Free Agent Sport Fishing

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If you’re thinking about fishing the beautiful waters of Hatteras, you’re in the right place. Free Agent Sport Fishing do it all – they offer trips for all ages, skill levels, and various types of fishing. They’re full-time fishermen and have been in the business since 1985. These are professionals who will ensure you have a fun, safe, and memorable trip.

Captain Ricky Caton and his crew run trips from the blue waters of the Gulf Stream to the Back Waters of the bays and sounds. The trips depend on your skill level and fish you want to catch. “Inlet Adventure” and “Happy Crabber” trips are family-oriented trips. You’ll stay in the calm waters, so no one gets seasick and everyone has fun. The Blue Water trip will take you offshore, where you’ll be able to target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and False Albacore.

You’ll be fishing from the “Free Agent”, a 42’ boat built by the Gutheries. She’s perfectly equipped for inshore and offshore fishing, having 3 bottom machines/fish finders, 4 GPS units, two VHF radios, a radar, and Sirus XM radio, so that you can listen to your favorite music. There’s also enough shade to keep you out of the sun, the carpeted floor inside, and private bathroom downstairs. As the trips are child-friendly, the boat is also equipped with children-sized life vests.

The crew will cover your fishing license, rods, reels, lures, and live bait. You need to bring food, drinks, sun protection, a cooler for the catch, a camera, and rain gear. Your catch can be cleaned at the marina for an additional cost.

Free Agent Sport Fishing is inviting you for an unforgettable day on the water. Join them and share an experience you and your loved ones will cherish forever!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Happy Crabber Extended Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    You'll start the trip by targeting King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, or Flounders...whatever's biting. After that, you'll target a bunch of Blue Crab Traps for Blue Crabs. The whole catch is yours to keep. This trip bring lots of fun in calm water.
  • Private trip
    Happy Crabber Extended Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    Even though it's a Crab trip, you can also catch lots of other fish speceis. At the beginning, you'll target Flounder, Mackerels, Bluefish, or whatever is biting. After that, the captain will take you targeting Blue Crab Traps for Blue Crabs. You can keep the whole catch!
  • Private trip
    Inlet Adventure Extended Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    If you don't want to go too far from the shore, this is the trip for you. You'll start by trolling for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish. You can also target Cobia or try bottom fishing in the wrecks for Triggerfish, Seabass, Amberjacks and Sharks.
  • Private trip
    Inlet Adventure Extended Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    This trip is designed for a crew that prefers to stay close to the land. You will start by trolling for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel, looking for Cobia, or bottom fishing on the inshore wrecks for Seabass, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and Sharks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $625
    price breakdown
    $625
    Bring your kids along and see them catch their first fish...or Crab. You'll start by targeting Bluefish, Flounder, and Mackerel. Then, you'll switch to targeting Crabs. You can keep everything you catch. Cleaning is available in the marina, $1 per pound for bottom fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $625
    price breakdown
    $625
    All ages are welcome on the boat, so bring your whole family along! The trip starts by targeting Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel or Flounder. After that, you'll target Blue Crabs. You can keep the whole catch. The captain will supply everything you need for fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip– Inlet Adventure (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $625
    price breakdown
    $625
    Bring food and drinks, camera, sun protection, a cooler, and rain gear (just in case). You can keep the catch and have it cleaned at the marina after the trip. The cost is $1 per fish. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment. Great trip if you want to stay closer to the shore.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip– Inlet Adventure (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $625
    price breakdown
    $625
    There's lots of different fish you can target on this trip - look for Cobia, bottom fish for Amberjack, Shark, Triggerfish, Seabass, or troll for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel. This trip is great for you if you want to stay closer to the shore.
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About the Captain

Ricky Caton
Hatteras, North Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
142 Fishing Reports
15 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since June 2019
I started fishing because my grandfather was a commercial fisherman and I used to go with him. As soon as I graduated from high school, I moved to Hatteras Island, NC and started mating. I have fished from the Maryland, VA, line to South Carolina, as well as Florida, and in the Bahamas. I fished offshore as a mate for some of the icons of the Offshore Fishing Industry out of Oregon Inlet, NC. Tony Tillett, Buddy Cannady, and John Bayliss were 3 of the truly notable ones.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Guthrie (Downeast) originally built in 1954. Powered by a 375HP Caterpillar 3208 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 14 knots.

Length
42 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
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 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
Checks
Mastercard
Visa

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 (13)
4.85
out of 5 stars from 15 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
July 5 morning Happy Crabber Trip
June fishing trip
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Angler Rating
12
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
87%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Cynthia J.
Camden, North Carolina
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Rick

VERIFIED   June 10, 2020
We had a great time with Captain Rick and First Mate, Josh!! Both were very welcoming to our family of novice(literally, first...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   June 1, 2020
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Glenn G.
Moneta, VA
 5.00
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Half-day trip with Capt. Ricky

VERIFIED   NEW  July 21, 2020
Had to change to half-day inland trip due to weather conditions.  No regrets. Capt. Ricky put us on the fish and Josh...
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Emilee H.
Buxton, NC
 5.00
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Great experience with Free Agent

VERIFIED   June 29, 2020
I gave the trip to my husband for his birthday. He had a great time and caught lots of fish!  Rick was great to work with...
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William M.
Carmichaels, PA
 4.67
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  July 23, 2020
Great time, very hot but the time flew by with a great crew! Captain had us on fish quickly , didn’t catch any really big...
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Fishing Reports

August 14 1/2 day morning Happy Crabber

August 14, 2020

August 14 1/2 day morning Happy Crabber Trip" Off this morning with the Andreini crew on a morning 1/2 day Happy Crabber trip. Fishing and crabbing was Ok today..Thanks Guys Read Full Report →


August 13 morning 1/2 day Happy Crabber

August 13, 2020

August 13 morning 1/2 day Happy Crabber Trip" Aug. 13 am Happy Crabber Trip Off this morning with the Smith crew.Fishing was a little slow but crabbing was good…Thanks guys Read Full Report →