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Hilton Head Fishing

Fishing is one of America’s favorite past times – approximately 37.4 million people report fishing as a favorite recreational activity. From rivers and ponds, to lakes and oceans, when it comes to Hilton Head fishing, there’s a mix of it all.

Hilton Head Fishing
One popular activity enjoyed by both tourists and residents is fishing. The coastline is scattered with numerous fishing charters, docks, piers and estuaries. So far for 2016, reports indicate that the Hilton Head fishing season has been successful!

What’s biting?
If you’re casting your line from a boat or charter – you could expect to reel in a snapper, grouper, kingfish, cobia, blue fish, spot tail bass, swordfish or even a shark! If you’re fishing closer to the shoreline, you could pull in a flounder, sea trout or croaker.

If your Hilton Head fishing experience occurs offshore, you can expect to catch cobia, king mackerel, jacks and various bottom fish. Offshore wreck fishing has also been successful, with reports of up to 200 pound sharks!

What about bait?
Depending on what you’re hoping to reel in, there’s a variety of bait options. If you’re looking to hook a trout, you should bait with live shrimp. Redfish and tarpon are biting cut mullet or menhaden. Other great options for bait include crabs, mud minnows and herring.

Where’s the best place to cast my line?
There are endless options for Hilton Head fishing, including:

  • Ocean Fishing:
    • Inshore and offshore charter fishing boats are readily available.
    • Kayak Fishing (fishing tours offered at Shelter Cove)
  • Deep Sea Fishing on the Gulf Stream

Before grabbing that pole …
Make sure to be up-to-date on the regulations for Hilton Head fishing – select fishing areas occasionally limit the number of fish you can keep and shorten fishing seasons for certain species. Also be aware of licensing requirements. Most commercial boats/charters will be licensed for all fishermen onboard, but you’ll need a state license if you’re over 16 years of age for salt water & freshwater fishing from a private boat, beach, banks, docks or piers.

State Licenses:
You can obtain a license at a DNR authorized agent, bait and tackle shops and most major retailers. You can also purchase licenses online by clicking here.

  • Annual resident license, $10
  • 14-day resident license, $5
  • Annual non-resident license, $35
  • 14-day non-resident license, $11
  • Shrimp Baiting License, $25


If you’re planning to enjoy some Hilton Head fishing, we encourage you to stop by and visit Hilton Head Lakes – the area’s only golf and lake community.  Check out the Discovery Visit option, and don’t forget to pack your pole and tackle box!

Need more info? Give us a call at 866-396-3230, drop us a line or schedule your visit! You can also check out our website for more information.

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