Our Guides

Austin Harley

Gulfstream/Nearshore Captain

Captain Austin is the founder/captain of Riptide Roots who specializes in the Reef and Offshore/Gulfstream fishing trips. Austin is a true Charleston local who prides himself on sharing with customers his love, passion, and knowledge for fishing the waters off the Charleston coast. He is a USCG certified captain and has been since the age of 18. Captain Austin is a world class offshore fisherman who has competed on the top stage of offshore tournament fishing up and down the east coast.. Austins favorite species to target is white marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish because of the challenge and precision it takes to consistently hook, catch, and release these fish. Austins top goal is to provide customers with an experience that has them coming back to Charleston to fish for years to come.     

Brent Welch

Inshore Captain


Captain Brent is a USCG certified captain who loves fishing the inshore waters of the Charleston Harbor and surrounding estuaries. Brent is a hardcore fisherman who has only one thing on his mind, catching fish. Whether Brent’s fishing with clients or by himself, you can guarantee that he’s out on the water just about everyday.He is constantly looking for new spots and for new tactics on catching inshore species  Brent favorite species to target is large speckled trout on topwater. If you take a trip with Brent, you can guarantee that you will be tired of reeling by the end of the day.