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)
    $300
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 8 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $400
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $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.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $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.
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About the Captain

Randy Thornton
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
Angler's Choice
7 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
210 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2021
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 Evenrude E Tec 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
Lures
Drinks
First Mate
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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 210 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Fishing with Randy
4hr evening trip with Captain Randy
4hr evening trip with Captain Randy
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Angler Rating
194
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
99%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Mark H.
NEW SALEM BRO, PA
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5.0 / 5
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Bad bookings

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on July 13, 2022
I think the trip WOULD HAVE been great but fishing Booker sent me a message the captain cancelled the trip and asked if I would...
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Gregory B.
Las Cruces, NM
Excellent
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My kids smiled all day

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on June 6, 2022
Outstanding trip.  Booked eight hours for my wife, two teenage sons and myself.  Randy was ready when we arrived, no downtime. ...
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Kevin P.
Pottsville, PA
Excellent
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Half Day Trip w/ Captain Randy

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) on May 31, 2022
We arrived on time and Captain Randy was ready to go. Hes very courteous and told us exactly how the bite was. He explained...
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Justin G.
Garrison, MD
Excellent
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Fun experience

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip (Evening) on June 16, 2022
Our kids begged us to go fishing while on vacation found captain Randy and booked a 2 hour session. We did get pushed do to...
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Cliff H.
Lancaster, PA
Excellent
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4hr evening trip with Captain Randy

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (Evening) on August 9, 2022
Randy was an excellent captain and very knowledgeable about the area. He took us to the Oregon Inlet and we fished for Red...
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FAQs about Riptide Charters

Riptide Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - 2 Hour Trip (Evening) (2 hours)
  • $400 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $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
  • Lures
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

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