Reel Tales: On the Water with Open Angler

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Offshore Charter | Charleston, SC | September 2, 2017

photo courtesy of Capt. Pete Ferrara


Trip Provider: Capt. Pete Ferrara of Bushwacker Fishing Charters

Angler: Steven W. and friends from Atlanta, GA

Destination: Offshore Charleston 90’ “The Garden”

Catches: Bottom Fish – Gray Triggerfish, Vermillion Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Gag Grouper (released), White Grunts, Red Snapper (released), Atlantic Sharpnose Shark (released)

Equipment Used: Trolling: Penn rods with Penn reels . Bottom rods: Penn Slammer Rods with Penn 113 reels & Shimano 125 reels on Uglistick Jigging rods

Captain's Tips for Anglers: Be positive and enjoy the outdoors! The group was there to have fun and we met their expectations.

Best Part of the Day: When the wind settled down and sun came out we were able to move further offshore to get into more fish.

Captain's Log: This was a bachelor party weekend for the customers. The charter started a couple hours later than planned by their request. No issues, We had no hard schedule and were able to catch live bait and get offshore. The seas were laying down and this actually helped us. Trolling was slow so after a couple hours, we changed to bottom fishing and that’s when the continuous action began. We were having a good time and didn’t stop fishing until after 3:00pm. We got in and cleaned the fish and they were back at their dock in time for dinner and fish filets to take home.


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