Reliance Fishing Charters

Operating out of Hatteras, North Carolina, Reliance Fishing Charters specializes in premier professionally guided fishing trips. Captain John Canning grew up in New Jersey but then moved to Hatteras in 1993 in order to pursue his boating and fishing dreams. He bought his first boat in 1997 and kept upgrading to bigger and better till this day.

His current boat is the “Reliance,” a 51’ custom Carolina Sport Fisherman offshore sportfishing vessel. It comes powered by an impressive 1,150 HP Caterpillar engine and can take up to 6 anglers of all ages and experience levels. Fully overhauled in 2018, it features the latest and the best in marine electronics and safety gear, outriggers, downriggers, 3 fighting chairs, a livewell, and ice-boxes. It also boasts a private restroom and a shower, a multimedia system, and AC.

Captain John is as skilled behind the rod as he is behind the helm. He always asks the customers what they want to do and gives them info on what’s biting depending on the season. The captain usually stays inshore on his half day trips and goes mostly for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish.

On full day trips, he’ll take you 20–40 miles offshore where you’ll get to focus on trolling or bottom fishing. You’ll be going after Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Billfish when trolling and targeting Triggerfish, Snapper, and Grouper when bottom fishing. Up to 6 anglers can angle at the same when bottom fishing and up to 3 when trolling.

There’s no minimum age but kids under 5 years are not recommended on full day trips. The charter will cover top-notch custom rods paired with Penn and Shimano reels, as well as lures and licenses. Bring your own gear if you want to focus on fly fishing. You’re also welcome to bring a cooler with any food/drinks of your choosing. And what about fish cleaning? There’s a cleaning station at the dock where you can get your catch cleaned for only 50¢ a pound.

Reliance Fishing Charters will take care of everything else!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    $1,700
    up to 6 persons
    This 8-hour trip will take you up to 20–40 miles from shore for some epic trolling or bottom fishing. You'll be focusing on Billfish, Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna when trolling, as well as Snapper, Grouper, and Triggerfish when bottom fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    $850
    up to 6 persons
    This morning trip is all about the best inshore and nearshore action. You'll be going after Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and many other amazing species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    $850
    up to 6 persons
    This afternoon trip will see you fishing for some of the best inshore and nearshore species in the area. You'll be targeting Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and whatever else takes the bait.

About the Captain

John Canning
Hatteras, North Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
5 Fishing Reports
10 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2019
Captain John Canning grew up fishing with his father in Barnegat Light, New Jersey. In 1993, he decided to become a captain and move to Hatteras, NC. This is still his home, and he's known as “Jersey” among local captains. In 1997, John bought his first boat called "Jerseys’ Pride." After a couple of years, he decided to go bigger and bought his first "Reliance." From 2001 to 2003, he was working on building a new custom "Reliance" in Deltaville, VA. The boat had his first charter as soon as it arrived in Hatteras, and the rest is history. Captain John loves making friends on his boats, as well as helping them catch a mixed bag of species on his trips. He especially likes taking kids out and getting them their first catch, having them see what it’s all about.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Snowy)
Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel
Tilefish
Triggerfish (Gray)
Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom Carolina Sport Fisherman (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 1150HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
51 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (14)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
74.5 lbs Wahoo
Wahoo on weight scale
Weight scale reading
+11
Angler Rating
10
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0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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James J.
Troy, OH
 5.00
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A fishing trip of a liftime...

VERIFIED   September 26, 2019
Captain John and Clint gave us a fishing trip of a life time. My son and I both caught lager fish than we have ever encountered....
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Jonathan R.
Hamilton, New York
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   August 23, 2019
Fishing trip was amazing! Captain John and Mate Johnie were great to us. Capt. John got us out fishing quickly and hammering...
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Alex C.
Farmville, Virginia
 5.00
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Half Day Trip w/ Captain John

VERIFIED   July 1, 2019
Had a great time with Captain John at the helm and First Mate Ron.  Good crew, good fish, good boat, you should just book...
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Brian J.
United States
 5.00
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Awesome half day!!!

VERIFIED   June 26, 2019
The boat was great, very clean and like new. The crew was helpful and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves....
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Randolph T.
Toano, VA
 5.00
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   July 29, 2019
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