June 2020

21 Faces of Lowcountry Hospitality: Chip Michalove

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Chip Michalove
Outcast Sport Fishing

Locally, the name Chip Michalove is synonymous with great white sharks. Until he started hooking them regularly offshore, most locals didn’t know the species was so prevalent in Lowcountry waters. Most days you’ll find Michalove cruising in a 27-foot Glacier Bay Catamaran, giving visitors the thrill of a lifetime when an eight-foot bull shark takes the bait and gets reeled in. Although hooking great whites is what he’s known for (catching up to seven in one day!), Michalove simply loves fishing and is usually booked out weeks in advance for tarpon, cobia, barracuda or redfish or king mackerel angling. Besides the thrill of catching a fish, if you’re lucky enough to book his boat, you’ll get to spend the day with one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

What was the biggest shark you’ve ever caught and what was the species?
The biggest shark I ever hooked was a great white shark on New Year’s Eve. It was a little over 16 feet, and this thing was almost as wide as the boat. It was absolutely massive. It was wild—one of the most amazing days of my life. We chased that thing for almost seven miles. My guess is it was about 3,400 pounds.

What is your favorite song to listen to out on the water?
When I was five years old, I remember going out fishing, and the guide had on “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. I remember him playing it over and over again, and I really don’t think there is a better song than that.

At what age did you want to become a charter captain, and why sharks?
I went out with Fuzzy Davis when I was about four years old, and I was scared to death. We caught a huge shark, and I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Fuzzy Davis was my Michael Jordan. That’s exactly what I wanted to do from there on out. All through school, I’m telling everyone, “Oh, yeah, I’m going to do this…,” but in the back of my head I’m thinking there’s no way I’m going to be anything else but a charter guide. That’s all I wanted to do. I’ve been obsessed with sharks since I was young, and it’s really become a big part of my business. It’s awesome catching cobia, tarpon and king mackerel, but when you see a 10-foot shark on the side of the boat, you’ve got a customer for life. They want to go again.

What do you use as bait?
We use a little bit of everything. Anything that’s fresh is the best.

Where can we find you on your day off, and what are you doing?
I take my dog Callie (a Bull Terrier) down to the beach and throw the tennis ball 100 times. Then maybe play tennis, a little golf … take a few naps and catch
up on all things I miss while I’m out on the water all day.

What is the most frequently asked question you get from our visitors?
How many people have fallen off the boat or have been dragged overboard?
I get asked that every single day. The answer is zero. Never has anyone been pulled off, but there have been a few I wish would’ve fallen overboard. (KIDDING!) We are really careful out here, because we are fighting 200- to 1,000-pound sharks on a daily basis. Safety is a big concern.

If you could advise our visitors to do just one thing while they were here, what would it be? Get your favorite beverage, go down to the beach, forget about work and time, and take a nap.

Favorite annual event or festival?
How can you beat the Heritage? That’s our Kentucky Derby.

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