The vast “low country” waterways around Hilton Head are the ideal home for such famous inshore species as speckled trout, redfish, cobia, sharks and the “Silver King,” tarpon. TailHunter’s inshore fishing trips provide you with a beautiful canvas on which to paint your angling masterpiece.

What does “inshore” mean?

If you haven’t fished on the coast before, you might ask, “What’s the difference between ‘nearshore’ and ‘inshore’?”

At TailHunter, our Hilton Head inshore fishing trips focus on bays, estuaries and inlets along the coast of the island, whereas our nearshore fishing charters take place further from shore.

What to expect on a TailHunter Hilton Head inshore trip:

  • We use lighter tackle and both live and dead bait
  • We use a Garmin 7612 GPS, radar, sonar and fishfinder, if needed
  • We stay closer to shore
  • Fish sizes are generally smaller
  • The fish species caught are less affected by season and weather
Tarpon fish jumping out of water

Inshore Species

  • Redfish (Red Drum)
  • Sea Trout
  • Cobia
  • Various shark species
  • Tarpon

Shark Fishing on Hilton Head Island

The Port Royal Sound provides an abundance of bait fish for larger prey such as sharks. Species such as Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads, Lemon Sharks from 100 lbs to 500 lbs, Black Tip, Spinners, Bonnet Heads, and Sharp Nose all feed and breed in this world famous estuary. The Port Royal Sound is a favorite migratory inlet not only for sharks, but many other fish species because it is one of the largest deepest natural inlets on the east coast.

TailHunter Inshore Fishing Charter Rates

(for up to 6 passengers)

Four Hour Charter


Six Hour Charter


Eight Hour Charter


Note: Our boat holds a maximum of six (6) guests, plus our captain and crew. All outings are led by a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain. A 50% deposit is required up front. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the trip are subject to loss of deposit. Weather conditions are determined by the captain only. 

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What's included with all TailHunter Hilton Head inshore charters:

  • Show you how to throw a cast net to catch baitfish and shrimp
  • Clean, bag and ice all fish caught by your group
  • Supply all life jackets and necessary safety gear
  • Provide all fishing gear, bait and tackle
  • Provide all necessary fishing licenses

What should you bring on your charter?

  • Sun protection: Sunscreen, hats, polarized sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts
  • Rain protection: Rain jackets and foul weather gear (just in case)
  • The food and drinks of your choice (no glass bottles, please)
  • Cameras/camera phones with plenty of room for breathtaking pictures
  • Please note that cigarette smoking is not permitted on board

Customary 15-20% gratuity is not included in the price.

Want to experience the premier inshore fishing trips in Hilton Head Island? Choose TailHunter! We customize your fishing charter so you can go out on the water for a few hours or a full day. Book your charter today!