Olde Man Charters & Tours

Olde Man Charters are based in Charleston, South Carolina, and provide first class offshore and nearshore fishing charters, eco tours, and scenic cruises.  You will have the opportunity to fish the Charleston Harbor Jetties and nearshore reefs for Bull Reds, Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and Shark, while on longer trips you will also target Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack. On offshore adventures you will troll for Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, and Wahoo, when conditions are favourable.

All of their charters are private and limited to six passengers, while their first priority is always you: they will provide you with everything you need for a great day on the lowcountry waters, including fishing tackle, bait, license, drinks, snacks and fish cleaning services. Their specialty tours include a server to take care of all your needs, and a recognized expert in coastal wetland ecology as your guide through the historic local waters.

Charters are aboard their 28’ Seafox center console boat, which is powered by twin 300HP Yamaha engines, and features GPS, fishfinder, VHF radio and radar. The vessel is also equipped with outriggers and downriggers, live-bait tank, on board toilet, as well as an icebox to keep your drinks and snacks fresh throughout the day.

Captain Jeff is a lifelong lowcountry resident who has been fishing the local waters for many years. He has over 29 years experience working in all types of coastal wetlands, and has served as a recognized expert for South Carolina’s Coastal Zone Management Program. He has been recognized by the Southern Environmental Law Center, state courts, and the Scenic Ashley River Advisory Council. He has overseen numerous projects for consistency with the Ashley River Special Area Management Plan, and is the man to give you the best possible experience on the Ashley.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore/Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,600
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to go after big game species, then this 10-hour extravaganza is the trip for you. Offshore trolling will see you heading between 30 and 50 miles out, where you'll have the chance to target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and more. This trip usually includes some bottom fishing, too, so you'll cast your lines for Snapper and Grouper on the way back in. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and your fishing license are all included.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore/Bottom
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    Join Capt. Jeff for this 8-hour offshore bottom fishing trip, where you'll spend an an exciting day out on the water, targeting a wide variety of species. This includes Snapper, Triggerfish, Sea Bass, Amberjack, Shark, and others. A typical day means over 100 fish, and the wide variety of species on offer are sure to keep your rod bent! Your captain will provide you with top-quality fishing gear, bait, tackle, and a fishing license, as well as snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 6 persons
    Capt. Jeff says it best – "Nearshore fishing allows for less running time and more fishing time!" This trip takes place between 3 and 15 miles offshore, in 35 to 60 feet of water. Typical catches include Black Sea Bass, Black Drum, Weakfish, White Grunts, Spadefish, Sheepshead and Shark. The fish here come in large numbers but typically smaller sizes, making it the perfect option for new and young anglers who want to reel in a variety of species. Rods, reels, bait, tackle, and your license are included.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to spend more time exploring Charleston's plentiful nearshore waters, then join Capt. Jeff on this 6-hour adventure! You'll go between 2 and 22 miles out from the coast for the chance to try your hand at some bottom fishing. Using this technique, you'll mainly be targeting anything from Broomtail Grouper, Pink, Red, and Vermillion Snapper, Triggerfish, and whatever else is biting. Your captain will make sure you're provided with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    up to 6 persons
    This morning adventure will give you the chance to hook some incredible nearshore species, and is the perfect option for newer anglers and families with little ones. You'll be hooking anything from Shark species, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and the occasional huge Red Drum and Flounder. Capt. Jeff will make sure you're decked out with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license, as well as drinks and snacks. He'll also clean and fillet your catch for you!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $700
    up to 6 persons
    This is an afternoon version of your captain's all-day nearshore charter – it's the perfect option for guests who want to hook a variety of nearshore species and spend less time on the water! Black Sea Bass are a popular catch here, as well as Black Drum, Sheepshead, Shark, and occasional large Red Drum and Flounder. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with rods, reels, bait, tackle, and a fishing license.

About the Captain

Jeff Thompson
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
39 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2016
Captain Jeff is a lifelong lowcountry resident with many years experience in the local waters. Along with his fishing, he has 29 years working as a wetland ecologist for the South Carolina Coast Zone Management Program and the Ashley River Special Area Management Plan. He has received recognition as an expert in the areas of wetland identification, delineation, and ecology by the South Carolina Administrative Law Court, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Scenic Ashley River Advisory Council. There is no better environmental guide for your tour of Charleston Harbor and the Ashley River. Your Captain is a graduate of Presbyterian College and spent his entire life exploring the forest and fields, the marshes and waters, the wetlands and environment of coastal South Carolina .

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Scamp) Grouper (Scamp)

Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Spadefish Spadefish
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Seafox (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.83
out of 5 stars from 39 reviews
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Alan I.
Candler, North Carolina
 5.00
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Bottom fishing with the Olde Man

VERIFIED   October 15, 2019
This was one of the best charters I have ever been on. From the time we booked the trip until we went out, Captain Jeff was...
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Raymond C.
Charleston, South Carolina
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3/4 day with Capt Jeff, my son and Granddaughter, 9/20/19

VERIFIED   September 28, 2019
Decided Capt Jeff was our safest and best bet to take 8 yr old granddaughter out fishing as her first boat fishing trip. ...
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David A.
Tucson, Arizona
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Great Captain and trip

VERIFIED   May 11, 2019
Jeff did a fantastic job.  He put me on fish and kept me on them the entire day.  I was fishing solo, so he managed...
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Joanna R.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   July 3, 2019
The whole experience was wonderful!!! Every one of us had a great time and we caught LOTS of fish over 170!!!!  It was...
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