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AHQ INSIDER Hilton Head Island (SC) Fall Fishing Report – Updated September 1

  • by Jay

The newest Hilton Head fishing report, updated September 15, can be found at:

September 1

Inshore water temperatures in the Hilton Head area are in the lower 80s, and with lots of rain the water is very dirty.

Last week there were some very good tailing tides around Hilton Head, and Captain Dan “Fishin’ Coach” Utley (843-368-2126) reports that with the high water in the morning the bite was very good first thing.  There were lots of slot-sized redfish caught.  There also continue to be tons of juvenile redfish around, and as predicted they are getting very close to reaching 15 inches.  The best pattern for catching these has been to fish around docks, trees and other structure in the bends of creeks.

A nice redfish caught this week with Fishin' Coach
A nice redfish caught this week with Fishin’ Coach

Probably the hottest bite right now is for 1-3 pound ladyfish, which despite their lack of food value put up a great fight with awesome aerial displays.  They are busting glass minnows and especially on high water they can be caught on live shrimp or mud minnows under a rattling cork.  Earlier in the summer they were off the beaches around the sandbars but now they have migrated inside.

With dirty water the trout bite has been tough.