Gecko Sportfishing invites you on offshore and nearshore fishing charters on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Here you have the chance to get away from the crowd and get closer to the fish and the marine world. The charter is operated by Captain Ernest Doshier who has a lifetime of fishing experience and has been serving the Ocracoke Island for more than 25 years.

His boat is a 46’ Scarborough offshore sportfisher that runs on twin 980 HP Cummins engines. This spacious vessel has plenty of room for up to 6 anglers to fish in comfort, so you’re more than welcome to bring some friends along for the ride.

Gecko Sportfishing can take you fishing in the nearshore waters for Cobia, Red Drum, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel. If you’ve got more time to spend on the water, head to the wrecks where Amberjack, Black Seabass, Triggerfish, and Grouper can be found, or go offshore. The offshore waters are abundant with Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Mahi Mahi.

Capt. Ernest and his mate will provide you with the necessary fishing gear that includes rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial baits, and a fishing license. They can accommodate seasoned fishermen that fish several times a year as well as the first time fisherman. So come on down for a day to remember!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,500
    This trip will take you to the offshore waters where you can target a variety of big game fish like Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, and more. It's always a good idea to dress in layers, bring lunch and drinks for the day, and wear polarized sunglasses.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    More time on the water means more fishing! Whether you're looking to explore as much as you can or stick to where the bite is hot, this is the trip for you. Some of your targets for the day will include Cobia, Kingfish, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Wrecks
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    This trip focuses on going to the local wrecks that are home to the likes of Amberjack, Seabass, Triggerfish, Grouper, and Cobia.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    This short but exciting trip is all about targeting nearshore species such as Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Cobia, Red Drum, and more.
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About the Captain

Ernest Doshier
Ocracoke, North Carolina, United States
1 Fishing Report
19 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since March 2017
Captain Ernest is a member of the Charter Boat Association and has served with the United States Coast Guard for over 3 years. You can count on him to always give his best to put you on the most desirable fish that you have dreamed of catching and to selflessly share his knowledge and experience with you.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin
Sailfish Sailfish
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Triggerfish (Gray) Gray Triggerfish
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Scarborough (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1980, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 980HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
46 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Ocracoke to departure site is available and 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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
81%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Thomas S.
New Bern, NC
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3/4 day trip with Captain Ernie

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on May 3, 2021
Great experience. Ernie was flexible on timing based upon changing weather forecasts. Boat was much larger than we expected...
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Glenn P.
Winder, Georgia
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Half day wreck fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Wrecks on May 26, 2021
Captain Doshier and his first mate Daniel were awesome. We caught our limit of amber Jack in about 30 minutes and wrestled...
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Robert S.
Wilmington, NC
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Full day rough seas

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on May 8, 2021
Perfect trip great captain and mate. they told us it would be rough and still let us go. We caught a few but had a great time...
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Craig R.
Virginia Beach, VA
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Offshore trip on the Gecko

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on July 5, 2020
There is no guarantee of what one will catch, but this was a perfect trip.  Great captain and the mate, Daniel O’Neal was...
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Brent H.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Half day near-shore trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Wrecks on August 9, 2017
We’d initially booked a half-day wreck fishing charter, but opted to stay closer to shore to fish for blues and mackerel...
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FAQs about Gecko Sportfishing

Gecko Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip – Wrecks (4 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day Trip – Offshore (11 hours)

When you book a trip with Gecko Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Gecko Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Gecko Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Gecko Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Gecko Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo