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Salty Habit Charters

98 Church St., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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  • Fishing Guide
  • Charleston, SC
  • Inshore Fishing Charter
  • Fishing Charter

Business Description

Salty Habit Charters serves the residents of Charleston and its surrounding communities. It is owned and operated by Justin McConnell, a United States Coast Guard-licensed charter boat captain with more than 20 years of industry experience. He provides clients with inshore and shark fishing services, assisting them in catching various species of fish and sharks, such as Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Flounder, and Atlantic Sharpnose. The company's packages also include sunset cruises and dolphin excursions.

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Adventure Outdoors

Isle Of Palms, SC 29451
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Adventure Outdoors has been serving the Charleston area since 2001. Captain Fritz has been fishing his whole life and guides guests on tours for up to six people. Clients have given positive feedback for Captain Fritz's ability to make people feel at home and helpful explanations during the tours.

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Affinity Charters

Johns Island, SC 29455
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Affinity Charters is a John's Island fishing guide company that is locally-owned and operated. Captain John Ward Jr. has more than 25 years of fishing experience in and around the Charleston area and holds a 100-ton Masters License. The area provides reliable fishing for red drum, black drum, speckled sea trout, flounder, and sheepshead. The company sails on 2013 and 2014 24-foot Sportsman Bay boats. The licensed and insured business has received praise for its polite-knowledgeable crew and clean boats.

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All In One Charters

Charleston, SC 29406
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All In One Charters is a locally owned and operated saltwater fishing guide service operating in the Charleston, South Carolina, metro area. Each guide is licensed, certified, and fully insured US Coast Guard Maritime Captains with extensive experience navigating the local waterways. It focuses on inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing trips that target red drum, trout, flounder, black Seabass, spadefish, cobia, and sharks. The charter also offers wildlife, scenic, historic, and adventure boat tours.

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Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company

Charleston, SC 29412
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Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company guides tours in Charleston, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Mt. Pleasant, as well as inshore and deep fishing charters. The business runs four-hour to eight-hour charters for private groups of up to six passengers. The charters target black sea bass, snapper, sheepshead, bull redfish, shark, Spanish mackerel, and triggerfish species.

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Charleston Fishing Co.

Charleston, SC 29414
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Charleston Fishing Co. is run by Captain Stephen Fields, who has been fishing for most of his life. The Charleston fishing guide provides inshore saltwater fishing trips, sightseeing, dolphin tours, and shell collecting tours. The business sails on a 2015 22-foot Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay boat with updated safety equipment. Charleston Fishing Co. runs guided tours to local destinations including Kiawah Island, Edisto Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivans Island, and Seabrook Island.

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Fin Stalker Charters

Charleston, SC 29407
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Fin Stalker Charters is operated by Captain Chris Chavis, who has been fishing in the Charleston area for more than 25 years. The business guides its guests on inshore and offshore fishing or fly fishing. The company offers half-day to full-day fishing charters and can plan corporate fishing outings for its commercial customers. Clients have given positive feedback on the captain's knowledge and experience in the field and his fun personality.

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Fins and Flies Charters

Charleston, SC 29492
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The captain who runs Fins and Flies Charters has been fishing for more than 15 years and guides his tours on a Hell's Bay Guide flats skiff. The company runs light tackle and fly fishing trips, as well as group trips to exotic destinations like Belize. Clients have given positive feedback for the company's passionate, knowledgeable captain.

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Fly Right Charters

Charleston, SC 29412
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Fly Right Charters has been taking guests on fishing tours since 2002. The Charleston business' captain specializes in fly fishing and light tackle, and provides professional photography, equipment, and licensing on his tours. The company runs inshore and offshore tours from full to half days.

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Full Circle Fishing Charters

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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Full Circle Fishing Charters runs its Charleston tours on a 34-foot custom-built Carolina Fisharound Express. The business features a full tower, large outriggers, teaser reels, three livewells, and a large cockpit. The company keeps fully-stocked safety equipment on board and uses up-to-date electronics. Captain Jaimie Holcombe has worked as a captain for more than 20 years. The business runs inshore fishing charters, nearshore fishing charters, and offshore fishing charters, as well as harbor cruises for tours of the area.

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Long Overdue Charters

Johns Island, SC 29455
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Long Overdue Charters runs its tours on a custom 23-foot Sabalo with a sight fishing tower, dual live wells, two 75-quart coolers, and a Minn Kota ipilot. The business runs inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, shark fishing, dolphin watching, sightseeing tours, private beach getaways, and private parties. Clients have praised Long Overdue Charters for its professional and knowledgeable captain.

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Redfin Charters

Charleston, SC 29403
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RedFin Fishing Charters runs inshore fishing charters and nearshore fishing charters in the Charleston area. The owner of the business is a Certified US Coast Guard Captain who enjoys fishing for redfish, steelhead, king salmon, and silver salmon. Captain Joel LeVine has been seen in Coastal Angler, GAFF Magazine, and Bravo TV. Clients have given positive feedback for the company's quality equipment, knowledgeable captains, and professional tours.

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Reel Fish Finder Charters

Charleston, SC 29401
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Captain James LaVanway guides Reel Fish Finder Charters around the Charleston area. The fishing guide runs half-day to full-day charters for species such as trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, and shark. The captain has more than 25 years of experience in fishing and guides his tours on a 25-foot SCOUT 251XS, which comfortably fits six passengers. Clients have given positive feedback for the captain's knowledgeable tours and large, clean boat.

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The Reel Deal Charters

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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The Reel Deal Charters provides inshore, offshore, and deep sea charters in the Charleston area. The business' tours include saltwater fishing, fly fishing, nearshore fishing, crabbing tours, dolphin watching, shark teeth hunting, and sightseeing. The senior captain is a U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer.

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Yates Sea Charters

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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The captain at Yates Sea Charters has been fishing in the area for more than 20 years. The Pleasant business' fishing charters include deep sea fishing and shark fishing. The company also guides guests on harbor tours and custom charters around focal points such as Fort Sumter, Morris Island, Folly Beach, or the Ravenel Bridge. The business uses a 33-foot Contender for day fishing or a 23-foot Ranger bay boat for inshore charters. Captain Dave Yates is a member of the Southern Kingfish Association.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Hiring a fishing guide is a way to get the best result from the time you spend fishing. A professional fishing guide can offer advice on the type of bait to use for the type of fish you’re hoping to catch. A fishing guide can also offer insight on where specific types of fish are most likely to be caught at different times of the day.

Some guides offer packages that include the supplies you need, such as poles and bait. Others let you know what you need to bring. It can be especially helpful to hire a guide if you’re visiting an unfamiliar area or you're new to the sport of fishing.

What is a fishing guide?

A fishing guide is an experienced individual who helps others achieve success when fishing. Guides may lead guests to a body of water or charter a boat for fishing in water that can’t be accessed from the shore. Fishing guides also often share stories to keep guests entertained when the fish aren’t biting.

What types of fishing guides are there?

There are 12 main types of fishing, and you can hire a guide for whichever type you want to pursue:

  • Bank fishing
  • Bow-fishing
  • Drop-lining
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Ice fishing
  • Jigging and spinning
  • Kayak fishing
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Surfcasting
  • Trolling

How much does a fishing guide cost?

Some fishing guides charge about $200 for a full day of fishing, while others may charge around $425 for six hours. Numerous factors affect the price, including the type of fish you want to catch, if you’re fishing from shore or a boat, and whether you’re in a popular tourist location.

How much are guided fishing trips?

The price for guided fishing trips varies depending on location, length of the trip, and the number of people taking part. For example, a seven day, six night fishing trip for two to Alaska costs about $4,575. A half-day fishing trip in Alaska costs about $175 per person.

How much should I tip a fishing guide?

A typical tip for a fishing guide is 15-20% of the total bill. For example, if the total cost for the guide is $300, a reasonable tip would be between $45 and $60. If you have an exceptionally good time, you may want to give a higher tip to thank your guide.

How do I prepare for a fishing charter?

To prepare for a fishing trip, read the charter company’s information and talk to the fishing guide. Discuss your skill and past fishing experience. If you’re new to fishing, consider how hands-on you want to be in terms of baiting hooks and taking fish off hooks and ask your guide how to best prepare.

Do I need my own fishing license?

Each state has its own laws about fishing, however, most require a fishing license, and the cost varies by state. Some states also require separate licenses for specific types of fishing, such as freshwater or saltwater. On average, resident fishing licenses cost $25, and nonresident licenses cost around $70.

Are fishing guides worth it?

Hiring a fishing guide can be worthwhile if you want to learn more about fishing or you're planning a fishing trip to a location you're not familiar with. Having a guide can make the excursion more enjoyable and let you pick up fishing tips you can use use in the future.

Is fly fishing hard to learn?

Fly fishing is considered easier to learn than bait-casting. The casting technique used in fly fishing is what's hardest for beginners to learn. Instead of focusing on the weight of your bait and sinker, you focus on the line when casting in fly fishing. You have to back-cast, switch directions mid-cast, and then forward cast.

What do I need for beginner fishing?

To begin fishing, you need gear that includes a rod and reel combo, fishing line, a bobber, sinker, and a hook. Additionally, you should have extra bobbers, sinkers, and hooks in case your line breaks. You also need bait and a fishing license. Gloves and hook-removing pliers are also useful.

What food should I bring on a fishing trip?

Pack foods that are easy to prepare if you plan to take a cooler and build a fire for cooking. If you aren’t taking a cooler, choose foods that don’t spoil quickly, such as peanut butter sandwiches and chips. Be sure to take along wet wipes to clean your hands after handling fishing tackle.

What should I wear to go fishing?

What you should wear depends on the type of fishing you'll be doing. For example, you'll likely need hip waders if you’re fly fishing in a river or boat shoes if you’re chartering a boat. In general, choose lightweight shirts and pants with cargo pockets for carrying gear.

What should you not do while fishing?

When fishing, you shouldn't make a lot of noise or move around carelessly when fishing because it scares the fish and disturbs others. You shouldn’t touch a fish without first wetting your hands if you’re doing catch-and-release fishing. You also shouldn’t pollute the water or litter, and leaving fishing line behind is considered littering.

How can I become a fishing guide?

To become a fishing guide, you need to gain expert-level experience with the type of fishing you plan to teach others to enjoy. Learn all the rules and regulations for fishing in your state and anywhere you plan to take others. Advertise your service and register with fishing guide organizations, such as Boone and Crockett Club.

How much do fishing guides make?

The median annual wage for fishing workers, which includes fishing guides, is $28,530. Some in this industry earn under $18,710 annually, while the highest-paid guides can earn over $48,170 per year. Geographic location and number of hours worked can affect how much fishing guides earn, and those in tourism areas tend to earn more.

How much does fishing guide insurance cost?

The cost of outfitter’s insurance for a fishing guide varies by the type of fishing they offer. A guide who takes guests out on the water will have higher annual premiums of around $1,000. Inland fishing guides who hike with guests to the shore have lower yearly premiums of around $300.

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