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Best Fishing Guides
in Charleston
2020

Why These Fishing Guides?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Charleston Fishing Guides on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

Reviewed Curated Top Picks 41 31 18

Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Adventure Outdoors

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.

Isle Of Palms, SC 29451

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Affinity Charters

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.

Johns Island, SC 29455

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All In One Charters

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.

Charleston, SC 29406

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Charleston Boat Charters

Charleston Boat Charters is a family-owned and operated business founded in 2014. The Charleston fishing business is run by two USCG Certified Captains who host half-day to full-day charters on their boat Reel Palmetto. The company also provides kids' fishing trips, shark fishing trips, shell and shark teeth collecting tours, dolphin watching, and sunset cruises. Clients have given positive feedback for Charleston Boat Charters' fun, laid-back, and informative tours.

Charleston, SC 29401

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Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company

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.

Charleston, SC 29412

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Charleston Fishing Co.

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.

Charleston, SC 29414

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Fin Stalker Charters

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.

Charleston, SC 29407

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Fins and Flies Charters

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.

Charleston, SC 29492

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Fly Right Charters

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.

Charleston, SC 29412

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Full Circle Fishing Charters

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.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Grey Ghost

Grey Ghost hosts Charleston tours in its East Cape Vantage boat. Captain Tucker Blythe has been fishing from a young age and targets redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead, spadefish, bonnet head shark, tarpon, and Spanish mackerel species on his fishing tours. Clients have praised the captain for his professionalism and passion for fishing.

Charleston, SC 29412

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Long Overdue Charters

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.

Johns Island, SC 29455

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Redfin Charters

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.

Charleston, SC 29403

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Reel Fish Finder Charters

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.

Charleston, SC 29401

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Southern Tail Charters

Southern Tail Charters runs fishing tours in Charleston Harbor, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Mt. Pleasant, and the McClellanville area. The business' guide is a USCG licensed Captain who runs tours on a 19-foot Vantage and a 23-foot Deep Vee Classic C-Hawk. The company runs fishing and fly fishing tours.

Charleston, SC 29401

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The Reel Deal Charters

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.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Wadmacallit

Wadmacallit runs its Charleston fishing tours on a 58-foot sport fisherman boat that fits up to six passengers. The business is run by Captain Gasper Marino, who has been fishing for most of his life and placed in multiple competitive tournaments on the East Coast. The company can provide a video record of the day at an additional cost.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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Yates Sea Charters

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.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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