Located in South Carolina, Johns Island is home to scores of incredible wildlife, lush flora, and crystal clear waterways. On top of this, the fishing opportunities are seriously excellent. If you want to explore the island’s abundance of inshore and nearshore fishing grounds, come aboard Marlin Dog Marine charters and get ready to hook some incredible fish against a backdrop of stunning scenery!

Based at Bohicket Marina, Marlin Dog Marine has direct access to some of Johns Island’s most plentiful winding waterways, as well as the Atlantic. Captain Will Frederick is the man behind the helm of this charter, and he has over 12 years of experience as a captain. He grew up on the water and prides himself on his ability to introduce newbies and experts alike to the many fishing hotspots that surround Johns Island.

You’ll be fishing from your captain’s 22’ Pathfinder bay boat, capable of accommodating up to 6 guests. Capt. Will warmly welcomes children ages 3 and above on board, so why not bring the whole family along for the ride? Just make sure you bring life jackets for little ones – your captain will provide adult sizes. In addition, his vessel is decked out with top-quality navigational gear that’ll get you to the fishing grounds in no time.

The species you’ll be targeting depends on where you want to fish, but you’ll be in for a treat no matter which trip you opt for! If you choose to stay inshore, you’ll use a variety of techniques to hook Redfish, delicious Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, and maybe even some Shark species. Want to explore waters slightly further out? Head to the nearshore reefs, where you’ll plumb the depths for bottom-dwelling Grouper, huge Redfish, Spadefish, Black Seabass, and whatever else is biting.

Your captain will make sure you’re equipped with Shimano rods and reels, as well as bait and a fishing license. All you need to do is arrive 15 minutes before your departure time, and get ready for an incredible adventure with Marlin Dog Marine!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    If you want to explore nearshore waters for the chance to bottom fish over the reefs, join your captain on this morning adventure! You'll be targeting a large variety of reef-dwellers, including huge Redfish, Black Seabass, Spadefish, and even Grouper species. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, including top-notch Shimano rods and reels, so all you need to do is show up 15 minutes before the departure time and get ready to plumb the depths of these waters!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    Spend your morning sleeping in, and then join your captain for an afternoon of exploring Johns Island's nearshore reefs. You'll be targeting a large variety of bottom-dwellers, including Black Seabass, huge Redfish Spadefish, and Grouper species. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, such as Shimano rods and reels, so all you need to do is show up 15 minutes before the departure time and get ready to explore these waters!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    This 4-hour morning adventure is the perfect option for anglers of all skill levels. Newbies can explore these waters without feeling overwhelmed, and more experienced anglers can fit some top-notch fishing into their busy schedule! You'll be targeting all inshore fish, including tasty Flounder, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and even a variety of Shark species. Your captain will provide your fishing gear, so just arrive at the dock 15 minutes before your departure time and get ready to fish on!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    If you want to sleep in and still enjoy 4 hours of incredible fishing, this afternoon adventure fits the bill perfectly. You'll get to explore the inshore waters of Johns Island, which are home to Sheepshead, Redfish, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, and a variety of Shark species, including Blacktip and Bonnethead. Anglers of all ages and skill levels are welcome on this trip. Your captain will provide rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a license. Just arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • Private trip
    3 hr inshore pm
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
  • Private trip
    Inshore 3 hr trip am
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
  • Private trip
    2-hour – Late Afternoon Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jul 31
    $400
    This is a 2-hour late afternoon trip. You can sleep in and enjoy the short sunset fishing trip!
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About the Captain

Will Frederick
Johns Island, South Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
78 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since May 2019
"I grew up fishing the Chesapeake Bay, fishing for Rockfish, Perch, and Bluefish. I love being on the water and enjoy the challenge of fishing." Captain Will Frederick has been around water his whole life, and this is what led him to pursue a career in angling. He loves the sport, and his favorite part of running his charter is making customers happy. If you're a newbie, he'll happily show you the ropes and have you reeling in your fish like a pro! Capt. Will prides himself on having plenty of personal experience, local knowledge of this area's angling hotspots, and reliability – he knows what it takes to get you on your fish, whether you're a first-timer or an expert.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spadefish Spadefish
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Kite Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Bill W.
Avon, OH
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Half day with Captain Will

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) on June 14, 2021
Great day on the water June 14th.  Captain Will told us he had a great morning charter, so my son and I were pretty excited...
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Ed H.
Roanoke, VA
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Midday outing

VERIFIED   2-hour – Late Afternoon Trip on June 3, 2021
Booked a 2 hour late afternoon trip and Will was great about offering up alternate times in case they worked better for us....
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Seymour, TN
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) on June 16, 2021
This is the second year my grandfather and I have chartered with Capt. Will. Both trips have been fantastic, with lots of fish...
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Wilmington, NC
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Half Day Trip With Capt. Will

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on June 14, 2021
We had a morning charter and it was a great trip.  Capt. Will knew where to go to put us on fish.  Talk about variety! ...
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Charleston, South Carolina
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 4, 2021
Will did a great job setting up the gear and helping out some newcomers to fishing. He put us on a couple of good spots and...
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FAQs about Marlin Dog Marine

Marlin Dog Marine offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 2-hour – Late Afternoon Trip (2 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3 hr inshore pm (3 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Inshore 3 hr trip am (3 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Marlin Dog Marine, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Marlin Dog Marine include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Marlin Dog Marine offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Marlin Dog Marine offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Kite Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Marlin Dog Marine include:
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spadefish
  • Spotted Seatrout