Hilton Head: Hilton Head inshore water temperatures are around 60 degrees, and while clarity is good (depending on the tide) it is not as good as it will get later in the season.
On much of the coast captains report that it can be pretty tough to catch inshore fish outside of the lower stages of the tide, but around Hilton Head Captain Dan Fishin Coach Utley (843-368-2126) advises that redfish can be caught throughout the tide cycle. In fact, while the redfish bite is good most of the time sometimes higher tides are a little easier to fish because the reds may not be as skittish.
About a month ago the fish were not yet hanging around the edges, but now they can be found pretty much everywhere around the grass edges particularly when the water is just coming into the grass but also on the outgoing. If they cant actually see schools anglers can run a trolling motor and look for areas where the grass is moving, and Coach has also found that fish are generally hanging out in the same areas where he has caught them in past years. Its hard to beat a ¼ ounce jighead with a Gulp! grub, either worked or even dead sticked on the bottom.
Even though he has not been targeting them as much as reds, Coach advises that trout fishing is also pretty good. His boat has caught trout in creeks that have some deeper water around oyster bars, and they can also be found in the main rivers around points and other areas that have some fast-moving water particularly over oysters. White Gulp! shrimp and electric chicken screwtail grubs have both been working, and the incoming tide has been most productive for trout.