Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc

Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures have a simple motto: If you don’t want someone to bring the fish to you, let them take you to the fish. They offer traditional fishing charters but also provide a mothership for Kayak fishermen. They can take you to those places you always wanted to fish which are just too far to paddle to.

Captain Phillip Loughlin welcomes you aboard his 23’ Parker boat. This cuddy cabin is powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine that can reach a maximum speed of 35 knots. This means you will reach your fishing spots very fast and save traveling time. If you choose to fish from the boat, the crew can accommodate up to 4 guests. However, if you want to go kayak fishing, there’s enough room for 3 anglers.

When it comes to kayak fishing trips, note that this charter offers only mothership service but not the kayaks. You need to bring your own kayak, board the mothership with it, and let the crew take you where you want to go. As kayak trips are not guided, you need to be an experienced kayak angler, able to handle your boat and your gear in open-water conditions.

The boat typically leaves from the NC Wildlife Boat Ramp in Hampstead. However, the crew can pick you up from nearby waterfront locations. Depending on the season and which fishing grounds you choose, your main targets will be King Mackerel, Redfish, Flounder, Cobia, Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi.

Captain Philip will prepare your rods, reels, lures, and live bait (when available). Make sure to purchase your fishing license before the trip and bring food and drinks you like. Also, if you’re going on a kayak trip, you’ll need to bring your own fishing equipment.

The best solution would be to get in touch with the captain before the trip and check what you need to bring.

Save your paddling energy for fishing and finally reach those fishing spots that were always too far for the kayak! Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures can customize each trip, you only need to say when.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Gulf Stream – Boat
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,500
    This is the longest trip with this charter, and is completely dependent on weather and sea conditions. You'll be running beyond 50 miles to fish the edges of the Gulf Stream for big fish. Even Sailfish is possible! This is also a good trip for a smaller group (2–3 fishermen).
  • Private trip
    Frying Pan – Kayak (3 MAX)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    Kayak Mothership Trip. This is a special trip, the greatest highlight for any kayak fisherman. The mothership allows you to go kayak fishing right in the shadow of the Frying Pan Tower, a former light tower converted to a unique B&B. Fish for pelagics with one line, and bottom fish with the other as you work your way over the infamous shoals. It's a long ride there and back, but worth it for an experience that few kayak fishermen will ever get.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore – Boat
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $1,200
    This is a trip for the hardcore fisherman. You'll run offshore (weather and seas permitting) from 25 to 40 miles, looking for the warm, blue water of the Gulf Stream. You'll be chasing Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, and maybe even Sailfish. It's a very long day, but rewarding!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore – Kayak (3 MAX)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1
    $1,000
    Kayak Mothership Trip. This is a trip for the more experienced kayak fisherman. Ever wanted to get outside the breakers for the bigger fish? This full-day trip will take you offshore to pursue Spanish and King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Albacore, and various bottom species. Depending on weather and water conditions, this may go offshore as far as 25 miles. Maximum of 3 kayak fishermen on this trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Offshore Fishing – Boat
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30
    $750
    This trip provides a little extra time to head a little further offshore (out to 25 miles) for an opportunity on big King Mackerel or Mahi, with the flexibility to move to where the fish are.
  • Private trip
    Full Day – Kayak (3 MAX)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $750
    This is a full day of inshore kayak fishing from the mothership. This trip allows you to move more and go further in search of those inshore species, including Red Drum, Flounder, Trout, and Sheepshead. This is for a maximum of 3 kayaks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore – Kayak (3 MAX)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 30 - Nov 1
    $500
    Kayak Mothership Trip. Ever wanted to get outside the breakers for the bigger fish? This half day trip is intended for the more experienced kayak fishermen and will take you offshore to pursue Spanish and King Mackerel, Albacore, Amberjack, and various bottom species. Depending on weather and water conditions, this may go offshore as far as 20 miles. Maximum of 3 kayak fishermen on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Boat
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 1
    $500
    This is a traditional charter for up to 4 fishermen. It's a great opportunity for families, as you can target nearshore species, like Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, King Mackerel, and Cobia without ever leaving sight of land. You can also go a little further out to get to Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Inshore – Kayak (3 MAX)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $400
    Kayak Mothership Trip. Kayak trips can accommodate up to 3 anglers. The crew will take you to various locations along the Inland Waterway and coastal sounds, where you can pursue Flounder, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and other inshore species. Bring your own kayaks.
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About the Captain

Phillip Loughlin
Hampstead, North Carolina, United States
34 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
12 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since March 2019
I have been fishing for as long as I can remember, starting as a toddler and never really stopping. I grew up on the water, up and down the East Coast. I learned about kayak fishing while living out in California, and experienced fishing the Pacific, as well as the Sea of Cortez off of the Baja peninsula. Now that I'm back in North Carolina, I knew that I needed to find a way to share my love of fishing and the ocean with both experienced fishermen as well as folks new to the sport, and a charter and mothership operation seemed like a great way to do it.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Parker (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
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

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Recent Fishing Reports

Mama told me there would be days like th
Mama told me there would be days like th
July 25, 2021
Well, here's a report I hoped I wouldn't find myself writing... After weeks of complaining about rough conditions, and daydreaming about finally getting a good day to get after some fish, the good weather finally showed up. Yesterday was beautiful, with a slow swell and reasonably light wind. Now I could redeem some of the poor fishing days I've had recently. I picked up Matt, Chris, and Grayson at Surf City Park for a half day nearshore trip. Matt had specifically asked me to keep us close to shore, but I was pretty confident that, with all the king activity last week at the piers, and lots of bait along the beach, we'd be in good shape. Maybe I was a little too confident... I put cigar minnows out just past the sea buoy, recalling the nice king that Friday's group had hooked up in this same area. We were marking a lot of fish and bait just along the tide line, but not getting any action. I saw one big king come out of the water less than 50 yards from us, but nothing seemed interested in our baits. After a while, the rest of the weekend warriors came steaming out of the inlet, where several of them stopped and started setting out lines. After one yo-yo trolled right across my bow (how I didn't pick up his lines I'll never know), I decided to leave the crowd behind and head for "the hump" a few miles away. I can't say it's been a hot spot, but it has produced fairly consistently and there's almost never a crowd there. After multiple circles, figure eights, and zig zags without so much as a bump, I could see the crew was starting to look pretty bored. Grayson (due to a mix of teenager and Dramamine) nodded off into a pretty deep nap. Matt was looking at his phone. These aren't the things a captain wants to see. I suggested that we switch it up and put out some spoons. If nothing else, we'd be moving faster and would have a breeze (it was pretty danged hot). Hopefully, this would give us a shot at some of the Spanish mackerel we'd seen breaking the surface. A little action always ups the mood... Pulling in the lines, I popped the downrigger line loose. Instead of rising to the surface, the line stayed down. I pulled on it and felt some weight. I knew a little shark had taken the bait, but wasn't even big or energetic enough to trip the rigger clip. I started to just reel him in, but felt like maybe Grayson would like the opportunity. We woke him up, but at first he thought we were just messing with him and wouldn't take the rod. When he finally did, though, the little Atlantic Sharpnose didn't even try to resist. Grayson didn't say anything, but I could tell it was fairly anticlimactic And that, my fishing friends, was about as exciting as the day got. We pulled spoons for a couple of hours, at one point circling a big school of feeding fish, and never got a strike. Watching the other boats in the area showed that we were not alone in our frustration. There's not much worse than watching fish literally jumping out of the water, and not being able to get them to bite. Finally, with five or six other boats crowding the area, I made the call to pull out and move south. As time ran out on the half day trip, I offered to extend the day if the crew wanted, so we could run further south and try to find some hungry fish. Sometimes that's just what it takes. But they'd had enough, so we threw in the towel. I stopped the boat to haul in the lines, and just as we slowed, one of the rods started bouncing. It's one of the oldest cliches in fishing, I think, that the minute you say, "let's go home," the fish start biting. Well, there you go! Unfortunately, it was just the lone Spanish mackerel, and I think the Clark spoon must have just dropped into his mouth by accident. He didn't even seem to have the energy to fight when Matt reeled him in. We decided to make a few circuits to see if we could pick up a few more, but it wasn't happening. The crew was done for today, already talking about napping on the beach with a cold drink. We've had some tough fishing days this season, but this may have been the toughest. I know the dog days of summer can slow the fishing, especially nearshore, but I hate to sound like I'm making excuses. Maybe we could have done better if we had run offshore... or maybe not. At the end of the day, the fact is that, no matter how hard the captain tries, sometimes you just can't make the fish bite.
Great weather leads to a great day
Great weather leads to a great day
July 6, 2021
In fishing, as in any pursuit, you always find whatever you were looking for in the last place you look. For our day on the water with Riley, Dylan, and Sook, we spent a good bit of time looking. On the one hand, in her initial booking note, Riley had asked about catching "sharks or other big fish"... and our very first fish of the morning was a small blacktip shark. Through the course of the day, we also landed a couple of Atlantic sharp nose sharks (and sent one home with them for the table), and one undersized king mackerel. It was looking like a challenging morning. As the heat kicked up, talk turned to swimming. The Atlantic was glassy and blue, with a good shot of clear water from the Gulf Stream, and before I knew it, the crew was ready to go over the side. We took a nice break from the slow fishing for everyone to get well refreshed, and then went back to it. After a while, we made the call to go inshore and look for some Spanish mackerel, so the gang would have something to take home for dinner. It took a little bit to find them, but when we did, it was a classic run, with multiple lines going off simultaneously every time we passed through the school. There was a mix of bluefish, which we threw back, and plenty of Spanish. While several spit the hook before they came into the boat, we managed to make a nice little package of 10 fish before wrapping it up for the day. I'm hoping to see conditions like this more frequently, as we settle into more typical summertime patterns. As always, another great group of fisherfolk... great company and great sports!

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Boat on May 15, 2021
We had a great time it was a little rough when we started so we couldn’t go out as far as we would have liked, we were supposed...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Boat on July 6, 2021
They were very accommodating, super fun to be around, and made sure we caught something! Took us to a couple different spots...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Boat on May 31, 2021
Had a great time on the water. Boat is super comfortable, captain and crew are very nice and will do anything to get you on...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Boat on June 13, 2021
Captain Phillip was awesome to fish with. He has tons of experience and definitely can put fish in the boat under any conditions....
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Surf City, NC
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Boat on June 26, 2021
CAPT Phillip was super flexible, helpful, and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed our time out there and had enough fish to feed...
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FAQs about Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc

Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - 1/2 Day Inshore – Kayak (3 MAX) (6 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Offshore – Kayak (3 MAX) (6 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip – Boat (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - 3/4 Day Offshore Fishing – Boat (8 hours)
  • $750 per group - Full Day – Kayak (3 MAX) (10 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Offshore – Kayak (3 MAX) (10 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Frying Pan – Kayak (3 MAX) (10 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Offshore – Boat (10 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Gulf Stream – Boat (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Not provided for kayak mothership charters.)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate

Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (On a full day, up to 40 miles offshore)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout