Hilton Head Island Redfish Fishing Charters

Hilton Head Island Redfish Fishing Charters

Best Redfish Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island: 56 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(169 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(39 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(262 reviews)
Bluffton
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $575
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(2 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(132 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $425
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(119 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $450

Redfish Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Redfish
  • Size 3 to 12lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry

(Sciaenops ocellatus)

Redfish is by far the most sought-after catch on Hilton Head Island. Also referred to locally as Spot Tail Bass, this fish keeps anglers captivated year round. If you aren’t a diehard sport fisherman already, your first Redfish is bound to make you one! 

When to Target Redfish

There is never a bad time to target Redfish on Hilton Head Island. Depending on the season, you will find this fish on the flats, in the saltwater rivers and estuaries, out in the sound, or even on the wrecks up to 15 miles from shore.

In autumn you can target the biggest Redfish Hilton Head has to offer. This is when Bull Reds move into the sounds, many of them in the 20-40 lbs range. You can also target some of these big boys on the wrecks while fishing for Seabass and other species. You can target smaller specimens on the flats and in the saltwater creeks, gorging themselves on shrimp and small bait fish. 

In winter, you will find Redfish in the hundreds along the flats and in the estuaries. This is where Redfish spend the first few years of their lives, ranging from two to 12 lbs in size. The shallow water is especially clear in winter, allowing you to sight fish for this species using artificial lures and flies. The clarity of the water gives you a prime view of the action from start to finish. Many anglers enjoy watching the Redfish take the bait before launching into a hard fight.

In spring and summer you can still enjoy great success fishing for Redfish on the flats and in the estuaries. Fishing for this species in warmer weather usually gives you the chance to catch Speckled Trout, Flounder, and some Sharks as well.

How to Fish

There are many methods to catching a Redfish, most commonly with light tackle or by fly fishing. Local anglers enjoy sight fishing for Reds in the fall and poling the flats in winter. In summer, you can target tailing Redfish in the short grasses of the flats. This is a unique fishing experience which many anglers compare to hunting.

Redfish will bite a variety of baits depending on the season and conditions. To catch a Redfish in the middle of his feeding frenzy in autumn, you can pitch flies, artificials, or live bait into a school of baitfish. You can fly fish for Reds using shrimp, small crab, and baitfish patterns.

Hilton Head Island Redfish Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Redfish fishing in Hilton Head Island varies slightly throughout the year. High season is February to May and September to December. Low season is January and June to August. There is no closed season.
Hilton Head Island
Excellent
4.4 / 5
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What anglers said about Redfish Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Go with a trained professional who knows the waters, where to find fish and how to handle any situation.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a trained professional who knows the waters, where to find fish and how to handle any situation.
Teresa  W.
Teresa W. Columbus, IN
Just come down to Hilton Head,book a trip and rest is just fun on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come down to Hilton Head,book a trip and rest is just fun on the water.
Scott  H.
Scott H. Savannah, Georgia
Definitely this trip. Jimmy was so knowledgeable of these waters with over 40 years in this area. I really fun day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely this trip. Jimmy was so knowledgeable of these waters with over 40 years in this area. I really fun day.
Donald  J.
Donald J. Beaufort, SC
If you are looking for an introduction to fishing for kids and families, take a quick shark trip in Hilton Head. The 3 hour tour is perfect for a family. it keeps the kids engaged the entire time. You'll head out and be plucking shark, croakers, whiting and so much more while learning about the local fishing. We have taken two trips now with our kids, and both times captain and crew have been so engaged with the children to create a wonderful fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are looking for an introduction to fishing for kids and families, take a quick shark trip in Hilton Head. The 3 hour tour is perfect for a family. it keeps the kids engaged the entire time. You'll head out and be plucking shark, croakers, whiting and so much more while learning about the local fishing. We have taken two trips now with our kids, and both times captain and crew have been so engaged with the children to create a wonderful fishing experience.
Brett  S.
Brett S. New York, NY
Bring water or other and sun screen. The Captain will teach you the hows. .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring water or other and sun screen. The Captain will teach you the hows. .
Richard  R.
Richard R. Bluffton, SC
Recommend the shark fishing. Plenty of action and a bonus of dolphins all around.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend the shark fishing. Plenty of action and a bonus of dolphins all around.
Todd  M.
Todd M. Hadley, KY
A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the house. Had a great time. Go for it!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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! ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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