Backcountry Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Guided by Graham Cotter

Flats Inshore

About Your Guide

23 Years of Experience
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Captain Graham has been an adventure guide in one way, shape, or form for over 20 years. While he grew up visiting his father in Hilton Head Island he spent the majority of his career in the Florida Keys, South Florida, and the Bahamas. Captain Graham managed private sport fishing operations which required him to learn new fisheries as he travelled to various remote locations - offshore fishing for pelagics, inshore fishing for bonefish, snook and tarpon and diving and spearfishing. But sight fishing the Backcountry flats and creeks were always the favorite.

After evacuating the Florida Keys for Hurricane Irma in 2017 he ended up on Hilton Head Island. Captain Graham had found the Backcountry waters he had always been searching for. The endless variety of salt marsh creeks and flats in the Lowcountry are overwhelming and ever-changing with the tide and could never be fully explored.

When not on charter, Captain Graham is still on the water every day keeping his finger on the pulse & scouting new spots.

Backcountry Hilton Head Trips

The Redfish is the staple, year-round fish in the South Carolina Lowcountry and has proved to be the perfect gamefish. They can be sight fished on the fly or artificial lure on flood tide grass flats, mud and sand flats, or up tidal creeks at lower water levels. They can also be fished using live or cut bait. Other common species caught include Black Drum, Speckled Sea Trout and Flounder. Throughout the year some species are in more abundance than others and some seasons hold different surprises as migratory fish move through the area. ​ Winter in the Lowcountry is special because the water can become gin-clear due to the lack of nutrients in the water with water temperatures in the upper 40s and 50s. Redfish will school up in large numbers and provide anglers with excellent sight fishing opportunities at lower tides ​ As the water temperature begins to warm in the Spring baitfish begin to move into the interior waters. The food source becomes slightly more abundant and schools start to break up and spread out to more zones.  In April and May, the Cobia begin to show up to spawn in this estuary. The Cobia can be taken on the fly or artificial on the surface when weather and sea conditions line up. ​ Summer months afford the angler the most variety.  In addition to Redfish, Black Drum, Sea Trout, and Flounder other species frequent a variety of scenarios. Ladyfish, Tripletail, Spanish Mackeral are all fun species to target on light tackle and fly but the big schools of large Jack Crevalle are high on the list of gamefish to be hunted this time of year when the sea conditions are calm enough. Tarpon also visit our water during Summer but are generally on the bottom in deeper water. ​ Once the Fall season comes into play, we see relief from Summer temperatures, the baitfish mature, and the shrimp move into the creeks. It seems like everything gets fired up! Bull Redfish have a tendency to move back into estuarine waters to feed. When the water is calm enough Bull Reds can be targeted on the surface out in nearshore waters where they are spawning this time of year. So no matter what time of year there is always something buzzing aboard Captain Graham Skiff! It comes loaded with everything you could possibly need for success, so all you need to bring are your favorite snacks and drinks, and Captain Graham will show you what Hilton Head fishing is all about! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Hilton Head Island

Backcountry Light Tackle & Fly

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $248 / person

Recent Reviews of Backcountry Hilton Head

Jesse F.

Fishing

Captain Graham put us on the fish, and we had a wonderful time on the water.

Chad S.

Fishing

Had an awesome time. Learned a lot about red fish. Hands down the guy to go with.

Angie K.

Fishing

Great day with a great guide. Graham worked hard to find the fish and gave us a wonderful tour of the salt marshes.

Catherine H.

Fishing

Wonderful experience with Captain Cotter. He was able to put us on fish in very difficult and windy conditions. He gave great advice and communicated well while guiding. We will definitely return for another trip!

Chad C.

Fishing

Very skilled professional guide. He put me on several schools of big Redfish. Landed several with a 26 and 28 incher! If you are looking for a trip in shallow water with artificial on light tackle or by fly fishing…. this is your guy! Fantastic experience!

Species

Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Tripletail

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Fly Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Sight Casting, Wading

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore

Start Location

68 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, United States

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