Captain Jason Jenkins knows some of the best fishing spots in Charleston—not only has he sailed the waters his entire life, but his dad was a marine biologist, giving him scientific insight into the local species. His trips, which are all-inclusive, troll the area channels for some of his favorite catches, which include species such as sharks, huge red, tarpon, black sea bass, and spadefish. He also leads special low-tide charters that hunt for shells, teeth, and fossils, as well as dolphin-watching tours and tours of Charleston Harbor. A US Coast Guard–certified charter captain, Captain Jason is also trained in first aid and CPR and is a certified first responder.
Joe Lotts and most of his staff graduated from Brevard College with a degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education. At Charleston Outdoor Adventures, they put their schooling to work by educating people about the coastline’s saltwater estuaries. Their classrooms are their kayaks, paddleboards, and 23-foot bay boat, and their coursework combines environmentalism with photo opportunism. For instance, the tour route to Morris Island Lighthouse and Fort Sumter flows past scenic marshland, local birds, and pick-up games of dolphin basketball. If guests prefer to explore alone, Lotts and crew also rent out its paddleboards and kayaks.
From Charleston’s sandy shores to its grassy marshes, Captain Bret Curlett explores every natural environment he can aboard a 23-foot Sea Pro Bay boat. As owner of Harborview Charters, the captain regularly loads up to six passengers into his vessel for watery voyages, including sea-bass fishing in the harbor. He shows his guests some of the wonders of the natural world on expeditions to the Lowcountry marshes to search for wildlife such as great blue herons, dolphins, and gators. For even more interaction with nature, Captain Curlett ferries groups to a beach on secluded Morris Island, where they can gather seashells or replace their own molars with shark teeth.
Charleston Flight Services, LLC's licensed and insured drivers whisk passengers to and from Charleston International Airport in black Mercedes C220 sedans. Travelers seeking a ride to the airport will find a prompt, professional chauffeur waiting at their pickup spot in a well-manicured Mercedes, ready to navigate the roads while passengers relax and try to predict the in-flight movie. Customers opting for the airport pickup can settle into the comfortable backseat and decompress after a long flight, and round-trip passengers enjoy being escorted to and from the planeyard with plenty of time to check in, roam the concourse, and create new yoga techniques based on the arm movements of landing technicians.
Jesse Nelson looks forward to summer weather—it means the sharks are coming to town. The Coast Guard–certified captain relishes the charters he takes with clients to hook and wrestle the oceanic predators that flock to the coast as the climate warms. Having navigated the Lowcountry's angling spots for his entire life, Jesse knows how to hunt down the toothy specimens as well as most other native fish. He pursues barracuda and king mackerel on nearshore reefs, and steers through salt marshes to land flounder, sheepshead, and red drum, always abiding by catch-and-release rules.
Guests needn't be fishers to board his 23-foot Polar Bay boat, however. Jesse also plans recreational river retreats that include ecological tours, shelling expeditions, and dolphin-watching voyages. He customizes each trip based on the crew's desired sights, whether they hope to snap wildlife photos or simply make fun of waterbirds for walking so goofily.
The water wizards at Flipper Finders lead daily sea kayak tours sending novice and experienced kayakers paddling through the scenic estuaries around Charleston and Folly Beach. This Groupon is valid for the morning-and-afternoon paddle, which gives oar-gripping arms a watery workout while introducing explorers to the wildlife, history, and naturally occurring dolphin pyramids of Folly Beach. After receiving about 30 minutes of ground-bound instruction, adventurers step into their vessels to sail the sea for 90 minutes, during which each sojourner is immersed in the outdoors and allowed to see how well a foam vest complements their new Tyvek necktie.