Above & Below Charters

For your next vacation in South Carolina, you’re going to want to book a trip with Above & Below Charters. Captain David is a USCG 200 Ton Master and has been fishing the Atlantic his whole life. Deep sea fishing is his specialty and he can’t wait to take your group out for an exciting day.

The day will be spent on his 38’ “Salty Mistress”, a comfortable sport fishing boat. There is plenty of space for all 6 anglers. There is a cabin for the kids to chill in during the ride out to the fishing grounds. Once the fishing starts, you’ll be grateful for the fighting chair and walkaround option – you’re less likely to lose your fish close to the boat this way!

There is also a tuna tower, giving you that extra edge over your prey, and plenty of rod holders for trolling. There is mostly Penn gear on board for you to troll with, with Penn and Shimano conventional reels. If you’d like to go spearfishing or snorkeling, let the captain know in advance – he has 1 spear gun and 1 Hawaiian sling for you to use, and equipment for snorkeling for 4 people.

Depending on the trip you choose, you can expect to target Blue Marlin, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Wahoo, Grouper, and many more. You’ll mostly be trolling, but can do some bottom fishing if there is time on the longer trip.

Kids of any age are welcome but parents need to be with them. It’s a long trip but exciting for them! Life vests are provided.

Included in the price are top-quality rods and reels, all the bait and tackle, and ice. The fishing license for the group is also provided. You should bring a small cooler of food and drink. Beer is allowed, but should be in cans, and not too much! Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, and to wear light layers of clothing with deck shoes.

Book an epic offshore adventure with Above & Below Charters today!

With increasing fuel prices, a surcharge may apply and you will be notified by the captain prior to the trip date of the current charges.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Wreck Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,500
    These 6 to 8-hour trips go out 5-20 miles offshore targeting Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Spadefish, and Sheepshead depending on the season. Departure times are between 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,000
    On this 8 to 10-hour trip, you'll be heading out up to 50 miles offshore. Departure time is 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. It's a great trip for catching Grouper, Snapper, Seabass, and Trigger. The price covers fishing licenses for everyone on board, bait, tackle, and ice. You should bring a small cooler of food and drink. There is a first mate on board, don't forget to tip (20% customary). Departure time is flexible but should be in the morning. You'll need sunscreen and a hat. Wear light layers and deck shoes.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 AM
    $3,000
    This trip will take you out up to 100 miles from shore. You'll be trolling for big game in the Gulf Stream, such as Marlin, Tuna, Mahi, and Wahoo. If there is time in the afternoon, you'll also try bottom fishing. Included in the price are rods, reels, the fishing license for the group, all bait and tackle, and ice. You should bring a small cooler of food and drink. The tip for the first mate is not included in the price of the trip. All billfish is catch and release. Departure time 3:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.
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About the Captain

David Peterson
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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42 Customer reviews
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Member since August 2016
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"USCG 200 Ton Master Captain, Master certified Gas/Diesel Mechanic. Fishing the great lakes and Atlantic Ocean my entire life. Thousands of hours spent at the Gulf Stream up and down the east coast, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico." Captain David specializes in deep water fishing and trolling for Marlin and Sailfish. He runs fishing charters and has a dock building business.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Scamp) Scamp Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Rampage (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2002. Powered by 2 450HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing
30 – 100 miles offshore
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn
Live Bait
Usually caught during the trip
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Custom to tip 20%
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 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 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
No min. age life vests included
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
All Billfish must be released

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 42 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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12 hour tour to the Gulf Stream
12 hour tour to the Gulf Stream
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
97%
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Andrew M.
Dayton, OH
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Best 12 hr Deep Sea Trip

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip – Trolling on May 15, 2022
Captain David, and his 1st Mate C.J. have over 20 years of experience on the water and it shows.  On the radio, numerous other...
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Heather T.
United States
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Incredible Offshore Experience

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip – Trolling on April 23, 2022
What a life changing experience we had!!! Captain David went above and beyond to make sure each person had their needs met...
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Micah B.
Trenton, SC
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10 hr. Day with Captain Dave

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing on October 8, 2022
Best fishing ever. Captain Dave and crew were awesome. Caught plenty of fish, limited out on some species.
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Preston S.
Athens, GA
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10 hr trip with captain Dave

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing on July 30, 2022
This was my second deep sea fishing. Captain Dave is the best. He really knows his stuff. I will recommend anyone to go with...
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Chastity D.
Crawfordville, GA
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Full day

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing on April 20, 2022
We were supposed to go out for a 10 hr trip but the weather just didn’t cooperate.  However captain Dave and Mo were up...
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FAQs about Above & Below Charters

Above & Below Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,500 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Wreck Fishing (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (10 hours)
  • $3,000 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Trolling (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Above & Below Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Snorkeling Equipment For 4 people. Advance notice needed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment 1 spear gun and 1 Hawaiian sling
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Above & Below Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn)
  • Live Bait (Usually caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Custom to tip 20%)
  • Fishing License

Above & Below Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing (30 – 100 miles offshore)
  • Reef Fishing

Above & Below Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Above & Below Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo