Wicked Hooker Charters

Wicked Hooker Charters and Captain Jim Branthoover welcome you and your family and friends aboard to get hooked up in some of Murrells Inlet’s finest nearshore and offshore reefs!

The "Wicked Hooker" is a beautiful and spacious 27’ Triton center console. She comes powered by twin 200 HP Suzuki engines that get you to your fishing grounds quickly and safely. She’s fully equipped with the latest in electronics and navigational equipment.

The live well is kept loaded with bait at all times and top line tackle is at your disposal to land them all. There’s also a porta-potty on board, which is much-needed when spending a day on the water.

You’ll have plenty of targets on your hands. Pursue Flounder while anchoring over live bottoms or head to the artificial reefs for delicious Snapper and Grouper. Troll the deep blue waters for pelagics, including Mahi Mahi and Kingfish, or go after monster Sharks that can be found off Murrells Inlet!

All trips come inclusive with a license for everyone on board, as well as quality rods, reels, tackle, lures, and bait. Once caught, your fish will be cleaned and ready to take home. Just grab something to eat and drink and hop aboard!

Captain Jim is sure to have the trip that will work with your schedule and does his best to help you land the fish of your dreams!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    Head out on a 6-hour trip, where you'll explore the waters between 3 and 10 miles out. You'll bottom fish in reefs for Seabass, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Drum, and Barracuda. All your gear, including rods, reels, tackle, and bait, is provided. Bring drinks and snacks and you're good to go!
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    On this trip, you'll be fishing the nearshore and offshore reefs up to 25 miles out. You will go for larger Seabass, Snapper, Spadefish, Amberjack, Barracuda, Mackerel, and Triggerfish. Perfect for stocking the cooler! Your captain provides all of your gear, just bring any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 23 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    This trip will see you fishing 30+ miles offshore. You'll have the opportunity to bottom fish the live bottoms and wrecks for Seabass, Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Grunts and Porgy. You'll also free line and balloon fish for Amberjack, Sharks, Cobia, and Kings. Even the occasional Mahi-Mahi and Tuna can be caught on this trip! No need to worry about gear, just bring enough drinks and snacks to keep you going.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Deep Bottom
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,400
    Travel 50-60 miles offshore and slow-pitch jig and bottom fish.
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About the Captain

Jim Branthoover
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, United States
ID & License verified
89 Customer Reviews
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Member since July 2017
My love for fishing started when I was young boy fishing in Pennsylvania with my father. We fished in the streams for Trout, and the rivers for Catfish, Bass, and Walleye. I moved to Upstate New York, where I fell in love with the big waters of the Great Lakes, the Salmon run, and the Pike and Lake Trout fishing. Over the years, I made my way, with my family, to the coast of South Carolina. Immediately I was Intrigued by the mysteries of the deep ocean, the beautiful pelagic fish, and the tasty reef fish. I spent many days fishing and many days on the local waters with my son, as he caught bait for the local shops, eventually deciding that I wanted to be able to help others experience the joy and excitement that can only come from offshore fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Scamp) Scamp Grouper
Grouper (Snowy) Snowy Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Black Seabass
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Vermilion) Vermilion Snapper
Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish

Boat Specs

Triton (Center console) originally built in 2008. Powered by 2 200HP Suzuki 4 Stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Porta-potty below center console
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Porta-potty below center console
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Families are always more then welcome aboard
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
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 89 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (140)
10 hour trip! Great trip!
10 hour trip! Great trip!
10 hour trip! Great trip!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Sammy P.
Honea Path, SC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

7 hour

VERIFIED   NEW  7 Hour Trip on June 9, 2022
Jim is one the best captain I’ve ever meet really knows how fish I would recommend wicked hooker to any one
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Eric M.
Midland, NC
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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10 hour trip! Great trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  10 Hour Trip – Deep Bottom on June 20, 2022
Thank you Captain Jim! Five star trip!
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William I.
Loudon, TN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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7 hour off-shore fishing with Capt. Jim & Joe

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip on September 11, 2021
Excellent trip. Caught plenty of bragging fish as well as plenty of fish to eat. The captain and mate were very attentive and...
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Dominic I.
Montebello, NY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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7 hour trip with captain Jim

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip on August 10, 2021
Had a great day out on the water and caught plenty of fish for our family. Captain Jim and his crew were great and knew their...
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James P.
Marana, AZ
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

6 hour offshore fishing trip--about 15 miles offshore

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on November 9, 2021
fishing conditions not ideal with recent high winds and tides and rougher than optimal seas—not the captain’s fault. ...
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FAQs about Wicked Hooker Charters

Wicked Hooker Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $850 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 7 Hour Trip (7 hours)
  • $1,250 per group, additional $100 per person after 4 guests - 9 Hour Trip (9 hours)
  • $1,400 per group, additional $150 per person after 4 guests - 10 Hour Trip – Deep Bottom (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Wicked Hooker Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Porta-potty below center console)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Wicked Hooker Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Wicked Hooker Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Wicked Hooker Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Wicked Hooker Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • Grouper (Snowy)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)