Southern Run Fishing Charters

Have a fun and memorable experience with a great crew aboard Southern Run Fishing Charters! You won’t know where to head first when it comes to fishing in Willmington, but Captain Ben Morris specializes in epic offshore adventures. He’ll do his best to put anglers of all skill levels on the big fish!

Your vessel for the day is a 31’ Cape Horn center console that can fit up to 6, but for comfort reasons the ideal is 4 customers. She’s a dry, fast and very comfortable boat with great seating and plenty of room to relax during a long day of fishing. Equipped with 2 300 HP Yamaha engines, this smooth ride will get you to the fish fast, increasing your fishing time and productivity.

Light line trolling is a recipe for success when it comes to hooking nearshore species like Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, and Bonita. On longer offshore trips you’ll also have your shot at Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and the occasional Blue or White Marlin. In this range, bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, and delicious Seabass is super productive too! No bottom fishing for groups larger than 4.

All of your gear, including top-notch rods, reels, and tackle are waiting on board when you arrive. Capt. Ben is also happy to clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip for easy transport home. What you will want to bring are any drinks and snacks you’d like to enjoy, as well as sun protection.

Hop on board for some of North Carolina’s finest fishing with Southern Run Fishing Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Gulf stream
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 31
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    $1,600
    The most offshore of them all, you'll head 60 miles out to the edge of the clear blue waters in Gulf stream. Here you'll troll for some of the largest and hardest fighting fish North Carolina has to offer including Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and an occasional Blue or White Marlin. Mahi Mahi fishing is especially productive in late April to early May. For Wahoo and Blackfin be sure to head down from October through to the end of winter. Pack lots of snacks and drinks to keep you going.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Bottom/Slow Trolling
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    This is the summer version of the Gulf Stream fishing trip. During the heat of the summer (June - August) the trolling bite for fish such as Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi tend to slow down due to the fish spreading out with the warm water, but the bottom fishing can be excellent. On this trip, you'll spend the day catching monster Grouper, Snapper, Triggerfish, and various other bottom species. Slow trolling can yield large King Mackerel, Mahi, and the occasional Sailfish. This is a trip for up to 4 people.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    The 8-hour trip involves exploring a 30-mile range into waters that are teeming with big fish! You'll go light line trolling for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and Sailfish. You'll also check out nearby offshore wrecks that are usually full of fish that are very fun to drift fish for! End it off with some good bottom fishing for Grouper, Snapper, and delicious Seabass. All of your gear is provided, just bring enough drinks and snacks to keep you going all day.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    The productive offshore waters in Willmington are where the action is! You'll fish within a 20-mile range on this epic 6-hour morning adventure, mainly trolling for King Mackerel and Mahi Mahi. Plus there's always a chance to hook the occasional Sailfish! All of your gear is provided, just be sure to bring ample drinks, snacks, and sun protection.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Explore the productive offshore waters in Willmington on this epic 6-hour trip! You'll spend the afternoon trolling for the likes of Kingfish and Mahi Mahi, and even the occasional Sailfish if the conditions are right! No need to worry about gear or live bait – that's all taken care of. Just bring enough snacks and drinks to keep you going and don't forget the sunscreen!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:15 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Explore the productive nearshore waters in Willmington on this 4-hour afternoon trip. If trolling is your game you'll go after a variety of species including Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and Bonita. You'll finish off by drifting for Sharks! No need to worry about gear – that's all taken care off, all you'll want to bring are snacks and drinks to enjoy.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Head out bright and early for a 4-hour nearshore fishing adventure! You'll combine trolling and drift fishing for an exciting day of targeting Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Bonita, and Big Shark. In the fall months, there's also plenty of King Mackerel to hook. All of your gear is included, just be sure to pack any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy.
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About the Captain

Ben Morris
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
21 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
20 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since January 2020
I've loved fishing ever since I was old enough to hold a rod. I started doing it as a career at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at age 19, working my way up from mate to Captain quickly. I captained for 4 years out of Ocean Isle and worked on boats down in the Keys for a year. I then mated on Whipsaw Charters out of Wrightsville Beach for 2 years in the summer and would work again for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in the winters, during Bluefin Tuna season. Fishing is my passion, I go to work every day looking forward to being able to do what I love and meet new people. To me, there is no better feeling than a day out on the water!

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Sailfish Sailfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Cape Horn (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Winter Wahoo Fishing
Winter Wahoo Fishing
December 22, 2020
The wahoo fishing this winter has been hit or miss but when it is a hit its usually non-stop action. we've had multiple days of 4 or more wahoo along with a number of sailfish bites each day. blackfin tuna have also been in the mix. The wahoo fishing will be good through late April, book your gulf stream trip today!
Full Day Grouper Trips
Full Day Grouper Trips
May 1, 2020
We had a great year with some of our full day trips. During the summer our full day bottom trips can yield some absolute monster groupers. We typically catch Scamp, Gag and Red grouper along with other tropical species from the deep that can range from trigger fish to hog snapper and anywhere in between. Our biggest gag was 38 pounds and we had some red groupers in the low 20 pound range. An awesome an action packed trip to book!

Customer Reviews

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Eric B.
West Linn, Oregon
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Excellent trip with Captain Ben!

VERIFIED   4 Hour (AM) on October 12, 2020
Ben is a top notch professional and provided an excellent trip!  When conditions were not ideal, Ben quickly adapted his...
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Caleb H.
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Wahoo Trip with Capt. Morris

12 Hour Trip – Gulf stream on March 9, 2020
Had a fantastic day on the water with Ben, caught our limit of wahoo by noon and continued to catch and release them well into...
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Durham, North Carolina
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6hr trip w/ Captain Ben and Austin

VERIFIED   6 Hour (AM) on July 6, 2020
Had a great time today with Ben and Austin! Fish were slow to bite early in the morning but picked up as we got closer to lunch...
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Carlos E. S.
Winder, GA
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Half a day trip with Captain Ben.

VERIFIED   4 Hour (AM) on October 5, 2020
We had a wonderful experience fishing for Spanish and king mackerels on a half day trip outside of Wrightsville Beach. Captain...
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Zack C.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Gulf Stream Trip with Capt. Ben Morris!

12 Hour Trip – Gulf stream on March 29, 2020
I highly recommend Captain Ben Morris for a fishing charter! He took my girlfriend and I out on our first gulf steam trip where...
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