4 Jun 2021
There’s nothing more relaxing than spending your day out by the water, taking in the beautiful scenery, and reeling in your greatest catch yet. Head out into the deep blue with an experienced charter or pack up your gear and go on your own. You’ll find no shortage of incredible opportunities for fishing on Hilton Head Island! Grab your favorite rods and reels and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Read on for some more local insight about the best fishing in the area. Then, be sure to request a free copy of our 7-Day Itinerary for more information about our favorite things to do around Hilton Head.
Fishing on Hilton Head Island
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”
—Henry David Thoreau
Know Before You Go: South Carolina Regulations
Fishing is different everywhere you go. South Carolina has its own host of rules and regulations required to know before you cast your line in our waters. Here are just a few things of which to be mindful:
You Will Need a Fishing License
Before fishing in the waters off the coast of South Carolina, you’ll need a fishing license. Anglers 16 and over must have a license for recreational fishing. If you’re fishing with a charter, ask ahead of time because they may provide you with one. If you’re fishing on your own, you can plan to purchase one online ahead of time.
Illegal Species, Size, and Bag Limits
South Carolina fishing regulations apply within three miles of Hilton Head Island’s shores. Past the three-mile line, federal fishing regulations go into effect. Check out the regulations before you go to be safe!
Shore Fishing Guidelines
You are not allowed to fish for sharks or stingrays while shore fishing at any time. If you catch one on accident, just throw it back quickly.
Keep the Waters Clean
Never, ever pollute our waters. Help us protect the integrity of our wildlife and beautiful landscapes while you’re here. Do your best to clean up after yourself.
Go with a Guide: Fishing Charters
Have you always wanted to try deep-sea fishing? It can be a little intimidating if you’re new to the sport. That’s why it’s worth it to hire an experienced guide to show you the ropes! Even if you’re familiar with deep-sea fishing, the local charters are still excellent options if you’re interested in finding the sweet spots out there. The charters will provide everything you need, from bait and tackle to advice and more! Cast your line and reel in a catch that will surely impress all your fishing buddies.
Off the Hook Fishing Charters
Tail Tamer Fishing Charters
Hilton Head Fishing Adventures
Rainmaker Fishing Charters
Travel Tip: Did you know that you can rent a kayak for fishing? If you’re looking for a more unique fishing experience, then consider this option.
Go on Your Own: Best Spots for Fishing
If you prefer to spend quiet time fishing alone or with a few close friends or family members, don’t worry. There are plenty of great fishing spots that you can find on your own. All you’ll need is some fishing poles, bait, and some good luck! Shore fishing, pier fishing, and boat fishing are some of the options you’ll have to choose from at some of the following destinations:
Sea Pines Lagoon | Located at Sea Pines Plantation
Palmetto Dunes Lagoon | Located at Palmetto Dunes
Jarvis Creek State Park
Charles C. Haigh Jr. Fishing Pier
The Calibogue Sound
Fish America Reef
Betsy Ross Reef
Bait & Tackle Shops on the Island
Shrimp, shellfish, cut bait, baitfish, paddle tails, bucktails, lures, poppers, jerks, and more. It’s important to know what the best bait is to use for whatever it is you’re trying to catch. Make your way to one of the local bait and tackle shops, and if you’re lucky, one of the shop owners or another local fisherman who might be shopping there could pass along some helpful advice! You can also purchase everything else you might need, such as a rod and reel, fishing line, nets, wire cutters, and more.
Here are some of the best local shops to check out during your visit:
Fall & Winter
It’s no secret that cooler waters bring more fish out to the top for feeding. Fall and winter are the peak seasons to catch Redfish, Trout, and Flounder.
We recommend fishing in the Port Royal Sound and Broad River in the spring. This season’s top catches often include Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and Blue Fish.
In the summer, you can expect to encounter Tarpon, King Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and Redfish. Surrounding creeks, the Port Royal Sound, and local marshes are the places to be.
Make the Most of Your Hilton Head Getaway When You Stay with Beach Properties
If you’re planning to spend your vacation on Hilton Head fishing, you’ll need to choose accommodations for your home base. Although Hilton Head offers hotel stays, booking a vacation rental gives you an authentic experience of the island. Live like a local instead of a tourist! Beach Properties of Hilton Head offers an impressive selection of properties across the island. No matter how large or small your group is, we’ve got the right vacation home for you. Additionally, you’ll have access to a wide variety of amenities, including access to top-notch community features.