Hitman Sportfishing

New engines for 2022. Quiet and low emissions!

Join them aboard their 41’ custom Hatteras offshore sport fishing boat, originally built in 1968. She’s been fully refitted in 2017, so you can fish from a fusion of time-tested strength and modern comforts. A flybridge, fighting chairs, livewell, outriggers, and advanced navigation and fishfinding systems are all present on board, to make sure that you have every advantage possible when going after that dream catch.

Captain James Byrd will be your guide and instructor on this charter. Whether you’re a first-time angler or a seasoned sea wolf, he can accommodate you and your fishing taste. You can choose from a large variety of fish species to go after, ranging from Bluefish, Tilefish, Black Seabass, Grouper, and such, all the way to the Blue Marlin, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna (depending on the time of year), Shark, Mackerel and more!

The charter will provide you with all the necessary equipment for a range of different fishing techniques, like bottom fishing, trolling, drift fishing, jigging with light and heavy tackle, as well as kite fishing for the more adventurous. The captain and first mate will work hard to ensure your fishing adventure with Hitman Sportfishing is a pleasant and memorable experience, so gratuity is appreciated.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (10:30AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $750
    This trip will take you fishing to the Oregon Inlet. You can either troll along the coastline for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Bonito, or bottom fish for Flounder, Croaker, and similar. At certain times in the year, you can spot Cobia. We may also stay inside the inlet and fish the channels both trolling and bottom fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (6AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $750
    This trip will take you to Oregon Inlet. You will either troll along the beach for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, and other species, or bottom fish for Flounder, Croaker, and similar. Cobia may also be spotted at certain times of the year. We may also stay inside the inlet and fish the channels both trolling and bottom fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $750
    This afternoon trip will take you to Oregon Inlet. You will then either troll along the beach for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, etc., or bottom fish for Flounder, Trout, Croaker, etc. It's up to you what you want to go for. The charter provides all required equipment. We may also stay inside the inlet and fish the channels both trolling and bottom fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $1,100
    On a 6-hour trip, you will have more time for fishing and increase the species you can target depending on conditions and time of year. You can expect to target fish such as False Albacore, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Bluefish, and maybe even occasional King Mackerel. If conditions permit, we sometimes are able to do bottom fishing. It does not target gulf stream species.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $1,100
    On a 6-hour trip, you will have more time for fishing and increase the species you can target depending on conditions and time of year. You can expect to target fish such as False Albacore, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, and Bluefish, and maybe even do occasional King Mackerel trolling. If conditions permit, you will also do some bottom fishing. This trip does not go to the gulf stream.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $1,800
    On an 8-hour trip, you will focus on nearshore fishing that may include trolling for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and/or Cobia depending on the time of year. We venture a little further off the beach or down the beach. We bottom fish for Tilefish and Seabass, troll for King Mackerel, and or go to a tower for Amberjack at times. It is not a gulf stream trip. Departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip – Gulfstream
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $3,000
    On a Gulfstream full day trip, you venture out 40 miles to the waters of the Gulfstream. There you seek to find Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Mahi, Sailfish, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and anything else that may bite the hook. Typical departure times are discussed with the client but will usually be around 5:00 a.m. You typically return in the late afternoon or whenever the boat is full!
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About the Captain

James Byrd
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
40 Fishing Reports
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126 Customer reviews
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Member since March 2018
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Captain James Byrd is a true North Carolina local, having grown up in the Outer Banks area. He's spent his childhood fishing and then proceeded to make his life about fishing as well. He has over two decades of angling under his tackle belt, with 15 years of that being a licensed captain. His greatly enjoys being able to take people out on the water and show them the best fishing experience they've ever had in their life!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Boat specs

Hatteras (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1968, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 330HP FPT Marine engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Inside the inlet and 3 miles or so away
Nearshore Fishing
Just off the beach but not in the Gulf Stream
Offshore Fishing
In the Gulf Stream
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Available certain times of year for Tuna
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Full-head
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
Mate works for tips: 20%+ customary
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 126 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (97)
Half day trip with Captain Charles and Mate Derek
Half day trip with Captain Charles and Mate Derek
Half day trip with Captain Charles and Mate Derek
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Todd R.
Washington, District Of Columbia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

6 hour trip with Captain James and Charles

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on June 9, 2022
We had a great time!  Tropical storm Alex delayed us from Monday to Thursday, captain James was in constant communication...
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Cody J.
Chicago, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full Day Near Shore

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 22, 2022
Being the first fishing charter I’ve been on I didn’t know what to expect.  I was hoping for mahi and he’ll even a sailfish,...
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Sherrie P.
Washington, DC
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Charles and Mate Derek

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (10:30AM) on August 16, 2022
This was my first charter fishing trip and I was not disappointed.  The crew was awesome. Our Captain Charles new exactly...
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Melissa C.
Nassau, NY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain James and first mate Charles!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (10:30AM) on July 19, 2022
This was the highlight of our trip to OBX! We all pulled in 10-12 fish. James and Charles were very knowledgeable and informative....
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Kris S.
Landingville, PA
Excellent
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10 hr gulf stream

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip – Gulfstream on June 16, 2022
The captain and deckhand went above and beyond to get us in the tuna we were after. They didn’t hesitate if we had to move...
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FAQs about Hitman Sportfishing

Hitman Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (10:30AM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (6AM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $3,000 per group - Extended Full Day Trip – Gulfstream (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Hitman Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Full-head
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Hitman Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate (Mate works for tips: 20%+ customary)
  • Fishing License

Hitman Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Inside the inlet and 3 miles or so away)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Just off the beach but not in the Gulf Stream)
  • Offshore Fishing (In the Gulf Stream)
  • Wreck Fishing

Hitman Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing (Available certain times of year for Tuna)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hitman Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo