Where to Fish on Hilton Head Island

fishing-charters-hilton-head-island-water-activitiesHilton Head Island, South Carolina is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. It’s not hard to see why. The resort town offers beautiful beaches and countless activities for visitors, from shopping to golfing. Thanks to the diversity of marine life in the waters, fishing is an unforgettable experience at Hilton Head Island.

Both freshwater and saltwater fishing are offered at the expansive Hilton Head Island, so you could catch lake-dwellers like crappie and catfish at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve or at Jarvis Creek Park, with its bluegill and largemouth bass. If you feel like a day at sea, head out for some deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. There, you can catch speckled sea trout, flounder, and Tarpon. You can also fish for ocean fish and stay on dry land. Charles C. Haigh, Jr. Fishing Pier offers saltwater fishing all year long.

There are a couple important things to keep in mind before fishing at Hilton Head Island or anywhere. First, you need to have a proper fishing license. Anyone over 16-years old who is fishing from a boat is required to be licensed. You also need a license to fish from the shores. However, given that the price tag is only $11 for a 14-day non-resident license, it’s hardly a huge sum of money.

Second, you must keep the time of year in mind. The waters of Hilton Head Island offer a whole lot of fish of all shapes and sizes. However, seasons change and so do the fish. In the beginning, colder months of the year, redfish is a popular catch. As it warms up, you might hook black sea bass and small sharks. (Make sure you have a proper license for shark fishing!) Summer fishing at Hilton Head Island is rife with possibilities, from Spanish mackerel and king mackerel to cobia, red snapper, and sea bass. Finally, if you like shrimp, then you’ll want to head out between October and December, as that’s prime shrimp-catching season.

The question should not be “What can I catch fishing at Hilton Head Island?” Instead, it should be “What can’t I catch?” The possibilities are endless. Whether you’re just getting started fishing or wanting to catch something truly impressive, Hilton Head Island is an ideal destination. If you are looking to plan your next fishing trip experience, consider staying at a vacation rental from Beachside Getaway that is close to all of these great fishing attractions and more.

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