South Carolina Bass Fishing – Jarvis Creek, Hilton Head

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On my recent vacation I went to South Carolina bass fishing, surfing, and living it up on the coast. While on Hilton Head island I discovered an awesome little spot called Jarvis Creek with good bass fishing. Here are the baits, the conditions while fishing, and a map of the spots on Jarvis creek to help you catch bass. Most of all you should enjoy this trip report, and stay stoked!

South Carolina Bass Fishing – Jarvis Creek, Hilton Head Island

Fishing in South Carolina for bass on Jarvis Creek is really fun. The alligators at the place added a new level of excitement. Especially for me, since I’ve never been exposed to alligators while fishing. I went out a couple different mornings fishing, and caught at least a half dozen bass every time. This report contains everything I discovered South Carolina bassing on Hilton Head island. This post includes all the tiny details such as a map of the spots, all the way down to how to use the exact baits and tackle to catch bass. Hopefully, you will glean some tidbits to help you when fishing Largemouth bass on Hilton Head island to get yourself out “Kraken” bass!

South Carolina Bass Fishing Jarvis Creek Conditions

Conditions in South Carolina were awesome except for the big populations of mosquito’s. If you end up coming here, make sure you buy yourself a bottle of solid bug spray. Mosquito’s aside, here is what the environment was  like for me on this trip on two different mornings of fishing from 7:00 – 9:00am on October 19th & 20th.

Water Temperature

Around the mid 70’s

Water Clarity

Dark Dirty, Visibility 1 – 2 feet maybe.


Air Temperature in the morning while fishing was around 70 degrees.


Non-existent. 0 – 5 mph flat calm each morning.

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South Carolina Bass Fishing Jarvis Creek on Hilton Head island conditions were calm, with a little bit of inner fear of alligators.

South Carolina Bass Fishing Jarvis Creek Spots

These are the spots where I did my best fishing on Jarvis Creek in South Carolina.

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South Carolina Bass Fishing Jarvis Creek Baits

My options of baits were limited while fishing in South Carolina because of my lack of space in my luggage for my trip. I packed up a few essential bass fishing items, and hopped for the best. I wound up buying a cheap in-shore spinning rod at a local tackle shop which got the job done perfectly fine with the spinning reel I’d packed. Out of my limited selection I found the following baits to be the best ones for catching  on Jarvis Creek.

Yamamoto Senko

The 4″ green pumpkin senko proved to be a solid bass catcher on this trip. This bait set up texas rigged with a small 1/8 oz tungsten bullet head, and a 2/0 offset gamkatsu hook worked well. All the bass where caught slowly crawling the senko along the bottom. I’d give it an occasional hop as well, and that would sometimes trigger a bite.

Keitech Noisy Flapper

A Keitech Noisy Flapper also got a few bites. This bait is super fun to fish. All you do is cast it out while reeling it along to keep it up on the surface of the water. The hook of choice for me on the Noisy flapper was a 6/0 twist lock hook. This hook worked well with the Noisy flapper. It is big enough to handle the bait, plus it has an extra wide gap to increase your hook up to bites ratio.

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Hilton Head Island Bass Fishing this Bass Fell victim to the texas rigged senko.

South Carolina Bass Fishing Jarvis Creek Report

Before heading out to Hilton Head island in South Carolina for some rest and relaxation on the beach, I did some online research about bass fishing in the area. Luckily, I found some info on bass at Jarvis Creek, so I decided to give it a shot.  The first step was grabbing some basic essential bass fishing gear from a local tackle shop. Then I headed to Jarvis Creek Park which turned out to be a good spot for fishing. I fished it twice early in the morning before the sun got too warm. Over the course of both mornings I caught and released a dozen largemouth bass. Here is what transpired each morning.

The First Morning of Fishing

The first morning I started fishing with a Keitech Noisy Flapper buzzing it along on top. I made about 10 casts with the bait with no bites. The spot I was at looked to way to good to not be getting anything. Next, I decided to switch to my go to bait set up which is a finesse texas rig with a small 4″ green pumpkin senko. On my second cast with the senko, I popped a solid stud. The senko proved to be money all morning. It caught 6 bass along with a few more additional bites I missed. Here is a picture of the first solid bass. It was so incredibly stoking to travel to a new place so far from home and catch such a solid fish.

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My first Jarvis Creek South Carolina Largemouth Bass on Hilton Head Island.
The Second Morning of Fishing

The second morning things went a little bit differently than the previous episode. I started fishing with a bigger 5″ weightless texas rigged senko hoping to catch some bigger bass. My first bite came right next to the bank with this set up, and I missed him. This gave me a hint, and so I made another cast about 2 feet from the bank, and this time stuck one!

He wasn’t a giant, but these bites prompted me to try the Keitech Noisy Flapper again. My logic for switching was  because the bass seemed closer to the cover along the bank, and also I hoped the bigger frog might trigger some bigger bites. On about my 5th cast buzzing the frog on the surface right along the bank, a bass attacked the snot out of the bait. Fishing the frog along the surface the rest of the morning was successful. I had several more bites, and landed a few more bass. Here’s a picture of the best one I caught on the Noisy Flapper.

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South Carolina Bass Fishing on Jarvis Creek this bass fell victim to a topwater buzzing frog
Adventures with Gators

One of the craziest parts of my adventure’s out to Jarvis Creek in the mornings was the Alligators, or Crocodiles. I don’t know the difference between the two creatures, but they still got my heart pumping either way. The first one appeared after I caught my first bass. My back was towards the water while I was taking a picture of the bass I just caught. When I turned around the alligator immediately stopped swimming and just eyed me down. It was very unnerving.

Needless, to say the rest of my trip I kept my eyes on the water. Fishing on Jarvis Creek these gators proved to be annoying. Every time I would catch a bass they, would swim right up to my spot and sit there eyeing it down. I had several spots I moved from after catching a bass because of the harassing gators. Here’s a picture of the first dude cruising up to me eyeing down my bass.

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On Hilton Head fishing Jarvis Creek this gator gave me the creeps eyeing down my bass every time I caught one.

Jarvis Creek on Hilton Head island was definitely worth the stop for me. Hopefully, you enjoyed my little run down of South Carolina bass fishing. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get updated by email of any new posts. Plus, leave a comment below if you have any further questions about this adventure, or you want to add some of your thoughts. Thanks for you time.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!


South Carolina Bass Fishing Gear Used

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4 Responses

  1. Bass fishing down south is a blast for sure! I’ve fished lake Guntersville in Alabama 3 times and it always rocked. Good article keep ’em coming.

  2. How fun was that. I’m glad I didn’t know you were fishing with alligators until after the fact. I would have got on your phone and told you to get out of there. Hahahaha. Great looking bass. Way to figure out how to get them. 🙂

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