Tall Tail Charters

Tall Tail Charters operates one of the finest boats running out of Wilmington, North Carolina. Whichever type of saltwater fishing you have in mind, from a nearshore Spanish Mackerel trip for a family or beginner anglers to Gulf Stream trips to overnight fishing packages for the big game – Tall Tail Charters is just the best choice.

Enjoy your fishing trip with Tall Tail Charters aboard a spacious Tiara boat, which comes powered by twin 300 HP Cummins engines. Originally built in 1988, the vessel was restored in 2008 and has a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots. It provides a comfortable fishing space for up to six guests and is fully rigged with state-of-the-art navigational electronics, including all Garmin GPS and fish finder, an Icon VHF radio, and a Furuno radar.

The boat is fitted with a flybridge to aid your search for the fish, an anchoring system to make sure you stay rooted to the fishing grounds, an ice-box to keep the catch fresh during the day. Inside, there is an air-conditioned saloon with a toilet, a kitchen, and a bed, as well as a multimedia system with a TV. The boat’s outriggers and downriggers make sure you have a professional experience.

Trips run from five hours nearshore to twelve hours on the Gulf Stream waters. The crew could take you fishing up to 40 miles off the beach, where you will be chasing Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, Seabass, and Flounder. If you want to cruise a bit further and catch bigger fish, you will enjoy the Gulf Stream trip for Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Grouper, Snapper, and many more.

The most passionate anglers will enjoy the thrill of spending two days fishing the waters in and around the Frying Pan Tower, where you will be butting heads with big fish.

A trip with Tall Tail Charters comes inclusive with all the necessary gear, tackle, live bait, lures, licenses, and a cleaning and filleting service for whatever you want to take home with you after the trip.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    1 day trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    US$ 5750
    up to 6 persons / day
    This trip is for up to 6 people and includes two days of fishing and one night stay on Frying Pan Tower. Typically will fish on the way out to Frying Pan Tower, have a nice overnight stay with breakfast in the morning, then fish the Gulf Stream at sunrise. This trip is for experienced anglers and we aim to catch a two-day limit. We have a lot of options for this trip and we can design the trip around what you want to catch.
  • Private trip
    Gulf Stream Fishing Charter
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 1600
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is for up to 6 people out to the Gulf Stream.  This trip will target big game fish including: Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Grouper, Snapper, and a variety of other pelagic fish.  This trip offers a combination of trolling, high speed trolling, bottom fishing and jigging. Trip includes captain, mate, bait, tackle, snacks, ice, fuel.  Feel free to bring your favorite beverage of choice and any additional snacks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1100
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is for up to 6 people within 40 miles of the beach.  Will be targeting Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, King Mackerel, Amberjack, Grouper, Sea Bass, Flounder with your choice of trolling, bottom fishing or a combination of both. Trip includes captain, mate, bait, tackle, snacks, ice, fuel.  Feel free to bring your favorite beverage of choice and any additional snacks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Nearshore AM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is 5 hours and will go up to 10 miles off the beach. We will be targeting Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, Sea Bass, and Flounder through various fishing styles including trolling, bottom fishing, and site casting.  Trip includes the Captain, mate, bait, tackle, snacks, ice, fuel.  Feel free to bring your favorite beverage of choice and any additional snacks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Nearshore PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is 5 hours and will go up to 10 miles off the beach. We will be targeting Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, Sea Bass, and Flounder through various fishing styles including trolling, bottom fishing, and site casting.  Trip includes the Captain, mate, bait, tackle, snacks, ice, fuel.  Feel free to bring your favorite beverage of choice and any additional snacks.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish
Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel

Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Tiara (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1988, and restored in 2008. Powered by 2 300HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
33 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
Popping
Drift Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks
Bank Transfer

About the Charter Operator

Jordan Messick
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Member since March 2017
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I started Tall Tail Charters to share my love for fishing and boating with others. With such a fast paced and technologically advanced world we live in, its nice to unplug and get out on the water with friends or family. Our USCG Licensed Captain John Workman is sure to show you a great time on the water and I will be on the boat as First Mate, helping you catch fish!
Response time: 3 hours
Response rate: 98%

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Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
73%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Holly Decastri
Wilmington, NC
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VERIFIED   July 14, 2018
Was one of the Most amazing fishing trips of all times! Captain and first mate were top notch!!!! Would recommend them to everyone!!!!
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Noblesville, Indiana
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John Mizelle
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A Great Trip on a Great Boat

VERIFIED   June 23, 2017
Captain Matt and Mate Danny made the trip a great angling experience.  Mother Nature, on the other hand, left us wishing...
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Scott Ziezier
Pineville, North Carolina
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VERIFIED   July 17, 2017
Great fishing experience! Best day I’ve had fishing in a long time! We probably caught 25 or more fish and kept more...
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Michael Ragazzo
Wilmington, North Carolina
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May 28, 2017
Going on a charter TallTail is different then other boats because they go out of their way to make everyone have fun. ...
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