What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for the first time?

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Michael Horn
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Went fishing with Top Shot Sport Fishing Hilton Head on July 21, 2024
Be aware if you might suffer from seasickness- possibly take whatever you need the night before?? Sunscreen up, small umbrella for additional shade, bring water. Be aware some marinas have a longer ride to the fishing spots, but there are dolphins along way!

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Justin White
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Went fishing with Gone Fishing Charters on July 17, 2024
Captain Craig was great. He was very knowledgeable and had us on fish quick. He was great with our 2 boys. They had the best time catching sharks and sea bass! We couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water! Thank you Captain Craig!

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Josh Houston
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Went fishing with Black Dog Fishing Charters on July 12, 2024
The only reason for not rating 5 stars is Hilton Head in July is very hot and humid. We were lucky in that it was overcast with a light wind, but on the few occasions when the sun came out and before the light wind picked up, it was unbelievable hot. My kids certainly felt the heat when it was there so if you have kids sensitive to the heat, I'd be mindful of that. Wear hats, sun protective clothing and bring A LOT of water like we did. In general, I'd reach out to Captain Jon either before or after booking to get his thoughts on the day. He's not the least bit interested in taking your money if the conditions aren't ideal or if there's a chance you're not going to enjoy the day.

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Jake Ashcraft
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Went fishing with Still Playin Charters on June 7, 2024
Wait until July to August if you want to get offshore and onto some bigger sharks, but earlier in the summer if you want to stay inshore and catch the little guys all day, also if seasick is something you deal with, would definitely stay inshore too in my own experiences

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Gregory Keiner
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Went fishing with Aqua Excursions on June 6, 2024
I thought fishing in Hilton Head would be easier but it's hard, the tides are huge, the current is really strong and the water is really muddy. Also, there are no good public docks, those that are available are small & heavily trafficked by boats. I feel that the only way to get to any good fishing spots is if you a) have a boat or b) own a multimillion-dollar house with a private dock.

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John Higdon
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Went fishing with Backcountry Hilton Head on May 27, 2024
If you are an experience angler, try to get a trip on a flood tide. You can get way up in the shallows and work reds that are tailing. It truly is like a spot and stalk hunt, much more exciting than blind casting or floating mullet down a grass line

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Char Benson
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Went fishing with Gone Fishing Charters on February 22, 2024
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.

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Misty Bass
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Went fishing with Southern Summers Charters on February 9, 2024
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.

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Keith Thompson
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Went fishing with Hilton Head Inshore Charters on February 1, 2024
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!

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Jim Pressley
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Went fishing with Pole Cat Charters on November 24, 2023
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.

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Ned Mcnair
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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Went fishing with Southern Roots Fishing Charters on October 30, 2023
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.

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Kevin Kinser
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Went fishing with Gone Fishing Charters on October 11, 2023
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

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Chris Ford
Bluffton, South Carolina
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Went fishing with Sonrise Fishing Charters on August 7, 2023
Our Captain indicated that August can be tough especially lately with the warm water and tides. We didn’t have a great deal of luck on our trip, but that’s fishing. We understood that there was no guarantee to catch fish. We had a great time regardless.

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John Crowe
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Went fishing with Above & Below Charters on July 22, 2023
Check with the charter service for the best times of the year for different fish to catch. Captain Dave told me there will be plenty of great eating fish to catch around the October, early November time frame. We'll be scheduling another trip with Above and Below Charters around that time frame. Captain Dave and CJ are excellent in this field with nice, well maintained boat and fishing gear. Very easy to fish with and very willing to teach.

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Josh Byrd
Oneida, TN
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Went fishing with Hilton Head Inshore Charters on June 29, 2023
I wholeheartedly give this in-land fishing charter a well-deserved 5-star rating. The expertise of the guides, the quality of the equipment, the breathtaking fishing spots, the outstanding customer service, and the overall experience were truly exceptional. If you're looking for an unforgettable fishing adventure, book a trip with this charter and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Brett Spicer
New York, NY
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Went fishing with Black Skimmer Charters on June 29, 2022
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.

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Mark Tanner
CARNES CROSSROADS, SC
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Went fishing with Black Skimmer Charters on June 18, 2022
I recommend reading the reviews of the different boat captains when deciding on a fishing trip in Hilton Head in June. Temperatures were extremely high and you should bring plenty of water out for a day of fishing. In fact, in deciding how much to take add about 50 percent more to your plan. Avoid alcohol when temp indexes exceed 100 degrees. Also know what fish you are targeting and select a trip which is suitable for that species. Watch winds carefully and select a boat which is large enough to be comfortable for your party size.

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Joe McAuley
Bluffton, SC
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Went fishing with Aqua Excursions on July 6, 2021
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.

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Dan Toshach
Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Went fishing with Integrity Charters on October 31, 2019
This was my first time ocean fishing so I don't have a good reference point. If you have a flexible schedule you my want to check with the captain to see when/if the fishing is good and schedule accordingly. I was limited with a two day window. A wind kicked up on first day that didn't allow us to get out on the ocean and the second day was supposed to be worse. We fished in the sound and did not have much luck, 2 small sharks.

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Tonya Page
Fayetteville, NC
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Went fishing with Black Dog Fishing Charters on July 22, 2019
We booked with Black Dog Fishing Charter in Hilton Head with Captain Jon. I highly recommend this trip to anyone that wants a great day out on the water catching fish. Captain Jon was very knowledgeable on where to go so that we were successful in catching fish. Everything was supplied for us so there was no stress involved. A great experience for a family or individuals! The trip is well worth the money!

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Daniel Mcmahan
Richmond, KY
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Went fishing with Reel McCoy Charters on July 3, 2023
Fishing Hilton Head in July can be great but you should definitely be prepared for the heat and a ton of people. Not everyone on the water knows boating etiquette. Fishing can be hot or cold in July depending on many factors.

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Elena McCollum
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Went fishing with Family Shark Fishing & Dolphin Discoveries 1 on June 3, 2023
We had a really good time. I think there was little confusion as to what type of fish we will be fishing for. On the website we read the types of fish we thought we were going out for, but the particular boat we were on was equipped for shark fishing.

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Lucy Sams
Charlotte, NC
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Went fishing with Pole Cat Charters on April 6, 2023
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.

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David Scharpenburg
Overland Park, Kansas
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Went fishing with Fins Up Adventure Charters on June 3, 2021
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.

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Cathy Brickel
Birch Run, MI
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Went fishing with Hilton Head Gullah Gal Fishing on March 1, 2020
We had ad a great time! It was a successful day of catching fish that were in season. Do your research before planning your trip. I knew when I booked that it wasn't the right season for catching sharks or bigger fish. If that is your goal, plan your trip accordingly. The captain and the experience get 5 stars - the fishing in March gets 4 because it is off-season.

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Terence Karshagen
Winder, GA
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Went fishing with Black Skimmer Charters on July 23, 2019
While Spring and Fall are probably better seasons for fishing, if you are taking your kids for the first time, and want a learning experience, there is nothing better than a trip off HHI - will always get Shark...

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Ryan Hale
Danville, IL
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Went fishing with Rainmaker Fishing Charters on June 20, 2019
Don't expect anything other than being somewhere other than work, we caught 1 fish in the first 2 1/2 hours, when we moved to the final spot we had a fantastic time, everyone caught multiple sharks of substantial size.

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Tri Toad
Katy, TX
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Went fishing with Hilton Head True Grits Fishing on June 21, 2019
Hire Hilton Head Sport Fishing LLC. These guys will put you on the fish, teach you proper rigging and baiting, and where to find the fish around the area. They are experienced and passionate about fishing.

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David Osborne
Goodfield, Illinois
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Went fishing with Hilton Head True Grits Fishing on April 10, 2019
Do a great deal of homework and be very clear of the trips expectations before leaving the dock. The captain explained to us the fish move and everything changes in April. Fishing can be terrible and we spent a lot of money for nothing.

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Botts Smith
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
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Went fishing with Hilton Head True Grits Fishing on March 23, 2019
It’s considered one of the slower months but it was fantastic for us March 23 at on the boat beautiful day great wake up great departure from the dock and a fantastic catch eaten the wonderful black Seabass for dinner tonight fresh fresh as it comes thank you captain and thank you first mate over and out.