Top Shelf Sport Fishing is a veteran-owned and operated fishing charter, based in Atlantic Beach, NC. Captain Jon is an expert when it comes to fishing the Atlantic Ocean, and he’s looking for anything from Blue Marlin to Bluefish. The guests who participate and get hands-on while on a charter, according to Jon, will have a more satisfying fishing experience. He is regarded as one of the greatest Captains on the Crystal Coast, and he will always give his all and go above and beyond to make your fishing excursion the one you’ll remember.

The boat you’ll be fishing from is a 50’ Hatters that accommodates up to 6 guests. This sport fisher is powered by two 650 HP Cat diesel engines and has a 23 knot cruise speed. Enjoy the luxurious interior with soft sofas and chairs. The yacht also has clean toilets, cutting-edge gadgets, satellite radio, a flat-screen TV, heating, and air conditioning. First-aid and AED certifications are held by this professional and drug-free team.

Choose between nearshore and deep-sea fishing trips. The first one will get you Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and possibly sharks, while the deep-sea adventure takes you to more challenging targets, such as Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and billfish.

All fishing equipment and licenses are covered by the crew. You get to keep the catch and the crew will clean it for you at the cost of 80 cents per pound. Bring your food, drinks, and sun protection. Please remember our mates work for tips. 15-20% is customary.

Come and have a top-shelf experience aboard the TopShelf Sport Fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Bluefin Tuna Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 15 - Jan 15
    $600
    This trip specifically targets giant Bluefin Tuna during our season.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    The same as the regular half day, just an hour shorter. You will primarily be targeting Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish with occasional chances at King Mackerel. Still offers plenty of time for fantastic fishing, sightseeing, and creating awesome memories.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $650
    The same as the regular half day, just an hour shorter. You will primarily be targeting Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish with occasional chances at King Mackerel. Still offers plenty of time for fantastic fishing, sightseeing, and creating awesome memories.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $750
    This family-friendly adventure starts at 1:00 p.m. On this trip, we will be fishing for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and possibly sharks. You will be in sight of land so this trip is great for the inexperienced and children. You'll have the opportunity to see the Cape Lookout lighthouse and the wild horses of Shackleford banks if you desire.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $750
    This family-friendly adventure starts at 6:00 a.m. On this trip, we will be fishing for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and possibly sharks. You will be in sight of land so this trip is great for the inexperienced and children. You'll have the opportunity to see the Cape Lookout lighthouse and the wild horses of Shackleford banks if you desire.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Deep Sea Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,600
    Leave the dock at 6:00 a.m. and return around 1:00 p.m. On this trip, you'll be fishing for King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel with the possibility of catching Mahi Mahi. The trip will take you 5-30 miles offshore. And if the weather permits, you can try out bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper. This adventure is family friendly, and it's a great opportunity for those that want to get a taste of offshore fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Deep Sea Fishing
    Just booked! Last booked: 5 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $2,325
    This adventure starts at 5:30 a.m. and will take you straight to some aggressive bluewater Gulfstream action! You'll target Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Wahoo, and billfish. Sometimes with multiple hookups. You'll fish with 7 or 8 rods at a time plus teasers.
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About the Captain

Jon Wilson
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, United States
ID & License verified
18 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2021
Captain Jon has been fishing the seas of North Carolina for more than ten years. He served in the United States Coast Guard and continues to do so as a reservist. Jon has a profound love for the outdoors and wants to share his enthusiasm for the water and all it has to offer with others. His father was a captain as well.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin

Boat specs

Hatteras (Motor yacht) originally built in 2002, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 650HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
50 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
80cents per pound
First Mate
Fishing License
6 guests

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
no infants
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
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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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (16)
Full day
Full day
Top Shelf - As advertised!
+13
Angler Rating
17
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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David S.
Morehead City, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

A Great Full Day with Captain Jon, and First Mate Cody

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Deep Sea Fishing on September 20, 2022
We were three (one a rookie).  Captain Jon and Mate Cody were very professional and knowledgable, yet easy to comprehend and...
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Joseph K.
Fredericksburg, VA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Top Shelf - As advertised!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) on August 25, 2022
Had a great time with Jon and Cody on the Top Shelf this morning.  The boat was clean and spacious.  The parlor was well...
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Scott M.
Hubert, North Carolina
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip with Captain Jon & Cody

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 24, 2022
Awesome afternoon on the water with Captain Jon and Cody.  Everyone had a great time and we caught well over 50 Spanish Mackerel...
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Lorne H.
Chocowinity, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5 - Hour Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) on August 18, 2022
Excellent fishing trip. The crew worked hard to make sure we caught fish. The crew were very professional and experienced....
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Ian K.
Winston-Salem, NC
Excellent
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Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Full day

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Deep Sea Fishing on September 14, 2022
Great day out with Top Shelf! Everyone took home fish. I’m a happy customer!
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FAQs about Top Shelf Sport Fishing

Top Shelf Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Bluefin Tuna Fishing (8 hours)
  • $650 per group - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $750 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Deep Sea Fishing (7 hours)
  • $2,325 per group - Full Day Trip – Deep Sea Fishing (11 hours)

When you book a trip with Top Shelf Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Top Shelf Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (80cents per pound)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (6 guests)

Top Shelf Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Top Shelf Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Top Shelf Sport Fishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Sailfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Swordfish
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo