Captain
Jim Branthoover

Member since July 2017 Murrells Inlet, United States
Background
My love for fishing started when I was young boy fishing in Pennsylvania with my father. We fished in the streams for Trout, and the rivers for Catfish, Bass, and Walleye. I moved to Upstate New York, where I fell in love with the big waters of the Great Lakes, the Salmon run, and the Pike and Lake Trout fishing. Over the years, I made my way, with my family, to the coast of South Carolina. Immediately I was Intrigued by the mysteries of the deep ocean, the beautiful pelagic fish, and the tasty reef fish. I spent many days fishing and many days on the local waters with my son, as he caught bait for the local shops, eventually deciding that I wanted to be able to help others experience the joy and excitement that can only come from offshore fishing.
Techniques
When bottom fishing we choose to use spinning reels, equipped with heavy, and X-heavy rods, lined with braid for maximum strength and sensitivity. We decided to use spinning reels for the convenience of those on board, as many people are familiar with them. Often times we do use conventional reels while bottom fishing when targeting sharks and grouper. Conventional reels are also our choice for trolling, balloon fishing, or free lining live bait. All of which we hope you are more then willing to learn to use if you are not familiar with them.

Hey, I'm Captain Jim Branthoover

Murrells Inlet, United States
Background
My love for fishing started when I was young boy fishing in Pennsylvania with my father. We fished in the streams for Trout, and the rivers for Catfish, Bass, and Walleye. I moved to Upstate New York, where I fell in love with the big waters of the Great Lakes, the Salmon run, and the Pike and Lake Trout fishing. Over the years, I made my way, with my family, to the coast of South Carolina. Immediately I was Intrigued by the mysteries of the deep ocean, the beautiful pelagic fish, and the tasty reef fish. I spent many days fishing and many days on the local waters with my son, as he caught bait for the local shops, eventually deciding that I wanted to be able to help others experience the joy and excitement that can only come from offshore fishing.
Techniques
When bottom fishing we choose to use spinning reels, equipped with heavy, and X-heavy rods, lined with braid for maximum strength and sensitivity. We decided to use spinning reels for the convenience of those on board, as many people are familiar with them. Often times we do use conventional reels while bottom fishing when targeting sharks and grouper. Conventional reels are also our choice for trolling, balloon fishing, or free lining live bait. All of which we hope you are more then willing to learn to use if you are not familiar with them.
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Good experience
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Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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James P.
Marana, AZ
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6 hour offshore fishing trip--about 15 miles offshore

VERIFIED   NEW  6 Hour Trip on November 9, 2021
fishing conditions not ideal with recent high winds and tides and rougher than optimal seas—not the captain’s fault. ...
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William I.
Loudon, TN
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7 hour off-shore fishing with Capt. Jim & Joe

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip on September 11, 2021
Excellent trip. Caught plenty of bragging fish as well as plenty of fish to eat. The captain and mate were very attentive and...
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Dominic I.
Montebello, NY
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7 hour trip with captain Jim

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip on August 10, 2021
Had a great day out on the water and caught plenty of fish for our family. Captain Jim and his crew were great and knew their...
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Sheila C.
Manchester, MO
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Great time with Wicked Hooker!

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip on June 15, 2021
My family had a great time with Captain Jim and the Wicked Hooker! We caught loads of Seabass and made a great meal out of...
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Pamela F.
Cross Hill, SC
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Deep Sea fishing

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream on September 27, 2021
This was our first day long fishing charter. The captain and crew really tried hard to make sure we had a good experience and...
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