Riptide Charters

If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime, RipTide Charters is for you! They are a top-notch family-friendly charter service that puts you in the action located in Wanchese, NC. Captain Randy has over 12 years of professional experience offshore, nearshore, and inshore and is extremely knowledgeable about the area. He grew up on the outer banks and has countless tricks up his sleeve to make sure you will have a catch to take home with you.

You will be in good hands whether you are a beginner or a pro. They are not your ordinary charter boat. They go the extra mile to include you in every aspect of the trip.

Wanchese is a fisherman’s paradise. It is surrounded by flats, marshes, and all kinds of fish habitats. The Pamlico sound is nearby and the Atlantic Ocean is right around the corner. So that provides you with more fishing time and less riding time.

The Mako 25’ center console with a 300 HP Evinrude engine will have no problem taking up to 5 guests, wherever your trip might lead. From the ocean to the flats,  this boat is well equipped and fully maintained. It has 2 depth finders, a flybridge, live well, standard safety equipment, and ice boxes. There’s all the gear you will need to land that fish of a lifetime.

Depending on the season and fish biting, you’ll encounter the likes of Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Striped Bass.

When you step aboard, you will be greeted by Captain Randy and his first mate. You will be provided rods, bait, tackle, and drinks.. No need to worry about your fishing license, it’s been taking care of. The boat will be sanitized before every trip.

Join Riptide Charters and let the adventure begin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip (Evening)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Tue, Thu)
    US $325
    This trip is a late afternoon trip in the sound. It's a great trip for smaller children that wants to go fishing to catch Trout, Red Drum, Flounder, and bottom fish. You could be casting, drifting, jigging on this trip. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $425
    Start your day with some fishing action and explore the sound and the inlet on the flats and reefs. Searching for Trout, Redfish, Sheepshead, Flounder, and whatever you may come across. Morning trips can be the best time to fish. You could be jigging, drifting, and live baiting on this trip.
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $425
    This trip is also a 4 hr trip for those who aren't early birds. It is the same as the morning trip, searching for Trout, Flounder, Redfish, Sheepshead, and other bottom species. On the flats, reefs, backwater, inlet, and around the bridges. You could be jigging, drifting, live baiting, casting on this trip.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Weakfish
    Weakfish
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $525
    Explore the nearshore spots in the area and target species such as Redfish, Spanish mackerel, Triggerfish, Bluefish, Cobia, and Ribbon fish. You can switch between different techniques and see which one feels best to you.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 20 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $525
    This trip gets you out in the ocean chasing Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, big Red Drum, Bluefish, and Ribbon fish. You could be casting trolling, drifting, and jigging and this trip. All fishing equipment is included in the price.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US $575
    On this trip, we will stay inside the inlet and target many different species of fish. Anything from trout and drum to sheepshead and sea mullet.
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US $575
    On this trip, we will stay inside the inlet and target many different species of fish. Anything from trout and drum to sheepshead and sea mullet.
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $700
    This morning trip gives you lots of time to experiment with different types of fishing. There's lots of spots to cover and you can go after species such as Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sheepshead, Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and many more.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $700
    This is a 6 hr trip that gives us plenty of time to do a wide assortment of fishing. From the ocean to the sound we have time to cover a lot of water and target a lot of different species of fish, like Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, and bottom fish. You could be casting, drifting, jigging, and live baiting on this trip.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
  • Private trip
    7 hr cobia trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 5 - Jun 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US $800
    This trip we will be in the ocean sight casting for cobia they are big brown fish that get up to 120 pounds very fun to catch.
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $900
    This is an 8 hr trip that will give you plenty of time to do a lot of different kinds of fishing and fill the cooler up from Spanish, Amberjacks, Cobia, Trout, bottom fish just to name a few. Trolling, sight casting, live baiting, jigging is some of the things you will be doing on this trip.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 322 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Got on the fish fast and stayed there
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Angler rating
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Caught fish
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Ed B.
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Overall

Riptide Charters Produced!!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on July 23, 2024
Great time fishing with Captain Randy and Drake! Highly recommend this charter because Captain Randy knows what he is doing....
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Annabelle S.
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The perfect fishing trip with Riptide Charters!

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) on June 19, 2024
My husband and I took our son fishing as a reward for good grades this past school year and had the opportunity to join Captain...
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Vincent H.
Excellent
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Overall

Catching, not fishing!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on July 8, 2024
We were right into catching our bait successfully and then moved onto our target species.  Once we anchored and started throwing...
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Jacob E.
Excellent
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Amazing Trip!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on July 16, 2024
Captain Randy was great and his son was also great help. They put us on some fish and we had a blast. Would definitely book...
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Krystle S.
Excellent
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Great trip for new angles as well as experienced!!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) on September 18, 2023
We had a great morning out fishing with Riptide Charters. Weather was a little questionable leading up to our trip but captain...
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FAQs about Riptide Charters

Riptide Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $325 per group - 2 Hour Trip (Evening) (2 hours)
  • US $425 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $425 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $575 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $575 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $800 per group - 7 hr cobia trip (7 hours)
  • US $900 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Riptide Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Riptide Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Live bait is included in price )
  • Lures
  • Drinks (I have water for you free of charge )
  • First Mate (I do not have a mate I take care of all of your needs)
  • Fishing License (Fishing license is covered for everyone on the boat.)

Riptide Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Riptide Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Riptide Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Weakfish

Meet the Captain

Randy Thornton
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
14 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
322 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2021
Angler's Choice
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After growing up on the Outer Banks, my passion for fishing started young. I spent my young years chasing fish up and down the beaches, sounds, and backwaters with my dad creating memories that have lasted a lifetime. I knew I wanted to give others the same opportunity so I got my Captain license. I captained Offshore, charters for over 10 years however that didn’t stop me from fishing Nearshore and Inshore as often as I could. Now I enjoy taking my 2 kids and my clients and their families to create memories of their own to last a lifetime.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder

Boat specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Live bait is included in price
Lures
Drinks
I have water for you free of charge
First Mate
I do not have a mate I take care of all of your needs
Fishing License
Fishing license is covered for everyone on the boat.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
We love taking kids fishing our minimum age limit is 5.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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