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About Our Captains

Captain Rich Harris

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.



Captain Brian Garris

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.



Captain Carl Griffin

Carl Griffin is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up in North Carolina.  He came to Charleston in 1989 after finishing his second tour in the U.S. Navy.  He started fishing the local waters off-shore onboard the “Thunderstar”, where he started as a mate and worked his way up to become Captain.  He has fished from North Carolina to Australia for everything from Sea Bass to Marlin.  With twenty years of experience on the local waters of Charleston, he can find the fish! The customers love his knowledge of the local waters, along with his many stories of the waterways surrounding the Charleston area.



Captain Greg Anderson

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.



Captain Bobby Streisel

Bobby Streisel is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina where he saltwater fished all his life. He remembers taking a boat out fishing on his own during elementary school. When a little older he started working as a mate on various boats around the area and went on get his captains license. He graduated from Wofford College and is currently attending the University of South Carolina School of Law. His plan is to move back to the Lowcountry once completing his education, because he has to be near the saltwater. He specializes in bull reds and sharks, but is capable of targeting any inshore or
offshore species.



Captain Tom Siwarski 

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.



Captain Jim Dodge 

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.



Capt Will Stevenson

Captain Will Stevenson 

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 Hoppy Hopkins

Captain Julian “Hoppy” Hopkins

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.



Captain Peter Minton

is a certified U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and has been on boats all of his life, enjoying everything from a kayak to 130 foot cargo boats. He is very comfortable with all types of boats: paddle, outboard, inboard & sail, his resume is endless. He enjoys fishing in all types of conditions from fresh water, to brackish and salt; bottom fishing and trolling are his expertise. He can catch fish with either fishing gear or a spear gun, as he is also a Master Diver. He is an instructor at the Charleston Sea School and has a vast knowledge about everything that has to do with the water. He co-owns a diving charter company up the road in Myrtle Beach. He has literally fished all over the world, but his heart is here locally in the Lowcountry.



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