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
40 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
15 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:
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Recent Fishing Reports

Military Appreciation Day Giving Back
Military Appreciation Day Giving Back
September 11, 2021
After a Covid inspired hiatus, the Military Appreciation Day (MAD) event was back on in Southport, NC. MAD is an organization that pulls together local captains (and other businesses) to volunteer a day of fishing and fun for active duty military men and women from all branches. With this being the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it added another dimension to the event as well... a clear reminder of what our troops mean to us, and the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made over those two decades. This was my second time participating in the event, and what a difference from the first one. In 2019, a passing storm system left us with rain squalls and heavy seas. Even when the rain stopped, the seas were just too much, and most of us brought our troops inshore to fish the creeks and marshes. This year, the weather cooperated very nicely, especially as we made our way out of the Cape Fear River mouth into open ocean. Calm seas and a nice, cool morning provided a comfortable cruise, and made it easy to move around on deck. The fishing, on the other hand, was a little tougher. I thought we might start out trolling up a few Spanish mackerel for the cooler, and once we had some meat for the guys to take home, we'd kick it up with something sportier. We were not fishing my home waters, and I was having a hard time finding the fish... although later I heard that all of the captains were having the same challenge. It didn't help that the river had flushed brown water down the beach. I've never had much luck on Spanish in brown water. We managed one keeper and a few shorts, along with a perfect eating-size bluefish. Menhaden (pogies) were schooled up everywhere, so after a while I decided to throw the net and get a few. Maybe we could entice a king mackerel to bite. Soon after I got the bait aboard, I spotted a shrimp boat working nearby. That's often a good opportunity to find a king or a cobia, and almost certainly a chance for some sharks. It wasn't long before we were hooked up on the first good shark, about a five foot sandbar shark, and one of the troops took him on. The shark put on a good fight, especially when we got it close to the boat, but we were able to bring him in for pictures and a clean release. We managed two more big sandbars, so two of the other guys were able to get in on the action. When the last soldier's turn came, the sharks turned off and we ended up with another bluefish... not a big one, but we were all impressed with his tenacity for taking a bait that was almost half his size! Trolling further offshore for the last hour of the trip, we managed a couple of smaller blacktip sharks. The king mackerel bite was slow all around. As far as I know, none of the almost 40 boats in the event landed a king. It seems like the bottom fishing and the inshore boats did well, though. Overall, it was a really great day. I think the guys had a good time, and I know that I did. You can bet we'll be signed up again in 2022!
Another Father and Son Outing
Another Father and Son Outing
September 5, 2021
I'm pretty sure that, like a lot of captains, I look forward to trips where I'm taking a father and son for a day of time together, and (hopefully) catching some fish to take home to the family. There's something time honored to this particular kind of outing. Dustin booked the half-day trip via long-distance, between his work out of state and weekends at home. I told him the fishing was a little tough with the warm water, but if he could be flexible, we'd find something. He asked initially about mahi (dolphin), but I told him that they were currently a little too far offshore for a half-day excursion. The primary species for nearshore trips right now is Spanish and king mackerel. I mentioned that we'd also been catching some sharks, and he told me that his son would love to catch one of those! We started out working on the Spanish. It wasn't long out of the inlet before we hooked up our first fish, and several others followed. Once again, many of the fish were undersized, but at least they were plentiful. Eventually, we had four keeper fish aboard and multiple releases, and we had worked our way a few miles down the coastline. I asked the guys if they would like to switch it up and try slow-trolling for something bigger. Mason's eyes lit up as he asked, "can we catch a shark?" Fishing can be fickle so I hate to guarantee anything, especially to a youngster, but I told him we'd give it our best try. Thankfully, we hadn't had the baits in the water long before a hungry Atlantic sharpnose shark took one of the baits. The Atlantic sharpnose is a smaller shark, seldom growing much over 3' long, and they're plentiful in our area. They're also extremely good to eat, if you treat them properly after landing, and they can put up a decent fight for their size. This one was a shade over two feet long, but had managed to get one of the hooks in his pectoral fin. As a result, we had to fight him sideways, giving Mason almost more than the young man could handle. Dad had to step in at the end to help him out, but he got the fish aboard. I quickly bled it out over the side to protect the meat, and into the cooler it went. Mason got some high fives with his dad, and plopped down on the beanbag chair to recover from the battle. A little later, we picked up a very small blacktip shark. I called Mason to the rod, but he looked up from the beanbag and told me that it was OK, his dad could catch this one. After this, the slow trolling was not very productive, so they asked to go back and catch more Spanish. We worked back to the beach and started catching again. Six more keepers went into the box, and many more fish went back to grow a little larger. Dustin and Mason packed up at the end of the trip with a cooler of fish and already planning to make another trip.
Spanish Mackerel weekend
Spanish Mackerel weekend
August 29, 2021
Two trip reports in one... I had chatted a bit with Lamont and talked through the options for the half-day trip he had planned for himself and his girlfriend on Saturday, 08/28. What I didn’t realize was that this trip would be a total surprise to her, so she had no idea what was going on until I greeted them at the dock. Fortunately, it was a good surprise. Despite having never been ocean fishing, she was a great sport and definitely up for the experience. I had planned an easy day, trolling for Spanish right along the beach. To make it better, the wind and seas were perfect. We rolled out of Topsail inlet, set the lines out just past the sea buoy, then turned back inshore toward Lea (Hutaff) Island. I was running three 00 Clark Spoons on #1 planers, along with a 3 ½” drone spoon on a #3 planer… just in case. I’ve picked up a number of kings this way, while trolling nearshore for Spanish. Unfortunately, there were no kings this day, although something did cut off my planer. It’s not easy to write up a very exciting description of Spanish mackerel trolling, but we picked up our first fish just along the shoals south of the inlet. I made some circles, and we lost a couple and caught two or three undersized fish before the bite dropped out in this spot. We repeated this pattern down the beach, zigging out to about 35 feet of water before zigging back in to around 15 feet, hunting the fish, and circling the area whenever we picked up a strike. The odd thing was the ridiculous number of 10” and 11” fish we were catching (they have to be 12” to be legal). I could hear other boats on the radio complaining about the same thing. Usually, if you’re getting little ones close to the beach, you can find bigger ones in deeper water… but it didn’t seem to matter how deep we went. Little fish everywhere! We easily boated over 30 fish between Topsail and Wrightsville, and we lost a bunch more. At the end of the day we had 9 keepers and a couple of happy customers. I thought we were done for the weekend, with no booking on Sunday, so I gave the boat an extra scrubbing and packed everything up to take home. I planned to spend part of the day reorganizing the tackle bucket, fixing rigs, and generally giving my gear the TLC it hasn’t really had lately. I was already having an icy beverage and heading for the shower when I saw a notification on my phone. Someone wanted to book a half day for Sunday, 8/29. I would be lying if I didn’t say I considered declining the booking. It had already been a long weekend, and I was pretty whipped. The boat had already been stored. On top of that, the fishing has been really tough. But I decided to respond to the guy and just find out what they were looking for. I’m glad I did. Josh and Curtis are a couple of Coast Guardsmen, stationed over in Jacksonville. Josh’s girlfriend, Amanda, would be joining them. I told them how hard the nearshore fishing has been lately, with Spanish pretty much the only game in town, but he said they really didn’t care too much. As Josh put it in his reply to me, they were just looking for a nice day on the water. I decided to take the booking and get them out there. When we met up at the dock, the whole crew was just as laid back in person as Josh sounded in our messages. I could not have asked for a prettier day, with flat-calm seas and a nice, offshore breeze. The boat was just being put in the water, so we were off and running. We fished basically the same plan as the day before, setting out the lines just out of the inlet, then working inshore and along the beach. It took them a couple of tries to get the hang of reeling in the Spanish without snatching them out of the water and de-hooking them, but we were in the fish reasonably quickly. The action wasn’t quite as good as the previous trip, and there was still an inordinate number of undersized fish, but the crew more than made up for the slow action with humor and competition. At the end of the day, they took home 6 fish, enough for a good dinner or two.

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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   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 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 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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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Boat on September 5, 2021
Had a great time. Captain Phillip was awesome.
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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