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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300

About the Captain

Brad Padgett
Summerton, South Carolina, United States
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55 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2019
"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
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

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 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

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Customer Reviews

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Personal Best Catfish!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Anthony M.
Sumter, SC
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Fishing with Brad

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 1, 2021
We had a great family day on the boat with Captain Brad. He knew exactly where to find the fish. It was more than a fishing...
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John B.
Dobson, NC
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Personal Best Catfish!

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on October 14, 2021
My buddy and I fished with Captain Brad and had a great trip! We both caught some big catfish! Both of our personal bests!...
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High Point, NC
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 18, 2021
Brad made it the best experience we could have asked for. He knew exactly where to go and what to use to catch some monsters...
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Orangeburg, SC
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Attempted fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 30, 2021
Unfortunately the lake was way too rough when we attempted to go out. There was 3 and 4 foot waves, and it was decided it was...
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Stan P.
Cerro Gordo, NC
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GREAT TRIP

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 4, 2021
GREAT TRIP STEADY FISHING MOST OF THE DAY. QUITE A FEW FISH OVER 5 POUNDS AND BIGGEST WAS 21.6. CAPTAIN SHARED...
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FAQs about Nav-a-gator Charter Service

Nav-a-gator Charter Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 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