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Hilton Head Island Fishing Adventure

Visitors and residents alike come to South Carolina’s coastal towns year-round to rest, relax, and rejuvenate, as well as enjoy the ocean, beaches, and plenty of fun in and on the water. While many visitors will dress in bathing suits and gather beach gear for adventures like kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and basking in the sun, some have come in search of the next big fish story. Pack your bags – and make sure your fishing gear makes the list – and head out to enjoy a Hilton Head Island fishing expedition on the South Carolina coast. Make sure you secure a South Carolina fishing license.

Types of Fish

There’s always something biting, but what you’ll snag depends on the time of year. Plan a fall or winter excursion in search of redfish, trout, and flounder. In the spring, cast a line in anticipation of grouper, snapper, black seabass, cobia, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, and more. During the peak summer season on the island, you can expect to find tarpon, king mackerel, jack crevalle, redfish, amberjack, and more. Go way out – 60-80+ miles off shore to the Gulf Stream in search of mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, sailfish, snapper, and more.

Where to Fish

If you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful time, the Palmetto Dunes and Sea Pines Resort lagoon systems are home to redfish, trout, tarpon, black drum, and flounder. The family-friendly fishing dock at Jarvis Creek Park is a great place to learn the art of fishing, while the Charles C. Haigh Jr. Fishing Pier is as close to deep sea fishing as you’ll get without boarding a boat. Set up your gear on Daufuskie Island and fish the creeks and streams, or the northeastern shore of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Hilton Head Fishing Charters

There are several companies that offer charters to take you to some of the best Hilton Head fishing spots around the island, and even out to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Book a nearshore excursion and go 5-25 miles off shore where you’re sure to hook lunch or dinner as it swims around artificial wrecks including sunken subway cars, battle tanks, and other structures, as well as natural reefs. For a deep sea experience of a lifetime, book a charter that takes you 40+ miles from the coast.


You can rent your own vessel and head out on the water! There are boat rental companies that have just what you’re looking for. If your fishing gear couldn’t make the packing list, you can also rent rods, reels, tackle, and everything else you’ll need for a productive day on the water.

Cast a Line on Hilton Head

You came to Hilton Head to explore and experience a new place on a fun, relaxing getaway – and catch your next big fish story. Gather your fishing buddies and book a vacation home with Coastal Vacation Rentals. We have units as small as one bedroom for you and your closest fishing mates, all the way up to seven bedrooms for a large group Hilton Head Island fishing trip! You’ll have access to private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, or deck. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms after a day on the water. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area. For a luxury stay like no other, choose a premium unit to include perks like wood floors, flat screen TVs, an elevator and more to make your stay one you’ll never forget.

Call us today to start planning a fun-filled fishing visit to Hilton Head Island!