Fired Up Charters

33 reviews
In demand!

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!



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  • 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
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 16 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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!
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About the Captain

John Brantley
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, United States
ID & License verified
35 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
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) Barracuda (Great)
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 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
Visa
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.89
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Jay T.
Southport, NC
 5.00
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Half day with Capt john and butch

VERIFIED   NEW  September 1, 2020
Our family very much enjoyed our time on the water today….7 year old first time fishing, plus 4.  Capt john put...
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Ashley B.
Wilmington, NC
 5.00
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Half-day trip July 6, 2020

VERIFIED   July 6, 2020
John and Mike gave us royal treatment! This was our first time as a family, and it will definitely not be our last. The day...
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Christopher G.
Indian Trail, NC
 5.00
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Great outing with John and Mike

VERIFIED   July 6, 2020
We had a great time with Captain John and his first Mate, Mike. We learned they are long time residents of the area and are...
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Rob A.
Southport, North Carolina
 5.00
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Morning with Captain Brantley and First Mate Butch

VERIFIED   July 24, 2020
Great trip from start to finish. Both captain and mate were experienced fishermen that shared their knowledge with our crew...
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Kaitlyn S.
United States
 5.00
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Amazing experience!

VERIFIED   July 29, 2020
Such a great trip! Excellent captain and first mate. Helpful, kind, courteous, and made our trip 100% enjoyable. Really good...
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