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.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,600
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $900
    Work your way around the shallow creeks, rivers, and inlets, or head up to 10 miles off the coast fishing for spectacular inshore and nearshore species. This 8-hour trip will give you plenty of time to go after exciting game fish, such as Sharks, Mackerels, Cobia, and Bluefish. Prepare for a workout as you try to hook one of these aboard.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    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.
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About the Captain

Monty Childers
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
144 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since November 2018
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.

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Targeted Species

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

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish Sailfish

Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

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
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

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 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
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Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Caroline O.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Half day - PM - with Monty and Jack

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) on May 23, 2021
My partner, a close friend and I went out for a half day with Monty and his first mate Jack.  We had a really fun time drinking...
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Half Day Fun Family Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on June 7, 2021
We had an awesome time with Captain Monty and his first mate, Breeze.  We had two 5 year old boys and they were so great talking...
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Hampstead, North Carolina
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Half Day Trip May 27, 2021 Near Shore

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) on May 27, 2021
Had a fantastic time with Captain Big Fish and first mate Jack. We would highly recommend booking a charter with them.  Nice...
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Winder, GA
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Can’t control the weather!

VERIFIED   Full Day – Offshore on July 9, 2020
I’ve been on a lot of charters in the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic.  Monty is right up there with the best captains...
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Winder, GA
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Full day

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore on July 5, 2020
Had a great day on the water with Capt. Monty!  In our party of six, we had five beginner fisherman under seventeen. Monty...
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FAQs about Captain Big Fish

Captain Big Fish offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (8 hours)
  • $1,600 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
  • 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)

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