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 Yamaha 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
    12 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,650
    price breakdown
    $1,650
    The Gulf Stream trip will see you out on the water all day long! You'll head up to 60 plus miles offshore to troll for Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and large King Mackeral. Bottom fishing is also an option is available if the trolling bite is slow. All of your gear is provided, just bring enough drinks and snacks to keep you going.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    price breakdown
    $1,000
    This trip will see you fishing 25+ miles offshore. You'll have the opportunity to bottom fish the live bottoms and wrecks for Seabass, Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, 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
    7 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    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
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Head out on a 5-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!

About the Captain

Jim Branthoover
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, United States
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67 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) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

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

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

Boat Specs

Triton (Center console) originally built in 2008. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha 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
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
Drinks
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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.85
out of 5 stars from 67 reviews
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9 hour fishing trip
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Angler Rating
60
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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VERIFIED   July 2, 2020
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Dylan S.
New Franklin, OH
 5.00
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9 hr. Trip with Capt. Jim and mate Matt

VERIFIED   July 15, 2020
Capt. Jim wasn’t afraid to move around to find the fish. Capt Jim and Matt worked well together and at the end of the...
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Michael T.
Charlotte, NC
 5.00
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Great fishing trip

VERIFIED   August 5, 2020
Captain Jim and Matt we’re excellent. Very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. This was our first time and 5 hours...
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Donald W.
Weaverville, NC
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Fishing with Jim

VERIFIED   NEW  October 1, 2020
Awesome time Jim is an excellent Captain
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Vinny P.
Indian Land, SC
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8 hour trip

VERIFIED   July 25, 2020
Had a great day with captain Jim, although it was hot he knew how to get us on the fish. We caught a variety and filled the...
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