Captain
Lawson Builder

Member since February 2016

Isle Of Palms, United States

Background
My name is Lawson Builder. I am a USCG Licensed Captain and the owner and operator of Spotting Tails Charters. I was born and raised in Hilton Head Island, SC and attended college in Charleston at The Citadel, Military College of the South. I have lived in the Low Country my whole life and have spent many years fishing these waters, enabling me to bring expert knowledge and experience to your next trip. I love being on the water and my top priority is providing you with a safe, productive, and all around fun and memorable experience here on the water!
Techniques
I quickly learned growing up that there's a lot more to fishing than reeling in fish. Being an angler is just as much about being surrounded by nature and that rush you get every time you step foot on the bow of a boat or wade through the water to find the perfect spot. All of this is especially true here in the Low Country. It becomes more about the experiences, new lessons learned, and the opportunity to let go than just the bend in the rod. But, when it does get that bend, whether a fly rod or spinning rod, there's nothing like it. I prefer to chase redfish with a fly rod in hand or spinning gear in extremely shallow water.

Hey, I'm Captain Lawson Builder

Isle Of Palms, United States
Background
My name is Lawson Builder. I am a USCG Licensed Captain and the owner and operator of Spotting Tails Charters. I was born and raised in Hilton Head Island, SC and attended college in Charleston at The Citadel, Military College of the South. I have lived in the Low Country my whole life and have spent many years fishing these waters, enabling me to bring expert knowledge and experience to your next trip. I love being on the water and my top priority is providing you with a safe, productive, and all around fun and memorable experience here on the water!
Techniques
I quickly learned growing up that there's a lot more to fishing than reeling in fish. Being an angler is just as much about being surrounded by nature and that rush you get every time you step foot on the bow of a boat or wade through the water to find the perfect spot. All of this is especially true here in the Low Country. It becomes more about the experiences, new lessons learned, and the opportunity to let go than just the bend in the rod. But, when it does get that bend, whether a fly rod or spinning rod, there's nothing like it. I prefer to chase redfish with a fly rod in hand or spinning gear in extremely shallow water.

My Charter Listings

Isle of Palms
trips from
US$ 275

Fishing Reports

Low Tide, Long Fish

May 30, 2017

It's been awhile since I've been able to post here. Between Flood Tide Co and Spotting Tails, I've been extremely busy. Chartering has not been the easiest job here in Charleston recently. With tons of wind, buckets of rain,… Read Full Report →


...And Then I Missed Two!

May 22, 2017

A stormy day in the grass with friends led to the successful release of a small red and (to my remorse and frustration) two terrible hook set attempts by yours truly. Some fish just don't have your name on… Read Full Report →


Plenty of Fish After The Storm!

May 18, 2017

We had a lot of storms the week before the 18th that kept most boats in the area off the water. Luckily we had a break and made our way out. My clients, a young couple from Vermont, were… Read Full Report →


None If By Land, Two If By Sea

September 25, 2016

Flats fishing has been on fire recently! The flood tides have been great and at the perfect levels to really get the boat to the tailing redfish. I'll get a little more technical than I normally do with the… Read Full Report →


One Fish, Two Fish, Redfish, Alligator?

September 10, 2016

Yesterday morning I took Dave and Zach on a 6 hour excursion before Dave left for Kuwait. We had nothing to complain about as we left the dock and the water on the intracoastal was slick calm.We tried a… Read Full Report →


Cooler Mornings Means Hotter Fishing

September 04, 2016

** I'm pooling two trips into one for this fishing report, as I didn't get as many pictures as I normally do.** _____________________________________ Each day I woke up this Labor Day weekend, the air was a pleasant 68 or… Read Full Report →


Flood Tides and the "Dog" Days of Summer

August 30, 2016

It's the dog days of Summer and it's impossible not to associate that with tailing tides here in the Low Country. I had the opportunity to sit back, relax, and be the camera man on a recent outing with… Read Full Report →


Summer Flood Tide Tails

July 19, 2016

It's the height of the Summer and while the air outside is so hot and humid you almost can't stand it, there's one redeeming quality that makes you sweat in anticipation instead of from the heat: It's a tailing… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 4, 2017

We did not catch many fish. It theexperience with Lawson, zipping through the creeks on his amazing boat, and learning all about how to fish the area were well worth it.

Fished June 2017

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 10, 2016

My son and I had a great time with Captain Lawson. We caught a variety of fish including redfish and black drum. Captain Lawson is very knowledgeable of the tides and area. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to fish in creeks or the flats in the low country. Next time I’m in Charleston, I plan on booking a trip with him again!!

Fished September 2016

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