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About Our Captains

Captain Rich & Theresa Harris

Captain Rich & Theresa Harris started The Reel Deal Charters in 2004, after Richard’s return from combat duty in Afghanistan. Both are U.S. Air Force veterans; collectively they have 45 years working in, with, and for the military. They enjoy working with each other, with the talented team of captains at The Reel Deal Charters, and with all of the variety of customers they meet along the way. They had very different backgrounds growing up; Capt Rich hales from the eastern shore of Maryland and has always been an avid outdoorsman, fishing the Chesapeake Bay almost daily growing up. He fished around the world while he was in the military in places such as Venezuela, Panama Canal, East Coast of Africa, and the Gulf of Mexico; but has been fishing the Charleston waterways since his boots landed here in 1984. Theresa is originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, and loves to talk and interact with people, and ensure they have a great trip to the Charleston area, but especially fishing. They both love to laugh and will always have something funny to say; they take great pride in their company, having put together an awesome team of experienced captains; they both give all of their glory to God, and work diligently ensuring that everyone feels welcomed when around them. Together they have built The Reel Deal Charters with the same goals in mind; to provide the most affordable premier saltwater fishing service in the Charleston area that is focused on great customer service and making memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.

Captain Ricky Riccio

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 Shane Flannigan

Shane Flannigan is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He was born and raised in Arkansas where he grew up freshwater fishing. In 2002 he arrived in Charleston for his first duty assignment with the U.S. Air Force; and like many people, he immediately fell in love with the area and would stay here to call it home. Shane has a BS in Operations Management and a Master of Science in Management from Southwestern College. He is an avid outdoorsman, and is active in the local fishing communities. His true passion is chasing redfish, and seeing that smile on a customer’s face when they hook up and have the reel screaming off line. Captain Shane also fishes as a tournament pro, fishing both the Southern Redfish Cup and Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Redfish Tour, bringing that expertise to the guide community.

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 Charlie “Coach” Patterson

Charlie Patterson is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. Like other charter captains, Capt Charlie loved to fish as a child and went with his dad every chance he got. He grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, and has called Charleston home for 10 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Presbyterian College in Social Studies Education. He is a teacher of everything he does by his given talents, and has spent his life teaching in the classroom, on the football field, and now on the waterways of the Charleston area. He enjoys putting together the pieces of the fishing puzzle each day, where his specialties are fishing for all of the inshore species.

Captain Lee Craig

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

Captain Ray Adkins

Captain Ray Adkins is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up on the Mill Hill in West Columbia, SC. His passion for fishing started at a young age bream fishing with his parents on the lakes, rivers, and ponds near his home. As he got older he chased stripers on both the Congaree and Saluda Rivers. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1999, with a BA in Liberal Arts, he moved to Charleston and got his Master’s degree in Education from the Citadel. Being a fishing guide is a dream come true for Ray. He has many things he loves: fishing, sports, coaching, teaching; but none compare to the love he has for his wife and kids.

Captain David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer, that grew up in southern Alabama, on Lake Eufaula, spending as much time possible fishing and hunting. Since childhood, his love of fishing has only grown. The U.S. Air Force brought him to Charleston in 2005 and he immediately started learning how to fish the Lowcountry waterways. The freshwater skills that he learned growing up helped him jump right in to saltwater fishing, and provided for a quick learning curve. David started in a small skiff, and after owning several boats he decided that a 24’ bay boat was the perfect boat for fishing the Charleston inshore and nearshore waterways. He has a unique schedule, being a federal Firefighter/EMT, that allows him to spend plenty of time on the water. He is truly passionate about everything outdoors, especially saltwater fishing. The one thing that drew David to be a guide was the look on people’s faces when they land their first big bull redfish.

Captain Austin Daniel

Austin Daniel is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. Austin was born and raised in Waynesboro Georgia with a fishing rod in his hands. His family is deep rooted with the fishing gene in their blood. He has worked on the water since he was 12 years old, as a mate on his dad’s boat. He obtained his captains license as soon as he was old enough so that he could venture out on his own. He has called Charleston home since he was a teenager, and has committed his lifestyle to the saltwater. He attends the College of Charleston, and is working towards an Arts Management degree. If you are on the boat with him you will definitely see a truly passionate fisherman, with a love for the saltwater!

Captain Jesse Riddle

Jesse Riddle is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up in Columbia, SC where he was always fishing in the neighborhood ponds. Moving to the Charleston area when he was twelve opened his eyes up to saltwater fishing. He was infected with the fishing bug really bad, when he’s not fishing he is continually thinking about fishing; either learning new things or working to master the things he already knows. His mantra is “live to fish, and fish to live”, being a charter captain helps him live out his dream. He is a great teacher and loves to see beginners become successful anglers.


Captain Rich & Theresa Harris

Captain Rich & Theresa Harris started The Reel Deal Charters in 2004, after Richard’s return from combat duty in Afghanistan. Both are U.S. Air Force veterans; collectively they have 45 years working in, with, and for the military. They enjoy working with each other, with the talented team of captains at The Reel Deal Charters, and with all of the variety of customers they meet along the way. They had very different backgrounds growing up; Capt Rich hales from the eastern shore of Maryland and has always been an avid outdoorsman, fishing the Chesapeake Bay almost daily growing up. He fished around the world while he was in the military in places such as Venezuela, Panama Canal, East Coast of Africa, and the Gulf of Mexico; but has been fishing the Charleston waterways since his boots landed here in 1984. Theresa is originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, and loves to talk and interact with people, and ensure they have a great trip to the Charleston area, but especially fishing. They both love to laugh and will always have something funny to say; they take great pride in their company, having put together an awesome team of experienced captains; they both give all of their glory to God, and work diligently ensuring that everyone feels welcomed when around them. Together they have built The Reel Deal Charters with the same goals in mind; to provide the most affordable premier saltwater fishing service in the Charleston area that is focused on great customer service and making memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.
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Captain Ricky Riccio

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.
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Captain Shane Flannigan

Shane Flannigan is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He was born and raised in Arkansas where he grew up freshwater fishing. In 2002 he arrived in Charleston for his first duty assignment with the U.S. Air Force; and like many people, he immediately fell in love with the area and would stay here to call it home. Shane has a BS in Operations Management and a Master of Science in Management from Southwestern College. He is an avid outdoorsman, and is active in the local fishing communities. His true passion is chasing redfish, and seeing that smile on a customer’s face when they hook up and have the reel screaming off line. Captain Shane also fishes as a tournament pro, fishing both the Southern Redfish Cup and Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Redfish Tour, bringing that expertise to the guide community.
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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.
Read More

Captain Charlie “Coach” Patterson

Charlie Patterson is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. Like other charter captains, Capt Charlie loved to fish as a child and went with his dad every chance he got. He grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, and has called Charleston home for 10 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Presbyterian College in Social Studies Education. He is a teacher of everything he does by his given talents, and has spent his life teaching in the classroom, on the football field, and now on the waterways of the Charleston area. He enjoys putting together the pieces of the fishing puzzle each day, where his specialties are fishing for all of the inshore species.
Read More

Captain Lee Craig

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.
Read More

Captain Ray Adkins

Captain Ray Adkins is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up on the Mill Hill in West Columbia, SC. His passion for fishing started at a young age bream fishing with his parents on the lakes, rivers, and ponds near his home. As he got older he chased stripers on both the Congaree and Saluda Rivers. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1999, with a BA in Liberal Arts, he moved to Charleston and got his Master’s degree in Education from the Citadel. Being a fishing guide is a dream come true for Ray. He has many things he loves: fishing, sports, coaching, teaching; but none compare to the love he has for his wife and kids.
Read More

Captain David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer, that grew up in southern Alabama, on Lake Eufaula, spending as much time possible fishing and hunting. Since childhood, his love of fishing has only grown. The U.S. Air Force brought him to Charleston in 2005 and he immediately started learning how to fish the Lowcountry waterways. The freshwater skills that he learned growing up helped him jump right in to saltwater fishing, and provided for a quick learning curve. David started in a small skiff, and after owning several boats he decided that a 24’ bay boat was the perfect boat for fishing the Charleston inshore and nearshore waterways. He has a unique schedule, being a federal Firefighter/EMT, that allows him to spend plenty of time on the water. He is truly passionate about everything outdoors, especially saltwater fishing. The one thing that drew David to be a guide was the look on people’s faces when they land their first big bull redfish.
Read More

Captain Austin Daniel

Austin Daniel is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. Austin was born and raised in Waynesboro Georgia with a fishing rod in his hands. His family is deep rooted with the fishing gene in their blood. He has worked on the water since he was 12 years old, as a mate on his dad’s boat. He obtained his captains license as soon as he was old enough so that he could venture out on his own. He has called Charleston home since he was a teenager, and has committed his lifestyle to the saltwater. He attends the College of Charleston, and is working towards an Arts Management degree. If you are on the boat with him you will definitely see a truly passionate fisherman, with a love for the saltwater!
Read More

Captain Jesse Riddle

Jesse Riddle is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up in Columbia, SC where he was always fishing in the neighborhood ponds. Moving to the Charleston area when he was twelve opened his eyes up to saltwater fishing. He was infected with the fishing bug really bad, when he’s not fishing he is continually thinking about fishing; either learning new things or working to master the things he already knows. His mantra is “live to fish, and fish to live”, being a charter captain helps him live out his dream. He is a great teacher and loves to see beginners become successful anglers.
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