Flats Fishing Charters in Hilton Head

What is "Flats Fishing"?

The term "Flats" refers to the flat shallow waters such as the low tide mud flats or the high tide grass flats... places where fish feed, spawn, and hide from predators like dolphins and sharks.

A “flats” boat is not a “flat-bottom” boat… that’s a common misconception. A “flats” boat is a technical fishing boat designed to get into extremely shallow water. They still have a v-hull and are comfortable to ride in. You’ll notice an elevated platform in the rear of the boat that allows your experienced Hilton Head fishing guide to quietly push-pole the boat in extreme shallow water, with the birds-eye-view advantage to see the target fish.

Live Oac has two awesome flats boats, each with their own advantages:

Our Yellowfin 17 Skiff, an incredible craft that can travel in 6 inches of water but also handles deeper open water like that of Port Royal Sound. You’ll be astounded that a skiff can ride so well when you experience a Yellowfin. It can handle up to 4 guests depending on the scenario, and fishes everything from shallow water reds to cobia and tarpon in open water.

Our other flats skiff is an Ankona Native 17 which is a minimalist poling skiff that’s even lighter than the Yellowfin. Perfect for that solo angler (or two) who want to get back to tailing reds in the marsh. This boat lets you sneak around like a fish ninja!

We stalk the flats for tailing redfish, flounder, the occasional sheepshead, black drum, and our favorite “bonnethead” hammerhead sharks. Flats fishing is extremely tide sensitive, and our tide schedule shifts every day. There’s usually an ideal window during the tide that we have the best opportunity to catch fish in the flats. During other parts of the tidal cycle, we’ll engage in other approaches. On a typical flats boat fishing charter, we might also spend time out in the deeper creeks or sounds. In open waters we can chase Jack Crevalle or bluefish, or anchor up and drop live bait for Tarpon, Cobia, and monster sharks.

  Inshore
  3-8 Hours
  Year Round, weather permitting
  Private — Max 3 Guests
  Age 12+ recommended
  • Guide and client on flats boat fishing charter
  • Sightfishing for red fish on charter
  • Fishing guide holds hammerhead shark
  • Fish caught on Hilton Head fishing charter
  • Dolphin visits kids on flats boat fishing charter in Hilton Head
  • Fishing guide holds spottail bass caught on charter
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Not sure which fishing boat or trip is right for your group? Call a Live Oac adventure specialist and we'll help guide you. We offer trips for all ages and experience levels. We’ll match you with the best boat, the best guide, and the best approach to meet your expectations.

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