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
4.4 / 5
Based on 25,519 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tiger Shark 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

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