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Golden Hour Guide Service

Golden Hour Guide Service is a charter operation offering a wide spectrum of trips to anglers looking to find out what local fishing is all about. Explore the various inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing grounds around the waters of Wilmington, NC. Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Flounder, Gag Grouper, Black Seabass, Redfish, Great Barracuda, and Mahi Mahi are only some of the species you can expect to find on a typical day of fishing with Captain Alex Benson.

In terms of a fishing boat, the captain’s 2019, 24’ Sea Born center console leaves nothing to be desired. Brand new 2019-build, she is powered by a 300 HP Suzuki engine and capable of getting you to any fishing spot you chose quickly and safely. Fully equipped with top-notch navigation and fish finding electronics, ice-boxes, a live bait tank, and all the necessary safety equipment, you’ll have every tool you might need right at your fingertips.

Depending on your preferences, who you’re fishing with, and your experience levels, you may want different things from your trip. To accommodate these requirements, Captain Alex created his trips in such a way that every angler can find one that fits their needs. While calm inshore waters will be a great place to introduce kids to the sport, anglers looking for a thrill can test their skills to the fullest targeting offshore game fish on longer trips.

On all trips, you’ll be equipped with high-quality Shimano, Penn, Daiwa, and Sea Striker fishing tackle to give you the best shot at landing the catch of a lifetime. Also included in the price, on all charters is your daily fishing license as well as live bait, which is typically bought before the trip so that you can get to fishing right away. You should bring only your food and beverages (no glass bottles and liquor) and some sun lotion (no aerosol).

So if you’re ready to start your adventure, book a trip with Golden Hour Guide Service today and come meet Captain Alex on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    This trip will give you the ability to go offshore if you chose to do so and target species like King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi. Alternatively, you can just make it a longer trip around the inshore or nearshore fishing grounds.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    This trip is great for anglers looking to target a particular species for a couple of extra hours. Cruise the nearshore waters in search of Spanish and King Mackerel before switching gears to try out different techniques such as bottom fishing for Flounder, Grouper, Sea Bass.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    It’s up to you whether you’ll spend this trip fishing inshore or visiting the area’s popular nearshore spots. This trip is a great choice for anglers new to the sport, as well as any families with kids looking to spend some quality time in nature. Expect to target species like Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel and Porgy.

About the Captain

Alex Benson
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States
23 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since July 2019
His entire life, Capt. Alex Benson has been able to make time to wet a fishing line. He grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, where he began fishing the local rivers and ponds for bass and catfish. After moving to Wilmington, NC to attend UNCW, he arguably spent more time working on his saltwater fishing skills than he did on his degree. In 2017 he graduated from Cape Fear Community College’s captain school and started pursuing the career he’s always wanted. One that allowed him to spend most of his time on the water. During the summer of 2018, he spent over 150 days as a first mate on a 40 ft offshore sportfisher. It was there where he realized his true passion was helping people catch fish and get excited about the sport.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Scup (Porgy) Scup (Porgy)

Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Sea Born (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days 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 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
Checks
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (19)
4.86
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
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Crew
Experience
Half Day with Alex!
Half Day with Alex!
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+16
Angler Rating
17
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
78%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
71%
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Fred R.
Dunn, NC
 5.00
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   August 8, 2020
We had a great time with Captain Alex. He is very knowledgeable, an excellent captain and fisherman. August is not the best...
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Beth G.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Half Day with Alex!

VERIFIED   July 23, 2020
My kids first offshore fishing experience. Alex was patient and explained things in a way that my kids were asking to go again...
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