Hilton Head Island Fishing Charters

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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina are: Full list of top fishing charters in Hilton Head Island

The average price for a private 4 hour Hilton Head Island fishing trip is US $517, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,091 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Hilton Head Island that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Hilton Head Island are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Hilton Head Island are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Hilton Head Island are:

Many fishing charters in Hilton Head Island provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Hilton Head Island are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Hilton Head Island are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $356
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $485
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $562
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $671
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $810
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,169
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,600

Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is all about fun in the sun, known for its beaches, golf courses, and of course, fishing. Hilton Head fishing charters can put you on a ton of different species. Every trip’s unique, and the best one for you depends on your group’s age, experience, and interests. Here are the most popular options.

Inshore Fishing Charters: Fun for Everyone

Inshore charters are perfect for families and complete beginners. You’ll stay in the shallows, close to land and away from the waves. The fishing grounds are on your doorstep, so even half days offer plenty of action. Head out, catch some fish, and be back in time for lunch.
 
The inshore favorites on Hilton Head Island are Redfish, Seatrout, and Flounder. These guys put up a good fight and make a great meal. The shallows aren’t just for beginners, though. You can also find serious game fish like Tarpon – ideal for fly fishing types.

Reef Fishing Charters: Catch a Feast

Want to load up on big, tasty fish? Bottom fishing is for you. You head out, drop some baits, and pull in some dinner. Reef fishing trips usually last 6–8 hours and are ideal for novices and older kids. You’ll be in open water, but you don’t need much experience. 
 
So, what can you catch? A lot! Red Snapper is the main prize, but the reefs also hold Grouper, Triggerfish, and hard fighters like Cobia and Amberjack. You can even troll for King Mackerel on the way out if you have enough time. 

Deep Sea Fishing Charters: Test Your Skills

The deep sea fishing hilton head has access to is enough to put anyone through their paces. These are all-day adventures for experienced anglers. Trips start at eight hours, but they can last up to 12 if you want to reach the biggest fish out in the Gulf Stream.
 
For seasoned sport fishers, it’s well worth the journey. Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, Sharks, and even Marlin live in these remote waters. You can also deep drop for huge Snapper, Grouper, and Seabass. Whatever you hook, you’re in for a workout.

Shark Fishing Charters: The Local Speciality

Hilton Head’s speciality is Shark fishing. These are short, catch-and-release trips. They’re designed for anglers who want a slice of the action but don’t have time for a standard half day trip. Shark fishing charters are only two or three hours long, but they’ll get you on a huge mix of big, toothy fish.
 
What you target depends on your experience. There are over 50 Shark species around Hilton Head Island, after all. Kids will love landing small Bonnetheads and Blacktips. Pros can test their skills against Bulls and Tiger Sharks.
 
Hilton Head fishing charters really let you get the most of these waters. Local captains spend their lives honing their skills and finding the best fishing spots. Throw in a dozen different fish to target, and you get the perfect fishing trip – whatever that means to you.

Hilton Head Island Fishing Seasons

January

Winter is your chance to experience the best inshore fishing around! You can pole the flats for Redfish, hit the nearshore wrecks for Sheepshead and Black Seabass, or catch a Speckled Trout with artificials.

February

At this time of year you will see Redfish flocking to the flats by the hundreds. This is a great time to sight fish for them. You are also likely to catch Sheepshead, Seabass, Flounder, and more on the wrecks. 

March

In March you can expect cool and clear waters inshore, where there's still plenty of Redfish to be found. Other species will start heading inshore soon. For now you can enjoy catching a variety of critters on the wrecks.

April

It's spring and inshore fishing is hot! Casting lures and live bait could land you anything from Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder to small Sharks. Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and large Sharks are entering the sounds.

May

May is a great time to get out in Port Royal Sound, where you'll find Cobia ranging from 30-60+ lbs! You will also see more of this fish on the offshore wrecks, along with King Mackerel, Spadefish, and Barracuda.

June

In summer you could catch anything! Tarpon have made their entrance in Port Royal Sound and the backwaters, where you will also find large Cobia. Farther from shore you can target big game fish and Sharks.

July

Close to shore you might catch anything from Redfish, Tarpon, or Tripletail to a massive Shark. A trip to the Gulf Stream gives you a chance to target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Sailfish.

August

The summer hype continues, with great fishing everywhere from the beach to the Gulf Stream. Whether you are looking for the catch of a lifetime or something tasty to cook for dinner, now is the time to get on the water.

September

You can still enjoy great offshore fishing, trolling for Barracuda, King Mackerel, and Sharks. In the Gulf Stream you’ll have luck fishing for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and more. 

October

Autumn marks the beginning of Hilton Head’s iconic inshore fishing season. Tarpon are replaced by Bull Redfish weighing up to 40 lbs. Inshore you will also find Flounder, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout. 

November

This is the best time to catch some eating fish! In the sound and on the wrecks you can target Bull Redfish, or stay closer to shore and fish for Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Shrimp.

December

Fishing for Redfish doesn’t get better than this. You can sight fish for Reds inshore or head out to the wrecks for the rest of the Bull Redfish and Flounder, Seabass, Snapper, and Grouper. 

 

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What anglers said about fishing in Hilton Head Island

If fishing inshore or nearshore, bring bug repellant as the gnats can be a bit much to deal with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If fishing inshore or nearshore, bring bug repellant as the gnats can be a bit much to deal with.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Weather is a little unpredictable in February but this has to be expected. You have to be open minded to the fact that the fish may not necessarily be in abundance of catching. But that is pretty normal in a sport like this considering the weather/temperature this time of year! I would still recommend it though, because why not? Especially if you want to enjoy the time on a boat and doing something you love.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is a little unpredictable in February but this has to be expected. You have to be open minded to the fact that the fish may not necessarily be in abundance of catching. But that is pretty normal in a sport like this considering the weather/temperature this time of year! I would still recommend it though, because why not? Especially if you want to enjoy the time on a boat and doing something you love.
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
Dress in layers because it can be cold on the water. Ware tennis shoes and sun glasses. Captain provided us fresh bait and did the baiting of the hooks.
Excellent
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Dress in layers because it can be cold on the water. Ware tennis shoes and sun glasses. Captain provided us fresh bait and did the baiting of the hooks.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Definitely dress appropriately! It was 65 degrees the day we went out and if I hadn’t had a windbreaker I woulda froze lol. You WILL catch fish! Fishing is fishing though and you may or may not catch fish right away! The scenery alone is worth going on a trip in my opinion. The fishing was more of a fast paced style fishing. Like crappie or bass fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely dress appropriately! It was 65 degrees the day we went out and if I hadn’t had a windbreaker I woulda froze lol. You WILL catch fish! Fishing is fishing though and you may or may not catch fish right away! The scenery alone is worth going on a trip in my opinion. The fishing was more of a fast paced style fishing. Like crappie or bass fishing.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Base your expectations on the season. We targeted red drum and sheepshead because that's what we knew we'd be able to catch at the end of January early February and that's exactly what we caught. In abundance!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Base your expectations on the season. We targeted red drum and sheepshead because that's what we knew we'd be able to catch at the end of January early February and that's exactly what we caught. In abundance!
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Weather can be unpredictable (as expected), but if you are flexible with dates/times, it is worth the effort.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be unpredictable (as expected), but if you are flexible with dates/times, it is worth the effort.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
I suppose it's the same any month - you are somewhat at the mercy of the weather and the tides. Had we fished during a different period that day, our catch might have been much different. We had fun and made memories for a lifetime. That's a good day in my book.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I suppose it's the same any month - you are somewhat at the mercy of the weather and the tides. Had we fished during a different period that day, our catch might have been much different. We had fun and made memories for a lifetime. That's a good day in my book.
Pole Cat Charters
Pole Cat Charters
Communicate with your captain ahead of time it helps you be prepared. Our captain did a great job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Communicate with your captain ahead of time it helps you be prepared. Our captain did a great job.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Dress for the weather we came prepared and it was a good thing. Chilly in the am.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for the weather we came prepared and it was a good thing. Chilly in the am.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
We had unfavorable weather, but we made the best of it, and still had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had unfavorable weather, but we made the best of it, and still had a great time!
Reel McCoy Charters
Reel McCoy Charters
Craig was wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful with our group. He made our fun experience even more fun. We had a blast and hope we made his day a little more fun as well. Don’t miss out on one of the best excursions in the Hilton Head area
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Craig was wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful with our group. He made our fun experience even more fun. We had a blast and hope we made his day a little more fun as well. Don’t miss out on one of the best excursions in the Hilton Head area
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
For novice folks, this kind of inshore bottom fishing trip is fantastic. Never know what you’re going to pull up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For novice folks, this kind of inshore bottom fishing trip is fantastic. Never know what you’re going to pull up!
Drifter Excursions – Ricochet
Drifter Excursions – Ricochet
Can’t believe we waited 18 years to try our hand at fishing! Definitely recommend it! Such fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can’t believe we waited 18 years to try our hand at fishing! Definitely recommend it! Such fun!
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
My skill is limited, was honest and the Captain built the trip around that information. AM is what I like but the tide is what you want, movement so the fish are biting. Best of luck.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My skill is limited, was honest and the Captain built the trip around that information. AM is what I like but the tide is what you want, movement so the fish are biting. Best of luck.
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Sonrise Fishing Charters Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Don’t go in august. Water is too hot to catch fish. Captain was good but he can’t control the weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t go in august. Water is too hot to catch fish. Captain was good but he can’t control the weather.
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Sonrise Fishing Charters Atlanta, GA
I am very inexperienced deep sea fishing and my husband is more experienced. We both had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I am very inexperienced deep sea fishing and my husband is more experienced. We both had a great time!
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Pay the money for a nice boat and go 4 hours, then progress as you’re comfortable
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay the money for a nice boat and go 4 hours, then progress as you’re comfortable
Cool Cat Charters
Cool Cat Charters Irmo, SC
Find a pro who charters trips and work direct with them and listen to their directions. They are a pro for a reason.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a pro who charters trips and work direct with them and listen to their directions. They are a pro for a reason.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
A lot of options so review the type of trip and what to expect, reviews and # of reviews.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A lot of options so review the type of trip and what to expect, reviews and # of reviews.
Carolina Rig
Carolina Rig Lakeville, MN
Our Captain indicated that August can be tough especially lately with the warm water and tides. We didn’t have a great deal of luck on our trip, but that’s fishing. We understood that there was no guarantee to catch fish. We had a great time regardless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our Captain indicated that August can be tough especially lately with the warm water and tides. We didn’t have a great deal of luck on our trip, but that’s fishing. We understood that there was no guarantee to catch fish. We had a great time regardless.
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Sonrise Fishing Charters Bluffton, South Carolina

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Hilton Head Island?

Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Booked a two day 3 hour charter. Capt. Macdonald had us on the fish right away. One of us was a first timer, the other somewhat experienced. The captain helped both of us tremendously and was very patient. We had a great time both days even though fishing was a little tough on day 2. Will definitely book with this charter again.
Alan  F.
Alan F.
Performance Fishing Charters
Performance Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Our group had a great time, John is an awesome captain. We can't visit to book our next trip with him. Definitely highly recommended 🎣
Jeffrey  M.
Jeffrey M.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Thomas did a great job and we were able to catch some fish - both red fish and sheepshead and a black drum. All there pretty small and the fishing was difficult this time of year. We also stopped on the way back and casted the net for shrimp which was a new experience. If we fish down in Hilton Head area again in the future we will go with Thomas for sure.
Mark  B.
Mark B.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(688 reviews)
Second trip with Buddy and again a great experience. Professional and personal. Good times had by all. Will be back.
Chad  R.
Chad R.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Had a great time with my son Luke, limited out on Redfish with over 20+ boated. A great host and very good fisherman the entire time was a blast!
Jeff  N.
Jeff N.
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
This was our first fishing experience on the ocean! We had a great time and Craig was very informative and kind. He is very knowledgeable and we even got to see dolphins up close. He provides a top notch adventure and we look forward to coming back to see him and catch more fish! Also his boat and equipment are great! Thank You for an amazing day!
Char  B.
Char B.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(210 reviews)
Captain was great took good care of my grandsons. They can’t wait to go again. I would recommend Southern Summers Charters and Captain Rodney to anyone looking for a great day fishing
James  S.
James S.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(688 reviews)
Great guys. Very knowledgeable. They know how to put you on the fish. We caught 20+ sheepshead and 4 other species. Will definitely book another trip out with them!!!
Steven  F.
Steven F.
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Had a great experience with Craig. He was very knowledgeable, helpful, and patient with baiting, tangles, casting, etc. The bean bags were comfy.
Dominick  D.
Dominick D.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Capt Thomas made it a really enjoyable trip. Mom Dad and kids all caught fish. Saw a bunch of dolphins and got a great recommendation for local lunch too. Would highly recommend for vacation highlight if you have kids. My son wanted to go again the next day!
Frank  V.
Frank V.
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(98 reviews)
Went fishing with a friend on Sonrise Charter. Captain Bill was accommodating and very detailed in explaining fishing areas and targeting fish type. Reds were off the bite, but he was able to locate for us. Catch and release is best for Reds at this time of year due to declining numbers. Later in the trip Bill got us into sheephead which was fun to target. Overall good experience, with lots of local information which the captain provided. Great communication skill set.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M.
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
My husband and I had an awesome time fishing with Captain Jay and first mate Lucas today. This was our first time fishing in Hilton Head and they very knowledgeable, courteous, extremely informative and can't wait to book another fishing trip with them!
Aileen  M.
Aileen M.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Captain Thomas was the best. He knew where to fish and we had our limit with in 20 minutes. But we kept catching more than 20 fish. Red fish, Flounder and black Broad(?). Boat was exceptionally clean and Thomas was great in helping our 7 year old haul in the bigger fish. A wonderful time. Highly recommend this charter.
Larry  S.
Larry S.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Thomas was knowledgeable, prepared, timely, clean. Everything was on point and we caught lots of fish! I highly recommend Hilton Head Inshore Charters.
Bryane  W.
Bryane W.
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
We only booked a 2 hour trip but Craig got us on fish and we had a great time. We caught about 12 fish. One red drum which we just cooked and ate that was absolutely delicious. I would certainly recommend Craig to anyone looking for a fun time fishing.
Terry  R.
Terry R.
Reel McCoy Charters
Reel McCoy Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
We had a wonderful day with Captain Donovan! We caught some fish, saw some dolphins and had a great time. Captain Donovan was courteous and kind! Fantastic experience and highly recommend! Will definitely go again!
Wonda  B.
Wonda B.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(159 reviews)
Thomas did a great job putting us on fish! Had a great day! I definitely recommend him!
James  F.
James F.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(210 reviews)
We had a wonderful fishing trip with Rodney today! He was very helpful and knowledgeable about fishing in this area. I went with my 2 sons and grandson. We caught several fish which we took home with us. I would highly recommend going on a fishing trip with him!
Jesse  B.
Jesse B.
Reel McCoy Charters
Reel McCoy Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
We went out with Donovan for a quick 2 hour trip! It was amazing. He made great conversation and was also able to get us on fish in no time. We will be back and be fishing with Donovan again!
Austin  K.
Austin K.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(210 reviews)
Rodney is a great captain! He got us on redfish and sheepshead. We had some inexperienced fishermen in our small group. He was patient with everyone and made sure we all had a good time.
Jonathan  P.
Jonathan P.

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