Rich Harris is the senior captain and is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He has been near the water all his life and has fished all over the world in places like, Caracas Venezuela, Panama Canal, East Coast of Africa, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force where he proudly served for 22 years, most of that time here locally at Charleston AFB, fishing inshore and offshore every chance he had. Captain Rich is a Christian and a member of New Spring Church in North Charleston, so you are guaranteed good times in a great atmosphere with him.
Brian Garris is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 50 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up fishing the waters of the Lowcounty from his fathers dock located in the Wando River. Living on the water as a child afforded him the opportunity to become intimately knowledgeable with the waters of the Charleston Harbor, Cooper River, Intercostal Waterway, and of course the Wando River. He is one of the founders of the East Cooper Fishing Club, an organization founded to help others become better fishermen while giving back to the local community.
Greg Anderson is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up in the Charleston area of South Carolina fishing on the Cooper River with his dad. After graduating from Cathedral of Praise in 2008, he went on to receive a certificate from Trident Technical College in Automotive Technology. The saltwater continued to reel him in; he started working part-time with The Reel Deal as a mate and went on to get his captains license—all the while learning the responsibilities of being a captain and mastering the art of providing great customer service, which The Reel Deal Charters is known for.
Tom Siwarski is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up hunting and fishing on the eastern shore of Maryland, and decided to make the outdoors his career choice while he was in high school. He has two Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Wildlife from the University of Wisconsin; along with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from Louisiana State University. He spends the slower winter months guiding hunting expeditions in the Charleston area, while still fishing the local waters.
Jim Dodge is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He is a South Carolina native having lived in Myrtle Beach, Florence, and Beaufort. Mt. Pleasant has been his home for the last 18 years, and no matter where he lived he spent all of his spare time fishing the local waterways. Jim has a Bachelors degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism from the University of South Carolina; and uses his passion for serving others while out on charters.
Will Stevenson is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He has worked with The Reel Deal Charters since he was 14 years old; starting as a mate and has worked his way into a captain position. He is a full time student at Wofford College in the upstate, and works with us during spring and summer breaks. He grew up on the waterway in Mt. Pleasant, and fishes almost every day when he’s home in the Charleston area.
Julian Hopkins is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He is a Charleston Native, with more than 40 years of experience fishing the Charleston waterways. He truly understands and enjoys the uniquely beautiful estuarine environment of the Charleston area. This combined with his vast knowledge of fishing, makes him an incredible angler. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned angler, Hoppy will provide you an awesome fishing experience, along with some entertaining stories.
Chris Ovin is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He was born and raised in Moncks Corner and has been fishing the local waters for most of his life. He is a true outdoorsman and enjoys his time out in the wilderness both hunting and fishing when he is not on a charter. He has an Associate’s Degree in Construction Management from Clemson University, and is currently enrolled in the Business Management Bachelors Program at Charleston Southern University.
Griffin Craine is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He was born in Chesapeake Virginia the son of a military member; being raised on the east coast from Maine down to Charleston. Charleston, SC is home to him, he has been here more than 16 years. He spent five years in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged after being wounded in combat. He fishes every chance he gets as a guide, and likes working with customers to put them on fish
Lee Craig is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. His first job on the water was as a mate aboard the 110′ Thunderstar, which was the largest and best known party boat in the Charleston area. He worked there as a mate for three years, and then decided to get his captains license and become an inshore charter captain. While doing inshore charters, he freelanced on offshore boats where he received many awards such as the Governor’s Cup, for largest fish for both tuna and dolphin categories
Ricky Riccio is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. A true Mt. Pleasant native, he feels lucky to have fished these waters all of his life. His passion for fishing was the reason for getting his captains license. He loves to share this passion with everyone he comes in contact with. He graduated from Bishop England in 2000, and
recently became the proud father of a baby boy, a true family man.
Captain John “LJ” Dufour is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He has worked on the water since he was 15 years old, starting as a mate on the Thunderstar, which was a head boat operating in the Charleston area. He worked his way up to 1st mate and was in charge of 5 crew-members and 77 passengers. From 2011 to present day he’s been with The Reel Deal Charters during the summers, while completing his Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maine. He’s fished all his life in the Charleston area both in & offshore and will make your trip a memorable one.