If you’re thinking about fishing the beautiful waters of Hatteras, you’re in the right place. Free Agent Sport Fishing specializes in All Day Wreck Fishing Trips and Inshore fishing of all kinds– 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 specialize in All Day Wreck Fishing Trips and Family Oriented Calm Water Inshore trips.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.

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
    Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    US $750
    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 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    US $750
    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
    US $750
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    US $750
    This is a 5 hour, family oriented trip. You'll fish the backwaters and the ocean and stay within the sight of land the whole time. You will be trolling for Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, and False Albacore while looking to sightcast to Big Red Drum and Cobia at the same time. You may also be bottom fishing for Flounders, Trout, Spots, and other various bottom dwellers, all depending upon weather and conditions.
  • Private trip
    All Day Inshore Trolling/Drifting
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $1,670
    This is an all-day trip where we do not leave sight of the land. We will be fishing from Ocracoke Inlet to Cape Point trolling for Spanish & King Mackerel as well as Bluefish, Bonita Mackerel, and False Albacore. While trolling we are also looking for Cobia & Big Red Drum to sight cast to. Also depending upon conditions we may anchor or drift for Sharks...Blacktips, Spinners & Hammerheads. This is generally a calm trip and if the Ocean gets choppy we go back to Pamlico Sound where it is calm.
  • Private trip
    All Day Wreck/Live Bait/Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $1,670
    On this trip, you'll start out catching fresh live bait to be used for Cobia, Sharks, and Amberjacks. You'll spend the first part of the trip live baiting and jigging and the last part of the trip bottom fishing for Seabass, Triggerfish, and Snapper. From time to time, you may even hook into a Mahi Mahi if they're in the area. At the end of the trip, you'll generally troll on the way home fishing for King Mackerel and False Albacore. This is not a Gulf Stream trip—this is a 10 hour trip.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 44 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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June fishing trip
Crabs are getting ready for a bad day!!!
Half-day in-shore trip...
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Caught fish
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Kathleen S.
Glen Riddle, PA
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Happy Crabber trip = Happy Kids!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (AM) on August 18, 2023
I can’t rave enough about our happy crabber trip with Captain Rick and Ronnie. They were both so nice and helpful from start...
Kathleen S. recommends Free Agent Sport Fishing
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Laura D.
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (PM) on June 13, 2024
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Shannon C.
Wexford, PA
Excellent
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Fishing with Ricky

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (AM) on August 15, 2023
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Carroll H. I.
Roanoke, Virginia
Excellent
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Half-day in-shore trip...

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip– Inlet Adventure (AM) on June 26, 2023
I arranged for me, my wife, three sisters, and one of my sisters’ husbands to do a half-day in-shore trip while we were doing...
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Nicholas C.
Henrico, Virginia
Excellent
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip– Inlet Adventure (PM) on May 22, 2023
What an amazing time. I would have to say me and my family had such an amazing time on this charter one of the best days of...
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FAQs about Free Agent Sport Fishing

Free Agent Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip – Happy Crabber (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip– Inlet Adventure (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - Half Day Trip– Inlet Adventure (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $1,670 per group - All Day Inshore Trolling/Drifting (10 hours)
  • US $1,670 per group - All Day Wreck/Live Bait/Trolling (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Free Agent Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS 4 GPS's
  • Fishfinder 3 bottom machines
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar 1 65 mile radius radar

Trips booked with Free Agent Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate (Works for tips; 15-20% of the trip price)
  • Fishing License

Free Agent Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Free Agent Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Free Agent Sport Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

Ricky Caton
Hatteras, North Carolina, United States
369 Fishing Reports
44 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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) Great Barracuda
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia

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
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
4 GPS's
Fishfinder
3 bottom machines
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
Works for tips; 15-20% of the trip price
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
All ages welcome; life vests provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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