Most of the time people don’t go looking for sharks, but aboard big boats with experienced captains at command, it’s a different story. Whether you want to get in on the action with shark fishing trips on Hilton Head Island or stand back and get a sight of what were once known as “sea dogs” to mariners, there’s nothing like this kind of experience. This season, get offshore with a guide to catch a glimpse of the blacktips, bonnet heads and Atlantic sharpnose sharks that call our waters home.
1. Family Shark Fishing
Make shark fishing a family affair with fun catch-and-release excursions in search of one- to three-foot sharks. A division of Kayak Hilton Head, Hilton Head Shark Fishing leaves from Broad Creek Marina for a three-hour, family-friendly outing. Step aboard their boat and don’t forget to bring a camera, because this picture-perfect occasion is not to be missed!
Book it: (843) 684-1911 or facebook.com/hiltonheadsharkfishing
2. FINATIC Shark Fishing & Dolphin Eco-Tours
The son of a Navy man, Captain Miles Altman has fished everywhere from Puerto Rico to the Bahamas, Florida Keys and Ocean City. He knows the waters and what’s underneath the surface. His team of professional anglers at Bayrunner Fishing Charters in Shelter Cove Harbour will get you right where you need to be to see some incredible sharks. The three-hour shark and dolphin-eco tours are full of “fintastic fun” and great for families.
Book it: (843) 842-7002, (843) 290-6955 or bayrunnerfishinghiltonhead.com
3. Drifter Offshore Party Fishing & Shark Fishing Trips
In addition to four- and five-hour deep sea fishing trips, Drifter Excursions offers thrills and chills with three-hour shark fishing on Hilton Head Island. Their 60-foot Drifter party boat, which is docked at South Beach Marina Village in The Sea Pines Resort, is a fun time for everyone. Plus, there’s only about a 15-minute travel-time to the oceanic destination filled with everything from hammerhead to bull sharks.
Book it: (843) 363-2900 or hiltonheadboattours.com
4. Offshore Wreck Fishing and Night Shark Fishing
With three- and four-hour inshore shark fishing trips available, as well as a shark fishing trip that ends with a firework show over the water—Captain Hook Party Fishing knows how to show their guests a good time. The fireworks trips are only offered on Tuesdays mid-June through mid-August, with the other seasonal tours also exclusive to certain days, so be sure to check the schedule and make reservations, because they’re bound to fill up fast! Also, don’t forget to ask about their shark fishing at night!
Book it: (843) 785-1700, firstname.lastname@example.org or captainhookhiltonhead.com
5. Out of the Blue Fishing Charters
Ever been on a monster shark trip at dusk? Take to the waters with Captain Drew Davis, a local USCG licensed captain who has fished Hilton Head waters for over 15 years, and experience this thrilling three-hour expedition. Step aboard Out of the Blue’s 21-foot Boston Whaler at the Hilton Head Boathouse and see who else is swimming around the Island.
Book it: (843) 422-5438 or outofthebluefishingcharters.com
6. Tail Tamer Shark Fishing
What is it like to reel in a tiger shark? Find out for yourself with Captain Terry Hall and his two-hour shark fishing charter out of Broad Creek Marina. This action packed adventure is for the whole family. Adults and kids age six and up will get to experience the excitement and thrill of a shark chase.
Book it: (843) 422-7512 or tailtamerfishingcharters.com