Capt. Mike was super to work with from my first phone call! Communication was great throughout the planning process. When I had last minute plan changes, he was on the phone with me after 11:30pm the night before we were to go out making sure loose ends were tied up. Once on the water, he took care of every little detail from re-rigging rods, to baiting hooks, to making sure I always had a baited rod in my hand. The fish were sluggish at first, but that didn't stop Capt. Illig. He moved us around to various locations until we found several hungry shark, sea bass, and other species. A marine biologist, Capt. Mike's knowledge of tides, wind management, and the Charleston Bay area was the obvious difference in a successful fishing trip and an expensive boat ride!
He coordinated a battery of as many as 5 lines in the water at once, using a variety of bait until we found just the right one. His attention to detail and organizational skills rivaled those of a veteran brain surgeon performing surgery.
Aside from being a great fishing guide, Capt. Mike is just a great guy and absolutely one of the nicest and most decent human beings on the planet! He was not afraid to move short or long distances to find fish and minimize negative effects of wind and tides.
The atmosphere of the trip was as relaxing as the waves against the boat! It was as laid back as you could get! Perfect for vacation! Capt. Mike provided plenty of ice cold drinks, and even showed me how to fillet a shark, after we docked. He also told me how to prepare and cook it to perfection! I really didn't have to lift a finger on this trip. Everything was rigged up and worked great from the second we shoved off til the time we docked. Mike offered tips on "how-to" the entire trip, and was even able to provide some music on the boat radio to add a touch of atmosphere to the setting.
I could have paid more for a fancy boat ride, but I couldn't have had more fun catching fish or fished with a nicer guy! As soon as I get a chance, I will be back!
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