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 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,400
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $1,100
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    $900
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $700
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $450
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    Same as our 4 hour trip (AM). Leaves at 1 PM
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About the Captain

Robert Diggs
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
35 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
20 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2018
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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.

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Recent Fishing Reports

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May 2, 2021
Half day 6hr trips are producing a good mix bag now! Book a trip today!
Tuna!!!!
Tuna!!!!
April 17, 2021
Our Gulf Stream trip is the trip of a lifetime! Book it now! May looks to be incredible!
Spanish mackerel have arrived!
Spanish mackerel have arrived!
April 13, 2021
This trip is great for kids and novice anglers! This trip really gets the anglers involved and teaches them the basics of fishing. Book a trip!

Customer Reviews

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AM Half Day Trip with Robbie
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Zachary P.
Chapel Hill, NC
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on April 2, 2021
While we didn’t catch anything that day the captain was clearly trying hard to find the fish - it ended up being a cold day...
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Scott C.
Waynesville, NC
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4 Hour Afternoon trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on July 21, 2020
We started off trolling for the first couple of hours and had no action on the water. Likely had to do with afternoon hot water...
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Alexander C.
Chapel Hill, NC
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6 hour with Capt. Robbie

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip - Offshore on July 10, 2020
Great day on the water.  Robbie &Tom were a great pair to spend the day fishing with. Robbie extened my time a bit with a...
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Kirstin W.
Hillsborough, NC
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on April 3, 2021
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Beth S.
Sanford, NC
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AM Half Day Trip with Robbie

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip - Nearshore on July 29, 2020
Great communication with Captain prior to the trip which eased my mind! Weather was rough but both guys made the best of it!...
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FAQs about Release Me Sportfishing

Release Me Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 5 guests - 4 Hour Trip - Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 5 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $25 per person after 5 guests - 6 Hour Trip - Offshore (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $50 per person after 4 guests - 10 Hour Trip (10 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - 12 Hour Trip - Gulf Stream (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Release Me Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers

Trips booked with Release Me Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before you arrive)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Present on longer trips)
  • Fishing License

Release Me Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 60 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Release Me Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Release Me Sportfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo