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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
63 Customer Reviews
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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) Bass (Striped)
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
GPS
Life Jackets
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Dulcie W.
Williston, SC
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Fantasy fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on October 4, 2020
We had the pleasure of spending a day with Captain Mark and Ms Daisy while in Santee.  The weather was not that cooperative...
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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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Ty J.
Kathleen, GA
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Whole Day Trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on October 14, 2020
Best trip I have taken.  Loved Captain Mark!!!  Will be coming back for another trip with him.  Was not a great day for...
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Prestin P.
Sanford, NC
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Amazing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 20, 2020
We did a full day trip with capt Mark and co capt daisy.(the dog) it was super hot with almost no wind so the fish were being...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   June 5, 2020
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