Looking for a day filled with excitement? Look no further than 9 Line Charters! With 25 years of service in the US Army and a few more to go, Captain John has found that sharing the joy of fishing with others is therapeutic.

All of his trips are kid-friendly and novices are welcome to join too. Capt. John is also a certified paramedic, so safety is on a whole new level on these charters.

You’ll be fishing aboard a 31’ Cape Horn that accommodates up to 5 guests. She’s powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine and features modern navigational electronics. She also has a live bait tank, a cooler, and plenty of dry storage for your stuff.

Capt. John is very flexible and completely comfortable with a wide variety of techniques, from high speed trolling for Wahoo to anchored up bottom fishing to stock the freezer. You can go after Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Red Snapper, all kinds of Grouper, and many more. It all depends on the season and targets you choose.

Your fishing equipment, licenses, and bottled water are covered by the captain, so there’s not much you have to do to prepare. Bring some snacks, sunglasses, and a hat. Charge your phone and snap photos all day – there are going to be plenty of things you’ll want to remember!

9 Line Charters is ready to share their next adventure with you!



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  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Gulfstream (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    If you really want to take advantage of the waters, this trip takes you deep into the Gulfstream. You'll combine trolling with jigging and bottom fishing to target a variety of species including Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper, Snapper, Sailfish, and more. You will be provided with everything but food and drinks. This trip is suited for up to 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    Enjoy an extended full day out on the water, as you troll and bottom fish for a variety of species that live in the waters up to 30+ miles offshore. This includes Amberjack, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, Grouper, and so much more! No need to worry about fishing gear – your captain supplies that. Just be sure to bring enough snacks to keep you going.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    The full day trip sees you either trolling or bottom fishing in North Carolina's productive waters. You'll troll for King Mackerel, Amberjack, Barracuda, or bottom fish for Groupers, Snappers, or Black Seabass. You will be supplied with all the necessary equipment by your captain, just pack your snacks and sun protection.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This quick trip will take you fishing up to 20 miles out, depending on your preferences and the weather. You will be able to target anything from Kingfish to Mahi Mahi. Departure time is flexible and your gear is taken care of by the captain. Bring along snacks and sun protection and you're ready to go!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    You'll target a whole range of fun-to-catch and delicious fish on this trip – from Kingfish to Mahi Mahi. Depending on the weather and your intended targets, you'll go up to 20 miles offshore. Departure time is flexible and your captain takes care of all your fishing gear.
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About the Captain

John Sims
Southport, North Carolina, United States
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8 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2018
With 25 years of service in the US Army and a few more to go, I've found that fishing and enjoying it with others seemed to be almost therapeutic, so I decided that my retirement career shouldn't be a job! I am very flexible, completely comfortable with a wide variety of fishing techniques, from highspeed trolling for Wahoo to anchored up bottom fishing to stock the freezer.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Broomtail) Grouper (Broomtail)

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

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Southport to departure site is available and 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Randall D.
Kannapolis, NC
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on August 22, 2020
Captain was excellent and worked hard to put us in fish.  The gear on the boat was top notch equipment.  Very good...
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Southport, NC
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 1, 2020
Took a 6 hour charter. We were catching fish right off the bat. Ended up with a cooler full of fish. Had two people sea sick,...
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Murat G.
Southport, North Carolina
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Full day trip with John

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip – Gulfstream (MAX 4) on July 22, 2020
Awesome captain.  Does everything right to put fish in the box.
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Charlotte, NC
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VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on June 2, 2020
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Dry Fork, VA
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VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip on May 28, 2019
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