Hoping to cast a line in Wrightsville Beach? Dead Tide Sportfishing is your ticket! Having logged many hours on these tides, Captain Will knows them forwards and back.

Depending on the time of year, you might hook into Amberjack, Bonito, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, African Pompano Jack, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, and whatever else takes the bait. For these species, you’re likely to troll and bottom fish using light or heavy tackle.

You’re welcome to bring home any fish you catch, assuming they’re legal to keep. Catch cleaning is available, so you can take your fish home and throw it right into the pan. Enjoy it later that day or pack it away for months down the line.

Thinking of bringing the whole family? Kids are absolutely welcome! Be sure to ask if child-sized life vests are available, otherwise, you should bring your own. And, you can’t go wrong with snacks so that nobody gets cranky on an empty stomach!

Capt. Will welcomes you aboard a 28’ Contender center console with a capacity for 6 passengers. It has outriggers, downriggers, and all the essentials no fishing machine can run without. Your captain will provide rods and reels, as well as lures. Live bait is available, but it’s good to ask about this so you know if you’ll be catching it yourself.

The charter boat covers your fishing license, so all you have to do is look forward to your trip! Be mindful that some species may have special rules or limited seasons. If you don’t know what to expect, ask the captain.

It’s recommended to bring sunglasses, bottled water, and sunscreen (non-spray). If you’d like to bring other drinks, just ask. 

Now, time to hit the water with Dead Tide Sportfishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (Afternoon)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    US $500
    The 4-Hour trip is a great option for families and more experienced anglers alike. We usually limit this trip to 6 miles offshore. Depending on conditions and experience many different techniques can be used to catch our target species. This nearshore trip will consist of trolling/casting for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, King Mackerel, and False Albacore and/or bottom fishing nearby reefs and wrecks for Red Drum, Black Drum, Weakfish, and Grunts.
    Targeted fish
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Weakfish
    Weakfish
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (Morning)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $500
    The 4-Hour trip is a great option for families and more experienced anglers alike. We usually limit this trip to 6-8 miles offshore. Depending on conditions and experience many different techniques can be used to catch our target species. This nearshore trip will consist of trolling/casting for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, King Mackerel, and False Albacore and/or bottom fishing nearby reefs and wrecks for Red Drum, Black Drum, Weakfish, and Grunts.
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Weakfish
    Weakfish
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $700
    On this trip, we will be heading up to 10-20 miles offshore. The tactics we will utilize on this trip will be slow trolling dead bait/lures or bump trolling and live lining live bait. For bottom fishing, we’ll use a combination of jigs and cut bait. The range of this trip allows us to pursue King Mackerel, False Albacore, Barracuda, and a shot at Mahi Mahi while trolling. Our targeted bottom fish will be Black Seabass, Grunts, Porgies, Amberjacks, and Cobia.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Scup (Porgy)
    Scup (Porgy)
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (afternoon)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $700
    On this trip, we will be heading up to 10-20 miles offshore. The tactics we will utilize on this trip will be slow trolling dead bait/lures or bump trolling and live lining live bait. For bottom fishing, we’ll use a combination of jigs and cut bait. The range of this trip allows us to pursue King Mackerel, False Albacore, Barracuda, and a shot at Mahi Mahi while trolling. Our targeted bottom fish will be Black Seabass, Grunts, Porgies, Amberjacks, and Cobia.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Scup (Porgy)
    Scup (Porgy)
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $900
    This trip allows us to push out even farther in pursuit of pelagics and hard-pulling bottom fish. The range of this trip can vary from 10-30 miles depending on where the bite is. This trip allows for a greater likelihood of encountering Mahi Mahi on the troll and tasty bottom fish like Grouper and Snapper. During certain times of the year casting poppers, jigging, and live baiting around weed lines can be very productive as well.
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Grouper (Red)
    Red Grouper
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip (Troll & Bottom Fish)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US $1,700
    This trip allows us to travel out to the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream. This South to North flow of warm water is where some of North Carolina’s most prized fish reside. We’ll be using big tackle to do battle with big fish. Different species are more prominent during different times of the year so be sure to ask if you are looking to target something specifically. A typical 12-hour trip consists of trolling and bottom fishing unless the trolling bite is hot or the group strictly wants to bottom fish.
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Marlin (Blue)
    Blue Marlin
    Sailfish
    Sailfish
    Tuna (Yellowfin)
    Yellowfin Tuna
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Jack (African Pompano)
    African Pompano Jack
    Tuna (Blackfin)
    Blackfin Tuna
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grouper (Scamp)
    Scamp Grouper
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Caroline H.
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Wow!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (Afternoon) on February 24, 2024
What a great day on the water. Captain Will is great. His personality is pleasant. He was awesome with our teenage boys. He...
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Brad G.
Conway, SC
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Full day trip with the crew.

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on August 26, 2023
I booked a full day trip with Dead Tide and 2 other captains because we had such a large party going out. The first initial...
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Mark B.
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Fishing with Will

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 3, 2023
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Rich P.
Annapolis, MD
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Half day trip with captain jeff

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (Morning) on June 27, 2023
With the weather being so bad, he had to make other plans in order to try to catch some fish. He then caught our bait, which...
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Tyrique G.
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Great captain, Great experience

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip on April 30, 2024
I had one of the best fishing trips of my life. We were catching fish consistently the entire trip. By the end of the trip...
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FAQs about Dead Tide Sportfishing

Dead Tide Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (Afternoon) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip (Morning) (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip (afternoon) (6 hours)
  • US $900 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • US $1,700 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 12 Hour Trip (Troll & Bottom Fish) (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Dead Tide Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Dead Tide Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Live bait is included in the price of the trip if needed for that trip.)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Cleaning and filleting is included in the price of the trip. We will clean at bag your fish at the dock. Remember to bring a cooler to remain in your car or at the dock to bring your catch home. )
  • First Mate (For 8hr and 12hr trips)
  • Fishing License (Fishing licenses for all guests on the boat are covered.)

Dead Tide Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Customers can expect to travel anywhere from 2 to 55 miles off the coast depending on the type and length of trip.)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Dead Tide Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Dead Tide Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Grouper (Scamp)
  • Jack (African Pompano)
  • Sailfish
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

Will Morrow
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States
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23 Customer reviews
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Member since March 2023
Capt. Will runs trips out of Wrightsville Beach aboard a 28’ Contender. These waters are known for Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and Grouper, and he will show you how to catch them, whether you're bottom fishing or trolling. With 5 years of experience, he has a trick or two up his sleeve, and the only way to learn is to join him out on the water!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bonito Bonito
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Boat specs

Contender (Center console) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 200HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Customers can expect to travel anywhere from 2 to 55 miles off the coast depending on the type and length of trip.
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Live bait is included in the price of the trip if needed for that trip.
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Cleaning and filleting is included in the price of the trip. We will clean at bag your fish at the dock. Remember to bring a cooler to remain in your car or at the dock to bring your catch home.
First Mate
For 8hr and 12hr trips
Fishing License
Fishing licenses for all guests on the boat are covered.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Kids of all ages are welcome. Please let the captain know beforehand if you would like/require a kid sized life jacket so one can be provided for the trip.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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