Hilton Head Island has become the fly fishing mecca for the Palmetto state. Whether backcountry, inshore or offshore, most all South Atlantic game fish can be successfully targeted depending on the time of year.
When it comes to shallow-minded anglers, spot tail bass (a.k.a., red drum, redfish, or channel bass) is the staple here and can be caught year around. However, the best sight casting occurs during the fall and winter months. Speckled trout and flounder add to the shallow water experience. As spring arrives, cobia season warms up in Port Royal Sound. The females can reach well beyond 70 pounds, but the average size fish is in the 20 to 30 pound range.
Summer months consist of fast inshore action as Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, and jack cravelle invade current rips and artificial structure. For the big game enthusiasts, tarpon are the ultimate nearshore experience. Be sure to talk to your guide, charter captain, or outfitter about the latest fly fishing information and licensing requirements, or visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ website.
For more information, contact:
Live Oac Adventures (843-384-1414)
Outside Hilton Head (843-686-6996)