Flood Tide Charters: Charleston, South Carolina Fishing Charters, Captain Brian Garris

Fishing in a Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Inshore and Shark Fishing Charters!

Over 30 Years Experience Fishing the Lowcountry

Trip Includes Bait & Tackle

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This page provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our Fishing Charter services. Please contact us for answers to your specific questions. We are happy to assist you!
  • Miscellaneous

    • What happens if the case of bad weather?

      The Captain makes all decisions regarding weather. If necessary, charters may be rescheduled by the Captain.

    • How far in advance do I need to book my charter?

      We prefer at least two weeks notice. However, we sometimes have availability on short notice. Call us and we will do our best to accommodate your group.

    • What should I bring on my fishing charter?

      Bring enough food and drink for your trip, extra weather-appropriate clothes, rain gear, tennis shoes or soft-soled shoes , a camera, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra drinking water and the required fishing licenses. You may also want to bring a large cooler to transport your fish home.

    • When using a fishing charter, do I need a fishing license?

      No, while you are aboard our boats your license is covered by the Commercial Charter Permit already purchased from SCDNR. However, South Carolina does require you to have a fishing license for both fresh and saltwater if you’re not aboard.

    • Who would enjoy a charter fishing excursion?

      We provide a variety of packages for up to six anglers, with pricing dependent on the number of people and time on the water. We offer packages as short as two hours all the way up to day-long charters. We also offer family-friendly trips and shark/fossil hunting expeditions. If this is your first trip, we recommend you speak to the Captain for his professional recommendation on which trip is the best for you.

    • What types of fish can I catch?

      The rivers, jetties and backwater creeks near Charleston are home to a wide variety of aquatic life, but the most common fish are: black drum, redfish, sheepshead, flounder, speckled sea trout and sharks. Each variety offers their own unique challenge—and redfish and black drum can weigh in at up to 100 pounds!

    • What is a good time of day to go fishing?

      Like the tides, fish feeding times are influenced by the sun and moon. That influence period changes during the course of the year and each lunar month. There are apps that claim to predict this, but it’s best to rely on Captain Brian's knowledge.

    • When is a good time to hunt for fossils and/or shark teeth?

      You can find them at every tide level throughout the day, but you’ll have better luck the earlier in the day that you go looking. Check out the local tide charts, and go out during low tide. It also helps to go out after a storm, when the wind and waves tend to churn up more sand and debris.

    • How many fish can I keep to take home?

      We follow the SCDNR regulations, which varies per species. Catch and Release is encouraged, but not mandatory. As with all fisheries leaving the breeding stock is always best. The Captain can provide you with any information you need to make your decision. There is an added fee if you want us to clean your catch.