HotFish Charleston

(31) In demand!

HotFish Charleston is dedicated to fishing for the most exciting species and having a great time on the water. This is what they’ll take you out to do! Guided by Captain Mike, who has been guiding professionally for over 15 years and fishing for over 35 years, you will have no trouble fulfilling this goal. He is a knowledgeable, world-class Captain, who has fished all over the States including Alaska, the Rocky Mountain west, Georgia, Florida, and even in Europe.

Captain Mike will take you out on his 18 foot Hell’s Bay Boatworks flats boat, originally built in 2016. It is powered by a 70 HP Yamaha engine that makes it fast on the shallow waters, but silent enough not to spook the fish at the same time. The boat is equipped with a GPS and all the safety equipment you might need on your trip, as well as an icebox that you’ll use to keep the catch fresh until your return to the shore.

Targeted species will include the super delicious and good quality game fish like Redfish, Black Drum, and Spotted Seatrout. These fish populate the inshore and flats waters in the Isle of Palms and Charleston, and you’ll have a great time catching them. Captain Mike knows these waters well so he’ll take you to the best spots, and if needed provide expert advice on catching them.

HotFish Charleston will provide you with all the fishing gear needed, including fly fishing equipment and a fishing license, so all you have to bring is a positive attitude. And sunglasses.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $425
    up to 3 persons
    Spending a full 8 hours on the inshore and flats waters of Charleston with Captain Michael, you will have a blast and learn so much. Your targeted species will include Black Drum, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Captain Michael will teach you how to do it, so pay attention as you're learning from an expert!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand!
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    up to 3 persons
    You will spend 6 hours on the water with Captain Michael, who will guide you to the best fishing spots in Isle of Palms. Your targeted species will include Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish. Captain Mike will provide the fishing gear, so you only need to bring your sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Private trip
    Three(3) Hour Flood Tide Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    up to 3 persons
    The half day trip will see you fishing the beautiful shallow waters od the Isle of Palms for Black Drum, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout. Captain Mike will provide the fishing gear, so bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and some good vibes!
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About the Captain

Michael Bales
Isle Of Palms, South Carolina, United States
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Member since April 2015
Captain Michael Bales is a native Floridian, who's been fishing for over 35 years and FULL TIME professionally guiding for 15 years. You can either find him in Alaska, or poling the waters of Charleston, South Carolina. Mike has experience operating jet boats, drift boats, and float rafts in the most remote coastal rivers of Alaska. He also operates offshore and inshore boats in the coastal water in Florida.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Redfish
Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Hell's Bay Boatworks (Flats boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha engine.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (14)
4.73
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
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Experience
Half day trip with captain Mike.
Half day trip with captain Mike.
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
73%
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Robert D.
Fayetteville, NC
 5.00
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  June 20, 2019
Great trip. Capt Mike put us on the fish
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Frank A.
Goose Creek, SC
 5.00
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Half day

VERIFIED   March 9, 2019
Amazing captain, and extremely knowledgeable. learned alot, and eventhough the fish weren’t biting i enjoyed every moment...
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Arthur E.
Charlotte, North Carolina
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   September 19, 2018
Fishing with Captain Mike was an awesome experience ! We learned a lot about inshore fishing his guidance and knowledge just...
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Joanne L.
Biloxi, MS
 5.00
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Great Day

VERIFIED   June 29, 2018
Capt. Mike gave us a great day.  His knowledge of the area, the ecosystem, and fishing strategies and tactics were invaluable. ...
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Kevin C.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
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Half day trip with captain Mike.

VERIFIED   March 30, 2019
Great knowledge of the waterways and behavior of fish. We got some beatiful redfish.
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