First Light Charters

Welcome aboard First Light Charters! We love being on the water for the first light of the day with a fishing rod in hand. Captain Chris was raised in Kitty Hawk and grew up fishing, surfing, and hunting all over the Outer Banks. Whether you are on a hot bite or just taking in a new perspective of the Outer Banks, Captain Chris loves to show you a good time! Ask questions! He wants this to be a fun learning experience!

Start your fishing trip aboard a brand new 2022 24’ custom KenCraft Bay Rider. The skinny draft of a flat bottom boat helps you get into the shallow waters that many boats cannot access. Capt. Chris chooses to fish in a Bay Rider because of its stability and open fishing area. You can comfortably fish with 4 anglers on board.

The trips focus on fishing over grass flats in search of Redfish and Speckled Trout. We love fishing for Sheepshead and Sea Mullet when conditions are right. We will take you to the most productive fishing grounds with the best chance of catching fish! Locations change daily depending on your interest and weather conditions. If you’re looking to stay in sight of land and catch some dinner our trip is for you!

As parents, the crew recommends your children are 5 years old or more to come aboard. They are outfitted with youth life jackets that must be worn at all times for children under 12.

Once aboard, you are covered by an NC blanket fishing license. The crew outfits the boat with quality new Penn and Daiwa fishing rods and reels yearly. All tackle and bait are also included. Capt. Chris makes sure all you have to do is cast and reel them in!

Come get on the water with First Light Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Family Fun
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $325
    New this year by popular demand! A 2-hour afternoon family fun trip. Want to go for a boat ride with a side of fishing or pull up to a secluded island and go for a swim? This trip is catered to relaxing, sightseeing, and having an afternoon of fun in the sun on the water while listening to some good tunes!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $525
    Morning trips are guests' favorite. We target a wide variety of species depending on the conditions and what's biting. We want you to have fun and bring home supper if that's your goal. No better way to start the day than looking for fish with a coffee in hand!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $525
    Afternoon trips are great if you need a later start. You'll target a number of different species and have the captain's knowledge of what's biting that day from his morning trip. A great way to spend an afternoon!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    Want a little more time on the water? Pack a sandwich and enjoy an extra couple of hours of fishing. This trip gives us the opportunity to go the extra mile and search a little further for a wider variety of species. Let's fill those coolers up!
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About the Captain

Chris Mcdonald
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
39 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2021
I grew up on the Outer Banks fishing, surfing, and hunting. Taking advantage of what the ocean or the sound has to offer is a daily endeavor living here! Running a full time fishing charter has always been a dream of mine and I will give 110% to make sure everyone has a great time!

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish

Boat specs

KenCraft Bay Rider 2460 (Center console) originally built in 2022. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4 stroke 2022 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Power Drive with ipilot
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
fish cleaner at the dock
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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.

Not included in the trip

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 39 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (51)
Half day Trip
2 hour family fun with captain chris
2 hour family fun with captain chris
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Angler Rating
36
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
74%
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Anthony M.
Bethesda, Maryland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 3, 2022
Chris greeted the three of us on the docks before our trip began. He made sure we boarded a freshly washed boat ready to set...
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Ashley G.
Monroe, Virginia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Two Hour Trip- Perfect for Lil Fisher

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Family Fun on July 6, 2022
Our family had a blast!! Chris is amazing, patient, and attentive to kids. My son is just getting into fishing an by the 1.5...
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Erin M.
Londonderry, NH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on June 20, 2022
First time on the Outer Banks and decided to do some fishing.  Captain Chris called us and at the dock and got us to the slip...
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Reid S.
Monroe, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6 hour trip with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on May 20, 2022
Absolutely great time with Captain Chris today, beautiful boat and equipment and a Captain who really cares about his guest!...
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Philippe F.
Washington, District Of Columbia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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2 hour family fun with captain chris

VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Family Fun on July 25, 2022
It was a rough and windy day but captain Chris put us on some bites within our time frame he was extremely nice and knowledgeable...
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FAQs about First Light Charters

First Light Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Family Fun (2 hours)
  • $525 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $525 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with First Light Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota Power Drive with ipilot
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with First Light Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (fish cleaner at the dock)
  • Fishing License

First Light Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

First Light Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with First Light Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Weakfish