Jamie Hough


Years of Participation

2020, 2023

As a native South Carolinian, fishing was imminent for Capt Jamie Hough of The Redfish Mafia and Redfish Mafia Charters in Charleston SC. In 1995, as a freshman studying Biology and Psychology at the College Of Charleston, Jamie began spending summers as a mate and later Capt on boats at the world famous Bud-N-Mary's Marina in Islamorada, Fl. This led to a life of traveling and billfishing for months at a time. When back in Charleston, his inshore charter business began to thrive. In 2009 Jamie began fishing redfish tournaments along the East and Gulf Coasts and The Redfish Mafia was born.

Now, after more than two decades as a professional angler and fishing guide, Jamie is either in Charleston chasing redfish and trout on his charters or traveling all over the East and Gulf Coasts for Professional Redfish Tournaments as the Traeger Grills/Redfish Mafia Pro. Capt. Hough has numerous TV shows under his belt such as Big Water Adventures, and several feature articles in publications such as Sport Fishing Magazine, SC Sportsman, GAFF, SC Game And Fish, Charleston Cuisine, and In The Bite Magazine. In March of 2013, Jamie was voted Charleston City Paper's "Best Fishing Charter 2013". In May of 2014, he brought home Grand Champion Honors at the first ever HT Elite Redfish Series tournament in Biloxi, MS and then topped that by winning the 2015 IFA Redfish Tour National Championship in Hopedale, La. In 2018, he was nominated for In The Bite Magazine’s "Captain of The Year”.

In 2017 as Hurricane Harvey blasted Texas and Louisiana, Jamie was packing up the truck and boat to go help. 180 saved lives and $32,000 later, he created Southeast Rescue and Relief, A 501c3 that focuses on recuse and relief efforts during and after natural disasters. He was recognized in 2018 with the “Jefferson Award” for his philanthropic efforts. Most recently, he and his team were responsible for the food service on the island of Elbow Key in the Abacos for 13 weeks and prepared more than 165,000 meals and raised nearly $200,000 for the people of the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. His efforts have been praised by World Central Kitchen's Jose Andreas as “heroic” and his organization now has the support of WCK as an affiliate.

Always having loved food and cooking, Jamie feels right at home in a kitchen. So much so that a haphazard conversation with a friend at a bar in 2019 led to an application for FOX’s Master Chef and subsequently, a top 9 finish out of 20,000 plus applicants on the shows 10th season. While he doesn’t consider himself a “chef”, the other chefs and folks that he cooks for, would say he’s just being modest. “My partnership with Traeger Grills has really allowed me to step outside of traditional kitchen and cooking methods in so many ways and my cooking is 1000 times better for it! Learning from Gordon, Joe, and Aaron for 6 weeks didn’t hurt either.” Quickly becoming know as a “celebrity chef”, Jamie has cooked for musicians such as Darius Rucker, Barenaked Ladies, Gin Blossoms, Cee Lo Green, Lee Brice, Big And Rich, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, and Colt Ford to mention a few and is becoming a fixture on the Charleston BBQ scene.