Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson

Come and spend the day fishing on the great Santee Cooper Lakes. Capt. Mark Lawson has been catfishing for over 20 years in this area and his knowledge and experience are everything you need for a successful day on the water.

Capt. Mark welcomes you to join him on his 26’ Crest pontoon boat. This vessel is newly built in 2018 and accommodates up to 5 guests. She’s powered by a 150 HP Mercury engine that will glide swiftly to any fishing spot you’re looking for. Kids of all ages are welcome, but note that the captain only has life vests for those 6 years old and up, so please bring your own if your child is younger.

Your main target for the day will be Catfish, but you might also catch Striped Bass. The captain uses different fishing techniques, so you can test which one works best for you. Try out trolling, bottom fishing, light tackle, or drift fishing.

Capt. Mark will provide your fishing equipment. He’ll also catch live bait before the trip, so this won’t take any time from your trip and you can immediately start targeting Catfish. The fish can be cleaned for you at the dock for an extra charge. Contact the captain for veteran discount details. All kids under 16 can come for free.

Purchase your fishing license before the trip and bring your snacks and drinks.

Leave your worries behind you and have a chance at a fish of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    Seize the opportunity to target Catfish and Striped Bass for the whole day. Capt. Mark will take you fishing to Lake Moultrie or Lake Marion. The trips are available year round. He'll provide your fishing equipment. You need to purchase your license, food, and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $350
    Set out on a shorter adventure with this half day trip. You'll target Catfish and Striped Bass. Capt. Mark will provide your fishing equipment and live bait. Contact him to check out the details for veteran discounts and kids. You can have your catch cleaned at the dock for a small fee.
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About the Captain

Mark Lawson
Cross, South Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
4 Fishing Reports
95 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2019
Captain Mark has been fishing for 23 years but only recently got his guiding license. He loves catfishing and the lakes and he knows all the tricks you need. His boat is pet-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring your dog aboard!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Catfish Catfish

Boat Specs

Crest (Pontoon) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Igor K.
Brooklyn, New York
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FIVE STAR CAPTAIN MARK LAWSON !

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 15, 2021
First of all it was amazing trip ! There are four of us from New York , who likes travel and fishing in different states...
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Clint P.
Indian Land, SC
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Captain Mark is the Catfish Whisperer!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 24, 2021
We’ve had numerous guided trips before and Captain Mark is by far the best. Before the trip he was very responsive and communicative,...
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Matthew F.
Round Hill, VA
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Family fun at its best — half day night blue cat fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 18, 2021
Mark was simply awesome.  My wife and three daughters 3, 9, and 10 had the time of their lives reeling in 20 lb blue cats. ...
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Marie S.
Hilliard, FL
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Full Day Trip with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 16, 2021
Oh my gosh! Where do I even begin?! Captain Mark was so sweet and knowledgeable! Right from the start he was so welcoming and...
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Larry F.
Charlotte, NC
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Full Day with Capt. Mark

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 29, 2021
We had booked our trip with about a week before our trip to Santee.  The weather changed drastically as many people know this...
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FAQs about Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson

Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Ugly Stick, Abu Garcia)
  • Live Bait

Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Catfishing With Capt. Mark Lawson include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Catfish