If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime out of North Carolina, look no further! Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing will take you out for a thrilling day of fishing on the eastern coast, from Surf City to Sneads Ferry, including all surrounding Marine Corps bases. Captain John Cruise has been fishing these waters for over 24 years, and he’s committed to showing you a great time!

Join him on his 35’ Contender center console boat, accommodating up to 6 people. It’s a smooth and comfortable ride, with up-to-date electronics and tournament-grade tackle. Powered by twin 350 HP Suzuki engines, it’ll get you where you need to be in no time, pushing through the seas with ease.

Head out on the water to target a variety of species found in the area. Nearshore, you’ll come across the likes of Spanish and King Mackerel, Seabass, Bonito, and Cobia. Going further offshore you’ll start seeing Amberjack, Grouper, Mahi Mahi Wahoo, Marlin, Tuna, and the mighty Swordfish.

You’ll be provided with all the fishing equipment you need for spinning, jigging, bottom fishing, and trolling. The crew will clean and fillet your catch for you at the end of the trip, so you can take it straight to the table for a mouth-watering meal. If you have a group larger than 6, it can be accommodated using multiple boats.

Explore the stunning waters of North Carolina with Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing and make some amazing fishing memories!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    Our half day nearshore trip is generally close to shore. Our catches typically include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Black Seabass, Cobia, Bonito, Porgy, and Grunts. All the fishing gear is provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $700
    On this trip, you will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, Porgy, and Grunts. You will be fishing in the 5–15-mile range.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    On this trip, you will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, Porgy, and Grunts. You will be fishing in the 5–15-mile range.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $900
    On this trip, you could catch, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and more. You will be fishing in the 15–30-mile range, which has the potential for a better class of fish with more time on the water.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,300
    This trip takes you 20–45 miles offshore. You will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, Grunts, Porgy, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and possibly Wahoo.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Extended
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,400
    This trip takes you 20–45 miles offshore. You will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, Grunts, Porgy, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and possibly Wahoo and Tuna. This trip gives you more time on the water compared to the regular full day, maximizing your chances of reeling in monster fish.
  • Private trip
    Gulf Stream Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    This trip takes you 50–60 miles offshore. You will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin Grouper, Vermillion Snapper, Grunts, Porgy, Black Seabass, Amberjack, Wahoo, and Tuna. This trip allows you to get into that deeper water where all those pelagic fish hang out.
  • Private trip
    Daytime Broadbill Swordfish Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    This trip is one of our special trips where a bucket list item can be crossed off – the Swordfish! These giants live in the deep and we know where to go and find them. This trip will take you out past the Gulf Stream so this trip is a 70–90-mile run.
  • Private trip
    Marlin Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    14 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    The coveted Marlin is a type of fish that is a true trophy fish and one that will bring memories of a lifetime... Come fish with Capt. John Cruise III (62nd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Winner) and go after these beasts of the water to truly have an experience of a lifetime!
There are 2 people looking at this charter.

About the Captain

John Cruise III
North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, United States
59 Customer Reviews
Response time 12 hours
Member since August 2017
Captain John C. Cruise III has been fishing the NC waters for over 20 years. This family-run, veteran-owned Charter business offers the best Topsail Island, Sneads Ferry, Surf City, and Camp Lejeune Charter fishing. Try out Sportfishing charters right on the beach and all the way out to the offshore Gulf Stream waters. We encourage women, children, and families of all ages to come aboard. We also specialize in trolling, jigging, bottom fishing, or any customized combination fishing trip that you desire. We catch fish ranging from Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper, Cobia, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and many more. Give us a call to book a trip of a lifetime! Let’s Go Fishing!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper

Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2009. Powered by 2 350HP Suzuki with Duo props engines.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 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
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photo by reviewers
4.9
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Experience
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There are no review photos
for this charter yet!
Angler Rating
5
0
0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
80%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 5 reviews
Thomas P.
Sanford, North Carolina
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Fishing with John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Offshore (AM) on October 15, 2021
Thomas P. recommends Pelagic Hunter II
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Cruise III Captain replied

Oliver L.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Full day Gulf Stream Trip

VERIFIED   Gulf Stream Trip on July 11, 2020
Fishing with Riley & KK was epic. Super fun day with two fun pros who made catching over 50 fish a joy. Boat was perfect,...
Oliver L. recommends Pelagic Hunter II
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Cruise III Captain replied

Louis C.
Hampstead, North Carolina
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Pelagic Hunter II 3/4 Day offshore fishing

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 2, 2020
Went fishing with the family offshore, the Captain and mate did a great job keeping us on fish, everyone had a great time and...
Louis C. recommends Pelagic Hunter II
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Cruise III Captain replied

Tyler T.
Judson, IN
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  5.0
Experience:
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Great dar

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Nearshore on June 2, 2020
Captain Riley was awesome with our kids and kept them in fishing where they could enjoy
Tyler T. recommends Pelagic Hunter II
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Tyler T. recommends Pelagic Hunter II
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

John H.
Stanardsville, VA
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  4.7
Experience:
Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Boat
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Crew
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Overall

Extended day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Extended on September 10, 2020
Fishing slow but a good day on the water
John H. recommends Pelagic Hunter II
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  John Cruise III Captain replied

FAQs about Pelagic Hunter II

Pelagic Hunter II offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Offshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Offshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - Full Day Trip – Extended (10 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - Gulf Stream Trip (12 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Daytime Broadbill Swordfish Trip (14 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Marlin Trip (14 hours)

When you book a trip with Pelagic Hunter II, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Rhodan anchor system)
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Pelagic Hunter II include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Pelagic Hunter II offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Pelagic Hunter II offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Pelagic Hunter II include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo