Hilton Head Island Tiger Shark Fishing Charters

Hilton Head Island Tiger Shark Fishing Charters

Best Tiger Shark Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

Tiger Shark Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Tiger Shark
  • Size 10 to 14 ft
  • Food Value None
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Inshore, Wreck

(Galeocerdo cuvier)

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 Tiger Shark Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tiger Shark fishing in Hilton Head Island varies slightly throughout the year. High season is May to September. Low season is January to April and October to December. There is no closed season.
Hilton Head Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,556 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tiger Shark Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Go out with David and CJ on the Salty Mistress and you will not be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with David and CJ on the Salty Mistress and you will not be disappointed.
Above & Below Charters
Above & Below Charters
Great fishing experience but fish Size was not good to fillet and bring home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing experience but fish Size was not good to fillet and bring home.
Performance Fishing Charters
Performance Fishing Charters
We have been skunked in April before. You need to be open to catch multiple species and be locked into one type of fish...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have been skunked in April before. You need to be open to catch multiple species and be locked into one type of fish...
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
You may have to go out a little farther (30-35 miles) to really get on the fish in the early spring, but it’s worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You may have to go out a little farther (30-35 miles) to really get on the fish in the early spring, but it’s worth it.
Above & Below Charters
Above & Below Charters
It was very chilly in the morning so come prepared with warm clothes. It wasn’t peak fishing season, but our captain was able to get us on some wonderful fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was very chilly in the morning so come prepared with warm clothes. It wasn’t peak fishing season, but our captain was able to get us on some wonderful fish!
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Seasonal. Redfish, Cobia, Tarpon, Snapper, Jacks, King Fish, Triple Tail, Sharks
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seasonal. Redfish, Cobia, Tarpon, Snapper, Jacks, King Fish, Triple Tail, Sharks
Mighty Mako Sportfishing Charters
Mighty Mako Sportfishing Charters Villa Rica, Georgia
If fishing inshore or nearshore, bring bug repellant as the gnats can be a bit much to deal with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If fishing inshore or nearshore, bring bug repellant as the gnats can be a bit much to deal with.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Weather is a little unpredictable in February but this has to be expected. You have to be open minded to the fact that the fish may not necessarily be in abundance of catching. But that is pretty normal in a sport like this considering the weather/temperature this time of year! I would still recommend it though, because why not? Especially if you want to enjoy the time on a boat and doing something you love.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is a little unpredictable in February but this has to be expected. You have to be open minded to the fact that the fish may not necessarily be in abundance of catching. But that is pretty normal in a sport like this considering the weather/temperature this time of year! I would still recommend it though, because why not? Especially if you want to enjoy the time on a boat and doing something you love.
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
Dress in layers because it can be cold on the water. Ware tennis shoes and sun glasses. Captain provided us fresh bait and did the baiting of the hooks.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers because it can be cold on the water. Ware tennis shoes and sun glasses. Captain provided us fresh bait and did the baiting of the hooks.
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Definitely dress appropriately! It was 65 degrees the day we went out and if I hadn’t had a windbreaker I woulda froze lol. You WILL catch fish! Fishing is fishing though and you may or may not catch fish right away! The scenery alone is worth going on a trip in my opinion. The fishing was more of a fast paced style fishing. Like crappie or bass fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely dress appropriately! It was 65 degrees the day we went out and if I hadn’t had a windbreaker I woulda froze lol. You WILL catch fish! Fishing is fishing though and you may or may not catch fish right away! The scenery alone is worth going on a trip in my opinion. The fishing was more of a fast paced style fishing. Like crappie or bass fishing.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Base your expectations on the season. We targeted red drum and sheepshead because that's what we knew we'd be able to catch at the end of January early February and that's exactly what we caught. In abundance!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Base your expectations on the season. We targeted red drum and sheepshead because that's what we knew we'd be able to catch at the end of January early February and that's exactly what we caught. In abundance!
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Weather can be unpredictable (as expected), but if you are flexible with dates/times, it is worth the effort.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be unpredictable (as expected), but if you are flexible with dates/times, it is worth the effort.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
I suppose it's the same any month - you are somewhat at the mercy of the weather and the tides. Had we fished during a different period that day, our catch might have been much different. We had fun and made memories for a lifetime. That's a good day in my book.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I suppose it's the same any month - you are somewhat at the mercy of the weather and the tides. Had we fished during a different period that day, our catch might have been much different. We had fun and made memories for a lifetime. That's a good day in my book.
Pole Cat Charters
Pole Cat Charters
Communicate with your captain ahead of time it helps you be prepared. Our captain did a great job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Communicate with your captain ahead of time it helps you be prepared. Our captain did a great job.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
Captain Matt Crowe has been handling a boat, and fishing these waters since he was 8 years old. If you are going inshore he is the man. He has been guiding for 8 years, and can show serious anglers or a family out for a fun time. He can make it fun, educational, and interesting, and you will catch some fish. Take picture. This area is beautiful. Red fish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sharks, what ever you want in the way of an adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Matt Crowe has been handling a boat, and fishing these waters since he was 8 years old. If you are going inshore he is the man. He has been guiding for 8 years, and can show serious anglers or a family out for a fun time. He can make it fun, educational, and interesting, and you will catch some fish. Take picture. This area is beautiful. Red fish, speckled trout, flounder, black drum, sharks, what ever you want in the way of an adventure.
Southern Roots Fishing Charters
Southern Roots Fishing Charters Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Dress for the weather we came prepared and it was a good thing. Chilly in the am.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for the weather we came prepared and it was a good thing. Chilly in the am.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Trust the process, be patient and be ready to catch fish! Captain Alick knows the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust the process, be patient and be ready to catch fish! Captain Alick knows the water.
Fish Bluffton Dialed In
Fish Bluffton Dialed In
We had unfavorable weather, but we made the best of it, and still had a great time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had unfavorable weather, but we made the best of it, and still had a great time!
Reel McCoy Charters
Reel McCoy Charters
Craig was wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful with our group. He made our fun experience even more fun. We had a blast and hope we made his day a little more fun as well. Don’t miss out on one of the best excursions in the Hilton Head area
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Craig was wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful with our group. He made our fun experience even more fun. We had a blast and hope we made his day a little more fun as well. Don’t miss out on one of the best excursions in the Hilton Head area
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
For novice folks, this kind of inshore bottom fishing trip is fantastic. Never know what you’re going to pull up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For novice folks, this kind of inshore bottom fishing trip is fantastic. Never know what you’re going to pull up!
Drifter Excursions – Ricochet
Drifter Excursions – Ricochet

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