Frequently Asked Questions
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Here are the most frequently asked questions we get regarding our Deep Sea Fishing Packages, Our Boats, and Deep Sea Fishing in Charleston.
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WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY STANDARD GRATUITY FOR THE CREW?
WHAT IS DEEP-SEA FISHING LIKE IN CHARLESTON?
TROLLING is fishing with the boat in motion, dragging baited lines on top of the water behind the boat. When trolling, we are targeting very large species like Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi (aka Dolphin or Dorado). Since we are using very large bait and targeting really large fish, typically we can go quite a few minutes without catching anything. However, when a fish does hit, it is usually a spectacular fight with a very large fish (often upwards of 500 pounds!) with the fish often taking to the air. Trolling is true sportfishing.
BOTTOM FISHING is almost the exact opposite. When bottom fishing the boat is not in motion. We hover over a reef and drop baited lines to the bottom of the ocean. Almost as soon as bait hits the bottom, a fish will hit the line. You are constantly catching fish bottom fishing. However, the fish you are catching are much much smaller, usually two, three, or four pound fish like Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Black Sea Bass, etc. That is why the full day trip is so popular; because it gives you time to do plenty of trolling for the big fish and still leave plenty of time to pull up bottom dwellers to fill up your cooler.
WHEN IS THE BEST, WORST AND AVERAGE TIME TO GO DEEP SEA FISHING IN CHARLESTON?
The only POSITIVE exception to that norm is from around mid April through roughly the end of June when we have our Mahi Mahi run. During this time, that average day is still pretty much the same as mentioned above. However, during this season we MIGHT find a school of Mahi and catch an enormous amount, often catching our limit of 60 Mahi. That’s an incredible amount of fish. Again, this doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is an epic experience. Our average day of Bottom Fishing is almost always the same. We catch plenty of small fish bottom fishing year round.
The only NEGATIVE exception to our standard fishing is January and February. That is why we close those two months and do our maintenance then.
WHAT KINDS OF FISH DO YOU CATCH DURING WHAT MONTHS?
Bottom Fishing is incredibly strong here throughout the year with Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, Black Sea Bass, etc, with the exception of the Grouper season being closed January through April 30.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME DEEP SEA FISHING?
You will likely want a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and appropriate clothes for the weather. Make sure to have cooler space and ice for your catch to take home with you!
Do I have to charter the entire boat or can I just join another group?
We do not put groups together. Entirely too much can go wrong offshore. For example, if we put you with another group and they get really sick and have to come back, it ruins your day. Or, if we hook up with a giant Blue Marlin, who decides who gets to fight it? Or, what if the other people are simply annoying (what if YOU are 🤣)? No, we have found that putting groups together is a rotten idea. You charter the entire boat for yourself. If you only have one or two people and you’d like us to supply extra crew, let us know. We likely could get and aspiring new mate to come along to help you fight fish.
SHOULD I CONTACT YOU PRIOR TO OUR BOOKED DATE AND CONFIRM WE ARE ON THE SCHEDULE?
A giant ABSOLUTELY. Just because you got an email confirmation, don’t assume anything. We strongly recommend texting Capt John at 704-999-6597 one week prior to your trip to confirm you are on the schedule.
Then, the Captain assigned to your trip should text or call you by the evening prior to your trip to confirm the departure time and that the forecast is acceptable. If you do not get a text or call from your captain by 9 pm the night before, call or text captain John just to be safe.