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: 19 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(268 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
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trips from $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(128 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $450
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(276 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(39 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $525
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Hilton Head Island
trips from $695
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(240 reviews)
Tybee Island
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(91 reviews)
Tybee Island
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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
4.4 / 5
Based on 26,549 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea 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 Deep Sea Fishing Species in Hilton Head Island