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Fishing in Tybee Island

Nowadays, the name Tybee Island refers to both the barrier island and city on it. However, that wasn’t always the case. Tybee Island had its name changed to Savannah Beach back in the fifties but ended up reverting back to the original. While the name might have changed, Tybee Island fishing charters’ reputation for excellent fishing year-round has not.

Fishing isn’t all there is to do 'round here, though. The Tybee Island Light Station is the biggest tourist attraction in the area. This is not very surprising, considering it belongs to the handful of 18th-century lighthouses that are still fully preserved in North America. Another thing you really shouldn’t miss is the annual Tybee Pirate Fest, usually held in the run-up to Columbus Day. Pirates of all ages are welcome, so make sure to drop by if you’re in the area.

Tybee Island Fishing Spots

Wilmington River

One of the very best inshore fishing spots around can be found on the southernmost end of the river, near the Wassaw Sound. The local anglers know it by the name of Joe’s Cut. This exquisite piece of backcountry is where you can find droves of Redfish, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, and Whiting. The water here can be very shallow, something to keep in mind when looking for a boat. Local charters will usually work with skiffs and bay boats.

The northern part of the river that’s closer to Savannah can be a great place to fish too. However, it can be very tide-dependent, so it’s best to go with someone who knows when the best time is to fish which part of the river. It’s one of the first places to visit if you like drifting for Reds.

Wassaw Sound

Fishing the Sound is always a ‘sound’ idea, and anglers will do it a lot if the weather is too rough for going offshore. The best time to do it is a couple of hours before and after the tide changes. This way, you’ll get more action due to weaker currents. Whiting, Reds, Trout, Bluefish, and some Sharks can be found in the Sound during most of the year.

The Sound becomes really interesting in late summer and early fall, when Jack Crevalle start coming in. You can then have an inshore adventure with the added bonus of fighting Jacks.

Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee is quite a popular getaway location for shelling, hiking, and picnics, as well as fishing. Some parts can be difficult to reach at low tide, so take care when setting out. Nature runs and eco-tours are very popular here, due to the pristine scenery and lots of dolphins and other wildlife. The marshes and creeks are teeming with Reds, Trout, and sometimes even Sheepshead.


Deep sea fishing from Tybee Island provides even the most discerning angler with plenty of options. If you’re up for an authentic Gulf Stream adventure where you can come to head with big game fish, go for it! Anticipate a longer trek as this sort of trip can’t be done in less than 14 hours. On the bright side, you’ll be able to troll anything from Mahi Mahi and Sailfish to Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna. Bottom fishing for Red Snapper is consistent for the whole year, so there’s no bad time to get one yourself.

If you prefer something shorter, you can have great fun on a 4-6 hour trip too! You can reach some of the closer artificial reefs in less than an hour. This is where you can find plenty of Black Seabass, Sheepshead, and Black Drum during winter and spring. Trolling for Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel and Barracuda is best when the water temperature goes over 60 degrees, usually in early summer.

Fishing Techniques

When it comes to fishing the inshore waters, the most important thing to do is stock up on Shrimp. You can be very productive using live Shrimp under a popping cork setup, which works for just about any species found inshore. Squid, Mullet, and Fiddler Crabs are also popular choices among local anglers.

Heading off to the reefs to find migrating Sheepshead is something anglers here have a lot of experience in. The recommended setup for catching Sheepshead is to use a Carolina-style rig with Fiddlers or Rock Crabs as bait.

Need to Know

If you’ll be heading out with a charter captain, they will provide the necessary fishing license for you to fish. Anyone surf fishing or going on their own boat will need to have a valid Georgia fishing license with them.

Inshore trips usually run for $75-$90 per hour. Offshore rates are more variable and can be anywhere from $100-$150 per hour, depending on what you want to do and where you want to go.

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What People Are Saying About Tybee Island

"Half day trip with captain Keith"

Stephenie Lane fished with Keep ‘R’ Wet Fishing Charters on April 30, 2017

Yes as it was our first chartered fishing trip.
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