Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is well known as a vacation destination for golf. That’s for a good reason: there’s dozens of magnificent golf courses at Hilton Head.
Fishing? Another great attraction for Hilton Head is fishing. Both salt and fresh water fishing are busy activities there. Later I’ll get to the best deals on condos, timeshares, and resort lodging. But for now here’s more about the fishing scoop for Hilton Head Island:
The State regulates fishing up to three mile offshore. Beyond that, Federal regulations apply. The state regulations are here.
For salt water fishing you need a State license if over 16 years old to fish from a boat. Commercial fishing boats already have a license that covers all fisher people, and you can get a State license to fish from a private boat for $11.00 for a three day non-resident (SC) license (see below for locations that offer licenses).
To fish from the beach or the banks of estuaries (tidal creeks) or a dock or pier you now need a license. The fee is $11 for a 14 day non-resident license ($5 for residents). You cannot fish in designated swimming areas and you are not supposed to fish for sharks. The sharks break this rule all the time, so you might hook a Sting Ray or Atlantic Sharp Nosed or Black Tipped shark. You are expected to release them – if you get a Sting Ray or a good size shark, just cut the line and let it go rather than take a chance of getting hurt.
Inshore and offshore charter fishing boats are readily available. You can go fishing on a party boat with a dozen or (many) more people, which will drift fish (fishing with the boat not moving). Usually these operate inshore or not far offshore, though some will go to the reefs. Some specialize in shark fishing, usually late in the day and into evening.
An unusual way to fish is by kayak. Outside Hilton Head offers kayak fishing tours from Shelter Cove Marina or from Hudson’s restaurant docks.
You can also charter an offshore (or inshore) boat that carries up to six passengers and will fish by trolling the bait (dragging it behind a moving boat). This is usually called deep sea fishing. The trips offered are typically either half-day or full-day excursions.
For serious deep sea fishing, anglers will go to the Gulf Stream, which is about 70 miles from shore. The fishing is great, but so is the round trip. Obviously a very full day of fishing. The best time to go to the Gulf Stream is June through September.
There are a number of artificial reefs and natural banks offshore that offer fine fishing. The charter captains know where to go at various times of year and can predict the types of fish that may be caught.
Your best bet for charter fishing is to go to the docks or call and talk to the charter boat captains to see what is a good fit for you. Charters are available from almost all commercial marinas.
That about covers the fishing opportunities for Hilton Head. Now on to answer the question, “Where will we stay?”
The absolute best deal for quality accommodations at a great price on Hilton Head Island are timeshares. If you own a timeshare there you are in luck! If you own one somewhere else, bank and trade it for a resort on the island for your perfect fishing vacation. If you don’t own a timeshare you can always rent a timeshare and still save a huge wad of cash. When you rent a timeshare you don’t have to be subjected to a sales pitch or any hard pressure tactics to do anything. Period!
Some of the best known resort developers have timeshare resorts at Hilton Head South Carolina including Disney’s Hilton Head Resort, Players Club Hilton Head, Marriott’s Barony Beach Club, Marriott’s Grande Ocean Resort, Marriott’s Harbour Point at Shelter Cove, Marriott’s Heritage Club, Marriott’s Monarch@Sea Pines, and Marriott’s SurfWatch.
If you already own one of these timeshare and don’t use it any longer, consider selling it! These timeshares are often hard to come by because of their high demand and selling your timeshare could be a good move.