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The Shark fishing Hilton Head has to offer is nothing less than the best in the world. This is no surprise, seeing as the waters of South Carolina are home to some of the largest species, including a 1,780 lb Tiger Shark which broke the world record in 1964.
With more than 30 Shark species to hook into, adrenaline junkies can have a field day fishing in these waters. From the shallow water of the flats to the deep sea offshore, you will find Sharks both large and small. You don’t have to be an avid angler to enjoy this sport, you just have to love a whole lot of drag screaming action!
What to Catch and When to Target it
While fishing in Hilton Head, you could encounter any species of Shark that’s swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Hammerheads, Lemons, Blacktips, Duskies, Bonnetheads, and even Great Whites are known to make an appearance here. Many species are biting year round, but the biggest Sharks move closer to shore in summer.
Tiger Sharks usually arrive sometime in April. Close behind is a parade of large Bull Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Lemon Sharks, and more. You can expect to see many Sharks close to seven feet in length, with the occasional monster catch here and there. By October, most of these species start heading offshore.
How to Fish
Fishing for Sharks typically calls for heavy tackle and spinning or conventional rods. It is common to target small species on light to medium tackle and you can fly fish for some species like Blacktip Sharks.
When it comes to bait, the fresher the better. Live bait or cut bait are both effective, and Sharks near Hilton Head are especially privy to Ladyfish, Amberjack, Kingfish, and Cobia. Using circle and J hooks will prevent you from harming the Shark. Some anglers recommend mounting a skirt near the hook to keep the Shark interested while hiding the hook.
If you’re eager to experience the Shark fishing Hilton Head is famous for, we recommend booking a guided charter. Experienced captains will see to it that you fish safely and within regulations.
Shark fishing charters can vary widely, depending on whether you plan to wrestle a 12’ monster or to catch a couple of Bonnetheads with your kids. For this reason, some captains offer to customize your trip. Charters usually last three to four hours. Private trips range from $350-$600. For a five hour charter your can expect to pay more than $700. You can join a party boat for $50-$60 per person.
Hilton Head Island Shark (Tiger) Fishing Seasons
What People Are Saying About Shark (Tiger) Fishing in Hilton Head Island
"Fishing with Shay"
we caught enough shark for everyone and had a very good family experience
"Evening shark fishing with on the Top Shot"
Great three hour trip. Captain Jay and mate Nick know what they are doing. My grandson boated a 3 ft Black Tip shark . We also got four others including a hammerhead. Would definitely do this trip again.
"4 hour trip "
Caught tons of Spanish mackerel and huge black tip shark lots of fun
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