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Hilton Head Island Fishing

Hilton Head Island Fishing

Hilton Head Island is a gorgeous community in South Carolina. Although South Carolina has a long stretch of coast along the Atlantic Ocean, few areas are better developed than Hilton Head Island. In fact, this is a worldwide tourist destination that is recognized as one of the best places to vacation on the planet. The beaches are spectacular. The golf courses are world-class. The fishing is top notch.

Inshore fishing around Hilton Head Island can be very productive in the backwaters of the estuaries. Common catches include Black Drum, Flounder, Red Drum, Tarpon and Spotted Trout. Closer to the inlet and beaches, good Bluefish, Cobia, and Spanish Mackerel can be found.

Going a little farther from the shoreline will open up your possibilities. Nearshore Hilton Head Island fishing is also quite appealing. With the many wrecks and reefs you can expect Amberjacks, Barracuda, and King Mackerel. On bottom you can find Black Seabass and many different species of Grouper and Snapper.

Offshore fishing Hilton Head Island, you can catch Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Mahi-mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish and Wahoo. With so many options, it is clear that Hilton Head Island fishing offers something for everyone.



Hilton Head Island Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Hilton Head Island, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Striped Mullet

  2. Striped Mullet

    There is a 51.36% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 170 Striped Mullet counted.

    Hilton Head Island Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


  3. Spotted Seatrout

  4. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 21.45% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 71 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Hilton Head Island Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  5. Flounder

  6. Flounder

    There is a 3.93% catch rate for Flounder, based on 13 Flounder counted.

    Hilton Head Island Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  7. Silver Perch

  8. Silver Perch

    There is a 3.63% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 12 Silver Perch counted.

    Hilton Head Island Silver Perch Counts Chart
    Silver

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND SILVER PERCH COUNTS CHART


  9. Gulf Flounder

  10. Gulf Flounder

    There is a 3.02% catch rate for Gulf Flounder, based on 10 Gulf Flounder counted.

    Hilton Head Island Gulf Flounder Counts Chart
    Gulf

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND GULF FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  11. Weakfish

  12. Weakfish

    There is a 2.72% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 9 Weakfish counted.

    Hilton Head Island Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND WEAKFISH COUNTS CHART


  13. Red Drum

  14. Red Drum

    There is a 2.11% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 7 Red Drum counted.

    Hilton Head Island Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  15. Whiting

  16. Whiting

    There is a 1.51% catch rate for Whiting, based on 5 Whiting counted.

    Hilton Head Island Whiting Counts Chart
    Whiting

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND WHITING COUNTS CHART


  17. American Shad

  18. American Shad

    There is a 1.21% catch rate for American Shad, based on 4 American Shad counted.

    Hilton Head Island American Shad Counts Chart
    American

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND AMERICAN SHAD COUNTS CHART


  19. Atlantic Croaker

  20. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 1.21% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 4 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Hilton Head Island Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE HILTON HEAD ISLAND ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 25 species of fish and 331 fish counted for February around Hilton Head Island.

To date, there are 162 species of fish and a total of 254462 fish counted for Hilton Head Island and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1930 (94 years).

Last Update: 2/23/2024 2:01:19 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Hilton Head Island are the following:

  1. Charles C. Haigh, Jr. Fishing Pier
    Located on Pinckney Island on MacKay Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway. There is no fee for parking and it is open year round.


  2. Betsy Ross Reef
    The Betsy Ross Reef is about 20 miles out of the Port Royal Sound. Many species of fish hang out here, including Red snapper, black sea bass, grouper, barracuda, king macker


  3. Parris Island Reef
    1) NE Reef Buoy 32 18.900 080 42.358 2) NW Reef Buoy 32 18.900 080 42.608 3) SE Reef Buoy 32 18.716 080 42.358 4) SW Reef Buoy 32 18.717 080 42.608 Parris Island Reef


  4. Chicken Barge
    A hopper barge with chicken cages was sunk about 10 miles off Tybee November 18, 2013 as an artificial reef. The 254' barge, donated by Georgia Recyclers, was stacked with 3


  5. Ossabaw Sound


  6. Hunting Island Reef (6HI)


  7. Beaufort 45 Reef
    45' deep TANKS AND/OR APC'S N 32 07.168 W 80 29.129 ]]> 32.119481 -80.485474


  8. Broad River Fishing Pier


  9. Brickyard Point
    Brickyard Point


  10. General Gordon Reef


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Top Hilton Head Island Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Bay Street Outfitters
    For more than 25 years, Bay Street has made sure that we have the staff that has the experience and knowledge to assist each customer. We have staff and guides that have fished all over the world, spent countless hours testing knots and rigging techn

  2. Blue Water Bait & Tackle


  3. Southern Drawl Outfitters
    At the gateway to Hilton Head Island and centrally located next to the finest and most storied fisheries of Beaufort County, Southern Drawl Outfitters is the premier destination of anglers all over the Lowcountry. With a full selection of rods, reels

  4. Tybee Island Marina


  5. Hilton Head Outfitters


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Top Hilton Head Island Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Hilton Head Fishing Adventures
    Enjoy a day of light tackle fishing on the waters of Hilton Head, South Carolina with inshore fishing guide Captain Charlie Beadon.

  2. Off The Hook Charters
    Come fish the beautiful inshore waters of the Lowcountry with Captain Brian Vaughn, a native of Hilton Head Island with over 25 years experience guiding inshore, offshore, light tackle and fly fishing charters.

  3. Bulldog Charters
    Fish and ride in comfort on a 32 ft sportfishing boat equipped with a clean bathroom, plenty of cushioned seating, and shade from the sun. With over 25 years of local charter fishing experience in Hilton Head Island, Captain Christiaan is a 2nd gener

  4. Live Oac Fishing Charters
    Inshore and Nearshore Coastal Fishing in Hilton Head Island, SC

  5. Bay Runner Charters
    You’ve come to the right place for serious offshore & inshore LowCountry sportfishing in SC. One of Hilton Head Island’s most trusted and experienced deep sea fishing guides will share his secrets for hooking, reeling in, and even coo

  6. Mattson Charter Service
    Beaufort charter fishing guide service specializing in sightcasting for redfish and other inshore species utilizing both light tackle and fly fishing in Beaufort and surrounding waters of the South Carolina LowCountry

  7. Bay Street Outfitters
    For more than 25 years, Bay Street has made sure that we have the staff that has the experience and knowledge to assist each customer. We have staff and guides that have fished all over the world, spent countless hours testing knots and rigging techn

  8. Fishin Coach Charters, Inc
    Inshore fishing out of Hilton Head, SC

  9. Gullah Gal & True Grits Fishing Charters
    On the GULLAH GAL and TRUE GRITS we typically fish within 15 miles of shore depending on the length of your trip. We see lots of Dolphin playing, Osprey flying and Sea Turtles swimming too.

  10. Cool Cat Sportfishing


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Top Hilton Head Island Marinas

  1. Bull River Marina
    Bull River Marina offers short-long dockage, water taxi service to Daufuskie & local islands, boat tours, convenience store, and boat rentals. Best view!

  2. Tybee Island Marina


  3. Safe Harbor Port Royal
    Firmly anchored in an atmosphere of southern hospitality, Safe Harbor Port Royal is a charming mix of lowcountry culture and boating lifestyle. The marina's renowned personalized service blends with upscale amenities including complimentary acces

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Bouy Conditions

Station 41033 - Fripp Nearshore, SC (FRP2)
February 26, 2024 5:08 pm EST
Location: 32.279N 80.406W
Wind Direction: S (180°)
Wind Speed: 7.8 knots
Wind Gust: 7.8 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.16 in (1021.4 mb)
Air Temperature: 58.8°F (14.9°C)
Dew Point: 49.1°F (9.5°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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