Here is a letter from Ronnie Cromer, Chairman-Senate, at the Fish, Game and Forestry Committee.

"You operate a first-class, professional guide service."

Joel Arrington
Salt Water Sportsman Magazine
Contributing Regional Editor-Carolinas

I wanted to let you how much my sons and I appreciated your taking us out Saturday. We all had a great time and hope to book you again at the end of September.

Thanks again,

Todd Taylor

Fishing with Captain Rick was like fishing with my brother…he made my son and I feel very comfortable being around him…his knowledge of his craft was spot on…his gear was top-notch…he put us on big redfish…we’ll be back.

James W. Anderson

Holy Moly what a fun day we had on Saturday.   That was the best day of fishing Jim and I have ever had!   You put us on the fish and put the right equipment in our hands to bring them in the boat.   We appreciate the tips we picked up and look forward to using them the next time we get to grab a rod!


David Carter

Gastonia, NC

This made the fourth year we have fished with you. Each year seems to get better, if that's possible. This year we missed having Haley with us but we sure didn't miss the fish. David and I can't remember a better fishing experience and are already looking forward to next year. We couldn't ask for a better Captain, thanks for a great time.

Jim Friesen 

Dear Captain Rick, 

What a great trip.  Krissy and I enjoyed every minute of our outing with you.  Not only did you turn us on to some great fishing but we enjoyed your laid back we'll get em attitude.  Next time we are in the low country we'll be callin' you to get some red drum.  This was Krissy's first charter and my first time fishing for red drum and now we are "hooked".

Take care and fair winds,


Jeff and Krissy Garback


Dear Captain Rick,

I really enjoyed Friday fishing with you, my dad and my grandfather.  Fishing is always fun.  Thank you so much for the new fishing rod and reel.  After we left, I caught another big fish on it.

Thank you -


I wanted to let you know how much Alex, Neal and I enjoyed the charter on Friday. You did a great job and put the time in up front to make sure everything went well. I would be glad to recommend you as a guide.

Peter Geosits

My graduate thesis project deals with several aspects of red drum fishing in South Carolina. Captain Rick has been a great resources into the world of lowcountry inshore fishing. As soon as he heard about my thesis project, he jumped right in. He filled out logbook information for over 100 redfish he caught in the fall of 2004. This fall, 2005, when I was having a hard time catching redfish, he volunteered to show me some spots. We had a great day on the water, and we caught some nice fish! He is extremely knowledgeable about the fish as well as the inshore waters around Charleston. I’ve met several of the fishing guides in coastal South Carolina, and Captain Rick is by far the most cooperative, reliable, and interested guide I have had the pleasure of meeting!

Julie Vecchio, Graduate Student, Marine Biology Program, College of Charleston
My family and I were on a trip with you this summer. It was super hot, but we had a blast! My experience was so exceptional I took fishing up as a hobby and go at least a couple times a week with my boys at a local reservoir. I was looking through a boat catalog(Trophy) and I saw you and your tournament winning team.

Take Care,
Scott Laffin
Just wanted to thank you again for the great trips. Lois will never forget the 40 inch Red Fish and I will never hear her stop bragging how she out fished me. Small price to pay for a great day. As promised, I have attached photos we took of the best.

Richard Wellinghurst
Captain Rick

We had a great time fishing last week.   John and I enjoyed our trip to visit Will and friends but the fishing trip was the highlight. 

We look forward to doing it again.

Garrett Boersma

We had a great time yesterday. Michael and his friend, Tony, can't stop talking about the "best fishing trip they have ever been on". Just want to tell you how much fun we had, and on top of the fun, the fish turned out good for dinner. We will definitely look to go out with you the next time we are down.

Michael Norris

Had a really good time last tuesday. I found your service to be excellent. I would highly recommend you to anyone. Once again thank you for a great fishing adventure.

E.J. Witman
Thanks for great day of fishing...amberjack,spanish macks,grouper and two really nice cobia to top it all off...couldn't ask for a better day on the's nice to fish with someone who knows what they are doing...hope to do it again soon...tight lines.

Mike Crouch
Sea Tow Charleston
Thanks for the fun and educational fishing day in Charleston on April 28th. You really know your business!
Next time we visit Robby and the rest of the family I will try to find enough time to schedule another trip.

Dr. Dave Mackay
"Put us on the fish AND taught us how to catch 'em. Great time! We hadn't made it from the landing to our car before we were planning the next trip."

Paul (and Kendall)
"What a memorable experience for us on the "great boatride" on the intercoastal waterways of the Charleston Harbor. It was soooo beautiful. The best part of the day was my "big catch", the spot tail bass (red fish). We are both ready to plan our next trip to Charleston and you can be sure we will have a trip out with you at the top of our list! I have attached a few photographs for you. Thanks again for the wonderful experience."

Peggy Napier
Richmond, KY
"I would strongly recommend Captain Rick Hiott for inshore fishing in Charleston. I can honestly say I was sore from all the red drum we caught. He was courteous, friendly and most of all knew where to find the fish. Next time I make a trip to Charleston I will definitely set up another trip."

Jason P. Cahaly
Fort Mill, SC
Captain Rick, Just wanted to let you know what a great time my friends and I had on our October fishing trip.This is the first time any of us have been on a guided fishing trip and you truly impressed us all.Now we plan on making this a once or twice a year event.All the big reds we caught were really awesome!

David Kellett and friends
My wife and I fished with you on August 30, 2003 and it was an experience we will never forget. You took the time to explain things and for someone like my wife who has never done any serious fishing, that makes it worth every penny. You made every aspect of the trip enjoyable both with your knowledge and with your personality. When someone books a trip with you, they not only get the best day of fishing of your life, but you also get one of the greatest experiences of your life as well. I would recommend Capt. Rick to anyone who is looking for the best-of-the-best. As if the price isn't enough to get you to call this man up, the experience is second to none. Thank you once again for the experience of a life time, not to mention my wife's 39" bull red. You will definitely be getting all of my fishing business from here on out.

Barry and Amy Sowers
Never did write a thank you. We had an excellant time! We will definately charter with you again. Thanks again for a great time.

Jared Sargent
"My two sons gave me a fishing trip with Capt. Rick as a birthday/father's day gift. We went out last Tuesday and had a great time. Caught a few giant reds and some trout. Even though I've fished inshore for a few years I learned a few new tricks. I've often seen posts here advising 'new' fishermen to hire a charter to learn what to do and where to go, and I agree. We enjoyed our day with Capt. Rick and I recommend his service. Thanks Rick!"

Wallace Milling
"Dear Captain Rick, I have been hearing fish stories from these two excited guys. Harold had the best fishing trip ever, finally landing his big one that all great fishermean dream of. James caught his biggest one also, I think. They are ready to book another trip...this time when the mackerel are available. They were very complimentary about you saying you know where to fish and you have a great personality. I might have to join them the next time."

Ann Parker
Asheville, NC
"Our fishing experience with Capt. Rick Hiott was awesome! WE had such a good time. He showed us so much we had to learn, We have never caught such big fish before, not to mention we couldn't get all the lines in the water before they started biting! We caught six giant red drums! from 34"-39" It was fantastic! It was great to learn the area and how to tag and release them. Capt. Hiott is a truly great angler, very professional, and just a genuinely nice person, we felt like he's been a friend for years! Can't wait to take my sister and some friends out when they come to visit. We strongly recommend Capt. Hiott for your next fishing charter, the charleston area has some great fishing and he's the one to go with!
Thanks again Capt. Hiott for just a great day!"

Paula Mastrangelo
Greg Sokoloski
Mt. Pleasant,SC
"Our fishing charter with Capt. Hiott was excellent. My son Brad and I went fishing with Capt. Hiott on 8/6/02. We caught many large ( 36 in. range red drum ) the fishing was never slow. It took over 2 1/2 hours to finally get 5 lines in the water at once because we were constantly hooking up with fish. Capt. Hiott is very knowledgable and professional, he made the trip a LOT of fun. I would highly recommend Capt. Hiott to anyone who wants to catch a lot of BIG fish and have a great time doing it. We also hooked up with several sharks and rays and had a good time just trying to bring them in. It was evident that Capt. Hiott is a true sportsman by the great care he took in handling, tagging and releasing many of these fish for the enjoyment of future fishermen. I would definitely charter with him again."

Tim Eakin (and Brad )
Zanesville, OH 43701
"Just wanted to thank you for showing my husband, Michael, and son, Brandon, a great fishing adventure yesterday. They both came home to Aiken just raving about how great you were and what a wonderful experience they had with you. I am glad they got away together to spend some time fishing since they enjoy it so much and I am especially happy they actually caught some fish this time!"

Karla Heitkamp
Rick, I had a great time and was very impressed on the fish that we caught even with the conditions as bad as they were. I now have an idea where to try to fish in the Cooper and hopefully I will start catching a few fish.
Again thanks for the experence and please use me for a reference.

John Jones