For 30 years, Rick Hiott worked on cars, but 10 years ago he tossed away the monkey wrench and picked up a captain’s hat. “Now I am a full-time fishing guide, and I couldn’t be happier,” he says.

And being the happy guy that he is, Hiott, a charter boat captain for Inshore Fishing Charters, wants to share the good vibes with the passengers on his boat. “It makes me incredibly happy to see people in a good mood out on the boat, because the boat is where I’ve spent most of my life,” he says.

You might also say that the sea is in his blood. Hiott is a third-generation Charleston fisherman who has nabbed numerous angling honors. The Lowcountry Angler Fishing Club once even named him the Angler of the Year. “I’ve been fishing these waters longer than some of these other charter boat captains have been alive,” he says. “I’m not saying I’m better than them, but I definitely have more experience.”

Regardless of your level of experience, Hiott will gladly take you out on a fishing expedition. “Sometimes I fish with pros, and sometimes I work with people who have never held a rod before,” he says. “I have to change my techniques to accommodate beginners, but I don’t mind.”

Charleston Marinas

A sampling of local charter boats companies

Adamada Sportfishing Charters,
(843) 200-5299/(843) 677-5631
12 hours, $2,200
(not accepting charters until beginning of December 2012)

Charleston Fun Fishing Charters,
(843) 568-2521

Inshore
4 hours, $400
6 hours, $600
8 hours, $800

Offshore
6 hours, $1,000
8 hours, $1,250
10 hours, $1,500

Captain Ivan’s Sportfishing,
captainivan.com

Coastal
1/2 day, $750
Full day, $1,300

Daymaker Charters,
daymakercharters.com

Offshore
3/4 day, $1,900
Full day, $2,300

FinAddict Charters,
charlestonflyfishingguide.com

Flats, 1-3 anglers
4 hours, $350
6 hours, $450
8 hours, $550

Bay Boat, 1-6 anglers
4 hours, $400
6 hours, $500
8 hours, $600

Fin Stalker Charters,
finstalker.net

Inshore and flats, up to 4 anglers
4 hours, $400
6 hours, $500
8 hours, $600

Inshore and jettys, up to 4 anglers
4 Hours, $550
6 Hours, $650
8 Hours, $750
Each additional angler $50 per trip

Offshore, up to 4 anglers
5 hours, $750
6 hours, $950
8 hours, $1150
10 hours, $1350
Each additional angler $50 per trip

Knot @ Work Fishing Charters
knotatworkfishing.com

Inshore/nearshore, up to 3 anglers
4 hours, $400
6 hours, $500
8 hours, $600

Nearshore & offshore, up to 4 anglers
6 hours, $900
8 hours, $1,100
Offshore/gulfstream: 10-12 hours, $1,300
10% fuel surcharge on all trips.

Inshore & nearshore reef, up to 4 anglers
4 hours, $650
6 hours, $775
8 hours, $900
10% fuel surcharge on all trips.

Mistress Charters with Captain Frank Thornhill

fishmistress.com

6 hours, $1,300

9 hours, $1,700

12 hours, $2,200

The Reel Deal Charters
thereeldealcharters.com
Variety of packages from $200 for 2 hours inshore to $1,500 for 12 hours offshore (see website)

Risky Business Charters
riskybusinesscharters.com

6 hours, $1200
9 hours, $1500
12 hours, $1800

Southern Tail Charters
southerntailcharters.com

Inshore, up to 3 anglers
4 hours, $400
6 hours, $500
8 hours, $600

Teaser 2
charlestonfishing.net

Offshore, up to 6 passengers
5 hours, $1,200
8 hours, $1,600
11 hours, $2,000

Inshore Fishing Charters with Captain Rick Hiott

reelfishhead.com

4 hours, $400, 1-3 people

6 hours, $500, 1-3 people

8 hours, $600, 1-3 people

Fourth person, $50 extra

Charleston Fish Finder with Captain Ben Floyd

charlestonfishfinder.com

Inshore trips: 4 hours, $375, 2 people / $50, additional people

Reef Trips: 6 hours, $650, 1-4 people

Charleston Halfmoon Boat Charters

charlestonhalfmooncharters.com

4 hours, $350, 1-3 people

6 hours, $450, 1-3 people

8 hours, $550, 1-3 people

Fourth person, $50 extra

Fish Call Charters with Captain J.R. Waits

fishcall.com

4 hours, $400

6 hours, $550

3 hour, $300 (May-Oct. only)

8 hours, $750

Tarpon only charter, $700 (June-Oct.)

Head Shaker Charters with Captain Legare Leland

headshakercharters.com

1/2 day, $400, 1-2 people

3/4 day, $500, 1-2 people

Full day, $600, 1-2 people

Additional person, $50 charge for each

Lowcountry Charters with Captain Rob Glasser

fishingcharlestonsc.com

4 hours, $400, 1-3 people

Marsh Maven with Captain David Lane

marshmaven.com

4 hours, $300

6 hours, $450

8 hours, $550

SeaRat Charters with Captain David Sarratt

searatcharters.com

4 hours, $350, 1-3 people

6 hours, $450, 1-3 people

8 hours, $550, 1-3 people

Fourth person, $50 extra

Trio Charters with Captain Matthew Cline

triocharters.com

4 hours, $400, 1-3 people

6 hours, $500, 1-3 people

8 hours, $600, 1-3 people

Additional person, $50 for each