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South Carolina: 236 fishing charters available

Captain J Hook Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(126 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
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trips from $450

Heritage Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(54 reviews)
Charleston
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Captain Kaleb Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(261 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
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trips from $350

Flood Tide Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(245 reviews)
Charleston
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trips from $450

Captain J Hook Charters – Cross

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(51 reviews)
Cross
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trips from $400

Fishin' Adventures Little River

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
North Myrtle Beach
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trips from $400

4G Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(17 reviews)
Cross
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trips from $350

Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(75 reviews)
North Myrtle Beach
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trips from $450

Fish Bluffton Dialed In

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(27 reviews)
Bluffton
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trips from $400

Top Predator Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Mount Pleasant
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in South Carolina

The average price for a private 4 hour South Carolina fishing trip is $516, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $908 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Captain J Hook Fishing Charters, Heritage Fishing Charters, and Captain Kaleb Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in South Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in South Carolina.

Captain J Hook Fishing Charters, Heritage Fishing Charters, and Captain Kaleb Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in South Carolina.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Flounder, and Black Drum. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and spinning. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Battling Bull Redfish in the backwaters of the Intracoastal Waterway, trolling for Billfish off the coast of Charleston or fly fishing gorgeous freshwater lakes for Bass – South Carolina fishing is varied and exciting for anglers of all tastes and skill levels!

Known for

South Carolina is known for its amazing beaches, some of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire United States. With over 180 miles of subtropical coastline spread out beneath palmetto trees and salt marshes, it’s no wonder that the tourist industry has been on a steady rise in the last couple of years. If you’re looking for the perfect destination to do some angling and let all the stress melt away on a sandy beach, South Carolina has your number.

In the south of South Carolina lies a vast area criss-crossed by many estuaries, inlets, bays, and marshes. Naturally, this makes for some mind-blowing inshore and backwater fishing. This wonderful area is called the Lowcountry. The Lowcountry is home to some of the best Redfishing across the Eastern coast. The fish can be targeted year-round, though some months are easier than others. Around May they start getting more active as the waters warm up sufficiently and they’ll voraciously attack baitfish. Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort have very good Redfish action in waters nearby.

Spanish and King Mackerel are some of the most popular offshore catches in salty South Carolina waters. Spanish Mackerel can be caught between April and November. They usually form large and fast schools – they’re tough to find, but once you’re on top of a school the bite gets red-hot really quickly. Kingfish migrate north from Florida during spring and early summer. Schools of Kingfish are mostly younger specimens, anglers who are looking for big trophy boys will have to search harder – they hunt solo or in small groups.

Cobia is another popular fish to go after in the waters off of South Carolina. They can be found in nearshore waters between April and October. They reach their peak abundance in the late spring. Good spots to target them are buoys and reefs that are fairly close to the shore. In the fall they’ll start to migrate down south. You can still find some Cobia inshore even outside of their spawning season, but they’re not reliable targets.


Fishing spots

Intracoastal waterway

The Intracoastal Waterway was completed in 1936 by the US Army Corps of Engineers. They connected many existing estuaries, bays, and rivers, cutting through banks where needed. Naturally, this has resulted in absolutely fantastic backwater fishing on the Waterway. It goes through Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle beach, connecting these premier fishing spots. Some of the best fishing in South Carolina can be found on the Waterway – northeast of Charleston harbor and southwest of Bull’s Bay are just some of the famous fishing areas.

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island can offer a tremendous diversity of waters for anglers to explore. You can find pretty much everything here, tidal lagoons, fresh and brackish waters, estuaries, and of course, the great blue sea for offshore fishing. There are numerous artificial reefs and natural banks dotting the nearshore waters around the island, providing an ideal home for a variety of saltwater species. You can expect to go after Black Seabass, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobias, and other exciting open-water species. All sharks must be released (despite them being intent on eating your bait!). The Gulf Stream is about 70 miles offshore, so if you’re game for a serious sportfishing adventure get ready for a longer trip. State fishing regulations apply up to 3 miles offshore; further than that, federal regulations apply.

Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet is a small fishing village, without all the hustle and bustle of the nearby Myrtle Beach, but with amazing fishing. You can go to the nearby backwaters, premier fishing grounds for Bull Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder. If you’re looking for longer inshore trips you may go to Winyah Bay or Cape Romain, popular fishing spots for good reason: the bite is phenomenal. The fishing doesn’t stop there, with numerous nearshore wrecks spread out off the coast – perfect for going after Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, and Spadefish.

Charleston

Charleston is home to many fishing charters that are more than happy to take you fishing offshore or inshore. Fans of offshore fishing have something to look forward to – you’ll head out between 20 and 50 miles offshore. You can expect to target a variety of gorgeous fish, bottom fishing for Red and Vermillion Snappers, large Triggerfish, trolling for Kingfish, Wahoo, Billfish, and Mahi Mahi. Though if you’re looking for a deep-sea battle, you can expect a 10+ hour trip. Inshore fishing isn’t neglected in this area either. There’s excellent Redfish and Sheepshead fishing when the tides are low. When they rise you can go after Flounder and Spotted Seatrout.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach charters can cater to all tastes. You can find anything from pier fishing to deep sea fishing, with inshore and offshore trips galore! One of the notable events that take place in Myrtle Beach is the Grand Strand Fishing Rodeo. It’s organized by a group of local fishing piers that hold exciting events, among which two Kingfish tournaments a year; they’re usually held in the summer and fall (though the summer one is called “spring”). Fishing these waters can net you Black Seabass, Snappers, Groupers, Triggerfish, Mahi Mahi, and of course, the King Mackerel.


Fresh waters

South Carolina doesn’t fall behind on the quality of the freshwater fishing either. There are 14 reservoirs totaling approximately 370,000 acres of fresh waters. These waters are teeming with Crappie, Bream, Catfish, and several species of Trout. The main targets in fresh waters are, of course, Striped, Largemouth, and Smallmouth Bass. Lake Murray is one of the best spots for Largemouth and Striped Bass, recognized as one of the most productive lakes in the Southeast. For Catfish fanatics the Pee Dee River is a spot of heaven – fishing behind underwater structures can produce monster Catfish.

 

Need to know

If you’re fishing on board a charter you don’t need a South Carolina fishing license — the captain’s license has you covered. You should acquire a SCDNR fishing license for yourself if you’re looking into some solo action. Fishing from public fishing piers doesn’t require any licenses, while fishing South Carolina beaches requires having one.

Inshore fishing is best during the summer, the morning being the prime time for angling. It’s cooler and there are less chances of sudden thunderstorms in the morning. Nothing ruins a good fishing trip faster than sudden bad weather!

If you’re buckling under the stress and just want to take a long break and do some fishing, bring your friends and family to South Carolina. Whether lounging on a sandy beach or fighting Bull Redfish, this state can provide you with the vacation you deserve – come on down and get some serious relaxation started!

South Carolina
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25008 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

For Bass fans January is a really good month – both Striped and Hybrid Bass can be found in good numbers throughout the state. Lake Hartwell is a productive spot to go for Striped Bass. Tidal Redfish are excellent targets. 

February

The clear waters mean sigh-fishing is still an excellent option for targeting inshore fish. If you’re a Catfish fan you’ll want to target the giant Blue Catfish that love this weather. Shad action is red-hot.

March

The month Crappie anglers have been waiting for in South Carolina. The water is still clear in the shallows so sneaking up on large schools of Redfish is a very productive – you should try poling for extra stealth.

April

Spanish Mackerel and Cobia start moving into the waters of South Carolina in force during April. For freshwater fishermen Largemouth Bass action is all the rage during April.

May

Cobia action will get serious during May, especially in the area around Beaufort. They like structures, so keep an eye on things like bridge supports, buoys, or clusters of seaweed.

June

Redfish extravaganza! As the waters warm up the Redfish start hunting in earnest, the perfect time to go after some Bulls in the Lowcountry. Mahi Mahi start moving in the offshore waters, making for an interesting target.

July

The Silver Kings take court in July, being especially good targets in the waters around Charleston. Their bite is the best during the morning or evening, so get an early night in for some Tarpon action!

August

Offshore anglers can have a ton of fun going after Spanish Mackerel. They’ll be moving in schools so if you’ve found one, you’ve found many. You can find them just a few miles off the coast.

September

Nearshore fishing is all about targeting Sharks during September. Further in the mainland, freshwater anglers can look forward to some refreshing Redeye Bass action on Chattooga River. There's more activity from Crappies, on Lake Wateree.

October

The colder weather allows for inshore and backwater fishing to get intense during October. Redfish, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout are all great targets for sightfishing, as the water is much clearer than in warmer months.

November

Bull Redfish are still champions of the catch list during this month. The marshes and tidal creeks make for good fishing grounds. Fresh waters are all about schools of Striped Bass at Lake Moultrie, creating major excitement.

December

Spotted Seatrout fishing turns from the fall feeding frenzy into a precision procedure – the right choice of bait and bait presentation makes or breaks the attempt. The rewards are much better, as you can land limits of “Gator” Seatrout.

South Carolina Fishing Calendar

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I would highly recommend fishing in the morning and using Sea J,s fishing charters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend fishing in the morning and using Sea J,s fishing charters
Suzanne  G.
Suzanne G. Knoxville, TN
Put sunscreen on first. Ware a sun protection shirt. Ware a hat, sun glasses. Take a bottle of water. Bring your camera. That is all you will need for a amazing adventure TIP YOUR CAPTAIN VERY WELL. Your life is in his hands. He will show you the ocean and what is in it, in a way you have never seen. This is a experience and memories you will always have. Enjoy ???????
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Put sunscreen on first. Ware a sun protection shirt. Ware a hat, sun glasses. Take a bottle of water. Bring your camera. That is all you will need for a amazing adventure TIP YOUR CAPTAIN VERY WELL. Your life is in his hands. He will show you the ocean and what is in it, in a way you have never seen. This is a experience and memories you will always have. Enjoy ???????
Sherri  L.
Sherri L. Blissfield, MI
Just come down to Hilton Head,book a trip and rest is just fun on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come down to Hilton Head,book a trip and rest is just fun on the water.
Scott  H.
Scott H. Savannah, Georgia
Yes, had some younger anglers with us. Captain and Mate were great with all of us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, had some younger anglers with us. Captain and Mate were great with all of us.
Joseph  L.
Joseph L. United States
Yes I went with Anson and Carson and they were able to put us right on the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes I went with Anson and Carson and they were able to put us right on the fish!
Krystal  E.
Krystal E. Tulsa, OK
The morning trip was great, it was perfect weather early in the day. Wear good water shoes because our feet got wet but you want to make sure you have secure footwear while reeling in the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The morning trip was great, it was perfect weather early in the day. Wear good water shoes because our feet got wet but you want to make sure you have secure footwear while reeling in the fish.
Rebecca  M.
Rebecca M. Charleston, South Carolina
Just kick back and relax and enjoy it all!! Because me and my husband sure did!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just kick back and relax and enjoy it all!! Because me and my husband sure did!!!
Angela  P.
Angela P. Topeka, KS
Definitely this trip. Jimmy was so knowledgeable of these waters with over 40 years in this area. I really fun day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely this trip. Jimmy was so knowledgeable of these waters with over 40 years in this area. I really fun day.
Donald  J.
Donald J. Beaufort, SC
Mr James was just absolutely awesome if you can take this trip with him definitely do it we will be doing it again. My son has talked about this all day long it was his 12th birthday
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mr James was just absolutely awesome if you can take this trip with him definitely do it we will be doing it again. My son has talked about this all day long it was his 12th birthday
Shannon  D.
Shannon D. Chapin, SC
We didn’t fish in the inlet but just off the beach. I understand that November & December are best for inlet fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We didn’t fish in the inlet but just off the beach. I understand that November & December are best for inlet fishing.
Tiffany  W.
Tiffany W. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If you are looking for an introduction to fishing for kids and families, take a quick shark trip in Hilton Head. The 3 hour tour is perfect for a family. it keeps the kids engaged the entire time. You'll head out and be plucking shark, croakers, whiting and so much more while learning about the local fishing. We have taken two trips now with our kids, and both times captain and crew have been so engaged with the children to create a wonderful fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are looking for an introduction to fishing for kids and families, take a quick shark trip in Hilton Head. The 3 hour tour is perfect for a family. it keeps the kids engaged the entire time. You'll head out and be plucking shark, croakers, whiting and so much more while learning about the local fishing. We have taken two trips now with our kids, and both times captain and crew have been so engaged with the children to create a wonderful fishing experience.
Brett  S.
Brett S. New York, NY
Bring water or other and sun screen. The Captain will teach you the hows. .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring water or other and sun screen. The Captain will teach you the hows. .
Richard  R.
Richard R. Bluffton, SC
Recommend the shark fishing. Plenty of action and a bonus of dolphins all around.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend the shark fishing. Plenty of action and a bonus of dolphins all around.
Todd  M.
Todd M. Hadley, KY
I would recommend that they prepare themselves for a great time out with the captain and crew.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend that they prepare themselves for a great time out with the captain and crew.
Corrie  J.
Corrie J. Stonecrest, GA
Had a blast and Captain Will worked hard to put us on fish, we filled the box
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had a blast and Captain Will worked hard to put us on fish, we filled the box
Rick  D.
Rick D. Tioga, PA
Not as many fish as we wanted. It's fishing the weather wasn't the best for fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not as many fish as we wanted. It's fishing the weather wasn't the best for fishing.
John  H.
John H. Morris, MN
Find a knowledgeable captain to get you on the fish that are biting and in season
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a knowledgeable captain to get you on the fish that are biting and in season
Shannon  M.
Shannon M. Greenville, South Carolina
We happened to get a choppy day when nothing was biting. But I have no idea if that's an accurate reflection of April or just an accurate reflection on fishing in general!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We happened to get a choppy day when nothing was biting. But I have no idea if that's an accurate reflection of April or just an accurate reflection on fishing in general!
Melody  C.
Melody C. Day Heights, OH
Book a trip with Captain Bill and fully enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Bill and fully enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime.
Ron  W.
Ron W. Ponte Vedra, Florida
yes of course my trip for first time was incredable and cant wait to rescedule another trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
yes of course my trip for first time was incredable and cant wait to rescedule another trip
Tim  K.
Tim K. Myrtle Beach, SC

Captain Kaleb Charters
Captain Kaleb Charters
Fishing charter in Mount Pleasant
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(261 reviews)
Capitan Kaleb was punctual, accommodating and very pleasant to share a fishing trip with. We had a great day on the water, Capitan Kaleb was knowledgeable and varied his techniques to provide several different experiences throughout the morning. The catch for the day included taking home an inshore slam for the table: a few slot sized reds, a big trout and a nice flounder to top it off! I will most likely book Capitan Kaleb in the future and would recommend anyone to do the same.
Nick  S.
Nick S. Gastonia, NC
Fin & Tonic Charters
Fin & Tonic Charters
Fishing charter in Mount Pleasant
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
38”, 22.5 lb dump truck reeled in by Ft. Sumter! Awesome trip! Excellent capt - very knowledgeable and friendly. We’ll be back.
Dan  B.
Dan B. Charlotte, North Carolina
Captain Kaleb Charters
Captain Kaleb Charters
Fishing charter in Mount Pleasant
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(261 reviews)
Had a blast and learned a ton today. Captain Caleb got us on redfish right away and we hit several throughout the day. Got a few other species too. It was a great trip and total blast!
Clyde  M.
Clyde M. Columbus, IN
Sea Deez Fishing Charters
Sea Deez Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
What a GREAT trip. Captain Andy is the absolute BEST! Caught a ton of fish and we felt like we had known him for years! A trip that is 10000% worth the money!
Kaley  W.
Kaley W. Milledgeville, GA
Captain J Hook Charters – Cross
Captain J Hook Charters – Cross
Fishing charter in Cross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Captain Joe Was Great tried his best to make sure my Grandsons had a blast very good
Myron  J.
Myron J. Chapin, SC
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(264 reviews)
Truly the best experience. We will be coming back, and telling everyone we know! Captian Jay and Cole both did a fabulous job and made sure our day was amazing! We caught 5 sharks in less then 3 hours. I would have paid double for that experience. Could not recommend more!!! Thank you Jay for everything!!!!!!
Mandy  D.
Mandy D. Savannah, GA
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Capt Brian took us to the jetties for some fishing action, which he said had been good all week. It took a while, then bites started coming in. Unfortunately, we caught some smalls and trash fish. Even grabbed a shovelnose guitarfish and a massive stingray. Something grabbed the shark bait line and bent the rod almost to the water, but it got away. Excellent day of fishing.
Walter  H.
Walter H. Blythewood, SC
Happy Dog Charters
Happy Dog Charters
Fishing charter in Mount Pleasant
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
My way and I celebrated my birthday out on the water fishing with Captin Chris. He had us catching fish and having fun the whole time. Definitely will go again in the spring.
Marc  H.
Marc H. United States
Fogman Fisheries LLC
Fogman Fisheries LLC
Fishing charter in Columbia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had an amazing, amazing experience on our trip. We will definitely recommend anyone who's on the fence about booking to just do it. You will not regret it.
Myron  T.
Myron T. Elgin, SC
Heritage Fishing Charters
Heritage Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
We had a blast… we highly recommend booking this trip. He did everything he could to help us land some fish, and we did that!
Jason  P.
Jason P. Brighton, CO
Salty Hooker Fishing Charters
Salty Hooker Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Murrells Inlet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(148 reviews)
We had a great day on the water with Austin, caught tons of fish and had an awesome experience! Would highly recommend contacting him if you’re looking for a fun day of fishing!
Jacob  C.
Jacob C. North Branch, MI
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(264 reviews)
Great day. Captain Jay and Cole were very patient and helpful with our group of first time lady non-anglers!! Highly recommend their boat and service.
Keith  A.
Keith A. Katy, TX
Palmetto Fishing Charters
Palmetto Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Murrells Inlet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(347 reviews)
Ryan is a nice guy, great personality, knows where to go to get fish. Caught probably 8 huge Redfish along with some other smaller varieties. Great time!
Brian  R.
Brian R. Pataskala, OH
Brown Dog Sportfishing
Brown Dog Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Folly Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
We were on fish for 6 hrs.Caught at least 25 Reds and I missed at least that many more. Highly recommend Capt. Cleve
Rudolph  J.
Rudolph J. Augusta, GA
Mudbug Charters
Mudbug Charters
Fishing charter in Charleston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
We had a blast with Captain Danny, He was super helpful, time flew!!! Friendly, great with helping with first timers, And very educated on what we were fishing for! Smooth ride and we would recommend him again!! He took us to some hot spots, we saw sea turtles, dolphins and got some great hits!
Beth  M.
Beth M. Justin, TX
First Response Fishing Charters
First Response Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Murrells Inlet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We had an amazing experience on our half day trip. Our Captain was very knowledgeable and helpful and knew exactly where to put us to get on the fish! Would highly recommend first response fishing charters to anyone! We will be back next year! If your looking for a trip that won’t let you down give these guys a call you won’t regret it!
Bailey  C.
Bailey C. Wilmington, North Carolina
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Keen Eye Charters Inshore/Offshore
Fishing charter in Seabrook Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(148 reviews)
Appreciated the professionalism Chis showed throughout the trip. I invited some friends, a couple, who never been on a charter and were very inexperienced with saltwater fishing. They loved his attention, patience and willingness to get us on fish! I was not surprised. I’ve been booking with Chris for several years and have never been disappointed.
Jack  W.
Jack W. Telford, PA
Palmetto Fishing Charters
Palmetto Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Murrells Inlet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(347 reviews)
This was our first time ever going out on the ocean fishing and Really lucked out having Capt. Ryan as our person with Palmetto Fishing Charters,He was Very Knowledgeable and Attentive the entire time,Would recommend this trip to ANYONE looking for a Great day of fishing,It’s our new favorite thing to do at the beach and We’ll gladly by back ASAP!!
Kenny  E.
Kenny E. South Charleston, WV
De La Nada Charter Fishing
De La Nada Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Murrells Inlet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
We had a fantastic time with Tyler. He was full of knowledge and even though there was alot of fog he worked around and had a plan in place. He explained the fog wasn't normal. Even though we didn't catch the most fish we had a blast. We will definitely be booking again with him!! Five stars ain't enough.
Benjamin  R.
Benjamin R. Roebuck, SC
Spot Tail Charters
Spot Tail Charters
Fishing charter in McClellanville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Tony took on 6 71 year old old goats. He was amazing. Polite- “yes sir” “thank you sir.” He stayed on top of our needs, providing food, excellent equipment and very professional direction, more than we anticipated. His directions were concise, informative and always delivered in a very personable manner. I would highly recommend him to all levels of fishermen, novice to those highly skilled. He’s a true professional who has a great future as a guide.
Richard  P.
Richard P. Westfield, IN