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 coastal waters of Charleston, South Carolina.

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 coastal waters of Charleston, South Carolina.

My Charter Listing

HotFish Charleston

45 reviews
Isle of Palms
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trips from $300

Fishing Reports

Fall Redfish Action is Hot!

October 11, 2019

The redfish here in he Lowcountry have started to shift into their fall patterns. Fish can be found cruising the low tide skinny water chasing shrimp and baitfish. Using live shrimp, minnows and of course small shrimp type flies… Read Full Report →


Charleston Redfish

September 17, 2019

Great fishing action this past week here in Charleston. Cooler temperature really have the fish actively feeding. The trout bite has also been great using live shrimp or minnows. Read Full Report →


Charleston Redfish Action!

August 09, 2019

Great few days on the water this week! Getting out early is key! Beat the heat! Read Full Report →


Charleston red hot action!

August 06, 2019

The redfish bite is on-fire in Charleston this past week. he recent morning lowtides have provided for exceptional topwater and light tackle action. Book your trip now to take advantage of the great summer fishing. Read Full Report →


Summertime Charleston Fishing

July 03, 2019

The redfish bite continues to be strong here in Charleston this past week. Early morning starts on the low tide has been key before the heat of the day. We have been catching fish on light tackle and fly.… Read Full Report →


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

Rating Summary
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4.70
out of 5 stars from 45 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Fishing with Michael
Worth the Drive!!!
8 hour trip cut to 4 hours
+16
Angler Rating
37
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
76%
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Rodney M.
Sanford, NC
 5.00
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Worth the Drive!!!

VERIFIED   July 20, 2019
This was the first time husband, son, and friend experienced fishing on a boat out in the Mt. Pleasant area. Captain Mike was...
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Earl B.
Knoxville, TN
 5.00
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  November 10, 2019
We learned a lot.
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Corey G.
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
 5.00
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Great guide

VERIFIED   July 16, 2019
I’ve done many guided tours; Mike is very knowledgeable, Fun and patient (I had my 8yr old son with me). Great experience...
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Robert E.
Winder, GA
 4.67
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8 hour trip cut to 4 hours

VERIFIED   July 17, 2019
Planned, in advance, an 8 hour inland trip. Captain was professional and inspired us to modify trip to duration and time...
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Timmy M.
Charleston, South Carolina
 5.00
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Half day with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   June 26, 2019
Excellent equipment and guide!  He put us on the fish, and the weather was perfect.
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