If you are an enthusiastic angler looking to explore the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Backwater Adventures has you covered. Join Capt. David and let him show you the most productive spots and local honey holes, where you will be able to make a great catch possible.

Your day out on the water will see you fishing North River, along with other tributaries of the Albemarle Sound. You will be using spinning gear for largemouth bass or light tackle for perch, sunfish, or crappie.  Casting gear available on request. 

Speaking of which, your main target will be anything from Largemouth Bass to Bluegill, White Perch, Sunfish, and other Panfish. Please note that Capt. David and his Backwater Adventures run strictly catch and release trips.

You will be fishing aboard a 21’ Ranger Bass boat, which has plenty of seating and casting space for a couple of anglers. The boat comes powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine and is rigged with a Side Scan and a Humminbird 360.

All trips with Capt. David come with the use of quality fishing equipment, as well as rods, reels, tackle, lures, water, and Gatorade. Fishing licenses will need to be purchased before the trip.

Experienced to beginner angler, everyone is welcome to join in the adventure. Bring your fishing buddy with you, have a father-and-son day on the water, and enjoy fishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $225
    The 4-hour trip half day trip will see you going for Largemouth Bass, as well as light tackle or fly fishing for all species, including Sunfish, Panfish, and Prrch.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    US $225
    This afternoon trip will take you fishing for Largemouth Bass, as well as White and Yellow Perch, Panfish, and Sunfish. The fishing grounds include the North River and other tributaries of the Albemarle Sound in the Outer Banks.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $275
    Enjoy a light tackle or fly fishing adventure for a large variety of species that can be found in the rivers and tributaries of the Albemarle Sound. Please note, that all Sunfish, Panfish, Perch, and Bass caught will be released back into water.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $325
    This eight-hour trip allows you to fish with light tackle or a fly rod for Largemouth Bass, Panfish, Sunfish, Bluegill, White Perch, and Yellow Perch. Please, note, that the trip is catch-and-release.
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Teressa C.
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Half day fishing with David

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 21, 2024
David was very professional and friendly. Also knowledgeable about different kinds of fish. I booked the trip for my 14 year...
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Never used a lure!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on May 22, 2024
David was patient with my son and I. He showed us different ways to bass fish and had great boat and tackle!
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Christopher T.
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Half-Day with Captain David

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 27, 2022
My son Alex & I had an enjoyable morning fishing with Captain David.  The scenery is beautiful and his boat and equipment...
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Christine Z.
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4 hr trip Captain David Ward

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 28, 2023
We caught different kinds of fish. David was so awesome taking us to some great spots to fish. We had a lot of fun. Our trip...
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Half day with Dave

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 26, 2022
It was a great trip!  I highly recommend it.  Dave was an excellent host and guide.  Extensive knowledge and skill.  Happy...
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FAQs about Backwater Adventures

Backwater Adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $225 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $225 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $275 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $325 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Backwater Adventures, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Side Scan and Humminbird 360
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Backwater Adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water and Gatorade)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Backwater Adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Backwater Adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Backwater Adventures include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Perch (White)
  • Sunfish

Meet the Captain

David Ward
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States
30 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
72 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2018
Captain Dave Ward is not only a professional guide with almost four decades of experience. He is also an enthusiastic angler who never stops mastering the cast. Dave has dozens of local tournament wins and enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge with whoever steps aboard. He specializes in fishing for Bass.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Perch (White) White Perch
Sunfish Sunfish

Boat specs

Ranger (Bass boat) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 65 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Side Scan and Humminbird 360
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Water and Gatorade
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

Recent fishing reports

Hot Weather....Hot Bite!!!!
Hot Weather....Hot Bite!!!!
July 9, 2024
Enjoyed a super half day trip with Kevin from Maryland. Thanks Kevin for another great day on the water.
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