Hilton Head Island

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Hilton Head Island Fishing Charters

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Hilton Head Island: 84 fishing charters available
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

According to customer reviews, Still Playin Charters, Reel McCoy Charters, 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.

The average price for a private 4 hour Hilton Head Island fishing trip is $515, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,079 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Still Playin Charters, Reel McCoy Charters, and Aqua Excursions all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Hilton Head Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Cobia, and Blacktip Shark. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Spinning. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
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4.5 / 5
Based on 27693 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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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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.
Jim  F.
Jim F. 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.
Tyler  T.
Tyler T. 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!
Sarah  B.
Sarah B.
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
John  M.
John M. Irmo, SC
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.
Jim  B.
Jim B. Lakeville, MN
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.
Scott  H.
Scott H. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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.
Chris  F.
Chris F. Bluffton, South Carolina
Be patient and have a good time. Enjoy the overall experience. It is not just about catching fish but also about fellowship with one another.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and have a good time. Enjoy the overall experience. It is not just about catching fish but also about fellowship with one another.
Keith  J.
Keith J. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Bring plenty of sunscreen and water for your trip. Keep your mind open to catching all types and sizes of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of sunscreen and water for your trip. Keep your mind open to catching all types and sizes of fish.
Andy  N.
Andy N. West Lafayette, IN
Go chartered first. They can give you so much knowledge. Plus being in the boat is so much more freeing and fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go chartered first. They can give you so much knowledge. Plus being in the boat is so much more freeing and fun!
Jennifer  W.
Jennifer W. Mooresville, NC
I would definitely recommend fishing with Southern Summers Charters!! Don't get hung up on the intended fish. Enjoy the whole experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend fishing with Southern Summers Charters!! Don't get hung up on the intended fish. Enjoy the whole experience.
Kim  S.
Kim S. Charlotte, North Carolina
If you have never fished in Hilton Head before I would recommend a private charter if you can. We have tried group charters and we felt like the private charter is the way to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never fished in Hilton Head before I would recommend a private charter if you can. We have tried group charters and we felt like the private charter is the way to go.
Brian  A.
Brian A. United States
Be sure to get an experience captain and let them know in advance. What type of fishing you would like to do
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to get an experience captain and let them know in advance. What type of fishing you would like to do
Duane  D.
Duane D. Sterling, VA
Tons of shark! We were catching fish within the 1st 5 minutes until the end of the tour!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tons of shark! We were catching fish within the 1st 5 minutes until the end of the tour!
Joshua  C.
Joshua C. Charlotte, North Carolina
Charter a boat and relax! Captains are great and make first timer experiences a pleasure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a boat and relax! Captains are great and make first timer experiences a pleasure.
Christopher  T.
Christopher T. Lake Saint Louis, MO
Check with the charter service for the best times of the year for different fish to catch. Captain Dave told me there will be plenty of great eating fish to catch around the October, early November time frame. We'll be scheduling another trip with Above and Below Charters around that time frame. Captain Dave and CJ are excellent in this field with nice, well maintained boat and fishing gear. Very easy to fish with and very willing to teach.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check with the charter service for the best times of the year for different fish to catch. Captain Dave told me there will be plenty of great eating fish to catch around the October, early November time frame. We'll be scheduling another trip with Above and Below Charters around that time frame. Captain Dave and CJ are excellent in this field with nice, well maintained boat and fishing gear. Very easy to fish with and very willing to teach.
John  C.
John C.
Highly recommend to go early as it was super hot very quickly. We would love to try again when the average daily temp isn’t 95 degrees.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend to go early as it was super hot very quickly. We would love to try again when the average daily temp isn’t 95 degrees.
Tricia  H.
Tricia H. Marietta, GA
Game fish don’t run in the high temp water but plenty of trout, red fish and bonnet heads to have great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Game fish don’t run in the high temp water but plenty of trout, red fish and bonnet heads to have great time.
Amy  W.
Amy W.
Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Low Country is a beautiful part of the South with good fishing all year round.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Low Country is a beautiful part of the South with good fishing all year round.
Robert  H.
Robert H. Mooresville, NC
Make sure to communicate with your captain well before the trip. Rodney was responsive and flexible with our requests.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to communicate with your captain well before the trip. Rodney was responsive and flexible with our requests.
Ryan  J.
Ryan J. United States

Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
We really enjoyed Captain Thomas’s knowledge of the area and special fishing spots. He is so patience with everyone and had the best equipment for our day of fishing. We will book with him again. Thanks.
Kathleen  P.
Kathleen P. Sapphire, NC
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(656 reviews)
5 stars all the way. Captain Buddy will treat you like a local or a celebrity - its up to you - and both experiences are equally great.
Thomas  H.
Thomas H. Hilton Head Island, SC
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Sonrise Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
What a day, conversation, education, fish, fun, and beautiful September weather. Still have a 1/2 day left for the beach. Great memories, lots of hits and catches. Red bulls, tarpon, shark, trip worth every penny. Will be back to learn some more, go for a different catch, all inshore not more than a 10 minute ride. Hope you all have as much fun.
Jim  F.
Jim F. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Still Playin Charters
Still Playin Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Andrew was magnificent. Our scheduled day and time was super windy and rough. He had us come back next day for a better experience. We caught 7 species of fish including a 5 foot tarpon. Andrew thank you for the memories and see you next year.
Bob  D.
Bob D. Delaware, OH
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(177 reviews)
Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or a first timer, Captain Rodney takes great care of you. I would recommend him to anyone that wants to go enjoy the lovely waters of South Carolina. and who knows you may see wildlife native to the area.
James  S.
James S.
Aqua Excursions
Aqua Excursions
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(364 reviews)
Had a wonderful time with Captain Kurt. Great guy, conversation was excellent, got caught in a little rain, but all part of the experience. Caught my first Sheepshead which was really cool. Kurt is very knowledgeable about the area and can put you in the fish.
Seth  K.
Seth K. Fayetteville, AR
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
Captain Thomas is the real deal. My father and I had a absolute blast. Captain put us on the fish. Hooked a monster tarpon first thing, hook pulled. Landed sharks, rays, overslot redfish, as well as our limit of redfish. I’ve done many charters and I would put Captain Thomas up there with the best.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Holly Springs, GA
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(177 reviews)
What an amazing day we had on the water with Captain Rodney. We would highly recommend booking with him for your next family adventure. He was able to navigate the waters so smoothly taking us places where the fish was biting and seeing plenty of extra wildlife on the way. We can’t wait to book again.
Baylen  B.
Baylen B.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(177 reviews)
It was a great day on the water with Captain Rodney, my Dad and my daughter’s boyfriend. We caught 2 dozen and had a blast! Captain Rodney knows the water and made sure we were in the fish all morning. We would recommend him to everyone!
Scot  A.
Scot A. Athens, GA
Pole Cat Charters
Pole Cat Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(146 reviews)
Captain was great. Caught quite a few fish. 5 different shark species and a sting ray. Will definitely book with him again.
Tracy  M.
Tracy M.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(656 reviews)
What a wonderful day! Andrew and I truly enjoyed all the action and experience. Captain Jay was such an expert. I highly recommend!
Sabrina  J.
Sabrina J. Pikeville, KY
Above & Below Charters
Above & Below Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(59 reviews)
Captain Dave and his crew were very accommodating and provided a great experience. Our crew were half novices and trip was enjoyed by all.
Teresa  F.
Teresa F. Clemmons, NC
Aqua Excursions
Aqua Excursions
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(364 reviews)
Had a fantastic fishing excursion w/ Kurt! Hit the reds hard all morning. He’s a great fishing guide — I highly recommend. You’ll have a blast!
Lee  D.
Lee D. Tampa, FL
Drifter Excursions – Ricochet
Drifter Excursions – Ricochet
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(29 reviews)
We had a great time! We had a party of 8 and had plenty of space for everyone to get some good catches! Thanks Captain Jack!
Kristie  L.
Kristie L. Salem, NH
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
We caught fish every place Thomas took us fishing. We had a great time reeling them in!!!
Durward  C.
Durward C. Woodway, TX
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(656 reviews)
Jay was amazing. So good with kids, so patient and chill. We loved our trip.
Heather  B.
Heather B. Atlanta, Georgia
Carolina Rig
Carolina Rig
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(288 reviews)
We went on the 3 hour trip for my son’s 8th birthday and we had an experience my son, father-in-law, and I will never forget. We caught pin fish, whiting, bluefish, sting rays, and even a 4 foot fine tooth shark! Thank you Captain David!
Raymond  L.
Raymond L.
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(297 reviews)
Had an awesome trip with our two young boys. They each caught a few, each one was about as big as they are! Captain Jay and his first mate Lukas really know their stuff. The boys had a day that they'll never forget, absolutely would recommend! P.S. We were also lucky enough to meet Gary the Dolphin at the dock after the trip! :)
Charles  M.
Charles M. Anderson, SC
Family Shark Fishing & Dolphin Discoveries 1
Family Shark Fishing & Dolphin Discoveries 1
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(204 reviews)
Captain took care of everything. Fun and knowledgeable. I would definitely do this outing again.
Michael  G.
Michael G. Seymour, IN
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Fishing charter in Hilton Head Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(656 reviews)
He is good on his work We loved La neta El Capitan fue buena o da lo recomiendo muy buena experiencia que tuvimos
Javier  B.
Javier B. Lake Park, NC

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