Hilton Head Island Inshore Fishing Charters

Hilton Head Island Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island: 85 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(41 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(101 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(737 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(180 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $375
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(59 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(301 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $425
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(296 reviews)
Bluffton
Trips from US $300

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
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,767 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Fishing with live bait was so much better than some of the other fishing with artificial I have done on other tours
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing with live bait was so much better than some of the other fishing with artificial I have done on other tours
Bay Runner Sportfishing
Bay Runner Sportfishing
Give Captain Buddy a call and experience you want be disappointed with! A Great Day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give Captain Buddy a call and experience you want be disappointed with! A Great Day!
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Yes Your guide will explain everything needed for any angler. Experienced or not.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes Your guide will explain everything needed for any angler. Experienced or not.
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
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
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
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
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

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Hilton Head Island