Southern Summers Charters

Southern Summers Charters is located between Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and aims to bring you the best charter experience regardless of your skill level.

Captain Rodney is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – he will do everything he can to meet your expectations whether you’re signing up for an extreme day of fishing or a peaceful experience out on the water.

This involves 2 to 5-hour trips, mainly fishing for Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, King Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, and Shark, depending on the season and conditions on the day. On these trips you can expect to use techniques such as light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, jigging, popping and spinning.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 19’ Key West boat that can safely take up to 4 anglers. This boat comes with a wireless remote controlled trolling motor.

All rods, reels and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing. Your trip will include all the necessary fishing licenses for the day. The boat will be supplied with water for your pleasure, be sure to let the captain know if you have any questions. Depending on schedule, the start times can be adjusted if needed.

Join Capt. Rodney today where his goal is to give you a new favorite memory out on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Shark (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    US $350
    Line-snapping, brow-dripping, lightning-fast action when the warm water brings hot action in Hilton Head! These jam-packed, adventure-type, captain-guided charters are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Even the most seasoned fishermen will find excitement on our trips all the while first-time kiddos are learning the ways. Look no further for your next razor-tooth experience. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Lemon)
    Lemon Shark
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Shark (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    US $350
    Line-snapping, brow-dripping, lightning-fast action when the warm water brings hot action in Hilton Head! These jam-packed, adventure-type, captain-guided charters are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Even the most seasoned fishermen will find excitement on our trips all the while first-time kiddos are learning the ways. Look no further for your next razor-tooth experience. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Lemon)
    Lemon Shark
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip–Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $350
    2 Hours is perfect for beginners or someone that doesn't want to be out on the water all day. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks and nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip–Inshore (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $350
    2 Hours is perfect for beginners or someone that doesn't want to be out on the water all day. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks, and, nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Shark (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    US $450
    Line-snapping, brow-dripping, lightning-fast action when the warm water brings hot action in Hilton Head! These jam-packed, adventure-type, captain-guided charters are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Even the most seasoned fishermen will find excitement on our trips all the while first-time kiddos are learning the ways. Look no further for your next razor-tooth experience. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Lemon)
    Lemon Shark
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Shark (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 31
    US $450
    Line-snapping, brow-dripping, lightning-fast action when the warm water brings hot action in Hilton Head! These jam-packed, adventure-type, captain-guided charters are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Even the most seasoned fishermen will find excitement on our trips all the while first-time kiddos are learning the ways. Look no further for your next razor-tooth experience. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Shark (Hammerhead)
    Hammerhead Shark
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Shark (Lemon)
    Lemon Shark
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $450
    A 3-hour fishing charter is perfect for those looking to chase Hilton Heads inshore species. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks, and, nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip–Inshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $450
    A 3-hour fishing charter is perfect for those looking to chase Hilton Heads inshore species. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks, and, nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $550
    A 4-hour charter is our most popular trip. These half day trips are great for chasing different species of fish and exploring the waters of Hilton Head. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks, and, near shore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish & King Mackerel, and shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, cooler & ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $550
    A 4 hour charter is our most popular trip. These half day trips are great for chasing different species of fish and exploring the area. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks and nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $650
    No need to worry about running out of time. This trip allows for us to explore many options to try multiple styles, locations, and species. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks, and, nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $650
    No need to worry about running out of time. This trip allows for us to explore many options to try multiple styles, locations, and species. Here in the beautiful waters of Hilton Head surrounding creeks, and, nearshore reefs, you can expect to see Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Cobia, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Shark on your charter. All guided fishing charter rates include everything you need: fishing licenses, fishing gear, bait, tackle, a cooler, and ice.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 236 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Caught fish
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Lea K.
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Rodney was an all around great guide!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on May 1, 2024
Rodney made sure that we had an enjoyable fishing experience!  We caught Redfish, Black Drum and Trout.  We even caught a...
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Misty B.
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If you’re looking for a fishing charter in Hilton head island, this is it!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (AM) on February 9, 2024
So many things to say lol. First off the professionalism by Captain Rodney was absolutely second to none! He was very knowledgeable...
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Chrystal S.
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Fun winter fishing with Capt Rodney and Southern Summers Charters!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip Inshore (PM) on January 4, 2024
We really enjoyed our time fishing with Capt Rodney! My husband and I hadn’t fished since we were kids (it just felt like...
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Aaron V. N.
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Great Family Trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (PM) on April 30, 2024
Went on a 4 hour inshore trip with my wife and 3 year old. Captain Rodney was so great with us, and understanding of our son’s...
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Sherri P.
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Fishing with Rodney

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip Inshore (PM) on May 6, 2024
I surprised my husband with trip. Captain Rodney was knowledgeable, skilled and Very personable.! Four of us went out. We...
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FAQs about Southern Summers Charters

Southern Summers Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $350 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Shark (AM) (2 hours)
  • US $350 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Shark (PM) (2 hours)
  • US $350 per group - 2 Hour Trip–Inshore (AM) (2 hours)
  • US $350 per group - 2 Hour Trip–Inshore (PM) (2 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Shark (AM) (3 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Shark (PM) (3 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 3 Hour Trip Inshore (PM) (3 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 3 Hour Trip–Inshore (AM) (3 hours)
  • US $550 per group - 4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group - 4 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $650 per group - 5 Hour Trip–Inshore/Nearshore (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Southern Summers Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Southern Summers Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Sometimes we will need to grab live bait while other times we will already have it on board. )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Gratuity gladly accepted for Cleaning & Filleting)
  • Drinks (Water Provided)
  • Fishing License (Included and cover all guest )

Southern Summers Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Southern Summers Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Southern Summers Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Rodney Summers
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
5 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
236 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2021
Angler's Choice
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With over eight years of dedicated experience in the surrounding waters of the Low Country, the world of inshore fishing has become his expertise! Captain Rodney Summers’ experiences with teaching and coaching throughout his life have translated into a passion for instructing out at sea. Originally from South Carolina, he began building his love for nature with routine fishing, hunting, and being in the great outdoors. He attended Coastal Carolina University, and has been teaching and coaching for 32 years. In 2016 he moved to Bluffton for the opening of a High School as both a teacher and a Head Football Coach making his new home in the Lowcountry. He is now integrating his experience into a classroom without walls! Join Captain Rodney today where his goal is to give you a new favorite memory out on the water.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Key West (Center console) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 140HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Sometimes we will need to grab live bait while other times we will already have it on board.
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Gratuity gladly accepted for Cleaning & Filleting
Drinks
Water Provided
Fishing License
Included and cover all guest

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No age limit as long as parents or guardian are comfortable with having them out on the water. Recommend having your own life preserver for small children.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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