Charter Catfishing Santee Cooper Lakes Rivers Capt John Gary Hill 704-473-4827

USCG Certified Charter Fishing Captian


I was born July 15, 1947 in Rutherfordton, N.C.  I'm married to Diana Turner Hill and we have two children, Justin and Carla. Our Grandkids Ame, Cailyn, Chandler and Judah and our two- great grands, Whyatt and Eli, are a very important part of our lives as are all things outdoors that fill up my world. Fishing has always been a passion along with music, motorcycles, woodworking, cooking, and raising Dobermans.

I have been a full time guide since 1998 and fished Santee Cooper Lakes and Rivers for more than 30 plus years, trained by American Red cross in adult - child and CPR, first aid and water rescue. Prior, to full time charter guide I worked 30 years for Bellsouth telephone in Western N.C. from 1968 - 1998.

Fishing has been a large part of my life for the past 18 years. December 2, 2014 I was trying to clean gutters on my Kings Mountain home and took a fall off the roof. The accident took away my style of living. I was severley injured. I had a broken pelvis, a broken shoulder, a torn rotator cuff, severe nerve damage to my elbow that left my right hand not working well at all. I have had two surgeries and many months of physical therapy and time since this accident. April 12, 2016 has brought me back to the Santee Lakes and a job I truely love. I am not 100% but I am trying my very best to find a way to come back and fish a few more years.

I offer a heart felt thank you to all of you who have called and come by to visit and try to encourage me to get better. I t really helps when you can lift up a friend when he is down. Love never fails.

Our Fleet of Boats Shown left we're heading out the Diversion Canal early in the morning. We use our 2007- 30 foot Tri-Toon for drift - fishing trips. It has a permanent 12 ft. top with cold weather enclosure for your fishing comfort and a Restroom.  VHF marine radio, Color sonar and GPS systems are up to date,  Powered by Evinrude E - Tech 225 hp makes this a very comfortable and fast boat. We are handicap accessible and we can carry up to six passengers aboard this boat.

Lets go fishing and have a great time! Depending on the time of year and fishing trends we fish different methods from two different types of boats. In my guiding I will help you understand my methods, tools and baits as they may benefit you on your home lakes

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We also have a 20 ft. Sea Ark super - jon tunnel boat that we use for river trips and very shallow water fishing. This boat has a 80 hp Mercury Jet drive for power and will take us into areas that can not be reached with prop driven boats. Flexibility has become important in the 170,000 acres of Lake Marion and  Lake Moultrie. We're willing to move to any part of the lake or rivers to put you on the best fish possible. You will get our best effort on every charter. This Sea Ark rig has a Bimini top, Minn Kota auto pilot trolling motor, VHF marine radio, and Lowrance electronics. .The nature of these areas we use this boat in, limits us to 4 passengers. This boat was featured in the 2000 In-fisherman catfish Guide magazine as the top catfish boats in America.