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Captain James LaVanway is native to the South Carolina Lowcountry. He's a United States Certified Coast Guard Captain and expert Charleston Fishing Guide with over 30 years of experience, fishing both the inshore and nearshore coasts of the Charleston, SC area. Truly, he's a "reel" life fish finder.

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Come join Captain James LaVanway for an exciting day of inshore, nearshore, saltwater, or freshwater fishing on the beautiful coastal waters of Charleston, South Carolina.


Charleston is home to flounder, red drum (spot tail bass), trout, sheepshead, sharks, and a number of other fish species. We can even take you crabbing! Whatever you're after, we're certain you won't be disappointed with your experience.

Not only will you enjoy the day catching plenty of fish, but you will be able to catch a glimpse of other marine life in its natural habitat. It's not uncommon to see dolphins in the Charleston harbor! In summer months, the occasional loggerhead sea turtle has been known to make an appearance or two as well.


So, what are you waiting for? From "Beginner" to "Pro," his charter can fully accommodate all experience levels and meet your guiding needs.

I can't say enough about how great our experience was with Captain James and Reel Fish Finder Charters in Charleston South Carolina. We were picked up in really nice 25 foot boat and right away we knew we had picked the right guide.  Captain James greeted us with friendly smile a couple of jokes and we were under way. Captain James had the bait ready to go and we headed out of Shem Creek.   A short boat ride to our first spot and we were put right on the fish. My dad and I had a blast pulling in fish after fish. We caught some beautiful bull red drum, black drum, some trout, and we even got our slam with a couple of doormat flounder. It was a great day on the water. The boat was clean, had plenty of room, and a nice sound system. We had a few keepers in there that Captain James cleaned for us and we enjoyed a nice fish lunch.
I would definitely do this again and can't say enough good things about Reel Fish Finder Charters. Thanks so much Captain James! We'll be back for sure!

David K.

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