Best Fishing Charters in Savannah

10 Best Savannah Fishing Charters: Inshore, Near-Shore and Offshore Excursions for Experienced Anglers, Amateurs and Everyone In Between

Savannah is surrounded by rivers and is just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, so it’s no wonder that fishing is a major sport in the area. Thanks to the city’s mild climate, fishing enthusiasts can cast their rods just about any time of year. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or a first-time angler, Savannah’s fishing charter captains will have you pulling out grouper, snapper, trout and cobia in no time. For the best offshore charter, check out Amick’s Deep Sea Fishing, a local favorite that provides rods, reels, bait, ice, tackle and even a fishing license. Miss Judy Charters, one of the area’s most popular fishing outfittters, offers inshore and offshore expeditions and will customize packages based on your interests. Inshore fishing afficianados can’t go wrong with Coastal River Charters, a well-respected operation helmed by Captain Jack McGowan, an eighth generation South Georgian who knows the coastal waters inside and out. Other reputable inshore charters include Sundial Fishing Charters and Standard Bay Charters. Marshland Inshore Fishing Adventures, a Tybee Island-based charter that specializes in taking passengers around the area’s backwaters, is a great choice for anglers who bring along their children. And fly fishermen will love spending the day with Captain Robert Szychowski, an expert angler and owner of Fly Fish Savannah. Anchors aweigh!


Just like its name suggests, this Tybee Island fishing charter takes anglers far into the waters for a day of unadulterated deep sea fishing. Reel 'Em In Deep offers half-, three-quarter- and full-day excursions on its three vessels, which can accommodate up to 20 passengers each. The crew supplies the fishing gear, tackle, bait, ice and fishing license; all you need to bring is a packed lunch, beverages, a camera, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and a jacket. Thanks to the expertise of Captain Derek Brown, who has been fishing the area's waters for more than 15 years, anglers can expect to find grouper and snapper year-round and other fish seasonally, including sea bass, cobia, mahi-mahi, shark, king mackerel, flounder and more.

Local Expert tip: If you enjoy Captain Derek's fishing charter, then check out his popular dolphin-watching tour.

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Captain Keith Gladin has more than 30 years experience fishing the flats and tidal creeks near Tybee Island, and it shows. Once you board Captain Keith's 18-foot Sterling Flats boat--a unique boat that can fish flats that most boats can't reach--he will take you on an inshore or near-shore excursion in search of red fish, trout, flounder and more. Prices are reasonable for Luv-N-It's 4-, 6- and 8-hour charters and include bait, tackle and non-alcoholic drinks. Catering to both experienced anglers and amauters, Luv-N-It uses cork and live bait combinations, bottom and live bait combinations and artificial bait. Fly fishing trips are available upon request.

Local Expert tip: You'll be luv-n the ability to pay for your charter online.

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Whether you're a seasoned angler or a newcomer who wants to cast your line for the first time, Standard Bay Charters has got you covered. The fishing charter, which specializes in inshore saltwater fishing and light tackle fishing, takes guests around Savannah's coastal waters in a twin engine catamaran in search of redfish, speckled trout, flounder, striped bass, bottom fish and more. Trips are four or six hours (or longer, if requested) and rods, tackle and bait are provided. Captain Jay's flexible approach is a perfect fit for guests who may be looking to do a combination of fishing and sightseeing.

Local Expert tip: Standard Bay Charters comes to you. Captain Jay picks up guests at one of three locations: River Street, Skidaway Island or Thunderbolt.

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Captain Ray Crawley, an optician turned fishing charter proprietor, has an eye for spotting what's biting in local waters, including redfish, trout, flounder, tarpon and shark. Captain Ray's five-and-a-half hour trips, which take place aboard his Maverick Master Angler, can accommodate up to four fishermen. Aaction provides all the equipment you need for a productive day on the water, including first-class matching Shimano tackle and a fishing license. Captain Ray also takes guests on scenic tours of the area upon request. Fun fact: Captain Ray was featured on a segment of the Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods. During the episode, he took host Andrew Zimmern in coastal waters to hunt for marsh hen.

Local Expert tip: Looking to save money? Aaction's fishing charters are among the most reasonably priced of all local charters.

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Fly fishing enthusiasts will be in good hands with Captain Robert Szychowski, an experienced angler who knows the best spots in Savannah to fly cast. Taking guests aboard his 22-foot Panga Super Skiff, which comfortably accommodates up to four passengers, Captain Robert trolls the coastal rivers and creeks, stopping in shallow areas to allow anglers to wade the waters by foot. Four-, six- and eight-hour trips are available, and anglers may choose to bring their own equipment or use the rods and flies provided by Captain Robert. All voyages depart from the Isle of Hope Marina, located on scenic and historic Bluff Drive.

Local Expert tip: Book your excursion between the months of June and November for the best fly fishing.

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Sundial Fishing Charters, an inshore and near-shore outfitter that departs from Tybee Island, takes anglers around the area for light and heavy tackle fishing. Helmed by Captain David Heidt, a United States Coast Guard-licensed captain who has fished local waters since he was a little boy, Sundial specializes in a variety of fishing techniques and uses both live and artificial bait to reel in trout, flounder, sheepshead and more. The company also offers a number of nature tours, including a popular three-hour tour of Little Tybee and a half-day excursion to Wassaw Island, a National Wildlife Refuge with pristine beaches, rolling dunes and a driftwood bone yard.

Local Expert tip: For a truly unique experience, check out Sundial's Fossil Tour. The four-hour tour includes surface hunting for fossils such as shark teeth, lessons on salt marsh ecology, dolphin viewing and birding.

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This inshore fishing charter, which specializes in light-tackle fishing in Savannah's backwaters, is a great option for anglers looking for a relaxing but fruitful day on the water. Operated by Captain Stan Allen, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain with more than 20 years of experience, Marshland Inshore Fishing Adventures welcomes guests aboard a 23-foot Sea Pro Bay Boat for four-, six- or eight-hour excursions. Rods and reels, bait, tackle, a cooler, ice and drinks are included, and guests are even provided with photographs of their expedition. The charters, which leave from Tybee Island, travel to the area's pristine backwaters, inlets and ocean bars. Marshland is family friendly and kids are welcome aboard.

Local Expert tip: If you want to eat your catch but aren't skilled in the art of cleaning, Marshland will do the dirty work for you.

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One of the most well respected fishing charters in Savannah, Coastal River Charters is helmed by Captain Jack McGowan, an eighth generation South Georgian whose family has a long history of fishing the waters along the Georgia the coast. Captain Jack's expertise shines during his inshore and near-shore fishing expeditions, which take place on his Sea Pro Bay Boat. Captain Jack's vessel can comfortably accommodate up to four anglers, and most of the fishing is done within 30 minutes of the marina. The captain encourages a practice-and-release approach, though guests are welcome to take a few catches home for dinner. Several packages are available, including a family-friendly fishing adventure, and all equipment is provided.

Local Expert tip: Check out Captain Jack's fishing report on his website to find out what's biting this season.

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Judy Helmey has earned her reputation as the city's most well known fishing captain. Her father started Savannah's first professional fishing charter in the 1950s, and Captain Judy has spent the past four decades following in his footsteps. Miss Judy's fleet includes "Miss Judy Too," a 33-foot custom Sportfisher available for either trolling, bottom fishing or live-lining, along with several other vessels that can accommodate up to 10 people. In addition to inshore and offshore charters, Miss Judy offers several specialty packages, including fly fishing trips, shark fishing trips, sport crabbing and cast net trips, overnight trips and more. Miss Judy works with several local charter captains, providing one-stop shopping for those with varied interests.

Local Expert tip: Always wanted to try fly fishing but need a few lessons first? Check out Miss Judy's Fly Fishing School, a year-round course that will have you mastering the sport in no time.

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If you've always wanted to try deep sea fishing but are lacking the equipment and transportation necessary to make it happen, then book a charter with Amick's Deep Sea Fishing. Lauded by locals for its knowledgeable crew and customized inshore and offshore expeditions, Amick's has several boats in its fleet, including a Twin Cummins Diesel that can carry up to 23 passengers, two 31-foot Morgan Sport Fishermans and a 25-foot Mako. Groups can book either half-day or full-day trips, while individual anglers have the option of reserving a spot aboard a boat specifically designated for those fishing without a group. Best of all, Amick's provides rods, reels, bait, ice, tackle and a fishing license, so guests just need to show up with food, drinks and their cameras.

Local Expert tip: Amick's is a good choice for anglers fishing with their children.

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