Captain
Jeff Thompson

Member since February 2016 Charleston, United States
Background
Captain Jeff is a lifelong lowcountry resident with many years experience in the local waters. Along with his fishing, he has 29 years working as a wetland ecologist for the South Carolina Coast Zone Management Program and the Ashley River Special Area Management Plan. He has received recognition as an expert in the areas of wetland identification, delineation, and ecology by the South Carolina Administrative Law Court, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Scenic Ashley River Advisory Council. There is no better environmental guide for your tour of Charleston Harbor and the Ashley River. Your Captain is a graduate of Presbyterian College and spent his entire life exploring the forest and fields, the marshes and waters, the wetlands and environment of coastal South Carolina .
Techniques
Captain Jeff prefers fishing the salt waters. He is experienced in both inshore and offshore fishing. His main emphasis is offshore including bottom fishin for the wide variety of reef species, and trolling for dolphin, wahoo, and black fin tuna. Bottom fishing is mostly done using medium bait casting gear and chicken rigs. A chicken rig is a weighted set up with two or more hooks. It is not uncommon to bring in multiple fish at a time. Black sea bass, vermillion snapper, red snapper, trigger fish, porgies, grouper and grunts are a few of the great eating fish caught on a typical trip. If you want a "reel" battle, large amberjack are always there for your fighting pleasure. Aj's range from 15-70 pounds and can really test your endurance. Cobia is another great fighter and make excellent eating. And sharks always make for an exciting experience. Come join Captain Jeff and Olde Man Charters for a great time exploring the historic Ashley River or catching the fish of a lifetime.

Hey, I'm Captain Jeff Thompson

Charleston, United States
Background
Captain Jeff is a lifelong lowcountry resident with many years experience in the local waters. Along with his fishing, he has 29 years working as a wetland ecologist for the South Carolina Coast Zone Management Program and the Ashley River Special Area Management Plan. He has received recognition as an expert in the areas of wetland identification, delineation, and ecology by the South Carolina Administrative Law Court, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Scenic Ashley River Advisory Council. There is no better environmental guide for your tour of Charleston Harbor and the Ashley River. Your Captain is a graduate of Presbyterian College and spent his entire life exploring the forest and fields, the marshes and waters, the wetlands and environment of coastal South Carolina .
Techniques
Captain Jeff prefers fishing the salt waters. He is experienced in both inshore and offshore fishing. His main emphasis is offshore including bottom fishin for the wide variety of reef species, and trolling for dolphin, wahoo, and black fin tuna. Bottom fishing is mostly done using medium bait casting gear and chicken rigs. A chicken rig is a weighted set up with two or more hooks. It is not uncommon to bring in multiple fish at a time. Black sea bass, vermillion snapper, red snapper, trigger fish, porgies, grouper and grunts are a few of the great eating fish caught on a typical trip. If you want a "reel" battle, large amberjack are always there for your fighting pleasure. Aj's range from 15-70 pounds and can really test your endurance. Cobia is another great fighter and make excellent eating. And sharks always make for an exciting experience. Come join Captain Jeff and Olde Man Charters for a great time exploring the historic Ashley River or catching the fish of a lifetime.
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Fishing Reports

Offshore Charleston May 19.

May 20, 2019

After a late start, we headed 60 miles out to try our luck on the Mahi. The fishing was slow but we managed three fish from 9 to 14 lbs, one cuda, then hit some deep bottom for some… Read Full Report →


Mahi trip surprise

May 09, 2019

What a surprise! We went out for Mahi, 60 milles off the Carolina coast. High winds and rough seas had destroyed the weed lines so we were blind trolling open waters with small patches of broken weeds. First hit… Read Full Report →


The Mahi are showingup!

April 17, 2019

The Mahi migration off the Carolina coast hhas started and should get better every week. Come join Olde Man Charters for great time! Check our calendar and book your trip today! Read Full Report →


Awesome day!

January 21, 2018

Great day trolling and bottom. Kings, Bonita, black sea bass, red snapper! Winter fishing off Charleston is Great! Come visit Captain Jeff and Olde Man Charters for the trip of a lifetime! Read Full Report →


Fishing the offshore reefs

June 03, 2016

We left Charleston Harbor at 6:00 AM with four excited fishermen to calm seas and clear skies. The plan for the day was bottom fishing a couple or artificial reefs and live bottoms in 80 to 100 feet of… Read Full Report →


The Mahi Run Going Strong

April 30, 2016

The Mahi are running really strong off the Carolina coast! We picked up 18 fish with an average of 20 pounds from the deep blue waters. They should continue to provide a really exciting experience until the middle of… Read Full Report →


Great day bottom fishing

March 26, 2016

A family of six had the fishing trip of their lives! We left the dock at 6:45 this morning to iffy weather and seas. Ran out 35 miles to good seas and great fishing with all six rods bowed… Read Full Report →


Rough day offshore

February 28, 2016

While the seas were a little rough the bite was on! Black sea bass kept coming over the rail two at a time. We could only keep 25 per federal regulation, but we caught over 100. The vermillion were… Read Full Report →


Hot bottom fishing in 95 feet

January 30, 2016

What a great day! We brought over 200 fish over the rail including 14 nice red snapper, 8 amberjack, a limit of very nice black sea bass and pink porgies, triggers and large grunts. Come join the "Olde Man"… Read Full Report →

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Appropriate for children
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Alan I.
Candler, North Carolina
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Bottom fishing with the Olde Man

VERIFIED   October 15, 2019
This was one of the best charters I have ever been on. From the time we booked the trip until we went out, Captain Jeff was...
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Raymond C.
Charleston, South Carolina
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3/4 day with Capt Jeff, my son and Granddaughter, 9/20/19

VERIFIED   September 28, 2019
Decided Capt Jeff was our safest and best bet to take 8 yr old granddaughter out fishing as her first boat fishing trip. ...
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Franklin, TN
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March fishing trip

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David A.
Tucson, Arizona
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Great Captain and trip

VERIFIED   May 11, 2019
Jeff did a fantastic job.  He put me on fish and kept me on them the entire day.  I was fishing solo, so he managed...
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Joanna R.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   July 3, 2019
The whole experience was wonderful!!! Every one of us had a great time and we caught LOTS of fish over 170!!!!  It was...
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