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Fishing in Hilton Head

Congrats! You've found one of the best places to fish in the northeast United States. Now what? Well, if you're lucky enough to have a boat and the gear, you can check out our information below for some fishing tips on where to go and when they are at their best. However, if you don't have a boat and aren't too sure where to go, then a fishing guide will be your best bet.

Guides and Charter Captains are great for knowing where the fish are that very day. They live on these waters, and getting you on fish is what puts food on their table, though (if legal to do so), they will let you keep your catch for your own fry pan. Most are full-service and will prepare and clean your fish for transport. Allowing you to come home to your loved ones and cook them your freshly caught souvenir.
  • Known For

    Hilton Head, South Carolina, is just 12 miles long and 5 miles wide but is known worldwide for its golf courses and fishing destinations. Wildlife enthusiasts can also enjoy wildlife watching at the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. These are just some of the reasons why this island, with only 40,000 residents, has over 2 million visitors a year.

    An interesting fact about this island, located off the Atlantic Ocean, is that it doesn't contain a single neon sign.

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    Good news! If you are fishing with a licensed saltwater fishing charter or on a licensed pier, you're exempt from needing to possess a fishing license. For all other types of fishing, a proper license is required.

    • Residents can purchase a 3-day saltwater fishing license for $5. Non-residents can buy a 14-day saltwater fishing license for $11. You can buy a South Carolina fishing license online or at a nearby sporting goods store, such as Walmart.
    • You cannot fish for sharks or stingrays from the shoreline.

    Every angler has the responsibility to stay up to date with the rules and regulations for the area they are fishing, the method they are fishing, and the species they are fishing for. You can find the latest information online through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

  • Types of Fishing

    Location! The best fishing gear won't be of any use if you don't know where to put it to work. Choose the best Hilton Head fishing spot for you, based on the type of fishing you want to experience.

    Inshore Fishing

    • Enjoy a half-day family-friendly coastal fishing trip on Hilton Head Island. You and your family can catch fish like Speckled Seatrout, Flounder, and Redfish! Inshore means you can stay calmer water, typically no further than 20 miles out.
    • For the adventure-seeking and seasoned angler, a fly fishing experience of a lifetime is Tarpon fishing.

    Deep-Sea Fishing

    • Many affordable Deep-Sea Hilton Head fishing charters, who will take you and your fishing party more than 40 miles out from shore, are available for the thrill-seekers.
    • During your fishing adventure, seasoned anglers can catch Amberjack, Triggerfish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, and Snapper.

    Pier Fishing

    • If boarding a boat on the open sea isn't for you, then the Charles C. Haigh Jr. fishing pier is not only a great fishing spot, but there isn't a fee to fish! Migrate Outfitters is all about access, and a Hilton Head fishing pier like this one is a great way to introduce people to sport fishing. Another great option is the Pinckney Island fishing pier.
  • Best Seasons to Fish

    October through December is the best time of year for fishing Hilton Head Island fishing. The weather will be nice and cool, and the fishing for Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder will be hot! Target the grass flats for some impressive catches.

    Tarpon fishing is at its best during the summer. These fish are known for taking your line way out and jump above the water with impressive power. Cast your lure in the Port Royal Sound for some great results.

    Whenever you head out, especially near water, it's essential to make sure you're wearing the proper clothing and applying the appropriate weather protection for that day. Fighting a fish with a sunburn or getting set just as a storm blows isn't a fun time for anyone.


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