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Anglers can fish year-round in island waters, with April starting to crank up the season and May heavily booked. May is the season for cobia, especially in Port Royal Sound. In the Gulf Stream you can hook king mackerel, tuna, wahoo, and mahimahi. A fishing license is necessary if you are fishing from a beach, dock, or pier. For nonresidents, they are $11 for seven days. Licenses aren't necessary on charter fishing boats because they already have their licenses. For more information, visit www.dnr.sc.gov.
Bulldog Fishing Charters. Captain Christian offers his guests 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-hour fishing tours on his 32-foot boat. Departs from docks at the Chart House, 2 Hudson Rd., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. 843/422–0887. bulldogfishingcharters.com.
Capt. Hook Party Boat. Shark and deep-sea fishing tours are available on this large party boat, which sells concessions as well. The friendly crew helps teach children how to bait and reel in fish. Shelter Cove Marina, 1 Shelter Cove La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928.
Fishin' Coach. Captain Dan Utley offers a variety of fishing tours on his 22-foot boat to catch redfish and other species year-round, and cobia, shark, and other species by season. 1640 Fording Island Rd., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. 843/368–2126. www.fishincoach.com.
Integrity. The 38-foot charter boat Integrity offers offshore and near-shore fishing. Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Sea Pines, 32 Greenwood Dr., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/671–2704. www.integritycharterfishing.com.
Palmetto Bay Charters. Palmetto Bay Charters offers a wide variety of charters on various size boats. Palmetto Bay Marina, 86 Helmsman Way, South End, Hilton Head Island, 29928. 843/785–7131. www.palmettobaymarinahhi.com.
Palmetto Dunes. Fishing trips are available on the 34-foot Gullah Gal (six people), the 34-foot True Grits (six people), the 24-foot Bayrunner (four people), and at Palmetto Lagoon Charters in Shelter Cove. Departs from Shelter Cove Marina, 4 Queens Folly Rd., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 866/380–1778. www.palmettodunes.com/south-carolina-fishing-charters.php.
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