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Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters

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Charleston, SC, USA
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About Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters
Fishing Charters in Folly Beach, Charleston SC and Isle of Palms. Our fishing trips are perfect for families, beginners or experienced anglers. Book directly from our website! Pick up locations within 15 minutes of most locations in the area. We provide everything you need for fishing. Step aboard with whatever you like to eat and drink and we take care of the rest! I'm Captain Kevin Blair, join us for a saltwater experience you won't soon forget!
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Mommy1Indiana wrote a review Oct 19
Indiana228 contributions59 helpful votes
One of my husband's bucket list items was to go deep sea fishing, so he was like a kid on Christmas morning excited with anticipation for this trip. Captain Kevin was excellent in his communication with us and answering my questions, as this would be the first time fishing at sea for my husband and our 11 year old and 14 year old sons. Captain Kevin told us he had another group he was taking out, so Captain Gifford would be our captain. My husband and sons loaded up the cooler, got situated, I took a picture, and then I asked where the life jackets were since they would be in the ocean, to which Capt. Gifford replied, "Oh, we're not going deep sea today." I could see the huge disappointment on my husband's face. He shared that the conditions were too rough, which we completely understand and value safety. But we wondered when we were going to be told that, and it would have been nice to get a text/call before we came to make us aware and give the option of rescheduling. My friend who goes deep sea fishing often said that we absolutely should've been told before we arrived. That immediately put a damper on the activity. They traveled to several spots and didn't get anything until the last couple hours, which again, is out of their control but disappointing nonetheless. My husband and boys said Capt. Gifford didn't really interact with them until near the end of the trip - he was nice, but not really talkative. It would've been a great first experience if he had engaged the boys, talked about history in the area, etc. - anything! But my husband said he only did that when my husband asked a question. The day was saved when they finally caught several fish near the end of the trip (definitely book a 6 hour trip because I've read that 4 hours might not be enough with tides), and my son caught a bonnet head shark. Cpt. Gifford cleaned the fish and we enjoyed dinner for a couple nights. Both boys said the fishing trip was the highlight of our vacation, but the customer service was lacking on the captain's part as far as communication ahead of time and on the boat so my husband would only give it a 3 out of 5. I've ready so many great reviews about Cpt. Kevin so if you book, maybe request him.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Captain Kevin B, Owner at Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters
Responded 3 days ago
Jamie, Thanks for your feedback. I completely agree with you. I will discuss your points with our Captains to be sure we are delivering on the expectation to provide up to date information to our clients within a reasonable time frame as well as engaging with the crew. That being said Captain Gifford and I did text several times the morning of your charter between 6:00-7:00 am to let me know the forecast for the ocean had turned unfavorable from the night before. He told me a deep sea trip would not be possible. He asked me if we had a boat available Deep Sea fishing for the next day for you and your crew but unfortunately we did not. He did communicate to me that your group really wanted to go offshore so I was under the impression he had spoken with your husband (and it seems I'm incorrect) prior to leaving the dock. This is an easy fix for us but I am sorry you had this experience. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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Lindsay G wrote a review Oct 10
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We had a great time with Captain Kevin and couldn’t have asked for a better time in river and harbor fishing. We caught a nice mixed bag of fish and Capt Kev was a great instructor. There were 4 of us on the boat and he was quick to bait our hooks, help us when needed and kept the convo going, joking with us and making sure we had a good time. We will absolutely come back, especially since Captain Kev told us we broke multiple state records with the size fish we caught and we have plans to chill by his fire pit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Captain Kevin B, Owner at Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters
Responded 1 week ago
Lindsay, Thanks for your review. You brought a fun crew with you and you all were easy to teach so we got right on the fish. I'll keep a spot on deck and some wood for the fire pit ready for you!
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GiberttheDad wrote a review Oct 8
Aiken, South Carolina47 contributions17 helpful votes
Yesterday, Captain Kevin took our party out to the near shore reef off Isle of Palms for a half day of fishing. When we got to the dock, Captain K. had already collected the shrimp bait we would need. His boat got us out to the reef quickly and comfortably. He moved us a couple of times until he got us over a mess of feeding black drum and redfish. We were really pulling in the big fish and quickly got enough for our dining needs. We caught and released drum and redfish till we were worn out. Captain K. did an excellent job of keeping our lines baited and in the water, coaching use to bring in the fish, and getting them out of the water. It was a beautiful day on the water. We could not have been happier and look forward to booking him again next year.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Captain Kevin B, Owner at Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters
Responded 2 weeks ago
Gilbert, Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure fishing with you and your crew. We sure did find a bunch of big hungry Redfish and Black Drum. I'm happy you all fun. Hope to see you back on deck again soon.
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Collin W wrote a review Oct 3
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We went on a six hour inshore charter with Captain Kevin Blair and had a fantastic time. I would say we went into the day with pretty high hopes/expectations and came away feeling they had been completely met. Despite challenging wind conditions, Kevin kept us on fish all practically all day. He dispensed a ton of great advice and empowered us to make the most of the hits that came our way. If you’re like us and had trouble deciding between the four hour and six hour charter, I highly recommend the six hour. The six hour charter usually affords one the ability to fish both the incoming and outgoing tides, which is highly advantageous since fish are sometime more active during one tide vs the other. In our case, the most productive fishing of the day was towards the end of our trip during the outgoing tide. Had we booked the four hour charter, we would have missed that completely. TL;DR: Caught fish, was good.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Captain Kevin B, Owner at Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters
Responded 2 weeks ago
Colin, Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure fishing with you and your family. You all did a great job out there and I totally agree with you regarding the six hour trip. Hope to see you all back on deck again soon.
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Andy wrote a review Oct 3
Gate City, Virginia1 contribution
My father in law and I fished with Kevin For a 6 hour inshore trip. Kevin was great! He was at the dock and ready to go at the time he gave us. We headed out to the first spot he took us and started catching fish immediately. We moved around several times throughout the day and each stop resulted in fish catches. We caught redfish, trout, black drum, flounder and several other types of fish. Kevin was patient and spent plenty of time explaining each technique we used and how to be most effective using it. Having fished freshwater all of my life I will say this was one of my best fishing experiences. I will be back to fish with Kevin again in the upcoming months! I have no doubt you will enjoy your time spent on the water fishing with them.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Captain Kevin B, Owner at Charleston Fish Rod Bending Company - Fishing Charters
Responded 3 weeks ago
Andy, Thanks for the review, I really appreciate it. You and your father in were excellent guests and did a great job on the water. Looking forward to our next outing.
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