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Best Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island


Top Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

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.
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Hilton Head Island Fishing Seasons

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.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 People Are Saying About Hilton Head Island

"Great day"

Steven M. fished with Hilton Head Sport Fishing LLC on August 21, 2019

The fish were a bit slow but we had a lot of fun fishing for sharks. Seth and the captain made it a lot of fun for my young child at 18 year and 22 year old...

"Caught a bunch of great fish!"

Joe B. fished with Off Duty Charters on August 12, 2019

Fish the backwaters/intercoastal for Redfish, Flounder, sea trout etc.

"Afternoon Inshore Outing"

Timothy F. fished with Hilton Head Fishing Charters on July 26, 2019

Book way in advance if you intend on fishing during your time in Hilton Head. If you wait you will have very limited options.

"3 hr shark fishing"

Steven Z. fished with Rainmaker Fishing Charters on July 23, 2019

Book your trip with Rainmaker charters. Top notch outfit

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Top Types of Fishing in Hilton Head Island

  1. Inshore Fishing

Top Fishing Techniques in Hilton Head Island

  1. Deep Sea Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Hilton Head Island

Cobia

Cobia

Seabass (Black)

Seabass (Black)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish

Redfish

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Blacktip)

Barracuda (Great)

Barracuda (Great)

Tarpon

Tarpon

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