty Fin over the weekend with my buddy on an 8 hour trip.  It was a trip we’ll never forget. ...
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Chuck C.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
 5.00
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Great Fishing Trip!

VERIFIED   June 28, 2019
Had a great day fishing with Captain Doug aboard Salty Fin!  Worked hard to get us on the King’s (King Fish), which...
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Chad D.
Winder, GA
 5.00
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1/2 day with captain Doug 15 july.

VERIFIED   July 15, 2019
Captain Doug and his crew are the perfect blend of fun, friendly, knowledgable, and professional. I could not have asked for...
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Anthony W.
Demorest, Georgia
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Half Day Trip with Captain Doug

VERIFIED   September 24, 2019
Great day on the water fishing and the captain kept us on the fish all day. If you are looking for a hard working crew to get...
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