Off The Hook Fishing Charters

Off The Hook Fishing Charters

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Hilton Head Island Fishing with Off The Hook Fishing Charters Inshore, light tackle and Fly Fishing at its finest! Come fish the beautiful inshore waters of the Lowcountry with Captain Brian Vaughn, a native of Hilton Head Island with over 25 years’ guiding inshore, offshore, light tackle and fly fishing charters. You will be fishing with Captain Brian on his 17ft Drake Outlaw Flats Boat or his 25ft. Hells Bay Estero Bay Boat or with one of his fellow experienced guides and Hilton Head natives Captain Thomas or Captain Matt on a 22ft. Pathfinder Tournament Bay Boat. All of the boats are fully equipped with only the finest fly and spinning tackle. If you want to fish the flats, bay or ocean these boats can do it all. Fish for redfish year round on the beautiful flats and estuaries that surround Hilton Head Island. Also, target other species including tarpon, cobia, jack crevalle, trout, mackerel, sharks, and several others on a seasonal basis. For more info on what's running durin
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Vic Z
1 contribution
May 2022 • Friends
My friend and I went on a simple mid day trip out in the bay with Captain Thomas on the 2200 Pathfinder, after netting over a 1000 hardback shrimp filtering through to get the bait size shrimp, we were off to the first spot with our bait taken care of in less than a few throws of the cast net. Conditions were good, expectations were hard to suppress, and after a short skip across the big water we headed deep into a creek. Arriving, Capt. Thomas quickly rigged our very own setups for us ( yes we each brought our own setup because you can't separate a man and his preferred beloved saltwater spinning setup - yes, Capt. Thomas was FULLY loaded with everything anyone needs to fish - we just wanted to hook into fish with our own gear.) The rig and springy shrimp hit water and the fish hit the rig. In no time at all I was into my very first ever Hilton Head Island Redfish. I now understand why fishermen pursue these bruisers, what a fight !!!! Perfect slot Red. Dinner secure and hungry wives and babies will be fed, I get that pressure of the first catch out of my system and really try to hone in on the bite. BOOM, my friends rod gets nailed, after a great fight, we see a flash of silver and spots, a beautiful and big Sea Trout now finds home next to a slot Red in our livewell. Off to a great start, and agreeing to the Captain's plan ahead of time, it was time to pull anchor and head up to another spot. Arriving at the spot, I cast and less than a minute later I get bit hard, I set the hook and feel the power on the other end, I fight it out from the structure and quickly realize this is a great fish, my mind goes blank briefly in disbelief and I continue to fight the fish as if denying it the safety of the structure. A few seconds later, my adrenaline pumped self manages to stupidly pull the hook out the mouth of most likely the biggest fish of the day. We're fishermen not catchermen after all. Kicking myself we continue on. Redemption comes quick as I set the hook on another slot Red, and another, and another's soon enough, we're limited out ! Just a few short hours of fishing produced a lifetime of memories. Couldn't have asked for a better Captain, enjoyed the pace, fought fish, had dinner in hand after Capt. Thomas made quick work cutting fillet's and learned a thing or two along the way. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to try this, especially if you've never fought Redfish like me ! I think I found a new addiction. Looking forward to the future as I know which charter and Captain to book with whenever we're in Hilton Head.
Written May 30, 2022
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I can't thank you enough for your detailed review of your trip with Captain Thomas. Sounds like you guys all had a epic day! We look forward to getting you out again on your next visit to Hilton Head. Tight Lines Always! Capt Brian
Written June 4, 2022
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Tom B
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Aug 2022 • Family
Had a great day fishing with Captain Matt. From the start I could tell he wasn’t taking us fishing- he was taking us to catch fish.. He advised what type of fish were biting and made a plan that worked out perfectly. We first were headed to an area where he said the tide should be right to catch Redfish and Sea Trout, but before we could get to our location he spotted a school of Jacks on the surface that changed the plan. He got us into position and on the first cast of the trip my son hooked into a huge Jack that gave him the fight of his life. Since the conditions were perfect for sight fishing for the Jacks he suggested that we continue to try to find some more. After seeing the first fish battle we were anxious to catch more. We soon were able to find several other schools of Jacks and land a double on hard fighting Jacks. Being a little worn out from the Jacks we headed to his original spot and the bite was hot. We caught numerous Redfish and Trout. Unexpectedly the weather started to change and smartly he suggested that we fish closer to the dock. Captain Matt put us into another spot where we were able to land more fish before an approaching storm ended the trip. I would highly recommend Captain Matt and Off the Hook Charters to anyone looking for a first class charter.
Written August 11, 2022
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Glad you guys had a great trip with Captain Matt and we really appreciate your review and recommendation. We look forward to getting you out again fishing on your next trip to Hilton Head Island. Thanks! Captain Brian
Written August 18, 2022
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Shayne G
Saint Clairsville, OH4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
This was a great family trip for fishing. The gear and staff were top notch. We all had a blast on our 3 our trip. Myself, my 10yo daughter and wife were truly impressed with the professionalism and expertise of Thomas our captain. He not only taught us about HHI inland fishing, but also about other local facts. I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting top notch service and a great fishing experience. You will have so much fun, you will regret that you didn’t book the longer trip, or book a couple of different days while on the island, if 3 hours at a time is enough for you in one outing. Thank you so much to the crew at Off The Hook Fishing Charter! See you all next year…but this time I’m booking a couple of times in the week!
Written September 17, 2022
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We really appreciate your review and business. So glad you had a great trip with Captain Thomas. We look forward to getting you all out again next year! Thanks Captain Brian
Written September 27, 2022
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DD
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Sep 2022 • Friends
Man, so many great things to say about Captain Brian Vaughn! We pulled up to the dock 15 minutes early he was finishing up rigging the poles. Originally we had discussed doing a fly fishing trip for Reds. We get on the boat and he says well, the tide and the wind weren’t in our favor.. But, he had a back up plan! Within 15 minutes Cpt Brian “floated” his cast net full of bait fish, and we were off the the races! 20 minutes after that we were navigating the rollers on the South side of Tybee Island, chasing Tarpon, and we found them! He had us hooked up with a very nice one within 30 minutes of arriving at our fishing location and hour twenty from leaving the slip! He did an excellent job instructing us on how to land such an amazing fish! Once we were on he was in full “tournament” mode, he had demonstrated excellent rod control and when we had a big shark tangle 4 rods he had us re rigged and back in the water in no time!

So, in summary. If you book with Captain Brian Vaughn you are booking with a true professional, with 25+ years experience (local experience). You can tell he takes pride in his boat (25’ Hells Bay that he keeps spotless), and loves what he does.. ask any of the locals..
Written September 9, 2022
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Congratulations on your Tarpon! It was great to meet and fish with you. I really appreciate your review and your business and look forward to getting you out again next time you're visiting Hilton Head. Thanks ! Captain Brian
Written September 27, 2022
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Bryan H
3 contributions
May 2021 • Family
As a lifelong resident of Hilton Head Island (and an avid angler too), I highly recommend booking a trip with Off The Hook Fishing Charters. When my oldest son (14) asked to go out fishing with a local pro-guide for his birthday, without hesitation we both agreed that Captain Brian Vaughn was who we wanted to fish with. His superior knowledge and cutting-edge techniques are truly “off the hook”; his boat(s), equipment and tackle are top-notch as well. Brian worked hard to put us on the fish and succeeded in the mission, with the grand prize being a 40lb Cobia (my son’s first). If you want the best, Off The Hook is your ticket!
Written May 17, 2021
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Thanks so much for your review and business it was truly a pleasure to get you and your son out for some prime cobia fishing we have here during the month of May. Your son is quite the angler and did a great job catching his first cobia and also my biggest cobia of the year so far! Glad you guys had a great trip and look forward to fishing with you again. Tight Lines ! Captain Brian
Written May 18, 2021
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Zachary Banks
2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Several months ago I decided to book a fly fishing trip for my vacation in Hilton Head. I searched several companies and ultimately decided to go with Off The Hook based on the great reviews. I booked a 4 hour trip and immediately started saving every dime because money has been very tight this year, but I still wanted to try and squeeze the trip in. Fast forward to July 2020
I meet Captain Brian at 6:30 to begin our trip. I am an avid fly fisherman and I’ve always dreamed of hooking up with a saltwater fish on the fly. We headed out and immediately I noticed how nice Brian was and how immaculately clean the boat was. Everything from the boat to the gear was immaculate and top of the line. We started fishing for reds up shallow on the fly but never could get a fish to commit. After around 2.5 hours of looking and casting, Brian made the decision to try and get hooked up with spin tackle. I was a little disappointed at first, but I was more than happy to just hook up with something after putting so much into this trip. We then went to a different spot with some fresh bait and immediately hooked up with a giant bullred. Truly a fish of a lifetime and a blast to catch. I went on to catch a big stingray and small hammerhead. We had about 20 minutes left and we made the decision to leave and again attempt some fish on the fly. We gave it a valiant effort, but once again couldn’t get a fish to commit. All in all this was an awesome trip. I went from being pretty disappointed with how the day was going to pumped from catching that fish. Captain Brian worked very hard to make sure I had the best chance possible of catching fish. He taught me tons about the local habitat and how the fish react to certain conditions while making sure to tell me exactly why we were doing what we were doing. This trip was well worth the money even if we didn’t accomplish the primary goal. Now I can’t wait to try and go back as soon as possible. If you are tossing around the idea of booking this trip, just go ahead and book it!
Written July 28, 2020
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Thank you very much for posting your picture of your giant red fish and your review. I look forward to getting you out again next time you are here and we will give those those redfish another try on the fly! Captain Brian
Written July 29, 2020
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Sarah Elizabeth S
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
Amazing day on the open sea with Captain Matt. Excellent experience. We caught a bonnet head shark, bull shark, sharp nose and fine tooth sharks, three BIG bull red fish and a large sting ray that pulled more than any of the sharks! All 5 of us were active for the entire 3 hours! Experiencing the ocean this way was priceless - Our favorite family day so far! Highly recommend Captain Matt and his company specifically - timely, great communication, substituted a boat 24 hours prior and notified us, good directions and knowledgeable about each shark/fish we caught. We were the only ones at our site and it sure was biting!
Written October 11, 2021
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So glad you all had a wonderful trip with Captain Matt. We really appreciate your review and business and we look forward to getting them out again next time you are visiting the island. Thanks! Captain Brian
Written October 14, 2021
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Matt M
5 contributions
Nov 2021
My first trip to Hilton Head and I booked a trip with Capt Brian at Off the Hook charters. All I can say is... what a day! We did inshore, offshore, fly, spin, sight casting and blind casting and caught them every way! Even got an inshore slam (trout, redfish, flounder)! We had one more experienced and one less experienced angler on board and Capt Brian handled us both with ease. I would highly recommend Off the Hook Charters for a great day of fishing around the Hilton Head area! Thanks for showing us your waters Brian!
Written November 26, 2021
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Great to meet and fish with you guys, what a day we had! I really appreciate your review, business and recommendation and look forward to getting you guys back out again. Thanks again! Captain Brian
Written December 4, 2021
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NIcholas M
Dunwoody, GA33 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
This early morning fishing trip that my girlfriend and I took was much more than I expected. Unassumingly, I booked this as apart of her birthday weekend celebration not expecting it to be much. And honestly a little nervous since we don't live in Hilton Head. However, according to Google reviews "Off The Hook" fishing charter is one of the most popular ones in Hilton Head. As I emailed the company questions or concerns they were very responsive even before booking the trip. On the morning of the trip we arrive 15 minutes prior to our trip to find Captain Thomas already in the water waiting on us. He had bait, coolers, reels, and etc.
But I think the most important part was his knowledge of the water. He knew exactly where to go to find bait and the areas where the fish are known to bite. And it worked to our benefit. From the very first reel we threw in the water to the last 30 minutes it was constant action in the water and we were even able to take some home. Captain Thomas's mannerisms, conversation, and how clean he kept the boat made us customers for life. Im in the process of booking our next trip in a few months with him. In my eyes they seem to be the gold standard when it comes to fishing charters here in Hilton Head!!!
Written March 26, 2021
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Can't thank you enough for your rdetailed review and recommendation for my company. You guys caught some great fish with Thomas and I'm so happy for you and we look forward to getting you out again in May. Thanks again ! Captain Brian
Written March 29, 2021
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Brian
Grove City, OH2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Took my 15 year son and 13 year old daughter on charter with Captain Tom. We have done many charters before. Captain Tom impressed me from the start with his emphasis on safety. We initially went to some deeper waters (we’re I did not feel so good), he moved us to calmer waters and we caught 4 sharks! My son said it was best charter so far. I would recommend and will use Tom again when we come back.
Written July 13, 2022
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So glad you and your son had a great trip with Thomas we really appreciate your review and business and hope to get you out again next year. Thanks! Captain Brian
Written July 26, 2022
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