Take to the South Carolina’s inshore and offshore waters for a whole host of experiences with Captain Buddy. This is a family friendly fishing charter geared toward fun and educating young minds on the art of fishing.

The boat you’ll head out on is a 26’ long beast named “The Kraken”.  It is a recently restored 1978 Mako center console that can comfortably fit 6 guests along with the crew. On board, you’ll find outriggers fitted for trolling as well as fishfinder technology to help you get your catch of the day.

Captain Buddy can take you inshore fishing for Redfish, Sea Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum. On his offshore trips you’ll be targeting Black Sea Bass, Vermillion Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, as well as both King and Spanish Mackerel. Unique daytime and nightime Shark fishing trips are also available here if you’re up for an adventure!

You catch ‘em, they’ll clean ‘em, you eat ‘em! They’ll clean the fish right in front of you free of charge and give them to you in a ziplock bag. Don’t forget to bring something to put your bag in and don’t forget your sunscreen!  They’ll supply everything else you need including all of the fishing gear and the fishing licenses for 6 guests.

Bottled water is included in trips of 5 hours or more.  Feel free to bring your own food, beer, wine, soft drinks, and water along with you but please refrain from bringing glass on the boat. For a great range of saltwater fishing adventures, you don’t need to look further than Captain Buddy.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $975
    Captain Buddy will take you far out to the offshore natural reefs for Vermillion Snapper, Sea Bass, Grouper, and Amberjack. If there's enough time, you can also hit the nearshore artificial reefs to target King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum and many other reef fish on the way back in. This is a full day 8 hour trip and it is highly recommended to bring a lunch with you as you can't cook the fish when you're out on the water!
  • Private trip
    Morning 6 Hour Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $650
    There's no better way to start your day that by hitting the ocean for some fishing. With Captain Buddy alongside you he'll help you out with catching the likes of Black Sea Bass, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, and King Mackerel in South Carolina’s nearshore reefs.
  • Private trip
    Morning 5 Hour Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $550
    Captain Buddy will take you out to the nearshore reefs to target both King and Spanish Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, Black Drum, and many other reef fish that inhabit the nearshore area and it's artificial reefs and wrecks.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon 4 Hour Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    $425
    On this gentle and relaxed afternoon just off South Carolia’s coast you'll be targeting a good range of game fish. Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sea Trout are all fun to catch and make for a great meal to round off your afternoon of fishing.
  • Private trip
    Morning 4 Hour Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:15 AM
    $425
    Start slightly earlier and add an extra hour onto your trip! A great choice for beginners as Captain Buddy if there to show the ropes on how to reel in the likes of Flounder, Sea Trout, Black Drum, and Redfish.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon 3 Hour Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    $375
    This topography of this area of South Carolina allows for some great inshore fishing. This is a great idea if you're heading out with the kids or some first-timers on this relaxed afternoon. You'll be targeting the likes of Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, Sea Trout, and Shark.
  • Private trip
    Evening Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:15 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 24 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $375
  • Private trip
    Morning 3 Hour Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $375
    It's early, but not too early. This 9 AM start will give you a short yet very productive morning chasing after and luring in the fish that swim below. Expect to catch Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, Sea Trout, Shark, or perhaps something else that's roaming in the deep.
  • Private trip
    Afternoon Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $350
    You'll head out on a hopefully sunny afternoon to chase after the Shark that roam in South Carolina’s Atlantic waters. There are Blacktip, Bonnethead, and Atlantic Sharpnose Shark all waiting to be caught!
  • Private trip
    Morning Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $350
    A short but fun morning trip targeting Blacktip, Bonnethead (great eating), and Atlantic Sharpnose Shark. If this is your first time targeting Shark then this is a great option to get you hooked onto the sport.
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About the Captain

Captain Buddy
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
341 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2020
Captain Buddy has been fishing for his entire life. He's no stranger to an adventure as he's fished across 5 continents. He comes from just down the road in Savannah so he's has a lifelong knowledge of the bodies of water around here. He loves the inshore and ocean environment and teaching people how to fish there.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia

Grouper (Broomtail) Broomtail Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Shark (Bonnethead) Bonnethead Shark
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 1978, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Hilton Head Island to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Jennifer M.
Ridgeland, SC
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16th birthday fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Morning 4 Hour Inshore on November 13, 2021
This was one of the most memorable experiences my son and husband will ever have.  They did it for his 16th birthday along...
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Bluffton, SC
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Great First Private Charter

VERIFIED   NEW  Afternoon 4 Hour Inshore on November 3, 2021
My wife and I were looking to try a private charter. We went on numerous party boats over the years with our kids. This was...
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Morning inshore trip with Captain Budfy

VERIFIED   Morning 4 Hour Inshore on October 29, 2021
Awesome experience.  Boat was ready when we arrived and we headed right to a spot where the water was fairly calm (winds were...
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Catch of a lifetime

VERIFIED   Afternoon 3 Hour Inshore on October 12, 2021
What a great time we had with Captain Buddy. On a beautiful fall SC afternoon we asked to go out for some big fish and Captain...
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King Mackerel outing

VERIFIED   Morning 6 Hour Offshore on September 15, 2021
I took my FIL on a deep sea fishing trip. We asked Captain Buddy what he recommend we go after. After a few follow up questions,...
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FAQs about Captain Buddy’s

Captain Buddy’s offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Afternoon Shark Fishing (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Morning Shark Fishing (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Evening Shark Fishing (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Afternoon 3 Hour Inshore (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Morning 3 Hour Inshore (3 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Afternoon 4 Hour Inshore (4 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Morning 4 Hour Inshore (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Morning 5 Hour Offshore (5 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Morning 6 Hour Offshore (6 hours)
  • $975 per group - Full Day Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Buddy’s, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Buddy’s include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Captain Buddy’s offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Captain Buddy’s offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Buddy’s include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Broomtail)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Spanish Mackerel