12 Grand Strand fishing captains are among the best in the world

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David Hucks
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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

FishingBooker, the world’s largest platform connecting anglers and fishing guides, announces its yearly Angler’s Choice Award. This exclusive recognition acknowledges charter operators for their exceptional customer service, reliability, and quality of fishing trips. Out of 7,910 captains who partner with FishingBooker, only 537, or 6.8%, were recognized for their excellence each quarter this year.

12 of the winners are in the Grand Strand, which is 15% of all captains listed on FishingBooker (81). That means that Grand Strand fishing captains performed more than twice as well as the national average.

When looking at the performance of all US states, South Carolina came in as the #3 state by highest share of Angler’s Choice Award winning captains.

Here is the full list of fishing guides of Grand Strand fishing captains that received the yearly Angler’s Choice Award (ranked in no particular order):

Grand Strand fishing captains

  • John Hambrick of Top Shelf Fishing and Adventure
  • Nicholas Brown of North Island Fishing Charters
  • Kerry Gehman of Tailfinz Charter Service
  • Mike Masiero of Legacy Charters
  • Scotty Lambert of Capt. Scotty’s Fishing Charters
  • Ryan Isabelle of Palmetto Fishing Charters
  • Jeff Maples of Reel Salty Fishing Charters
  • John Horstman of All Hooked Up Fishing Charters
  • Randy Elliott of Fisher Of Men Charters
  • Perrin Wood of Southern Saltwater Charters
  • Cody Rinehardt of Fishing Myrtle Beach
  • Dan Carey of Careyon Charters

One of the Grand Strand fishing captains winners, Nicholas Brown of North Island Fishing Charters in Pawleys Island, says:

I tell every customer that I’m an Angler’s Choice Award winning guide. When people see that, they know we’re a good business. The way I make sure people have a great time on board is by keeping them in the loop, letting them know what’s happening at all times.


To be eligible for the award, fishing guides had to meet the following criteria over the past 12 months:

  • 4.8+ out of 5-star review rating from 10+ verified reviews.
  • 98% reliability score and response rate.
  • Full business verification.

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