Posted by: Sunset Rentals | July 17, 2009

Surf Fishing in Hilton Head

Surf fishing is a great beach activity in Hilton Head, and many visitors decide to try it while here. If you are new to the sport, here are some tips from on how to have an enjoyable day surf fishing.

You can use your own spin casting gear to surf fish, but ideally you would have more heavy duty equipment. Usually the rods are 10 to 12 feet long. Most places will sell heavier-duty surf rods and reels for between $20-$50. The rods need to be capable of slinging 6 ounces of lead weight, plus a bait up to 100 yards beyond the breaking surf and withstand the harsh salt water.

As far as weights and sinkers, you will need a multi-ounce, pyramid sinker. Other designs will work, but the pyramid shape helps it dig into the bottom and hold the line tight.

There are many different forms of bait used, including live bait fish, blood worms, cut bait, frozen shrimp and sand fleas. It’s also fun to catch your own bait, which you can do with a cast net, preferably 5 -6 feet long, that costs about $10-$15.

For information on fishing licenses needed for saltwater fishing, call 1-866-714-3611 or visit the SC DNR Web site.


  1. Hello,

    We are planning on being on HHI for vacation. I spent my summers in Garden City surf fishing and loved it. I would really like to share that experience with my son now, but I don’t know where on HHI we can do that. We are staying on North Forest Beach in a house. Is there anywhere in particular that we can surf fish? I’m a SC resident and plan to buy a license if this is going to work out. I appreciate any help you can offer. He’s only 4, so guided boat tours are a little too grown up for him at this point.

    • There are plenty of places to surf fish in Hilton Head. It isn’t allowed in designated swimming areas, but a life guard should be able to tell you the exact spots. We would suggest the Burke’s Beach area, for a less crowded spot.

  2. Don’t forget the sun protection…it will make a big difference in how long you stay on the beach..thru a tide change or two..and possibly how many fish you your skin and your has a Hilton Head Island Surf Fishing Cap..wraparound style glasses will also help.

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