Are you looking for a quick trip to the prolific waters of Carolina Beach? Maybe you want to get the rest of your family as passionate about angling as you? Either way, a trip with Fired Up Charters is an answer to all your questions!

Join Captain John Brantley on his 42’ Carolina sport fisher, rigged with a 700 HP Detroit Diesel engine. She can easily fit 6 anglers on her large back deck or inside the spacious cabin. With a flybridge to spot fish from afar, a fighting chair, and a live bait well, the vessel is a full package.

There’s a private toilet on board, so you’ll be completely comfortable the whole time you’re fishing. Your captain will have top-of-the-line Shimano and Penn fishing gear ready for you, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own equipment.

There’s a wide array of species you can target on your excursion with Capt. John. Spanish and King Mackerel are among the favorite catches, as well as Bonito, Bluefish, and Tuna in the offshore waters. Spanish Mackerel is especially abundant in the summer, while King Mackerel prefers colder fall days.

Most of these predators can be caught while trolling – the onboard outriggers come in handy here, as they allow for more lines in the water. Spinning for Mackerel on light tackle is great fun for children and adults alike.

Kids of all ages are more than welcome on board and Capt. John will provide life jackets in all sizes. Half day trips are great fun for kids because won’t get bored and they can hook their first fish ever.  All you need to bring are drinks, some food, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cooler to take your catch home.

Head out to an exciting fishing jaunt with Fired Up Charters and check out what the waters of North Carolina have in store for you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $600
    This is a morning 4-hour excursion that will show you just how good fishing can get around Carolina Beach. The species on your to-catch list include Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, King Mackerel, and even Tuna. You'll have everything you need for your fishing endeavors on board, so just pack some food and drinks, and head out.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $700
    Fishing in the waters around Carolina Beach is great any time of day, and this afternoon trip will prove it. Capt. John will take you to the productive nearshore and offshore spots to target Mackerel, Barracuda, Bonito, Bluefish, and Albacore Tuna. To come prepared for your fishing escapades, buy your favorite drinks and snacks before the trip and hop aboard!

About the Captain

John Brantley
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
84 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2018
Captain John Brantley has been guiding customers on exciting fishing trips for the past 35 years. He's done it all aboard his boat, "Fired Up." They've been fishing together for 3 decades now and he knows every trick there is to her. He loves fishing and loves boats and he loves sharing his passion with guests on board! Capt. John's preferred technique is trolling, perfectly suited to the Mackerel fishery off the coast of North Carolina.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Boat specs

Carolina Custom (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1983. Powered by a 700HP Detroit Diesel engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 21 knots.

Length
42 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn and Shimano
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
50 cents per pound
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
All ages welcome, life jackets 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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 80 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (70)
A fight.
Half day afternoon trip.
Half day afternoon trip.
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Megan P.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Boat
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Overall

Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 4, 2022
Captain John was amazing at talking me through the expectations and being available and knowledgeable to answer all of my questions...
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Shaquanna R.
Nashville, North Carolina
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Half day afternoon trip.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 11, 2022
We had a great time celebrating my son’s 12th birthday. Next time I would go on a morning trip to catch more fish. Overall,...
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Michael R.
Durham, NC
Excellent
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A fight.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 6, 2022
Great time had by all.
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FAQs about Fired Up Charters

Fired Up Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Fired Up Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fired Up Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Shimano)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (50 cents per pound)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Fired Up Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Fired Up Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fired Up Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bluefish
  • Bonito
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Albacore)