HotFish Charleston

Isle Of Palms SC, United States - Show map

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.

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 ov

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 425 private charter
  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 350 private charter
  • Three(3) Hour Flood Tide Trip
    3 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 300 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Black Drum
  Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

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

18 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


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

Trip Includes

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


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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


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:

About the Captain

Michael Bales
Isle Of Palms, South Carolina, United States
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Isle Of Palms Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.95 out of 5 stars from 13 reviews

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Had a great time with the captain even though the redfish weren’t showing their selves

Fished September 23, 2017
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If you fish with Captain Mike you will have a great time. He will put you on the fish.

Fished August 8, 2017
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We had an amazing time! Mike really knows how to get you to the fish!  The excitement of watching your reel scream with a reddish on was definitely a experience that made our vacation awesome! I’m definitely booking another trip the next time I’m here.

Fished July 18, 2017
Michael Bales (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 21, 2017
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Fishing Reports

Springtime in Charleston, SC

March 01, 2018

The water temperatures have finally started to climb into the 60s and the fishing is heating up. We have been seeing a good number of trout and catching lots of hungry redfish! The next week should really heat up… Read Full Report →