---Guiding Charleston's Waters Since
Hall Of Fame Gallery
Matt Bachinski with the 2014 Charleston
Harbor Tarpon Tournament winner!!
Tournament founder Cantey Smith, winner Matt Bachinski, and guide J.R. Waits (not
pictured Bill Browne)
Scott Lanzon and Capt. J.R. with largest fish of the 2014 Georgetown Tapron
Tournament, estimated 150-160 pounds.
Huge cobia!! - 88.6 pounds, just 4 shy of state
Capt. Fritz and I caught
this huge cobia just over a mile off of Isle of Palms
Eddie Collins with the Fish Call "Catch-of-the-Year" 2012, 32 pound inshore
Eddie's red is the largest ever caught inshore by Fish Call
Zach Lever with a 130-lb tarpon caught at the Charleston
Grant Meyer with the second biggest inshore red ever caught on the Fish Call, 27
Dave Hinke from Bass Pro Shops with Fish Call's 2011
"Catch-of-the-Year"!! Dave's enormous redfish weighed 17.5-lbs and
was caught in then named "Bay of Pigs."
Dave's catch was part of this triple header of PIGS! John Doerr and Eddie Ketchum
both had reds over 12-lbs at the
same time. It was crazy battling these three giants from a 17' flats skiff in 10" of water. Dave
also caught a 23-lb bonnethead shark which was 3-lbs
off the I.G.F.A All-Tackle World Record! EPIC EPIC Day.
Amazing Catch of 2011> Greta Waits. My 10 year-old
daughter caught this giant tarpon on August 15.
big tarpon fought extremely hard in a rushing current. Greta worked hard and wants to also thank
Uncle Travis for helping out.
Great job, Greta! Her tarpon was well over 100-lbs, and she's
less than half the weight of that, WOW! I'm a very
largest tripletail ever caught on the Fish Call,
My personal largest redfish
ever caught on fly, 26 pounds! Yes, it is another
Billy Jordan and I with the 2010 Fish Call
"Catch-of-the-Year" > 130-140 pound TARPON Sept 10, 2010
Billy did a fantastic job fighting this
monster through a shrimper's poles and then jumping on the other side of the shrimper's boat.
Largest Redfish 2010 > 37 pounds Calvin
Masoaka July 27, 2010
Clint Watts' first tarpon. This fish is
significant becasue Clint has fished for and lost tarpon
with me several times over the years plus it is the earliest tarpon we have ever caught and it
occurred on my 40th birthday, June 17,
My largest redfish ever on fly, 16 pounds
First tarpon in the Wando River > Alex Michaels,
NO, I will not take that rod! -
Greta with her 23.8-lb I.G.F.A World Record
bonnethead (Girl's Smallfry and Women's 16-lb Line Class Records)
16.5-lb I.G.F.A WR shark (Women's 06-lb Line Class) -
7/24/06 (since beaten)
My 22.1-lb I.G.F.A WR bonnethead (Men's 06-lb Line Class) -
Masoaka with his very impressive 19.1-lb I.G.F.A WR bonnethead (Men's 02-lb Line Class!!) -
Ralston Smith with
20.8 pound I.G.F.A Boy's Smallfry World Record Bonnethead Shark, 2005 (since
Troy Beaver's I.G.F.A Boy's Smallfry World
Record Bonnethead Shark - 17.5 pounds, 2003 (since beaten).
Waits is our future World Record holder but what species???
| Hyan Furniss and I won the 2009 Charleston
IFA Redfish Tour Tournament!! |
Both reds fell for Gulp Shrimp very near Isle of Palms. We won a fully rigged Ranger
flats boat which Hylan fishes in Wilmington,
angler to land a tarpon on the Fish Call, my nephew Wesley Michaels age 8, Aug 2009
fights fish his way, upside down! He landed the tarpon but didn't get the glory
Largest fish on fly by a
client, 36 pound Amberjack!! (email me if
this is you)
Grinnings with his 170lb would-be state record tarpon!
"Catch of the Year" on the FISH CALL - 7/15/05
There is Nothing Like
the First Jump!! (close-up)
The Landing - all three pictures from the same jump.
Congrats to Christian Burns with Catch-of-the-Year 2003
Stump with a 40 pound Black Drum
Bottomed Out the 60 lb. Boga Grip!!
the Croaker that Caught Tarpon #1
Steven's First Tarpon of the Day!
Hooked Up to the winning
Steven Michaels and I won the 2003 Charleston Harbor Tarpon Release Tournamnet for
the second year in a row! We landed 2 out of 5
The Catch of
My Life, Pilar Ritchie Waits
The Waits Family at Greta's graduation from Academic Magnet High School,
the #1 public high school in the USA 2019
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