Brag and Release - 28 Fantasea Lady

Even Keel Marina 3993 Business…
Murrells Inlet SC, United States

Brag and Release Fishing Charters operate the most beautiful-and equally beautifully named-boat in Murrells Inlet - Fantasea Lady. They will take you on an unforgettable fishing adventure and show you exactly why Murrells Inlet carries the nickname “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina”. You can fish for the super delicious Flounder and Black Seabass, or target a big game fish that puts up a good fight such as a Blue Marlin or a mighty Bull Shark.

The fishing is absolutely exquisite as the ecosystem of Murrells Inlet allows a year-round suitable climate for all kinds of fish. You can fish nearshore or the reefs for Barracuda, Cobia, Vermillion Snapper and Spanish Mackerel, or you can ride into the offshore waters with Wahoo, Sailfish, and Mahi Mahi on your target list. Either way, you will have great fun and learn a lot from the crew.

Brag and Release is run by captains Al and Mike, and their team of hardworking and professional mates. The mates work for a tip so bring along an extra 20% of your trip’s price in cash to tip them. All your needs will be taken care of by the crew who will provide all the fishing gear including rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial baits, and a fishing license. They will also clean and fillet your catch, and give you discount coupons for dinner at either Wahoo’s Fish House or Bovine’s restaurant where you can eat your freshly prepared catch!

The fishing will be done aboard the Fantasea Lady, which is a 28 foot Grady White boat with a full cabin, a private bathroom, all USCG up to date electronics, and safety equipment. The Captain of this vessel has over 44 years of experience on the water and has a USCG Master license.


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Boat Specs

Grady White (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1999. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Targeted Species
 
Amberjack
 
Barracuda (Great)

 
Cobia
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Grouper (Snowy)
 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

 
Marlin (Blue)
 
Sailfish

 
Shark (Bull)
 
Snapper (Vermilion)

 
Spanish Mackerel
 
Wahoo
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Fish Caught Are Kept On Ice
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Bottled Water
First Mate
Work For Tips, Suggested 20%
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
No Alcohol
Canned Beer Only, No Glass Bottles Allowed
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Al Ciorciari
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, United States
Member since December 2014
​​My dad first got me onto fishing around the age of 9. When I first stepped on a boat and held a fishing rod in my hands, I knew that it was something I wanted to do. We both loved the water and boats, and so over the years we went fishing every chance we had​​​. As I got older, I bought my own boat and continued to fish as much as I could. I fished up and down the coast from Maine to Florida, mostly enjoying offshore fishing, but I have to admit that nearshore fishing can be just as fun and exciting. I decided to become a charter captain so that others can experience the joy of fishing. Whether with a group of friends, or a family, there is nothing like getting on the water and watching the smiles on everyone's faces, and creating memories for a lifetime. To this day, Brag and Release Fishing Charters continue to ​create memories for all our guests. Come fish with us, and get used to the screaming reels and tail-walking fish... because "THAT'S HOW WE TROLL"
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Murrells Inlet Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.63 out of 5 stars from 21 reviews

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Our experience on “Brag & Release” bore no resemblance to what was posted on Captain Al’s website.  We took the three hour in-shore fishing trip with Captain Al, and boarded his boat anticipating a good outing.  While sitting in the harbor just before departing the dock, Captain Al told us not to expect to catch any “keepers” because we don’t go out far enough with the time allowed.  Yet, Captain Al’s website says nothing to this effect.  The website indicates flounder and spotted trout along with black sea bass were the species we were looking for.  Last I knew, flounder and spotted trout of very significant size are caught in-shore.  After traveling about thirty minutes to a fishing spot and the engines being cut off,  Captain Al told us he was supposed to give us a safety talk and advised us where the life jackets and fire extinguishers were located. This should have been done before the boat left the dock.  In addition, the life jackets were nowhere to been seen and looking down in the cabin of the boat, only disarray existed.  Three former US Navy sailors were on board and it is our opinion that any captain would be ashamed for his boat to be in such disorder down below.  While not totally unexpected, with three or four foot swells, three of our party became seasick, Captain Al remarked, “three down, three to go.”  The website states there is a “head” on the boat, but Captain Al told the women in our party that they could “pee” in a bucket, go overboard or sit off the back.This may have been related to the rough seas but is a totally inappropriate thing to say.  He finally did suggest we go into a sheltered area which we did.  Joey, the mate, was superb in every way and we’d be thrilled to go with him if he gets his own boat!

Jack Hankins  • Fished September 26, 2016
Al Ciorciari (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 30, 2016

Dear Mr. Hankins, I’m sorry you felt that this was the worst trip you ever had… and I’m going to try to reply to all of your concerns listed above.  Lets start with the website,  there is no where on the website listed as an” IN Shore Trip”  All of our charters are listed by ” OPTIONS”  option 1 thru 6. your option stated 3 hrs . for people on a tight schedule,  plus you knew you were fishing from a 28’ boat, you would of known a 28’ boat can’t possible maneuver thru the marshes of the In Shore waters. . Moving on, If you recall the conversation we had the night before your trip we discussed the chances of catching keeper fish,and you didn’t seem to have any objections, if you did you should of said something, we didn’t wait till you were aboard to tell you this, you did catch a bunch of small Black Sea Bass, and a few other spicies of fish, and lets not forget the 3 Sharks that you guys caught and took home. As far as the safety instructions, I’ll give you that one, but all in all I still informed everyone where all the safety equipment was located, also you don’t need to see it, knowing where it is is sufficient. The disarray of the cabin was explained that there was work being done on the boat and yes it was a little messy. I don’t understand what the cabin has to do with you guys fishing above deck in the cockpit area, unless your the messy boat police. Yes the seas were a little rough and yes 3 out of 6 in your party were sick, but even so they were in good spirit, if you were offended by me saying 3 down 3 to go then you need to get a sense of humor, because the ones that were sick thought it was funny. As for the ladies aboard it was discussed that if anyone felt they might feel that they may be getting sick not to go below to use the “HEAD”  all the ladies agreed, this was out of concern to make their trip as pleasant as possible, most men and women usually appreciate letting them know not to go below. Thank You Captain AL

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Could not of had a better experience. We had a party of 4 and we showed up a little late, but Capt. Al said no issues, all is good. The day was bright and sunny, what more could you ask for but for a day of deep sea fishing. His deck hand Rodger was great and helpful with the bait and helping us pull in the 8 sharks we bagged that day. Both were helpful in pointing out things we were doing wrong. I would highly recommend Brag and Release for any fishing requests. Capt. Al and Rodger were top-notch. Will definitely come back and again and they will be our first request.

Ted Wheless  • Fished September 8, 2016
Al Ciorciari (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 18, 2016

This group was pleasure to have aboard, they were funny and very a tentative to fishing and learning, it would be a pleasure to have them aboard anytime.

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Great experience. Had a great time. !!

Kim Hagans  • Fished August 17, 2016
Al Ciorciari (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 23, 2016

Kim and her brother were just a blast to have aboard. Real down to earth people just like us and we had a great time. Thank you Kim you guys are welcome aboard anytime. Captain AL

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