Release Me Sportfishing

7000 Cape Harbor Drive
Wilmington NC, United States

North Carolina has some of the best offshore fishing in the world. Let Release Me Sportfishing take you out on your offshore adventure and show you the best the East Coast has to offer!

Join Captain Robert Diggs on board his 28’ center console Contender. She’s powered by twin Yamaha engines, each producing 200 HP each. You can bring up to 5 of your fishing buddies on this offshore treat. She’s got outriggers to extend your reach when trolling for Tunas or Marlin. A live bait tank is also available, so your bait will be lively and kicking when you try for that big trophy fish.

A first mate will be on board to give you a hand with anything you need, on longer trips only. Release Me Sportfishing can offer a trip for every taste, with nearshore Groupers, Mackerel, and Snappers, all the way to the prestigious pelagic predators – Blue and White Marlins, Sailfish, and Blackfin and Yellowfin Tunas, as well as everything in between!

You’ll head out up to 60 miles offshore in the Gulf, only for the biggest game though. Live bait is available upon request and prepared before you arrive – no time wasted fishing for it. The captain offers pickup from Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, contact him before arriving to work out the details.

Customers can find free parking at the listed address. There’s no minimum age for children with Release Me Sportfishing. Kids under the age of 13 don’t have to pay the extra person fee for trips – getting young anglers hooked on offshore fishing is payment enough!

If you’ve got the angler’s itch and are keen on reeling in the fish of a lifetime, join Capt. Robert and head out into the blue!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip - Gulf Stream
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 1200
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    The Gulf Stream is the ultimate offshore destination along the East Coast of the United States. On this trip you will target Mahi Mahi, Wahoos, Tunas, Marlins (Blue and White), and Sailfish while trolling. Jigging can produce Groupers, Pompanos, Amberjacks, Wahoos, Tunas and other deep-water species. If catching BIG fish is what you're looking to do, this is your trip!
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct
    US$ 1000
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This is another great trip for those who want to catch BIG fish. This trip you will target King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Wahoos, and Sailfish on the troll. You will target Groupers, Snappers, Triggerfish, Black Seabass and other bottom species while bottom fishing. Jigging can produce Groupers, Snappers, Amberjacks, Cobias and the occasional Tuna.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Oct
    US$ 800
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    This trip can target a wide variety of species. This is a great trip for people who want the offshore experience but aren't quite ready to spend a full day offshore. On this trip, you will target King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi (at certain times of the year) and Sailfish (also certain times of the year) while trolling. Bottom fishing will produce Groupers, Snappers, Triggerfish, Black Seabass, and Grunts. You will head out between 10 and 30 miles offshore.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Sep
    US$ 600
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    On this trip you will target King Mackerel and Bonita with the occasional Mahi Mahi while trolling. While bottom fishing you will be targeting Black Seabass, Grunts, and Amberjacks. Jigging can produce Amberjacks, King Mackerel, and Cobias. You will be heading up to 15 miles offshore on this trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Nearshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 1 Sep
    US$ 400
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    This trip is great for those who are first timers or novice anglers. A great family trip to bring the kids along on as well! You will target Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel. This trip is a numbers game and a ton fun!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 400
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Same as our 4 hour trip (AM). Leaves at 1 PM
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Scamp)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White)
Sailfish
Snapper (Vermilion)

Tuna (Blackfin)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha engines.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Captain

Robert Diggs
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Member since April 2018
8
13
Growing up at Wrightsville Beach, the ocean had always inspired me. It always had my attention. Fishing was a getaway for me, then it became a passion. I have been running a charter boat for four years now and have fished the North Carolina coast for over fifteen years.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (4)
4.79
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
A numbers game
Caught a kingfish first hour on the water
12hr gulf stream
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Aaron Peters
Franklin, Virginia
 5.00
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3 Hour Trip with Captain Robbie

VERIFIED   June 14, 2018
We started arranging the fishing trip with Captain Robbie with very short notice, the day before the trip. Despite this, he...
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Jesse Burger
Spring Lake, NC
 5.00
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Trip to the stream

VERIFIED   September 8, 2018
This was the best fishing trip I have been on in Wilmington. Captain Robbie knew how to get us on fish quickly and his crew...
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Dallas Clifford
Fayetteville, North Carolina
 4.67
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Half day trip with Capt. Robbie and Capt Brandon

VERIFIED   July 12, 2018
We had a great time out on the water. Caught a Kingfish within the first hour. Unfortunately it was a slow day and the weather...
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Kevin
Bridgewater, NJ
 5.00
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A numbers game

VERIFIED   August 23, 2018
My son and I had a great time on our half-day trip. We caught a whole bunch of mackerel and fed our family of 5 more than 3...
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Jason Fabrizio
Carthage, NC
 5.00
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Fishing with Robert

VERIFIED   June 21, 2018
Had a great time on the water. Caught several nice Spanish mackerel. Did very nice job of having kids engaged in fishing experience..
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