Nav-a-gator Charter Service

Nav-a-gator Charter Service will take you on an unforgettable Catfishing trip! Based on Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina, Captain Brad runs fishing trips year round. He’s been fishing the Santee Cooper lakes his whole life and he specialized in catching Catfish. With an experienced guide like this, you simply can’t go wrong.

Capt. Brad welcomes you aboard his 25’ Crest boat. This pontoon accommodates up to 6 guests and there’s enough room for everyone to fish at the same time. She’s powered by a Suzuki 150 engine and features all necessary navigational and safety equipment.

You’ll target Catfish using either drifting or bottom fishing. It usually takes 10–30 minutes to reach the fishing spots, depending on where the fish are. You can choose between half day and full day trips and, during the summer, there’s a special adventure – night trip.

The trip price covers your fishing equipment and fresh bait. The captain has a cooler for the catch but you can bring your cooler for drinks and snacks. If you’re planning to keep the fish after the trip and treat yourself with a tasty meal afterward, make sure to bring another cooler as well (just leave it in the car). You’ll need a fishing license, which can be bought online or in local Walmart.

Fish with a knowledgeable captain, fish with Nav-a-gator Charter Service!



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $350
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $400
    Target Catfish like a pro! Having 8 hours on your plate, you'll definitely memorize some of the captain's tricks. He'll provide you with rods, reels, and lures, while the rest is up to you. Catch cleaning can be arranged for an additional price.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 136 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angela W.
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Fishing with Brad

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 7, 2023
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Definitely recommend!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 30, 2024
I booked this trip for my husband for his birthday, Captian Brad did not disappoint. He was extremely nice, knowledgeable ,...
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Nicholas S.
Little River, SC
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Whole day of slaying cats with captain Brad

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 16, 2023
Start to finish was a fantastic day. Captain Brad was personable and very knowledgeable. My 13 years old grandson had a great...
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Captain Brad is Amazing!!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 10, 2024
He had us on fish in no time despite the weather. While other captains would have cancelled due to the forecast, Brads experience...
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James M.
Zirconia, NC
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 19, 2023
Everything about our experience was stellar. Captain Brad was great. We felt right at home on the boat as soon as we stepped...
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FAQs about Nav-a-gator Charter Service

Nav-a-gator Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $350 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Nav-a-gator Charter Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Porta-potty
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Nav-a-gator Charter Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Abu Garcia reels and Ugly Stick rods)
  • Lures

Nav-a-gator Charter Service offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Nav-a-gator Charter Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Nav-a-gator Charter Service include:
  • Catfish

Meet the Captain

Brad Padgett
Summerton, South Carolina, United States
ID & license verified
136 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2019
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
"I have been fishing the Santee Cooper lakes for over 30 years and have always had great success catching big Cats. I decided it was time to love my job so I became a licensed fishing guide." Capt. Brad is an example of how it's never too late to follow your passion. He started fishing when he was 5 years old, had it as a hobby, and finally turned it into a profession.

About this listing

Targeted species

Catfish Catfish

Boat specs

Crest (Pontoon) originally built in 2005. Powered by a 150HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Porta-potty
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Abu Garcia reels and Ugly Stick rods
Lures

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
At least 3 years old
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

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