Meet Your Guide

United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain Russ LaCoste

Can a kid from New York City grow up to be a great fisherman, one who can provide you with a great fishing adventure in the flats of South Carolina?

I grew up in a middle-class family in NYC and learned how to fish in Long Island Sound and the Hudson River. Life was more simple then…no computers, video games or electronic toys for kids to play with. Fishing was the perfect past time and I spent every possible minute fishing. I’d give up anything to go fishing. Then I grew up, graduated from college, went to grad school, got a job in the corporate world and fishing became a distant memory.

In my early 30’s my wife bought me a fly-tying kit to keep me busy after a serious car accident. I quickly rediscovered my love for all things fishing. I remembered the joy I felt being surrounded by nature, pursuing the ultimate quest of hooking a fish! As I grew older, my career took me all over the country and the world and I fished every chance I could. I fished for steelhead, salmon and halibut in Alaska and wild trout in the Rocky Mountains. I fished the great rivers and streams all over Europe. Everywhere I traveled, I took a fishing rod. Whether I caught a fish or not, the quest was what I loved!

For the last 15 years, I’ve fished the marshes and bays of the Charleston Lowcountry, which I’m happy to call my home. Fishing the flats by kayak is an incredible adventure: figuring out where the fish should be, and then catching one in that spot! Every day is a different day on the water, every season offers new experiences and challenges. I look forward to meeting you and sharing time on the water with you. I think you’ll find that a kid from NYC can grow up to be a great fisherman and fishing guide!