Captain
Michael Bales

Member since April 2015

Isle Of Palms, United States

Background
Captain Michael Bales is a native Floridian, who's been fishing for over 35 years and FULL TIME professionally guiding for 15 years. You can either find him in Alaska, or poling the waters of Charleston, South Carolina. Mike has experience operating jet boats, drift boats, and float rafts in the most remote coastal rivers of Alaska. He also operates offshore and inshore boats in the coastal water in Florida.

Hey, I'm Captain Michael Bales

Isle Of Palms, United States
Background
Captain Michael Bales is a native Floridian, who's been fishing for over 35 years and FULL TIME professionally guiding for 15 years. You can either find him in Alaska, or poling the waters of Charleston, South Carolina. Mike has experience operating jet boats, drift boats, and float rafts in the most remote coastal rivers of Alaska. He also operates offshore and inshore boats in the coastal water in Florida.
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Fishing Reports

Charleston Fishing report

July 06, 2018

The summertime fishing action continues here in Charleston. Early morning starts have been the key on the outgoing tides for our anglers. The trout and redfish bite remains strong using traditional poppincorks with select live baits such as menhayden,… Read Full Report →


Summertime fishing report for Charleston

June 15, 2018

Summer conditions are in full swing this past week here in Charleston. The trout and redfish bite has been great to excellent of late. Fish can be caught chasing baitfish shrimp along the shoreline during the recent low tides.… Read Full Report →


Charleston Fishing Action!

May 25, 2018

The last weeks of Fishing here in Charleston has been fantastic. The redfish have been putting on the feed. Fish have been caught using mud minnows under a popping cork along exposed oyster bars on the outgoing and incoming… Read Full Report →


Springtime in Charleston, SC

March 01, 2018

The water temperatures have finally started to climb into the 60s and the fishing is heating up. We have been seeing a good number of trout and catching lots of hungry redfish! The next week should really heat up… Read Full Report →


Crazy Weather and great fishing in The L

January 21, 2018

The Fishing has been really good on these last few days after we slowly started to warm up around here. We have been targeting redfish on the incoming tides lately with flies and small plastics. Remember to keep your… Read Full Report →


Great this fishing week here in the lowc

December 03, 2017

Clear water and cooler temperatures this week have made for some good redfishing in the creeks and on the exposed Mud flats. Sight fishing to schools has been the most effective method using live shrimp mud Minnows & flies.… Read Full Report →


Fall fishing action in the Lowcountry

November 06, 2017

Cooler temps are here in the Lowcountry and the redfish bite is happening! Lower water temperatures and hungry fish have made for some great sightfishing the past few trips. Come enjoy what the Charleston area has to offer catching… Read Full Report →


Family fishing fun in the Lowcountry

August 29, 2017

The redfish bite continues to be good here in Charleston, several family trips this week introducing young anglers to the marsh. Fishing, seeing dolphins playing in the creeks and learning about oysters with little ones, It doesn't get any… Read Full Report →


Great summertime fishing in Charleston!

August 23, 2017

The summer bite continues to be good for redfish here in the lowcountry. Most trips we have been sight fishing with live shrimp and mud minnows. We have had most of our success on the outgoing tides fishing the… Read Full Report →


Inshore Fishing in Charleston this week

July 02, 2017

The inshore bite continues to be good this week, we have been catching redfish on mud minnows and live shrimp using a popping cork. The bite has been best early near creeks and oyster bars that are holding bait… Read Full Report →


Summertime fishing action in Charleston

June 26, 2017

The redfish and trout bite continues to be good here these past few trips. We have been catching them on the outgoing to low tides on Zman paddlerz and live shrimp when available. Try usin a popping cork rig… Read Full Report →


Great Inshore fishing in Charleston

June 15, 2017

Charleston - Saltwater Fishing Report The fishing in and around Charleston harbor has been red hot these past few weeks! Schools of Redfish continue to roam the shallow water flats and backcountry creeks searching for food during the warmer… Read Full Report →


Trout fishing is hot in Charleston, SC

May 24, 2017

Morgan from VA and Don from Boston had a great trip on Wednesday here in Charleston, we caught several nice fish on the outgoing tide on light tackle spinning gear. Can't wait to have this group again on their… Read Full Report →


Lowcountry Redfish Tails in the morning!

May 17, 2017

The past week we have had some beautiful weather here in Charleston. The last few trips have been spent fishing the ougong low tide. We are seeing a lot of tailing fish and cruisers chasing shrimp and finger mullet.… Read Full Report →


March Madness in the Lowcountry!

April 01, 2017

Breezy conditions today but we managed a few nice floaters in the grass #sc #charleston #fishingreport #hellsbayboatworks #smithoptics #simmsfishing Read Full Report →


Charleston South Carolina Redfish

March 07, 2017

On a few trips this past week, the days were spent sight-fishing to schools of cruising redfish pitching a Gulp shrimp or live shrimp. The fish are still adjusting to the water temps and seem to be feeding aggressively… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.82
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
74%
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Frank A.
Goose Creek, SC
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Amazing captain, and extremely knowledgeable. learned alot, and eventhough the fish weren’t biting i enjoyed every moment...
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Arthur E.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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VERIFIED   September 19, 2018
Fishing with Captain Mike was an awesome experience ! We learned a lot about inshore fishing his guidance and knowledge just...
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Joanne L.
Biloxi, MS
 5.00
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VERIFIED   June 29, 2018
Capt. Mike gave us a great day.  His knowledge of the area, the ecosystem, and fishing strategies and tactics were invaluable. ...
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Tom T.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
 5.00
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Half day on the Wando

VERIFIED   August 6, 2018
We had a rough day with catching but Captain Mike was amazing with my 2 boys. He made the trip educational and explained everything...
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Chuck S.
Charlotte, NC
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VERIFIED   June 13, 2018
This was truly a hard day of fishing…But fishing as much as I have ...Captain Mike is by for the best guide I have fished...
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