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
    3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $300
    We know that not every youngster is ready to spend six hours on the rolling ocean waiting for a bite. Our kids' fun trip is all about having fun, not filling the cooler or catching the big one. If the ocean is calm, we'll fish along the beach or maybe drift over a nearshore reef. If not, we'll drop some bait down along the inland waters just to see what bites. Children under 12 must wear a PFD. We recommend purchasing your own for comfort.
    Targeted fish
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Flounder
    Flounder
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $600
    Our most popular option! 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. This trip runs from just off the beach to 10 miles offshore (weather dependent).
    Targeted fish
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Offshore Fishing – Boat
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $800
    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 Offshore – Boat
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1 (Sat, Sun)
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $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
    12 Hour – Gulf Stream Boat (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Price for up to 4 persons
    US $1,750
    This is the longest trip with this charter and is completely dependent on weather and sea conditions. Call ahead of time and prepare to be flexible as weather windows open and close with short notice. You'll be running beyond 50 miles to fish the edges of the Gulf Stream for big fish, including mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, big king mackerel, and wahoo. Billfish is not specifically targeted, but catch and release is always a possibility. This is also a good trip for a smaller group (2–3 fishermen).
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 26 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Wonderful day!!
Captain Philip is the best!
Great day on the water
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Greg P.
Huntersville, NC
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8 hour trip with Cpt. Phillip

VERIFIED   Trip for Greg on August 6, 2023
This trip was destined to be a good one from the time of booking.  Solid communication from Cpt Phillip in the days leading...
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Lisa M.
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Wonderful day!!

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun Trip on July 5, 2024
All three caught a fish, saw dolphins and had great conversations!!  Even the 10 month old enjoyed it!
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Arelys S.
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Captain Philip is the best!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun Trip on May 11, 2024
Captain Philip made this experience very enjoyable for the two of us. 10/10 recommend and will definitely be booking again!
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Scott B.
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Fishing with Phillip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Offshore Fishing – Boat on June 8, 2024
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Michael B.
Greensboro, NC
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Great day on the water

VERIFIED   Trip for Michael on September 4, 2023
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FAQs about Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc

Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $300 per group - 3 Hour Trip – Kids Fun Trip (3 hours)
  • US $600 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Nearshore (6 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 3/4 Day Offshore Fishing – Boat (8 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group - Full Day Offshore – Boat (10 hours)
  • US $1,750 per group - 12 Hour – Gulf Stream Boat (MAX 3) (12 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
  • Radar

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 (For kayak and kids trips. )
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (On a full day, up to 40 miles offshore)
  • Reef Fishing (Trolling and drift fishing only. )
  • Wreck Fishing (Trolling and drift fishing only.)

Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (Fly fishing gear not provided)
  • 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

Meet the Captain

Phillip Loughlin
Hampstead, North Carolina, United States
60 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
26 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)

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
For kayak and kids trips.
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
On a full day, up to 40 miles offshore
Reef Fishing
Trolling and drift fishing only.
Wreck Fishing
Trolling and drift fishing only.

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Fly fishing gear not provided
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Not provided for kayak mothership charters.
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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 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
Only for boat trips, not kayak
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Fish cleaning not provided
Catch and Release Allowed

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
PayPal

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Recent fishing reports

Sometimes a plan goes too well!
Sometimes a plan goes too well!
June 30, 2024
Had a last-minute, 3/4 day booking yesterday from a fisherman who, "just wants to catch some mackerel." With 8 hours to work with, I wasn't too concerned about getting into some fish. Unfortunately, with the wind and seas forecast, I wasn't sure we'd be able to get offshore for the bigger king mackerel. I'd been catching a number of undersized kings close to shore, but hadn't seen many bigger ones yet. But what we do have in abundance right now is Spanish mackerel. For those guys, we wouldn't have to be more than a half-mile off of the beaches. I told the client that if he was OK with this, we'd play it by ear when we get out of the inlet, and let the conditions determine how the day would go. I wanted to get out as early as possible before the day heated up, as the best bite is going to be in the coolest part of the day. He was OK with this plan, and as promised, he showed up a good bit before the scheduled 06:00 departure time. The breeze was already stiffening as I loaded the boat, and when we cleared the inlet, the swells were not too bad, but the wind was crossing them and creating a chop. I knew it would be a miserable ride to the offshore water, and because of the wind direction, it would also be a miserable ride home. Fortunately, the nearshore waters were relatively protected in this wind, and not as rough. I put out the Clark spoons and planers and turned back toward the shallower... and calmer... water. It took a few minutes to get to the fish, but then the action got pretty steady with a good class of Spanish mackerel, mixed with blues and the ubiquitous lizard fish. About an hour in, I asked the client to peek into the cooler and get a count, as I had lost track. We had seven fish on ice and had lost at least as many before they got to the boat. We talked about limits and how many fish he wanted to keep (and clean). The limit per person is 15 Spanish, so technically the two of us could take 30 fish. I warned him that 30 is a lot of fish, and asked if he could really use that many. He responded reasonably, and said he thought one limit would be enough. I let him know that if he caught a few extras, I didn’t mind taking home enough for dinner, but I didn’t need a whole pile of fish either. The fish kept coming, and he was getting better at landing them, so after a while I did another count. The catch had tripled, as we now had 21 fish in the box! I checked the clock in the cabin. It was only 09:49! He still had over four hours left on this 3/4 day charter. I asked what he'd like to do... keep fishing and catch a few more, or switch it up and try some slow trolling for kings? He considered the options. It was already blazing hot (into the 90s with high humidity). The wind was still freshening and white caps dotted the water offshore. After a moment, he explained that he didn't know what he would do with more fish, especially not something bigger. This was all he could handle, but he also said he was pretty satisfied, as this trip was already everything he'd wanted it to be. As a captain, this is the kind of thing you like to hear, but at the same time, I felt like he should at least get another couple of hours out of the trip. I offered to take him in at Wrightsville Beach and do a little sightseeing cruise, but he said he was pretty much done with the heat and he still had a long drive home. So we were back at the dock by 10:30, the boat was clean and stowed before 11, the client was on the way home, and less than an hour later, I was back in my easy chair and napping in the air conditioning. Pro Tip Time There’s a good reminder here if you are considering booking a trip. It’s always good to talk to the captain ahead of time and let us work with you to make sure you are booking the best trip for your money. So, for example, if you just want to stay nearshore and target Spanish mackerel (delicious and fun to catch), I usually recommend a half-day trip. Six hours is more than enough time. We don’t have to travel very far and we’re literally fishing almost the entire time. The point is, if you book a trip and choose to end it early for any reason, you’re usually going to be charged the full price. If it helps, think of it like this. You are buying a day off of the captain’s calendar. If you don’t use the whole day, we can’t put it back on the shelf and sell it to someone else. It’s always easier to negotiate for a longer day than to ask for a refund for “unused time.”
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