Hilton Head Island Inshore Fishing Charters

Hilton Head Island Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island: 61 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
(579 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $450
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4.9 / 5
(180 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(32 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $575
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(71 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Hilton Head Island
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(124 reviews)
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4.9 / 5
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Hilton Head Island
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4.9 / 5
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Inshore Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Look no further than Hilton Head inshore fishing for some of the finest light tackle action in the country. This type of fishing is superb at any time of year, whether you find yourself on the flats, in the rivers and estuaries, or out in the sound. From Redfish and Flounder to a variety of Sharks, you can expect to come away with a great catch.

What to Catch and When to Target it

Locals will tell you that autumn is hands down the best time for inshore fishing on Hilton Head. The weather is fair, the water is clear, and most of the tourists have left town. Speckled Trout and Flounder start heading to the flats, where they join Redfish in a feeding frenzy. The oyster bars, mud flats, and creeks are abundant with baitfish at this time of year, including lots of shrimp. This is a great chance to bring home plenty of table fare!

In autumn you can also venture into the sounds to target Bull Redfish. These monster reds sometimes reach up to 40 lbs in size and many anglers consider them to be the highlight of inshore fishing on Hilton Head. You will also find them on nearshore wrecks between five and 15 miles from shore, along with Bluefish, Black Seabass, and more.

Even in winter, Hilton Head offers some of the best inshore fishing you can find. Flounder, Speckled Trout, Redfish, Seabass, and Sheepshead are all biting close to shore.

In spring and summer you can reel in an assortment of species, including anything from Flounder to Cobia, Tarpon, and Sharks. Cobia begin to appear in Port Royal Sound and the Broad River in spring. Tarpon makes an entrance in summer, some of them reaching over 100 lbs. A variety of Sharks such as Lemon, Dusky, Spinner, and Bull Sharks become more numerous in summer as well. Fishing from June onwards will give you a chance to catch any of the above.

How to Fish

Inshore fishing usually calls for light tackle or fly fishing. Depending on the species and conditions, you can use live bait, dead bait, artificial lures, and flies. Poling the flats in winter and sight fishing in summer and fall are common methods that locals use to target Redfish in particular.

Fishing in the sound may include trolling and bottom fishing depending on the target species. Fishing near wrecks usually involves anchoring and bottom fishing for Seabass and other bottom fish. You might troll for Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and other species.

Hilton Head Island
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 26,564 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Definitely do the charter boat fishing. They know exactly what they are doing and know the best spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely do the charter boat fishing. They know exactly what they are doing and know the best spots.
Stewart  B.
Stewart B.
The FishingBooker website was very helpful to find the best captains in the area!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The FishingBooker website was very helpful to find the best captains in the area!
Jana  B.
Jana B. Fort Collins, CO
Don’t expect to come and catch lots of fish. Need to work hard for a few opportunities.
Very good
3.7 / 5
Don’t expect to come and catch lots of fish. Need to work hard for a few opportunities.
Jordan  B.
Jordan B. Duanesburg, NY
If possible change dates if there was a big storm prior causing high water and small craft advisories being posted
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If possible change dates if there was a big storm prior causing high water and small craft advisories being posted
Lisa  D.
Lisa D. Lexington, KY
This is right at the beginning of the season, so many fish will be catch-release due to being babies & not meeting the minimum length/weight. For beginners or tourist, this is a great way to get your feet wet and learn what deep sea fishing techniques work best for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is right at the beginning of the season, so many fish will be catch-release due to being babies & not meeting the minimum length/weight. For beginners or tourist, this is a great way to get your feet wet and learn what deep sea fishing techniques work best for you.
Lucy  S.
Lucy S. Charlotte, NC
Choose Top Shot Sport Fishing they are outstanding. They will cover you every need and make your experience memorable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose Top Shot Sport Fishing they are outstanding. They will cover you every need and make your experience memorable.
Ed  S.
Ed S. Bluffton, South Carolina
See Captain Andy at Sea Deez fishing charters if you want to catch some fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
See Captain Andy at Sea Deez fishing charters if you want to catch some fish
Derik  F.
Derik F. Williamston, MI
Captain Bill was very entertaining and finally we caught a fish, but that is fishing? I would use Captain Bill again, when there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Bill was very entertaining and finally we caught a fish, but that is fishing? I would use Captain Bill again, when there.
Dan  W.
Dan W. Dunwoody, GA
Go with an experienced captain and crew on a well equipped and good condition boat. Mornings seem to be typically less wind and calmer seas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with an experienced captain and crew on a well equipped and good condition boat. Mornings seem to be typically less wind and calmer seas
Richard  S.
Richard S. Indianapolis, IN
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

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Hilton Head Island