Fish Call Charters - Trophy Hunter

50 41st Avenue
Isle Of Palms SC, United States

Capt. J.R. is considered South Carolina’s premier catch and release Tarpon guide. He pioneered the Tarpon fishing in the Charleston area and continues to put his clients on 100+ pound Tarpon every year. From April - October Capt. J.R. Waits of Fish Call Charters will fish out of his larger 24’ Canyon Bay center console boat. This boat can handle up to 6 anglers and includes a T-top for sun protection and features a Minn Kota trolling motor and a remote control Power Pole anchoring system.

You will mostly target the adult Bull Redfish, Sharks, and Tarpon on this boat, but many species are available. It is not uncommon to also catch Seatrout, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Bluefish, Ladyfish, Spadefish, Cobia, Amberjack, etc during the Summer months. Most of these trips leave out of the Isle of Palms Marina, and almost all the fishing you will do is catch and release.

Capt. J.R. Waits has been guiding the Charleston area since 1996. He has been featured in all of the national fishing magazines and on several TV shows on ESPN, TNT, The Outdoor Channel, etc. He has won the Charleston Harbor Tarpon Release Tournament 3 times, has won the Charleston IFA Redfish Tour Tournament, has won the G. Loomis Owner’s Tournament, and has placed in top 5 of many other tournaments. Capt J.R. and his clients hold several I.G.F.A World Records for Bonnethead Shark.

Capt J.R. will tailor the fishing trip to meet the needs of his customers, whether they are first-time anglers or world record holders.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Tarpon Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Oct
    US$ 800
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    On this trip we target huge tarpon and sharks. This is very specialized type of fishing that sometimes leaves from different areas up and down the coast depending on where best fishing has been. Tarpon are typically over 100 pounds and are considered a fish of a lifetime. We do not catch them on every trip. We can target whatever you like on this 7 hour trip. This a great trip to try for a variety of species. The captain will determine the start time a day or 2 before based on conditions and latest bite.
  • Private trip
    Jetty/Bay Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Oct
    US$ 600
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    On this 5hr half-day trip we typically fish the Charleston Harbor and Jetty to the south or Bulls Bay to the north in search of big bull redfish and sharks. This is our most popular trip. Fishing grounds are approximately 30 minutes from marina. We typically fish 0-3 miles offshore on these trips. This is THE BEST trip of any of the charters that I offer. The captain will determine the meeting time based on conditions and latest bite. The best bet is to decide on the exact meeting time a day or two before
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Oct
    US$ 500
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    This is the most popular trip. We either fish the Charleston Jetty/Harbor or Intracoastal Waterway/Inlets near Isle of Palms. We target redfish, sharks, trout, black drum, etc. The captain will determine the best fishing time based on conditions and bite. The best bet is to decide on exact meeting time a day or two before the charter.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Oct
    US$ 500
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    This is the most popular trip. We either fish the Charleston Jetty/Harbor or Intracoastal Waterway/Inlets near Isle of Palms. We target redfish, sharks, trout, black drum, etc. The captain will determine the best fishing time based on conditions and bite. The best bet is to decide on exact meeting time a day or two before the charter.
  • Private trip
    "Kids" Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Oct
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    This is a short trip designed for younger children where we target small pan-sized fish or for older children where we target bonnethead sharks. These trips are close to the marina. The captain will determine the best fishing times. Not all trips will leave at 12pm, but most will.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Flounder
Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Bonnethead)
Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Canyon Bay (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Isle Of Palms to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

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% fee.

About the Captain

J.R. Waits
Isle Of Palms, South Carolina, United States
Member since April 2016
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I have a Master's Degree in Geology from UNC - Chapel Hill but decided to follow my love of fishing instead.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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VERIFIED   August 11, 2018
JR was outstanding and the fishing could not have been better.
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