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Outside Hilton Head
The Plaza at Shelter Cove
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Fishing opportunities in the Lowcountry change depending on the season. Here are the seasonal fishing reports for our area:
SPECKLED TROUT are in abundance in the Fall and are a fun fish to catch on light tackle and also an excellent fish to eat. It is not uncommon to catch your limit of Trout in the fall, they average 1.5-2.5lbs.
REDFISH & FLOUNDER are also plentiful in the Fall due to the abundace of bait fish and shrimp that are in the inshore creeks.
Sightfishing for tailing Redfish is still very good. As the water temps cool large (Bull) Redfish begin to school right off the beaches of Hilton Head and average 20-35lbs.
REDFISH (Spot Tail Bass): The most popular and sought after fish in our area. Reds can be caught all year long with the winter months being the peak time for casting flys or artificals to large schools of feeding fish in two feet of water or less. These winter fish range in size from 2 to 15 pounds with the average being seven to eight pounds. In the summer months we stalk the tailing fish on the shallow grass flats around the high tides.
News from Capt. Jimmy:
"Fishing trips for Winter are more tide oriented than any other time of the year. Good fishing opportunities are available under selective conditions. It's best to customize fishing times whenever possible.
Aboard the O Cat: Best opportunity is bottom fishing at one of the near shore reefs for Sheepshead, Black Sea Bass, Gray Trout, Sharpnose Shark and Spiny Dogfish.
Aboard the Cleopatra: Inshore fishing is best on a flats trip with one or two anglers. Redfish are found on the shallow low water mud flats until mid March and provide the best opportunities."
COBIA begin to arrive in the spring and in large schools in the Port Royal Sound and Broad River. Fish average between 25 and 40 lbs. and it is not uncommon to catch a Cobia over 50 lbs. Fishing with bait is the most common method for catching Cobia but artificals and flys may be used when sightfishing on calm days.
Other species that are caught in the Spring are Triple Tail, Spanish Mackerel, Blue Fish and several varieties of sharks.
Summer species include:
TARPON arrive in the summer months in the Port Royal Sound as well as the backcountry creeks that surround Hilton Head. Tarpon are one of the most exciting inshore gamefish to catch because of their explosive long runs and incredible leaping ability. Tarpon average 75-115lbs. and may reach 150lbs. or more!
Other species in the Summer months include King Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, and sharks. Sight casting for tailing Redfish is at it's best!