Hilton Head Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Hilton Head Island Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island: 24 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(166 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $450
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(50 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $750
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(208 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(65 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $1,500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(312 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
Trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(139 reviews)
Tybee Island
Trips from US $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(294 reviews)
Tybee Island
Trips from US $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(19 reviews)
Edisto Beach
Trips from US $400

Deep Sea Fishing in Hilton Head Island

You will find anglers in Hilton Head deep sea fishing for a variety of big game fish 30 miles offshore and beyond. This technique is the way to land a big and colorful catch, whether it’s feeding on the bottom or chasing baits along the surface. With a variety of wrecks, open waters, and the Gulf Stream at your disposal, there’s no shortage of opportunities to bring home your next biggest catch. 

What to Catch and When to Target it

Deep sea fishing reaches its height in summer, when big pelagics like Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish are passing through the Gulf Stream 60-80 miles offshore. You will encounter some of these species swimming in the 40 mile range on occasion, but your chances of catching them are best when you spend a full day in the Gulf Stream.

On the other hand, you can enjoy great bottom fishing much closer to shore. Fishing 30 miles out and beyond gives you a chance to make the most of live bottom and structures such as the Navy Towers. You can target large Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and Black Seabass in cooler months. Species closer to the surface such as King Mackerel, Cobia, Barracuda, and Amberjack make their appearance near the wrecks in spring and summer.

In some cases, you will find local anglers “deep sea fishing” 10-20 miles from shore. While this cannot compare to the experience you get in the Gulf Stream, fishing the wrecks closer to shore is a great chance to bring home Snapper, Grouper, Sheepshead, Seabass, and other eating fish. Whereas a true Hilton Head deep sea fishing charter lasts 10-12 hours, these nearshore deep sea trips last around six hours. 

How to Fish

While targeting species near artificial wrecks and reefs, it’s common to drop anchor and bottom fish with live bait, or to try your luck with some high speed jigging. These techniques will help you land Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, Seabass, and more.

Casting plugs and trolling along the surface will attract the attention of Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and other pelagic fish. Live bait, cut bait, and artificials are all effective. You can lure Tuna, Sharks, and other species to the boat by chumming.
 

Hilton Head Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,999 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Hilton Head Island

Find a captain that has a lot of experience and knowledge of the area. It can make or break a trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a captain that has a lot of experience and knowledge of the area. It can make or break a trip.
Fins Up Adventure Charters
Fins Up Adventure Charters
It was a good trip. It was windy so we didn’t spend as much time on the big water. We stayed more in the sound. It was a fun trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a good trip. It was windy so we didn’t spend as much time on the big water. We stayed more in the sound. It was a fun trip.
Family Shark Fishing & Dolphin Discoveries 1
Family Shark Fishing & Dolphin Discoveries 1
Just check the weather and make sure there aren’t high winds and bad weather heading in before you book
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just check the weather and make sure there aren’t high winds and bad weather heading in before you book
Still Playin Charters
Still Playin Charters
If you wear a baseball hat, take it off before the boat goes fast. My son's hat blew off, but thankfully it landed inside the boat.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you wear a baseball hat, take it off before the boat goes fast. My son's hat blew off, but thankfully it landed inside the boat.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Looking forward to fishing with Captain Buddy again and again! Great experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Looking forward to fishing with Captain Buddy again and again! Great experience!
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Still Playin Charters
Still Playin Charters
Set no expectations and just enjoy it all as it happens. Let your Capt know what you are wanting to fish for. Sunscreen, hat, long sleeves ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Set no expectations and just enjoy it all as it happens. Let your Capt know what you are wanting to fish for. Sunscreen, hat, long sleeves ?
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Hilton Head Inshore Charters
Never fished HHI but the temperature was nice , low 80's and a nice breeze. Very comfortable fishing weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Never fished HHI but the temperature was nice , low 80's and a nice breeze. Very comfortable fishing weather.
Captain Buddy’s
Captain Buddy’s
Give Rodney Summers a call took book your next fishing trip here in Hilton Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give Rodney Summers a call took book your next fishing trip here in Hilton Head
Southern Summers Charters
Southern Summers Charters
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Backcountry Hilton Head
Backcountry Hilton Head
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
Ask the captain if your on the 12 hour trip if trolling had been good lately. If not don’t waste the time. You could have been bottom fishing. And filling up the coolers with fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask the captain if your on the 12 hour trip if trolling had been good lately. If not don’t waste the time. You could have been bottom fishing. And filling up the coolers with fish.
Above & Below Charters
Above & Below Charters
We caught more than enough for dinner for the family and 5 beautiful red snappers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught more than enough for dinner for the family and 5 beautiful red snappers
Gone Fishing Charters
Gone Fishing Charters
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
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

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Hilton Head Island