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
    3 Hour Trip–Inshore Off Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 30 - Mar 14 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $375
    It's early, but not too early. This 7:00 a.m. start will give you a short yet very productive morning chasing after and luring in the fish that swim below. Expect to target Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, Seatrout, Shark, or perhaps something else that's roaming in the deep.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip–Inshore Off Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Mar 14
    $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
    3 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing Mid-day
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30
    $400
    You'll head out on a hopefully sunny afternoon to chase after sharks that roam in South Carolina’s Atlantic waters. There is Blacktip, Bonnethead, and Atlantic Sharpnose Shark all waiting to be caught!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Sharks (Peek Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30
    $400
    You'll head out on a hopefully sunny afternoon to chase after sharks that roam in South Carolina’s Atlantic waters. There is Blacktip, Bonnethead, and Atlantic Sharpnose Shark all waiting to be caught!
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip–Shark Peek Season (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30
    $400
    A family-friendly 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. Departure is also available at 11:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Inshore (Peek Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $425
    This trip starting at 7:00 a.m. will give you a short yet very productive morning chasing after and luring in the fish that swims below. Expect to target Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, Seatrout, Shark, or perhaps something else that's roaming in the deep. If you prefer, you can start this trip at 11:00 a.m. instead.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (Off Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Mar 14 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $430
    A great choice for beginners as Captain Buddy is there to show the ropes on how to reel in the likes of Flounder, Seatrout, Black Drum, and Redfish.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip–Inshore Off Season (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Mar 14 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $430
    On this gentle and relaxed afternoon just off South Carolina’s coast, you'll be targeting a good range of game fish. Redfish, Flounder, Black Drum, and Seatrout are all fun to catch and make for a great meal to round off your afternoon of fishing.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (Peek Season)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $475
    A great choice for beginners as Captain Buddy is there to show the ropes on how to reel in the likes of Flounder, Seatrout, Black Drum, and Redfish. This trip can also start at 11:00 a.m. if you prefer so.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Offshore (Off Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Mar 15
    $550
    Captain Buddy will take you out to the nearshore reefs to target both King and Spanish Mackerel, Black Seabass, Black Drum, and many other reef fish that inhabit the nearshore area and its artificial reefs and wrecks.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip–Offshore (Peek Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    Captain Buddy will take you out to the nearshore reefs to target both King and Spanish Mackerel, Black Seabass, Black Drum, and many other reef fish that inhabit the nearshore area and its artificial reefs and wrecks.
  • Private trip
    AM 6 Hour Offshore (Off Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Mar 14
    $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
    6 Hour Trip–Offshore (Peek Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30
    $700
    There's no better way to start your day than by hitting the ocean for some fishing. With Captain Buddy alongside you, he'll help you out with catching the likes of Black Seabass, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, and King Mackerel in South Carolina’s nearshore reefs.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Offshore (Off Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Mar 14
    $1,100
    Captain Buddy will take you far out to the offshore natural reefs for Vermilion Snapper, Seabass, 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
    Full Day – Offshore (Peek Season)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 30
    $1,175
    Captain Buddy will take you far out to the offshore natural reefs for Vermilion Snapper, Seabass, 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!
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About the Captain

Captain Buddy
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
ID & License verified
491 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

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

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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, 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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 491 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (678)
Hilton Head shark fishing
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Angler Rating
459
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
99%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Nicholas H.
Cumming, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Would recommend

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip–Offshore (Peek Season) on September 26, 2022
It was our first time going out several miles off shore. We started by catching bait, then making a run out to the reef. He...
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Zoe R.
HILLS DALES, KY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

4 hour with Captain Buddy!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (Peek Season) on June 20, 2022
Buddy is the absolute best person to take you fishing—hands down. We had an absolute blast with him and caught several sharks...
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Brody B.
Battle Creek, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Awesome Day Out!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Sharks (Peek Season) on April 26, 2022
We had a great trip with Captain Buddy! We booked this trip last minute after being stood up by another local charter. Ending...
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Ed W.
Greenville, SC
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

5 Hour Offshore

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip–Offshore (Peek Season) on September 1, 2022
We were very happy with our trip and will definitely book again Captain Buddy. After grabbing a well full of bait, from only...
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Hannah S.
Jacksonville, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

3 hour off shore trip !

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing Mid-day on August 21, 2022
It was exactly the experience we were looking for ! We love to regular fish but this was top notch. The knowledge Captain Buddy...
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FAQs about Captain Buddy’s

Captain Buddy’s offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip–Inshore Off Season (AM) (3 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip–Inshore Off Season (PM) (3 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing Mid-day (3 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Sharks (Peek Season) (3 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip–Shark Peek Season (AM) (3 hours)
  • $425 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 3 Hour Trip – Inshore (Peek Season) (3 hours)
  • $430 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (Off Season) (4 hours)
  • $430 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip–Inshore Off Season (PM) (4 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (Peek Season) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Offshore (Off Season) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 5 Hour Trip–Offshore (Peek Season) (5 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - AM 6 Hour Offshore (Off Season) (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip–Offshore (Peek Season) (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip–Offshore (Off Season) (8 hours)
  • $1,175 per group, additional $30 per person after 4 guests - Full Day – Offshore (Peek Season) (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