Nautical Mile Charters

Nautical Mile Charters is run by lifelong angling enthusiast and self-confessed family man, Captain Dave Wood. He’s fished all over the world, but decided to settle in Wilmington, NC, and turn his passion for angling into a career.

These rich waters hold a whole host of prized species, from Redfish to Barracuda to Cobia, so hop aboard Nautical Mile Charters and become a part of Capt. Dave’s fishing family!

Capt. Dave specializes in running inshore and offshore adventures around Wilmington’s islands, which are home to some seriously fruitful angling opportunities. Your captain will tailor your adventure to suit your group’s skill levels, as well as taking into consideration any species you’d really like to hook!

Inshore, you’ll cast your line for the tasty trio of Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Redfish, and will be fishing within minutes. Want to head further out? Your captain will take you up to 25 miles from shore, which takes under an hour to get to, where you’ll discover Barracuda, Cobia, and King Mackerel.

You’ll be embarking on your trip aboard your captain’s 23’ Parker center console, which is perfectly built to explore a variety of waters. She can accommodate up to 4 guests. Capt. Dave warmly welcomes children age 5 and above, and will provide life jackets for all guests, so why not make this a family vacation to remember?

As well as plenty of deck space for 4 guests, this vessel is also decked out with top-quality navigational and safety gear, room for your cooler packed with refreshments, and a porta-potty toilet. You’ll be in for a comfortable and safe journey to the hotspots!

Your adventure includes top-quality rods and reels, as well as your captain’s expert knowledge and advice – he’ll be with you every step of the way. You’ll also have the chance to catch your own live bait as you head to your fishing grounds.

Your fishing license is included, so all that’s left is to join Nautical Mile Charters and become part of this special fishing family!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Offshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    If you want to head further offshore to reel in some of Wilmington's impressive species, join Capt. Dave on this adventure! He'll take you between 5 and 25 miles from shore. If you opt to go the full 25 miles, you'll be fishing in under an hour. You'll be targeting prized fish such as feisty Barracuda, King Mackerel, and Cobia. Your captain will provide you with top-quality rods and reels, and you'll be catching the live bait yourself! Just bring a cooler packed full of snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Join Capt. Dave for this perfect introduction to Wilmington's inshore angling opportunities! This trip is a great option for newer anglers and families with little ones, as you won't have to travel far to start fishing. It only takes around 5 minutes before you can cast your line! You'll be targeting prized species such as Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Redfish. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with rods, reels, and a fishing license. You'll catch your bait during the trip.
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About the Captain

Dave Wood
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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28 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2019
Captain Dave Wood says the reason why he decided to start running his own fishing charter is simple: "It's what I love to do!" Although he's a fairly new captain, licensed since June 2019, he has plenty of angling experience under his belt. He's been fishing as a hobby for over 45 years, and has explored waters from the Florida Keys, to Mexico, to Costa Rica, and Nova Scotia. He's been in this area since 2014. Fishing is what he loves to do, so he wanted to live the dream, and turn it into something more than just a hobby! When he's not out on the water, Capt. Dave is a real family man: he has a wonderful wife and 4 great kids. Come join him aboard Nautical Mile Charters and become part of his fishing family!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Parker (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Drinks
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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.81
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
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Crew
Experience
Shark took half the fish on the way in !!
Fishing with Dave
Beautiful sun rise
+25
Angler Rating
23
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
86%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
95%
Catch intended fish
52%
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Chris D.
Cornelius, NC
 5.00
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Great half day trip with Dave

VERIFIED   5 Hour Offshore Trip on August 15, 2020
Took my son out for only his second ever deep sea fishing trip and it was an awesome experience. Would absolutely use Dave...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   June 6, 2020
The charter operator canceled on trip date. This is an automated posting
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Lisa S.
Wilmington, NC
 5.00
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Wonderful Morning!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Inshore Trip on June 5, 2020
Starting on the trip with some questionable weather but we trusted in Captain Dave’s experience and went and he was right!...
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Darrick J.
Fayetteville, NC
 5.00
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Decent Day to be on the Water

VERIFIED   5 Hour Offshore Trip on August 1, 2020
Good communication before the trip. Captain Dave let us know that the water could get a little rough with pending storms coming...
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Micah R.
Wilmington, NC
 5.00
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5 hour offshore trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Offshore Trip on October 10, 2020
Had a great time with Captain Dave. He took us out as far as we could go in the conditions we were fishing in! Great boat and...
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