Charter Fishing on Hilton Head
Charter Fishing on Hilton Head can be done in various areas; fresh water; creeks, rivers and tidal lagoons; offshore “blue water” deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream.
The Hilton Head area offers shark, marlin, spot, cobia, red snapper, grouper, bluefish, king and Spanish mackerel, sheep head, flounder and the sea trout.
Charter boats in Hilton Head can be two kinds of fishing boats – large “party boats” and the smaller traditional “charter boats.” You have the option of deep sea, offshore, near shore, and inshore fishing trips. Your boat reservation includes bait, tackle, and fishing license. “Party boats” are licensed to hold a large number of people. “Charter boats” generally hold up to six people.
Fishing regulations in the state of South Carolina, offshore fishing uses South Carolina law up to three miles offshore. Beyond that, Federal regulations apply. Please note fishing licenses are needed to fish in saltwater, freshwater as well as in the lagoon systems on the Island. Licenses can be obtained through the DNR or authorized agents and they range from non-resident 14 day license $11 to shrimp baiting license $25. Often if you are on a charter they take care of the licenses but be sure and ask. And if you are staying in Sea Pines bring your valid car pass to the CSA Administration Building along with $5 to get your additional license.
S.C. laws regarding “tag” (or catch) and release state if you catch undersized fish, or fish over the limit, you should release back into the water to ensure the future of fish populations. When fishing with a charter, the captain will assist you in determining what you can keep.
Palmetto Dunes Resort has an 11 mile salt water lagoon system that is fantastic for fishing. There have been reports of catching 45 pound redfish in this lagoon system!! Take a look at a video from Palmetto Lagoon Charters. It is a catch and release policy but it sure makes for a lot of fun and adds just another event for you to enjoy at some point during your stay in Palmetto Dunes Resort or anywhere on the island.