Book your next trip with SWF Charters and find out what makes fishing the Carolina coast so unique.

These waters are known for Amberjack, Bluefish, King Mackerel (Kingfish), Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Black Seabass, Gag Grouper, Cobia, Vermilion Snapper, Gray Triggerfish, Porgy, and more – with any luck, you’ll hook into a few! You can expect to do some light or heavy tackle fishing, trolling, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized. Trips will be customized to fit your experience level, fish in season, and what kind of fishing you want to do.

If you’re traveling with the family, you will be glad to know that kids are welcome aboard! All guests under 16 will need to wear a life vest when boat is moving but we have them on board!

Your day begins aboard a 24’ SeaPro offshore sport fishing boat with space for 4 anglers. It has all the essentials no fishing machine can run without. Rods, reels, and tackle are included, as well as lures. Live bait is included, but you should discuss with the captain if you’d like to catch it yourself at the beginning of your day (this is lots of fun for kids!).

There will be a First Mate on board most trips to help your trip run smoothly. Mates work hard to make your trip count, and a 15–25% tip is customary.

There’s no need to buy a fishing license, just show up ready for a good time! Some fish have special regulations, including when you can keep them. Simply ask and Captain Nick can tell you more.

It’s recommended to bring sunglasses, sunscreen (non-spray), a hat, non-slip shoes, and snacks/food. Water and soda are included, free of charge. A poncho or rain jacket is a good idea if you don’t want to chance getting wet. Bundling up for the ride out in the morning is a good idea during cooler months as well.

Your trip with SWF Charters is just a click away, so why not make it happen?



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Nearshore AM-Carolina Beach
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $450
    **This trip departs from Snows Cut Boat Launch in Carolina Beach** This trip is great for families and anglers of all experience levels! We will primarily troll for mackerel and similar school fish, and can always stop by a wreck or 2 for some bottom fishing. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Nearshore PM-Carolina Beach
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $450
    **This trip departs from Snows Cut Boat Launch in Carolina Beach** This trip is great for families and anglers of all experience levels! We will primarily troll for mackerel and similar school fish, and can always stop by a wreck or 2 for some bottom fishing. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Nearshore(AM)-Wrightsville
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $450
    This trip is great for families and anglers of all experience levels! We will primarily troll for mackerel and similar school fish, and can always stop by a wreck or 2 for some bottom fishing. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day Nearshore(PM)-Wrightsville
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $450
    This trip is great for families and anglers of all experience levels! We will primarily troll for mackerel and similar school fish, and can always stop by a wreck or 2 for some bottom fishing. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Offshore-Carolina Beach
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $650
    **This trip departs from Snows Cut Boat Launch in Carolina Beach** This trip is great for the experienced angler or the whole family looking to chase big game and also fill the cooler with a variety of species! You will experience all that the Carolina coast has to offer an angler. We will troll, bottom & wreck fish. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Scup (Porgy)
    Scup (Porgy)
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Offshore-Wrightsville Beach
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $650
    This trip is great for the experienced angler or the whole family looking to fill the cooler with a variety of species and maybe land a big fish! You will experience all that the Carolina coast has to offer an angler. We will troll, bottom & wreck fish. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    Family, Fish, & Fun-Carolina Beach
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $650
    **This trip departs from Snows Cut Boat Launch in Carolina Beach** This trip has something fun for the whole family. We'll spend the morning fishing Inshore and within 5 miles offshore then we'll head in to "island hop" in the ICW to swim, shell hunt, sight see....this is your family fun time so you pick! This trip is for 4 anglers max but can take 6 people total w/younger children riding with their family.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    Family, Fish, & Fun-Wrightsville
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Oct 31
    US $650
    This trip has something fun for the whole family. We'll spend the morning fishing Inshore and within 5 miles offshore then we'll head in to "island hop" in the ICW to swim, shell hunt, sight see....this is your family fun time so you pick! This trip is for 4 anglers max but can take 6 people total w/younger children riding with their family.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Bluefish
    Bluefish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Bonito
    Bonito
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
    Grunt
    Grunt
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore-Carolina Beach
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $950
    **This trip departs from Snows Cut Boat Launch in Carolina Beach** This trip will give you the most time and take you the farthest out which will give you the best chance at landing big game AND filling the cooler with a variety of species! You will experience all that the Carolina coast has to offer an angler. We will troll, bottom & wreck fish. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish (Gray)
    Gray Triggerfish
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore-Wrightsville
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $950
    This trip will give you the most time and take you the farthest out which will give you the best chance at landing big game AND filling the cooler with a variety of species! You will experience all that the Carolina coast has to offer an angler. We will troll, bottom & wreck fish. We are fully stocked with all the tackle you will need, and Captain Nick will hit all his secret spots to make sure this is a trip you won’t soon forget!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Amberjack
    Amberjack
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    King Mackerel (Kingfish)
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Tuna (Yellowfin)
    Yellowfin Tuna
    Seabass (Black)
    Black Seabass
    Grouper (Gag)
    Gag Grouper
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Snapper (Vermilion)
    Vermilion Snapper
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Carmen A.
Fayetteville, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Memorial Day Weekend 2024 w/CPT Nick & Dom

NEW  Full Day Offshore-Wrightsville on May 25, 2024
This is one of the best experiences of my life. CPT Nick & his 1st mate Dom were absolutely dedicated to our group. They did...
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Sara P.
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Excellent
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Experience:
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full Day Trip

Full Day Offshore-Wrightsville on January 18, 2024
We went out with SWF for a winter trip. It was cold in the morning (I’ll wear more clothes next time because I had to borrow...
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Kimberly T.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great Trip

VERIFIED   Winter 1/2 Day Trip (PM) on March 27, 2024
The captain was fantastic and managed to plan a trip for us within a very short timeframe. Although the weather wasn’t ideal,...
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Edward B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Lines were tight all day

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Offshore-Wrightsville Beach on May 13, 2024
The boat and CPT were great, felt like we just put fishing with the boys in a secret stocked spot, tool home a cooler full...
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Brian J.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Boat
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Great time

VERIFIED   Spring 1/2 Day Trip (PM) on April 25, 2024
It was pretty choppy but still Capt Nick and crew made sure we had a good time and caught fish plus we seen Dolphins
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FAQs about SWF Charters

SWF Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $450 per group - 1/2 Day Nearshore AM-Carolina Beach (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 1/2 Day Nearshore PM-Carolina Beach (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 1/2 Day Nearshore(AM)-Wrightsville (4 hours)
  • US $450 per group - 1/2 Day Nearshore(PM)-Wrightsville (4 hours)
  • US $650 per group - 3/4 Day Offshore-Carolina Beach (6 hours)
  • US $650 per group - 3/4 Day Offshore-Wrightsville Beach (6 hours)
  • US $650 per group - Family, Fish, & Fun-Carolina Beach (6 hours)
  • US $650 per group - Family, Fish, & Fun-Wrightsville (6 hours)
  • US $950 per group - Full Day Offshore-Carolina Beach (9 hours)
  • US $950 per group - Full Day Offshore-Wrightsville (9 hours)

When you book a trip with SWF Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System Bluetooth Stereo so you can play YOUR music!
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

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

SWF Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (During Prime Redfish Season Only (Summer Months))
  • Nearshore Fishing (Trolling for School Fish)
  • Offshore Fishing (Bottom Fishing Wrecks & Trolling)
  • Wreck Fishing (Bottom Fishing/School Fishing)

SWF Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with SWF Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grunt
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Scup (Porgy)
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Triggerfish (Gray)

Meet the Captain

Nicholas Lanni Jr
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
7 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2023
Capt. Nicholas runs trips out of Wilmington aboard a 24’ SeaPro. These waters are known for Amberjack and Grouper and he will show you how to catch them, whether you're trolling or bottom fishing. With extensive knowledge of the area, he has a trick or two up his sleeve, and the only way to learn is to join him out on the water!
Our Team
Dominik L.
First mate

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Boat specs

SeaPro (Sportfishing) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
During Prime Redfish Season Only (Summer Months)
Nearshore Fishing
Trolling for School Fish
Offshore Fishing
Bottom Fishing Wrecks & Trolling
Wreck Fishing
Bottom Fishing/School Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Bluetooth Stereo so you can play YOUR music!
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 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 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

EPIC Day! The fishing is fired up!!
EPIC Day! The fishing is fired up!!
May 14, 2024
25 miles out in over 100 feet of water….the Cobia, Grouper, Seabass & Grunts HUNGRY!!! All keepers. We had a blast!
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Delicious Bottom Fish!
Delicious Bottom Fish!
May 12, 2024
Choppy day but was able to get 30 miles out. Brought in Grouper, Seabass, Snapper, Grunts, Porgies.
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Trolling & Bottom Fishing was on FIRE
Trolling & Bottom Fishing was on FIRE
May 3, 2024
Gorgeous day. Early quick trolling trip followed by a 3/4 Day afternoon/evening. Stayed on the beach line in am and headed over 40 miles out in the afternoon. Caught Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, a Remora (which was super cool!), Gag Grouper, HUGE grunts & porgie, Vermillion Snapper. Mostly all keepers!! It was a great day!
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