Spring Tide Guide Service Specializes in shallow water angling on the flats, inshore, and nearshore areas of Topsail Island and New River. Captain Ray Brittain has been fishing these waters for 35 years and will go out of his way to accommodate anglers of all skill levels.

Your trip with Spring Tide Guide Service will be aboard a roomy and stable 22’ Blue Wave bay boat, designed to run and float in the shallow waters surrounding Topsail Island. It is powered by a 250 HP Suzuki engine. The boat is fully rigged with the latest Garmin electronics which include a GPS, fishfinder, VHF radio, and stereo system. Other features include icebox, coolers, live bait tanks, ample storage, wireless Minn Kota trolling motor, life jackets, and first aid equipment.

Spring Tide Guide Service offers four, six, and eight-hour trips. Each trip can be tailored to fit your skill level and type of fishing desired. You can start the day roaming the flats sight casting topwater lures to Red Drum (Redfish) and Speckled Trout, or head off the beach and target Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, or Kings. Captain Ray will use the best techniques and methods to maximize your success whether casting artificial lures, using live bait, or trolling. 

Spring Tide Guide Service will provide all bait and tackle and uses only the best gear by Penn, Shimano, and Lamiglass. Other amenities included in your trip are a fishing license, drinks, and photos of your catch. Bring any snacks you would like and fish cleaning can be arranged if requested. 

Let’s Go Fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Stalk the flats in an early morning, looking for Redfish. Check the backwaters for Speckled Trout, cast jigs off the beach to Bonito and Spanish Mackerel. The opportunities abound!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $500
    This afternoon trip will see you sight casting for Redfish, casting jigs for Bonito or Spanish Mackerel, and checking backwaters for Trout.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    This trip allows you to spend more time on the water. You will be sight casting topwater lures to target Redfish and Speckled Trout and target Kings, Bonito, and Spanish Mackerel. Bring your snacks with you, as well as your camera.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $600
    On this afternoon trip, you will be sight fishing, casting jigs, or using other techniques to land Redfish, Speckled Trout, Bonito, and Kingfish.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    This is a full-day adventure for Redfish, Trout, Bonito, and other species. You will be provided with quality gear by Penn, Shimano, and Lamiglass to make a great catch possible, as well as licenses, drinks, and photos of your catch.
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About the Captain

Raymond Brittain
Surf City, North Carolina, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
117 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2018
Captain Ray Brittain has been fishing the waters of Topsail Island and New River for over 30 years. After working in the marine industry for 15 years, he received his captain's license and was able to venture into the guiding industry full-time. Capt. Ray enjoys teaching and showing others the beauty and thrill that these waters have to offer. He is well-versed in the different approach and techniques that changing seasons require.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bonito Bonito
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Blue Wave (Bay boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 62 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
wate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 117 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (116)
3\/4 Day with Capt Ray
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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David B.
Montrose, PA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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3/4 day trip with Capt. Ray

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on August 18, 2022
Capt. Ray called the night before to talk game plan.  Met at the dock at 7am and headed out.  Capt. Ray is very meticulous...
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Ian G.
Dublin, VA
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (PM) on August 1, 2022
My brother in-law and I decided to book a charter being the first time to Top Sail ever for me personally, he had been here...
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Rick N.
Willoughby, OH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Great Time, for My Two Oldest Boys.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 26, 2022
I was so happy to be able to get my two older boys out on a boat. The weather conditions weren’t the best for fishing and...
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David W.
Hampstead, North Carolina
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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3/4 Day with Capt Ray

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on September 14, 2022
We started off shore fishing for Spanish mackerel and was on fish in no time. We caught our fill of them and moved inshore...
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Carl D.
Franklinton, NC
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Great Morning Excursion

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 5, 2022
Captain Ray is the best.  He works with you and tailors the experience to make it more enjoyable for his customers. We...
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FAQs about Spring Tide Guide Service

Spring Tide Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Spring Tide Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Spring Tide Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks (wate)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Spring Tide Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Spring Tide Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Spring Tide Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bonito
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout