Hayden Express Charters

Hayden Express Charters runs angling trips out of Wanchese and offers to show you what the local fishery is all about.

Capt. Ralph will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. He specializes in light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, jigging, kite fishing, all to get you on that bite. This involves 4 to 11-hour trips, mainly fishing for Cobia, Dolphin, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Redfish, depending on the season and conditions on the day.

Your adventure begins on board a 48’ Craddock Boatworks boat that can fit a maximum of 6 anglers. The boat is fitted with a toilet, ice box, fighting chair.

All rods, reels and terminal tackle are included in the price so you can focus on what really matters, fishing.

Your trip will include all the necessary fishing licenses for the day.

You’ll be able to keep any legal species caught during the trip.

Capt. Ralph runs trips together with his first mate, who’s there to help you with whatever you may need. Tips are always appreciated for a job well done.

Children are welcome aboard so you’re good to get the young ones started early.

Book your trip now and hit the water with Hayden Express Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (10:30 A.M.)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $650
    This trip is primarily fishing within 5 miles of the beach. You'll be fishing for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, and Ribbonfish, and keeping a close eye out for a school of Red Drum and Cobia. This is the perfect trip for families, beginners, or anyone looking for a fun trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (6 A.M.)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $650
    This trip is primarily fishing within 5 miles of the beach. You'll be fishing for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, and Ribbonfish, and keeping a close eye out for a school of Red Drum and Cobia. This is the perfect trip for families, beginners, or anyone looking for a fun trip.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (12:30 P.M.)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $900
    This trip is similar to the 4-hour Half Day Trip but gives you the opportunity to fish a little longer without spending all day on the water. This trip is primarily fishing within 5 miles of the beach. You'll be fishing for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, and Ribbonfish, and keeping a close eye out for a school of Red Drum and Cobia. This is the perfect trip for families, beginners, or anyone looking for a fun trip. If you're targeting Cobia, this trip is recommended.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (6 A.M.)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $900
    This trip is similar to the 4-hour Half Day Trip but gives you the opportunity to fish a little longer without spending all day on the water. This trip is primarily fishing within 5 miles of the beach. You'll be fishing for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, and Ribbonfish, and keeping a close eye out for a school of Red Drum and Cobia. This is the perfect trip for families, beginners, or anyone looking for a fun trip. If you're targeting Cobia, this trip is recommended.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $1,400
    This nearshore trip allows us to fish for a variety of fish farther from the inlet. You will be looking for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Amberjack, False Albacore, and Cobia. This trip is a great way to relax and fish all day without having to leave the dock early in the morning. If you are targeting Cobia, this is a recommended trip.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip (6 A.M.)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $2,000
    This trip typically is 15–35 miles from the inlet. This trip gives you the flexibility to target different species depending on the season and weather. You'll be fishing for Tilefish when in season, Amberjack, King Mackerel, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Wahoo, and the occasional White Marlin or Sailfish. This is a great trip to target larger species without the pressure of a full-day offshore trip.
  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip (5 A.M.)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Oct 31
    $2,400
    Looking for a trophy fish? This is the trip for you! Head out to the Gulf Stream looking for big game fish such as Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Marlin, and Sailfish.
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About the Captain

Ralph Craddock
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
24 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2022
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Capt. Ralph and his crew are native to the Outer Banks. Along with his mate, Igg, he's been fishing the waters in and around Wanchese his entire life and they have been charter fishing together for 15 years. They promise to do their best to put you on the fish all the while making sure you enjoy your trip.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Boat specs

Craddock Boatworks (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 580HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

Length
48 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Kite Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with Captain Ralph
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John W.
West Chester, PA
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Awesome Day of Fishing - 6 Hours Near Shore

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (12:30 P.M.) on August 25, 2022
Captain Ralph and First Mate Eeg were great, they were friendly, pleasant and interacted extremely well with me and my 4 kids....
John W. recommends Hayden Express Charters
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Erich C Buehring Sr
Manteo, North Carolina
Excellent
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8 hour near shore trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on October 26, 2022
Very comfortable boat. Went with Captain Ralph and Brian on Tuesday October 25, weather was a bit rough but they made the day...
Erich C Buehring Sr recommends Hayden Express Charters
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Ed P.
Powder Springs, GA
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Half day morning trip with Capt Ralph & Hunter

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (6 A.M.) on September 26, 2022
Had a great morning on the water with Hayden Charters!  Super friendly and accommodating. Put us on Spanish Mackerel right...
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William H.
Charlotte, NC
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Half day morning trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (6 A.M.) on September 5, 2022
Fishing is never guaranteed. But sometimes you have a little luck and the captain does a great job putting you on the fish...
William H. recommends Hayden Express Charters
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Kevin B.
North Creek, NY
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Thank you Captain Ralph & Ig.

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (12:30 P.M.) on September 21, 2022
We had a great time fishing with Captain Ralph & Ig.  It was a beautiful day to be on the ocean and we landed 26 albacore...
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FAQs about Hayden Express Charters

Hayden Express Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (10:30 A.M.) (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Half Day Trip (6 A.M.) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (12:30 P.M.) (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 A.M.) (6 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,000 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (6 A.M.) (10 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (5 A.M.) (11 hours)

When you book a trip with Hayden Express Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box For your catch
  • Radar

Trips booked with Hayden Express Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Hayden Express Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Hayden Express Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hayden Express Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Redfish
  • Sailfish
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)