Capt. Austin’s Guide Service

Capt. Austin’s Guide Service strives to provide you with a fishing experience you’ll never forget. Come aboard a spacious boat with an experienced guide and discover the riches of North Carolina’s inshore waters. From the nearshore wrecks to the skinny backwaters, you’ll cover a range of fishing grounds, getting your hands on plenty of exciting and delicious fish.

You’ll be shown around by a local guide. Captain Austin Goodwin is a 5th-generation fishing guide who grew up fishing these waters. He’s a regular competitor in local tournaments, so he knows exactly what it takes to get the big fish aboard. He promises to do his utmost to show you the beauty and riches of these shores.

Aboard a 24’ Carolina Skimmer center console, you’ll have everything you need for a productive day out. Up to 6 guests are welcome aboard to take advantage of the spacious deck, putting your fishing skills to the test against some prized fish. Using the latest fishing gear and live bait, as well as plenty of fly fishing gear if you fancy your skills on the fly, you’ll have the edge over the fish all day long.

Speckled Trout, Redfish, Weakfish, Flounder, Cobia, and Mackerel are just some of the delicious fish that call these waters home. Growing to incredible sizes, these beasts will make you work hard for your catch, but that just means more meat for you! Put your fishing skills to the test against these, along with Sharks, and you’ll be in for the fishing experience of a lifetime.

Capt. Austin will provide water for you to stay refreshed all day long, but feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks to fill his coolers. Make sure to bring an ice box for your catch as well, so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor at home. Make the most of North Carolina’s inshore and nearshore waters with Capt. Austin’s Guide Service!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Come explore the beautiful crystal coast on a private tour. From viewing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Portsmouth village, Shackleford ponies, shelling, dolphins, the crew has it covered! Contact it to schedule or customize your day. You will also mix in little fishing during the tour.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    Come explore the beautiful crystal coast on a private tour. From viewing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Portsmouth village, Shackleford ponies, shelling, dolphins, the crew has it covered! Contact it to schedule or customize your day. You will also mix in a little bit of fishing during the tour.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Nov 15
    $500
    Get out on the water first thing to catch that morning bite. The rich inshore and nearshore waters out of Beaufort are famous the world over, so come aboard and see what all the fuss is about as you practice bottom fishing, popping, and even fly fishing to attract the bite of some prized creatures. Settle in for a fun-filled, productive day, as you try to fill the boat with delicious Cobia, Flounder, Redfish, and Trout, as well as testing your skills against beasts such as Sharks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Nov 15
    $500
    Come aboard refreshed after lunch and ready to put your fishing skills to the test to fill the boat with something delicious to take home for dinner. These rich waters are full of tasty creatures such as Flounder, Redfish, Cobia, and Trout, while you'll also have the chance to battle it out with Sharks, Weakfish, and many more tough-fighting fish. Get ready for a test of your strength as you battle it out with these beauties over the course of the afternoon.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    Come get on some of the drag screaming action with some of the 4’-15’ sharks we have in the area! From sight fishing, chumming on anchor, or fishing shrimp boats we have you covered.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    Stay close within a few miles of the beach and do some trolling for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and King Mackerel. Also, you'll hit some near-shore reefs and jig for Flounder and Weakfish. Price is for a group of 4 people.
  • Private trip
    Evening Trip – Trophy Red Drum
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    August and September are peak months for catching monster Redfish but these exciting creatures are available year-round. Get out on the inshore waters of North Carolina and see for yourself. This is your chance to catch the fish of a lifetime, with beauties growing up to 60 inches and 80 pounds! Head out from Cedar Island just before sunset, and get your fish on against these world-famous fish. Get in touch with the captain and you can fish for as long as you want for a small extra fee!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Eco Fishing Tour
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Come explore the beautiful crystal coast on a private tour. From viewing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Portsmouth village, Shackleford ponies, shelling, dolphins, the crew has it covered! Contact it to schedule or customize your day. You will also mix in a little bit of fishing during the tour.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Nov 15
    $950
    Make the most of some of the country's most productive fishing grounds and spend a full day on the water. Get your fish on against some prized creatures, as you try bottom fishing, trolling, and even fly fishing the shallow inshore and nearshore waters. Battle it out with beauties such as Cobia, Mackerel, Redfish, Trout, and Sharks, as well as delicious Flounder, and more. All of this will take place against the stunning backdrop of the NC coastline, so come and experience it all.
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About the Captain

Austin Goodwin
Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
34 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since August 2019
Hailing from a fishing family, Captain Austin has been on the water since he can remember. He's a native to eastern NC, and knows all the best fishing grounds here like the back of his hand. He loves showing newcomers around his backyard waters, and hopes to introduce you to your first catch as you target the prized fish on offer.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder

Boat specs

Carolina Skimmer (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki 4-Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn and Daiwa
Live Bait
May be caught during the trip
Lures
Drinks
Water
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
Let the captain know their weight
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
PayPal

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 34 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Angler Rating
32
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
97%
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David M.
Raleigh, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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The Trifecta - PLUS ONE!

VERIFIED   Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (AM) on June 16, 2022
We booked this trip based on previous reviews and it was PERFECT.  We had four adults and two children and wanted to see Cape...
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Brent L.
Morehead City, North Carolina
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Half day on the beautiful waters with Capt Austin

VERIFIED   Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (PM) on March 15, 2022
We picked a great day to be on the ocean today with Capt Austin. We were able to catch several fish and the kids enjoyed their...
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Amanda B.
Lynchburg, VA
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Windy day but great captain

VERIFIED   Shark Fishing on July 6, 2022
Austin worked so, so hard trying to give our family a great experience even though Mother Nature was working against us. Thank...
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Tomas P. P.
Gloversville, NY
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Austin

VERIFIED   Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (AM) on May 16, 2022
Excellent! A bit of history a bit of fishing and a very experienced Captain. It was a great experience for me and my boys....
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Jack T.
Durham, NC
Excellent
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Half Day inshore

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip AM - Inshore on April 17, 2022
An excellent morning with Captain Austin. His knowledge and expertise guaranteed us a massive haul of fish to take home for...
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FAQs about Capt. Austin’s Guide Service

Capt. Austin’s Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day – Eco Fishing Tour (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip AM - Inshore (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Shark Fishing (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Evening Trip – Trophy Red Drum (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip – Eco Fishing Tour (8 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip Inshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt. Austin’s Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt. Austin’s Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn and Daiwa)
  • Live Bait (May be caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Capt. Austin’s Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Capt. Austin’s Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Capt. Austin’s Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Weakfish
  • Whiting