Blue Heron Guide Service and Captain Jim Hardy welcome you to Hampstead, North Carolina. Captain Jim is a U.S. Coast Guard certified captain who grew up in Virginia with a fishing pole in his hand. He got the fishing bug when he was five and hasn’t been the same ever since. Captain Jim invites you to join him on the water and hopes to share that obsession with you the moment you step on his boat! As your guide, his goal is to provide you with the best opportunity to catch fish on your trip.

Your adventure takes place on a 23’ KenCraft Bay Rider 239 boat that can take up to 6 guests. It’s powered by a 200 HP Yamaha engine and uses Garmin GPS and fishfinder for efficient navigation, along with a VHF radio. The boat is equipped with a wireless trolling motor, a livewell, and downriggers.

The species you’ll be chasing include Mackerel, Flounder, Bonito, False Albacore, Speckled Trout, and more. To catch them, you can bottom fish, jig, troll, spin, pop, and drift fish. You can use everything from live and cut bait to artificial lures based on your comfort level, experience, and the weather. Captain Jim is a conservation-minded angler, but has no objection to keeping some catch for dinner.

The only things you’ll need for the trip are your favorite snacks and drinks, the captain takes care of everything else.

This is about you and your family. You and Captain Jim are a team! Before every trip, you’ll discuss what you hope to get out of the trip and he’ll do everything possible to cater to those wants, based on your experience and the time of the fishing season. The weather and time of year always play a factor in the game plan, but the captain wants you to have as much input into your trip as possible.

This is your unique experience the captain will do everything he can to make great memories!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Fall is upon us and you will be targeting inshore species such as Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Flounder in and around the Topsail Island area. Options include using artificial lures, live bait, and cut bait. The captain typically uses a combination based on the circumstances and your preference. Some folks put their rods away this time of year, but some of the best fishing in this area occurs in October, November, and even December!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    You and Captain Jim will be chasing inshore species in and around the Topsail Island area. The possible targets are Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. You can choose between using artificial lures, live bait, and cut bait. The captain usually combines bait according to the circumstances and your preference. Some folks hang up their fishing rods this time of year but the best fishing of the year in this area can be found in October, November, and even December!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore Ocean
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 1
    $450
    Weather permitting, you can get out into the ocean for a nearshore trip targeting Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, and Drum in the summer months. In the spring (April/May), you can also go out for Bonito and False Albacore. In the fall (Sep/Oct/Nov), you can chase False Albacore again as they head south and also look for big Drum heading out to the ocean.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore / Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    You'll chase inshore fish such as Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Red Drum. You can use artificial lures, live and cut bait, or a combination of both. Weather cooperating, you can also get out to the ocean for nearshore trips targeting Spanish and King Mackerel as well as Drum. Spring and Fall you may have a shot at False Albacore and Bonito. With the extra time, you can focus more closely on a particular species of your choice or a combination of both inshore and nearshore fishing when the weather's good!
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About the Captain

Jim Hardy
Hampstead, North Carolina, United States
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21 Customer reviews
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Member since July 2022
Captain Jim caught twelve-pound Bluefish on the Chesapeake Bay when he was six years old and has been obsessed ever since. Growing up, his time on the water was split between fishing and fly fishing for Bass and Trout in freshwater and saltwater, fishing for anything whenever he had the chance. Throughout his life, going through school, careers, and raising a family, Captain Jim has always come back to fishing and life on the water as his sanctuary. He now feels lucky enough to call this paradise his home and fishing and boating life his occupation. He has always enjoyed the teaching and coaching aspect of helping an angler catch their first or biggest fish and living vicariously through the eyes of a child when that bobber goes under and they hold their first prized catch. Captain Jim especially wants the younger anglers to experience this same thrill so they can carry on this great tradition of responsible angling and conservation.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
Flounder Flounder

Boat specs

KenCraft (Bay boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Garmin
Fishfinder
Garmin Side Scan
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota Terrova with Spot Lock technology

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days 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
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
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (7)
Half Day Trip
Half Day Trip
4 hr
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
59%
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Justin D.
Apex, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Captain Jim is awesome!! Highly recommended!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 9, 2022
Captain Jim is awesome! My father, son and I booked a 4-hour fishing excursion with Jim and had an absolutely great time searching...
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Ed G.
Middleburg, PA
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Morning In-Shore Trip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on August 5, 2022
My 12 year old son and I had a great day with Captain Jim!  Jim is not only a great captain but a top-notch person.  We were...
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Jerry P.
Alpharetta, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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3/4 day inshore

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Inshore / Nearshore on August 6, 2022
Capt. Jim took six of us out for a day of inshore fishing, we had a great time!!  He made sure everyone’s hook was always...
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Christopher H. I.
Hampstead, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip Nov.

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) on November 20, 2022
Great day in the water. It was cold but we forgot about the temp when the fish started biting. We caught trouts and blues from...
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Bridger H.
Disputanta, VA
Excellent
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) on August 22, 2022
The weather did not want to cooperate !! However , since we were down for the week. Our schedule was pretty flexible....
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FAQs about Blue Heron Guide Service

Blue Heron Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $60 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $60 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $80 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Nearshore Ocean (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $80 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Inshore / Nearshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Heron Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Garmin
  • Fishfinder Garmin Side Scan
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota Terrova with Spot Lock technology

Trips booked with Blue Heron Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing License

Blue Heron Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Blue Heron Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blue Heron Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Bonito
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout