Captain Big Fish

When you’re thinking of the North Carolina coast, one thing comes to mind: extreme fishing. With the Gulf Stream whizzing past, these waters are home to incredible nearshore and offshore fishing opportunities. Take advantage with Captain Big Fish. Operated by Captain Monty Childers, try your hand at a range of fishing. Having fished since he was a little boy, he gets the same thrill watching you reel in anything from a Mackerel to a Mahi.

Step aboard a 30’ Grady White center console and get ready to make your dreams come true. Powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha offshore engines, you’ll reach speeds of up to 33 knots, getting you on the fish faster than the rest. Restored in 2018, she also comes equipped with Garmin and Furuno navigational equipment. You’ll have a private bathroom on board, an essential on longer trips, especially as you make use of the free water on board.

You’ll take advantage of the live bait well on board, with bait prepared before your trip, and outriggers will also help you troll. On the reefs, try jigging and bottom fishing, while further out, wait for the reels to start screeching and jump to the rods to start reeling in a big one. Expect to go after Snappers, Groupers, Mackerels, and Cobia when hitting the nearshore. While offshore, you could catch anything from a spectacular Sailfish to a delicious Mahi Mahi.

Head up to 65 miles offshore to be at one with the marine life around you. The biggest fish live here and you’ll be amazed as you gaze upon these monsters. With snacks provided on board, you’re in for a treat throughout with Captain Big Fish. Let the captain know if you want to go scuba diving, and then all you need to do is bring your license, some sunscreen and towels. Settle in for a fun-filled fishing experience and book now.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $575
    Stay in the inshore or nearshore waters up to 5 miles from the coastline. You'll spend 5 hours going after exciting species such as King and Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Cobia, and even Sharks. Try bottom fishing and jigging and you may just get to take a tasty treat home with you.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $575
    The inshore creeks and shallow waters of North Carolina are home to some exceptional game fish. Go after Sharks, Cobia, Bluefish, and Mackerels, and you'll even get to take the tastiest of your catch home with you. Use all your strength to reel in one of these tough fighters on the boat during this 5-hour trip. Start time may vary depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,150
    Head up to 15 - 20 miles off the coast fishing. This 8-hour trip will give you plenty of time to go after exciting game fish, such as Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Kingfish, and bottom fishing. Prepare for a workout as you try to hook one of these aboard.
  • Private trip
    Full Day – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $2,000
    This is the ultimate trip for experienced anglers and novices alike. The fishing is unbeatable and it gives you a real taste of Gulf Stream fishing Expect to catch beautiful Sailfish, delicious Mahi Mahi and Blackfin Tuna, as well as the exciting Wahoo. You may even hook an elusive Marlin. This is a full day trip from before sunrise through the afternoon. Come prepared for an unforgettable day out.
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About the Captain

Monty Childers
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States
1 Fishing Report
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251 Customer reviews
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Member since November 2018
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I started fishing when I was a little boy with my grandfather, coming down during the summers to Long Beach. Since 2012, I've been dedicating my time to truly becoming an offshore fisherman. I've been tying my own lures and trying new techniques, which have really paid off for landing larger fish. I like to do all kinds of fishing, bottom fishing, trolling, live baiting. It's just as much fun for me to go Spanish fishing right off the beach as it is to go Wahoo fishing 65 miles into the Gulf Stream.

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Hogfish Hogfish

Boat specs

Grady White (Center console) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha Offshore engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
I love to throw light stuff to big fish
Heavy Tackle
fishing bent butts for for Ole Big Blue
Bottom Fishing
live or dead bait
Trolling
running up to 9 lines with handcrafted lures
Spinning
cobia special set up for the big fight
Jigging
all weights and sizes on board
Popping
multiple rods set up for this
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
we call it chill fishing
Spearfishing
bring your own equipment
Deep Sea Fishing
up to 70 miles of choices...knowing the water

Amenities

Toilet
Private bathroom
Fighting Chair
offered for a fee
GPS
Garmin,and Garmin Auto pilot
Fishfinder
Garmin,
Snorkeling Equipment
On request
Live Bait Well
25 gallon

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn and Shimano
Live Bait
Prepared before the trip
Lures
Sea Vixen Professional Tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
I personally clean your fish to get the most meat
Snacks
Peanuts, crackers, chips
Drinks
Water and ice
First Mate
20-25%
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days 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
Must be over 10 years old
You Keep Catch
We'll Clean Your Catch!
Catch and Release Allowed
some fish have to released per restrictions

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 250 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Awesome 1\/2 day fishing trip with Captain Big Fish
Awesome 1\/2 day fishing trip with Captain Big Fish
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Joe C.
Spring Lake, North Carolina
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Half-Day trip with Captain Monty

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on October 14, 2022
Our trip with Captain Monty was nothing other than perfect! Even with his first mate out, Captain Monty was still able to single-handedly...
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Amie D.
Unionville, TN
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5hr afternoon trip with Captain Big Fish

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) on September 2, 2022
We couldn’t have asked for a better fishing trip! The weather was gorgeous. Captain Monty and Matt were so personable and...
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Jeffrey K.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Amazing!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on August 28, 2022
This review is for a 1/2 day fishing trip with Captain Big Fish.  Amazing is all I can say!  Trip was on 8/28/2022 from 7am...
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Brian H.
Rivesville, WV
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8 hour Trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore on June 8, 2022
I can’t give enough stars to rate the experience we had with Big Fish and if you choose this Charter you won’t regret it!!!...
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Robert B.
Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Best Fishing Charter Ever - Caught dozens of fish!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on July 7, 2022
I’ve never been on a fishing charter where we caught as many fish as we did with Monty and Captain Big Fish! He was an awesome...
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FAQs about Captain Big Fish

Captain Big Fish offers the following trips to customers:
  • $575 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $575 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,150 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - Full Day – Offshore (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Big Fish, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet Private bathroom
  • Fighting Chair offered for a fee
  • GPS Garmin,and Garmin Auto pilot
  • Fishfinder Garmin,
  • Snorkeling Equipment On request
  • Live Bait Well 25 gallon
  • Outriggers 18ft short and long with center
  • Ice Box multiple insulated boxes for BEER or FISH
  • Radar Garmin

Trips booked with Captain Big Fish include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures (Sea Vixen Professional Tackle)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (I personally clean your fish to get the most meat)
  • Snacks (Peanuts, crackers, chips)
  • Drinks (Water and ice)
  • First Mate (20-25%)
  • Fishing License

Captain Big Fish offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Captain Big Fish offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (I love to throw light stuff to big fish)
  • Heavy Tackle (fishing bent butts for for Ole Big Blue)
  • Bottom Fishing (live or dead bait )
  • Trolling (running up to 9 lines with handcrafted lures)
  • Spinning (cobia special set up for the big fight)
  • Jigging (all weights and sizes on board)
  • Popping (multiple rods set up for this )
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing (we call it chill fishing )
  • Spearfishing (bring your own equipment)
  • Deep Sea Fishing (up to 70 miles of choices...knowing the water )

Top targeted fish species with Captain Big Fish include:
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Hogfish
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo