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Hilton Head Fishing Charters

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If you’re searching for the fishing adventure of a lifetime, Hilton Head Island is the place to look.

Located just north of the Georgia state line, within easy driving distance of Savannah and its airport, Hilton Head Island offers unbeatable angling through a legion of reputable charter companies.

And with mild winters and warm water just off the coast, charters are available year round.

Fishing in Hilton Head

Hilton Head’s charter captains are as knowledgeable as they come, and they’re certainly no strangers to deep water. From day excursions for speckled trout to offshore adventures chasing sailfish, grouper, or shark, they can tailor your experience to match your comfort zone, ability, and wallet.

Inshore charters

Inshore fishing targets species like redfish, speckled trout, and flounder that prefer coastal waters. That offers plenty of heart-pounding excitement--just wait till you tie into a bull red!--and because inshore fishing doesn’t require long trips to and from prime spots, half-day adventures are easy to arrange.

Offshore charters

For species like sailfish, tuna, marlin, grouper, and wahoo, you’ll need to take a longer ride out into deep water. These all-day excursions will reward you with unbelievable opportunities to catch some of the most prized game species in the world, testing your skills against true trophies.

Reef charters

Not all deep-water fishing means running lures, and working the bottom in high-productivity areas can be an amazing experience. With the right captain and crew, these all-day ventures will have you dropping bait among schools of cobia, snapper, and seabass. Fun for less experienced anglers and old hands alike, working a reef is a time-tested way to ensure excitement.

Shark charters

Ideal water temperatures and plenty of active prey add up to unbeatable shark fishing. Guided by precise local knowledge, your charter captain will have you on a school in no time, enabling half-day catch and release trips. Ideal for experienced anglers with tight schedules, Hilton head Island’s shark charters are among the most sought after experiences on the Atlantic coast.

Rules & regulations

There’s no need for a fishing license if you’re fishing aboard a licensed charter. If you want to venture out on your own, you’ll need to purchase a valid license. Regulations on bag and size limits apply, and your captain will keep you informed on these.

[CITY] Fishing Seasons

  • January

    Cool weather means the redfish are running, and the New Year marks the beginning of the season on Hilton Head Island. Flounder, grouper, sheepshead, snapper, speckled trout, and triggerfish are also prime species in January.


    Redfish season is at its peak, and sight fishing on salt flats just doesn’t get any better. Flounder are abundant in shallow bays, and deeper, you’ll find grouper and snapper ready to bite.


    March is a transition month that finds the water warming from winter. The reds are still feeding actively inshore, and warmer species like Cobia are starting to turn-on. That makes this a great time to hunt for shark as well.
  • April

    Spring means sailfishing, but blues, amberjack, and barracuda are coming into their own as well. Shark fishing continues to be excellent, and with the right captain and crew, there’s no reason to shy away from booking a charter for reds.


    Warm water brings plenty of energy for feeding, and May means that blufish, amberjack, barracuda, and mackerel are in their prime. As a result, shark fishing is simply exceptional this time of year. Be aware that it is illegal to take Cobia in May.


    Tarpon, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Sailfish, shark: June is action-packed, making Hilton Head Island a great late-spring angling destination. Most species are hitting their warm-water stride at this point, and opportunities abound.
  • July

    July continues the warm water excitement, and everything from Wahoo to Amberjack, Cobia to Tarpon is biting. Cool weather species like redfish and Seabass will have slowed down, but the sharks are feeding in force in the summer.


    August brings the warmest water of the year, increasing the adrenaline rush for enthusiastic anglers on Hilton Head Island. Warm weather species are at their prime, packing on pounds before the inevitable fall cool-down.


    Cooling weather means cooling water. The warm-water species are starting to slow down, but the cool-water species are heating up. Flounder, Seabass, and redfish come to the fore in September, and shark fishing is still in its prime.
  • October

    Mackerel, trout, reds, and Seabass are really turning on as the water cools, but shark fishing is slowing down.


    November continues the trend toward cool water, and the warm-weather species really turn off. That doesn’t mean an end to angling excitement, however, as reds, flounder, Seabass, and grouper fishing are excellent in late fall.


    Christmas brings awesome redfishing, and the grouper and snapper fishing is never better! Don’t let the idea of cold weather scare you off--this far south, “winter” is a relative concept...

Top Targeted Species in Hilton Head

  • Seabass
  • Spanish mackerel
  • King mackerel
  • Cobia
  • Redfish
  • Barracuda
  • Blacktip shark
  • Bonnethead shark
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