Hilton Head Fishing Charters
Hilton Head is one of the most unique places to fish on the East coast. When I was younger, one of the captains I learned from said something I'll never forget, "Chip, if you can catch fish here, you can catch fish anywhere." He wasn't implying that we have a terrible fishery, he was simply stating that our region requires a meticulous strategy to produce a specific species. That it wastes time to just drop lines out at a reef expecting excellent catches. He couldn't be more correct. Experience and strategy is key here.
Fishing off of Hilton Head for certain species is world class. Our Redfish fishery in October through November is second to none. During these hot times when the Redfish are running, it's very common to land 20-40 Bull Redfish all between 37 to 47 inches. These are huge fish! Battling 3 or 4 at once is routine practice and pretty exciting. Sometimes we'll wait an hour for the fish to find us, and when the school moves in---its chaos!
Another world class game fish in the area is the shark. For the past 17 years I've been studying the shark migration and feeding pattern like a hawk. Without a doubt, Hilton Head's shark fishery is the best in the world. No, this doesn't mean you should tell your kids to stay out of the water. Shark attacks on Hilton Head are very rare and never serious or fatal. However, just passed the swim zones into deeper water are some of the largest sharks in the world. Our Tiger shark state record is also recognized as the world record (1,780lbs). I'm a firm believer that Hilton Head is the only place in the world where you can hook and land Tiger shark after Tiger shark, over and over, in the same day. The Kneeshaws from Michigan had a request for big Tiger sharks last June. By 2pm we were headed home, exhausted, from catching and releasing SIX Tigers averaging 200-600lbs. I dont believe there is a place in the world where it's possible to produce matching numbers. Tigers aren't the only shark species that inhabit the area. Blacktips, Lemons, Bulls and Hammerheads are some of the others that we target in the warmer months.
Other exciting gamefish in our area are Tarpon, Cobia, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, Mahi-Mahi and even an occasional Sailfish. Please dont assume all these species are available on your visit. Everything off Hilton Head is on an annual schedule. When the Cobia start moving out, the Tarpon move in. As the Tarpon move out, the Redfish move in. Some fish prefer live bait, some fish prefer dead. Certain species require wire leaders, other species you'll need to use monofilament leaders. It takes years to learn the system to produce fish in this region, but when you figure it out, fishing off Hilton Head can be world class.