Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States

South Carolina - June 2022

I celebrated turning 40 by taking a family vacation to Hilton Head.  Treating myself to a short shark fishing trip was a no brainer.  I fished with Marc Pincus of Reelin Charters, a guide whose list of angling accomplishments and tournament wins speaks for itself.  Marc put me on sharks almost immediately and, in 90 minutes, I had caught seven Atlantic sharpnose sharks, two blacktip sharks, a bonnethead shark, a blacknose shark, and two stingrays.  The sharpnose sharks were quite big and I was ready to do some math to determine whether they were trophies.  But then I didn't have to because, right at quitting time, I caught a massive nine-foot, over 250-pound trophy bull shark.  He pulled us all over the place and made me work hard for every inch of line I got back.  Finally, after what seemed like forever, especially in the 111-degree heat, I had him next to the boat for picture time and a safe release.


South Carolina became my 43rd state with at least one trophy, and I am already eager to go back and get after more sharks again sometime.

Stingray Hilton Head, SC

One of several things I caught that could kill you

Bonnethead Shark, Hilton Head, SC

43-inch, 13+ pound bonnethead

Atlantic sharpnose shark, Hilton Head, SC

Big Atlantic sharpnose shark

Blacktip shark, Hilton Head, SC

54-inch, 50+ pound blacktip

Trophy Bull Shark, Hilton Head, SC

My South Carolina trophy, a nine-foot, over 250-pound bull shark