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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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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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A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the house. Had a great time. Go for it!!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the house. Had a great time. Go for it!!!
Joe  M.
Joe M. Bonaire, GA
Definitely plan an outing. It’s a lot of fun and the memories you will make are priceless.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely plan an outing. It’s a lot of fun and the memories you will make are priceless.
Thomas  S.
Thomas S. Bluffton, South Carolina
Book your trip with Captain Kurt of Aqua Excursions, and enjoy! Debating the cost? I did, and yet is was worth every dollar. Grandfather on a fixed income here, and it was the most satisfying money I have spent in a very long time. We, three generations (Father, son, and Grandson together) are going out again tomorrow Saturday. Thanks again, Captain Kurt. Trust me, you and yours will have a lot of fun together.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book your trip with Captain Kurt of Aqua Excursions, and enjoy! Debating the cost? I did, and yet is was worth every dollar. Grandfather on a fixed income here, and it was the most satisfying money I have spent in a very long time. We, three generations (Father, son, and Grandson together) are going out again tomorrow Saturday. Thanks again, Captain Kurt. Trust me, you and yours will have a lot of fun together.
Joe  M.
Joe M. Bluffton, SC
Look at your options. Choose an inland fishing experience and just have fun!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Look at your options. Choose an inland fishing experience and just have fun!
Kathryn  M.
Kathryn M. Madison Heights, MI
Try to get the earliest trip (mornings) if possible. It gets really not in June
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try to get the earliest trip (mornings) if possible. It gets really not in June
Donnie  S.
Donnie S. Fitzgerald, GA
If you expect rough waters take bonine ahead of time. We had a thunderstorm rolling in and two of my kids that didn't take it got pretty seasick as the waters were rough. The ones that took it were fine and had no issues.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you expect rough waters take bonine ahead of time. We had a thunderstorm rolling in and two of my kids that didn't take it got pretty seasick as the waters were rough. The ones that took it were fine and had no issues.
David  S.
David S. Overland Park, Kansas
Plan ahead, be early, take long sleeve or rain jacket, plenty of water and a snack. Take a cooler full of beer so you can catch a buzz if you aren't catching fish! ?
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan ahead, be early, take long sleeve or rain jacket, plenty of water and a snack. Take a cooler full of beer so you can catch a buzz if you aren't catching fish! ?
Shana  B.
Shana B. Sanford, North Carolina
Best experience in my life Captain exactly right you took me out fishing something on there for this I get 10 Stars can't wait to come back
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Best experience in my life Captain exactly right you took me out fishing something on there for this I get 10 Stars can't wait to come back
Mark  J.
Mark J. Euharlee, GA
Night fishing is great we caught over 12 shark, don’t know about in the day but night is definitely good!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Night fishing is great we caught over 12 shark, don’t know about in the day but night is definitely good!
Logan  B.
Logan B. Claxton, GA
This was an excellent trip I will go again and again. Captain buddy treated us really well we had alot of fun.We caught more than I expected. U recommend Captain Buddy
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was an excellent trip I will go again and again. Captain buddy treated us really well we had alot of fun.We caught more than I expected. U recommend Captain Buddy
Detre  J.
Detre J. McLeansville, NC
Find a reasonably priced guide for the first time out. Captain Buddy is great.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Find a reasonably priced guide for the first time out. Captain Buddy is great.
Korey  W.
Korey W. Charlotte, NC
Captain Buddy was great....one of our crew got seasick quite quickly from dropping the anchor to fish...had to return to landing..Captain buddy is a nice guy...o
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Captain Buddy was great....one of our crew got seasick quite quickly from dropping the anchor to fish...had to return to landing..Captain buddy is a nice guy...o
Renee  M.
Renee M. Sanford, NC
This was a really cool experience, our captain was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly with kids. Extremely reasonably priced, such a cool experience
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was a really cool experience, our captain was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly with kids. Extremely reasonably priced, such a cool experience
Danny  L.
Danny L. Fort Mill, SC
Book way in advance if you intend on fishing during your time in Hilton Head. If you wait you will have very limited options.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book way in advance if you intend on fishing during your time in Hilton Head. If you wait you will have very limited options.
Timothy  F.
Timothy F. Hilton Head Island, SC
We booked with Black Dog Fishing Charter in Hilton Head with Captain Jon. I highly recommend this trip to anyone that wants a great day out on the water catching fish. Captain Jon was very knowledgeable on where to go so that we were successful in catching fish. Everything was supplied for us so there was no stress involved. A great experience for a family or individuals! The trip is well worth the money!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We booked with Black Dog Fishing Charter in Hilton Head with Captain Jon. I highly recommend this trip to anyone that wants a great day out on the water catching fish. Captain Jon was very knowledgeable on where to go so that we were successful in catching fish. Everything was supplied for us so there was no stress involved. A great experience for a family or individuals! The trip is well worth the money!
Tonya  P.
Tonya P. Fayetteville, NC
Don't expect anything other than being somewhere other than work, we caught 1 fish in the first 2 1/2 hours, when we moved to the final spot we had a fantastic time, everyone caught multiple sharks of substantial size.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don't expect anything other than being somewhere other than work, we caught 1 fish in the first 2 1/2 hours, when we moved to the final spot we had a fantastic time, everyone caught multiple sharks of substantial size.
Ryan  H.
Ryan H. Danville, IL
My on and I ha a great time. It was a very windy day, which reduced our options, but overall, very happy with the expeience.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
My on and I ha a great time. It was a very windy day, which reduced our options, but overall, very happy with the expeience.
Mark  G.
Mark G. Fenton, MO
Hire a captain like Zack with loads of experience, personality and professionalism
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Hire a captain like Zack with loads of experience, personality and professionalism
Rick  W.
Rick W. Charlotte, North Carolina
Just come and get with hooked up with captain Zack Lynam aboard Hilton Head Fishing Charters and be ready to have a great experience that last forever.
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Just come and get with hooked up with captain Zack Lynam aboard Hilton Head Fishing Charters and be ready to have a great experience that last forever.
Vincent  Q.
Vincent Q. Tucker, GA
I highly recommend that you hire Captain Tim and the Rainmaker for your first fishing trip in Hilton Head.
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I highly recommend that you hire Captain Tim and the Rainmaker for your first fishing trip in Hilton Head.
James  F.
James F. Wilson, NC

Cool Cat Charters
Cool Cat Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Captain Chris was super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I would defiantly recommend.
David  R.
David R. Greensburg, PA
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Rodney was a gracious captain! He found a honey hole of Redfish and trout. We must have caught 20plus fish. It was a beautiful morning on the water. Rodney was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Equipment was plentiful and well cared for. He kept the poles baited and plentiful. Beautiful boat! Great experience! Communication was great. Will definitely call him again when we return.
Scott  W.
Scott W. Hannacroix, NY
Hilton Head Inshore
Hilton Head Inshore
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 3 reviews
Captain Mark very nice and accommodating. Great boat. Fishing was off and wind was up but he did his very best to put us on fish.
Eric  B.
Eric B. Etna, NH
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Rodney is the man. Great guy, great fisherman. Put us on a wicked redfish bite. Can’t recommend enough, you won’t be disappointed
Jeffrey  R.
Jeffrey R. Erie, CO
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Captain Rodney was awesome. Great w the kids and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend him!
Rob  K.
Rob K. Elmhurst, IL
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
5 stars in every category! I booked this trip last minute and at the very end of the bull red season and Captain Herb said he’d do all he could to get me on a bull. And he made it happen as shown in the photo! Captain Herb is one of the most knowledgeable, pleasant, professional and courteous guides I’ve ever been out with. I absolutely will book with Captain Herb again and recommend him to anyone who wants to fish Hilton Head from beginner to advanced!
David  S.
David S. Woodbridge, VA
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
Captain Herb went above and beyond providing a successful fishing experience. The day proved to be windier than anticipated, but Captain Herb worked hard to find some sheltered “hot spots” enabling us success in catching redfish and even a stingray. Both Herb and Chip saw to our every need. Hoping to book with him again in the future.
Mary  M.
Mary M. Winfield, PA
Carolina Rig
Carolina Rig
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 116 reviews
My wife and I had a really nice time on al 3 hr.morning trip. Caught a lot of small snapper, no bull Reds. We would do it again,
Martin  M.
Martin M. Oceanport, NJ
Cool Cat Charters
Cool Cat Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Captain Chris is super funny, is a complete expert. Many captains go at a leisurely pace. Captain Chris works feverishly from the moment you step on board. Caught fish, had a great time.
Richard  K.
Richard K. Athens, TN
Reel Easy Charters - Get hooked!!!
Reel Easy Charters - Get hooked!!!
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
Jack was about the most laid back charter captain we've had the privilege to fish with. He recognized conditions out of the bay were a little too harsh for us and took us back to a spot where we caught several bull reds and sharks. The smile on the picture says it all. Will definitely call Captain Jack Crouch when back in the area.
Noel  E.
Noel E. Tallahassee, FL
Cleopatra Charters
Cleopatra Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 77 reviews
My wife and I had a nice trip with Captain Jimmy. A 5 pound Jack Crevalle on light tackle provided some excitement and a trout for dinner was appreciated. The captain knows the territory and provided a wealth of fishing experience to share with us. Great day to be on the water.
Michael  H.
Michael H. Lexington, VA
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
Great outing to jetty off Tybee Island. Herby is very attentive and congenial. Caught several bull reds close to 20lbs and flounder, etc.
Kevin  F.
Kevin F. Spokane, WA
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
This was our fourth trip with Captain Herb. He’s awesome. Can’t wait for the next one.
John  W.
John W. Indianapolis, IN
Cool Cat Charters
Cool Cat Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Cpt. Chris did an awesome job under less than optimal conditions putting us on some great fish. Would definitely book again.
Larry  C.
Larry C. Ravenna, OH
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Great experience, despite the wind, we got put on good eating redfish! Bonus, talking football. Strongly recommend.
Johnathan  L.
Johnathan L. Omaha, NE
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
Captain Herb was friendly and was able to put us on some sharks. All my boys were able to reel one in and several of them put up a good fight. Great experience!
Channock  B.
Channock B. Galena, IN
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Capt Bill is very friendly and knowledgeable about fishing in the area. He worked very hard to put us on some great Reds. This trip was a great experience. I have been on many charters and this rates right up there with some of the best.
Marvin  S.
Marvin S. Danville, PA
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
This was the perfect family fishing trip! Captain Herb was absolutely wonderful and helped our 6 and 4 year olds have the time of their life. He was patient explaining what was happening on and around the boat, and made it great fun for everyone. The boat was more than spacious enough and had everything for a fish filled afternoon. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!
Tim  A.
Tim A. Swatara, PA
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 502 reviews
Captain Herb provided an amazing experience both with fishing and history of the area! We caught a ton of fish...redfish, shark, stingray and a variety of others. We also really enjoyed the history of the island as well as surrounding islands and state history shared by Herb. We have done quite a few charters but really enjoyed this one due to the overall great experience and interesting stories told by the captain...as well as great catches!
Jodi  W.
Jodi W. Scottsdale, AZ
Cool Cat Charters
Cool Cat Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Capt Chris new where to go. We caught a variety and had a great time. Very nice man.
Mark  N.
Mark N. Avon, OH

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Hilton Head Island costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $441, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,038. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Hilton Head Island is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Carolina Rig, Captain Buddy’s, and Aqua Excursions are some of the most popular fishing charters in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Hilton Head Island.

Carolina Rig, Captain Buddy’s, and Aqua Excursions all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Hilton Head Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Hilton Head Island is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Cobia, and Seabass (Black). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, light tackle, and heavy tackle. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.    Check availability for local fishing charters in Hilton Head Island.

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