Are you looking for a quick trip to the water before anyone notices you’re back? Maybe you want to get the rest of your family as passionate about angling as you? Either way, a trip with Fired Up Charters is the way to go!

Join Captain John Brantley on board his 42’ Carolina Custom. She’s an offshore sportfishing boat and can easily fit 6 anglers and the captain on her large back deck or inside the spacious cabin. There’s a full-head toilet on board, so you won’t have to hold it in, just focus on the perfect cast.

You’ll go after King and Spanish Mackerel in the coastal waters of North Carolina. These predators can be caught while trolling – the onboard outriggers come in handy here, as they allow for more lines in the water. Spinning for Mackerel on light tackle is great fun for kids and adults alike.

Kids of all ages are more than welcome on board, the Capt. John will supply life jackets in all sizes. Half day trips are great fun for kids who have yet to get their sea legs – the Mackerel bite is better under the morning sun. The crew will gladly show you the basics of fishing North Carolinian waters, or if you’re experienced already, give you the top tips for mastering your cast.

All you need to bring are sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cooler to take your catch home. The charter will provide you with high-quality equipment made by Shimano and Penn.

Book a trip with Fired Up Charters as the first step on an exciting fishing adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 20
    $600
    You'll hit the nearshore waters while keeping the coastline in sight. The main targets of this trip are King and Spanish Mackerel though who knows what else you might land!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 20
    $600
    Start your day off easy by sleeping in and having a long breakfast, before slipping on board and hitting the water for King and Spanish Mackerel. The captain will provide you with all the required rods, reels, and tackle.

About the Captain

John Brantley
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
84 Customer reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since July 2018
Captain John Brantley has been guiding customers on exciting fishing trips for the past 35 years. He's done it all aboard his boat, "Fired Up." They've been fishing together for 3 decades now and he knows every trick there is to her. He loves fishing and loves boats and he loves sharing his passion with guests on board! Capt. John's preferred technique is trolling, perfectly suited to the Mackerel fishery off the coast of North Carolina.

About this listing

Targeted species

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat specs

Carolina Custom (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1983. Powered by a 700HP Detroit engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 21 knots.

Length
42 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn and Shimano
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Very good
3.5 / 5
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
Boat
Very good
3.5 / 5
Crew
Very good
3.5 / 5
Experience
Very good
3.5 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (9)
October fishing trip
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
50%
Friendly captain
50%
Recommend this charter
75%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
50%
Catch intended fish
50%
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Douglas B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

October fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 8, 2022
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Stan C.
Good
2.7 / 5
Experience:
Good
3.0 / 5
Boat
Good
3.0 / 5
Crew
Bad
2.0 / 5
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 23, 2022
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Randy T.
Wilmington, NC
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great day fishing with the grand kids!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 23, 2018
A day they will never forget and neither will I !
Randy T. recommends Fired Up Charters
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Shawn P.
Raleigh, NC
Bad
1.7 / 5
Experience:
Bad
2.0 / 5
Boat
Poor
1.0 / 5
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2.0 / 5
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 11, 2018
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FAQs about Fired Up Charters

Fired Up Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Fired Up Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fired Up Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Fired Up Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing

Fired Up Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Fired Up Charters include:
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Spanish Mackerel