Batson Charter Boats

If you’re looking for a charter that has a history, excellent service, and loves sharing their knowledge – you’re looking for Batson Charter Boats. Captain John Batson will guide you off the coast of North Carolina in search of the hottest bite around!

You can bring 5 fishing buddies with you on board Capt. John’s 40’ custom Carolina. She was originally launched in 1977 and fully restored in 2017 – like a fine wine she’s only gotten better with age. Her spacious deck and roomy cabin allow you to both chase the bite from side to side and to comfortably rest inside.

She’s fully equipped for serious fishing – you’ll have the best shot at landing that trophy fish! A pair of outriggers drop down when you’re trolling; they allow for more lines in the water and a wider reach. Once you hook up a fish, strap in the fighting chair – you’ll be going after some tough fighters.

The catch list is long and varied, ask the captain for his recommendation based on your skill level and preference. You can pick and choose from the tasty Groupers and Snappers, across the colorful Mahi Mahi, all the way to the fierce Amberjack. You can also target Barracuda, Black Seabass, Spanish and King Mackerel, and whatever else crosses your path.

Batson Charters is a family-owned business that’s been fishing these waters across generations. Let over 100 years of passed down and combined fishing experience between Capts’ Caleb (In Spirit), John, Savannah, James, and Peter, provide you with your next fishing adventure!

Whether you’re a seasoned sea wolf or a first-timer, there’s no better time to book a trip with Batson Charter Boats than now!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 1 Aug (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 720
    up to 6 persons
    Venture a little further into the depths of the Atlantic by heading to offshore reefs and wrecks while trolling for King Mackerel. Generally in sight of land, this trip offers a little more time to try and catch larger fish! Like Amberjack, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, Snappers, Groupers, and whatever else takes the bait.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 1 Aug (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 720
    up to 6 persons
    Head out to the many underwater reefs and wrecks in the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean on this 6-hour trip. You'll go after Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Snappers, Groupers, Black Seabass, Spanish and King Mackerel, and many other species.
  • Private trip
    Extended Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 30 Sep (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    US$ 600
    up to 6 persons
    Half day trolling trip for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. You may also catch a King Mackerel and/or False Albacore. Perfect for first-timers, or family excursions, enjoy the ride of a larger charter boat while watching the pristine shores and beautiful scenery! Dolphins are a common sight on these trips!
  • Private trip
    Extended Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 30 Sep (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    US$ 600
    up to 6 persons
    Hit the waters of the Atlantic Ocean as you troll for Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Bluefish, or False Albacore. This trip is ideal for families or novices who've yet to earn their sea legs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    The 4-hour trip is perfect for the ones who just want a taste of what chartering a boat is all about! You will be fishing for Spanish Mackeral and Bluefish while enjoyed the salty breezes of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to dip your toe in the world of sportfishing, this trip is the perfect taste! You'll go after Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Broomtail)

Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Seabass (Black)

Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion)
Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Custom Carolina (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 430HP Volvo engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 16 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 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 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
PayPal

About the Captain

John, Drake, and Peter Batson
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
Member since July 2018
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Batson Charter Boats is a family-owned company that has been fishing up and down the coast of North Carolina since 1956. Captain John Batson runs the company with the trusty help of his brothers, Capt. Drake and Capt. Peter. The Batson family has over 100 years of experience between them and putting you on the best bite while providing a high-quality service has always been their priority!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
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No Fear!
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No Fear!
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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John Donlevie
Charlotte, North Carolina
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No Fear!

VERIFIED   August 23, 2018
We had a great afternoon on the Cheerio Lady! We hit fish right out of the inlet and we had a busy afternoon. Mate Pete, did...
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James Mullins
Raeford, North Carolina
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Half day trip with captain James

VERIFIED   August 7, 2018
Captain James and his crew made our trip a fun and enjoyable trip I would recommend them to anyone looking for a fishing character...
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