Fish-N-Fool Charters offers nearshore fishing trips out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, the closest marina to the Atlantic Ocean. They are proud to bring you a quality, family-friendly experience while fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The charter is operated by Captain Bobby Smith, who has been fishing this area for more than 30 years and is eager to share his vast experience with you!

He welcomes you aboard the Fish-N-Fool, a 36’ custom Carolina built vessel powered by twin 300 HP Cummins engines. This boat is well suited to local waters and fitted for the best nearshore fishing. On board you will find the latest electronics to locate the fish below. Up to six passengers can join Capt. Bobby on board, and children of all ages are welcome.

Half day trips run on a daily basis, and these are especially fun for families. You can stay close to shore and target various species depending on the season, including Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, Red Drum, Cobia, and an assortment of bottom fish. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, book a full day trip and let Capt. Bobby take you as far as 35 miles from shore, where even more variety is available. With many fish and techniques to choose from, you will soon discover why the Outer Banks earned its reputation for phenomenal fishing!

Fish-N-Fool Charters provides all bait, tackle, and a fishing license. Standing by is a professional, respectful deckhand who is wonderful with children and provides an enjoyable experience no matter what angling skills you possess. You can keep your catch and clean it yourself or have the marina clean it for a nominal fee. You are encouraged to bring sunscreen, proper clothing, a camera, and any food or drinks you need.

Book your trip today and treat your family to a memorable fishing experience in the Outer Banks!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,200
    If you feel like half a day just isn't enough or you want a little tougher of a fight, the full day trip is right for you. Full day trips usually take place anywhere from just off the beach to 30 miles out, depending on species available, weather conditions, and time of year. Tris trip will allow you to target any species swimming in these waters, from Black Seabass and Tilefish to Mahi Mahi and Kingfish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $900
    Extended your half day trip for a few hours and allow yourself some additional time at your favorite spots. The extra time will allow you to get more specific in terms of the species you're targeting and are more likely to land a catch worth bragging about. Some of the possible targets include Cobia, Bluefish, False Albacore, Spanish Mackerel, Red Drum, and various bottomfish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $595
    This is the charter's most popular trip and it's offered daily. It will usually see you in the ocean, but close to shore. Typical targets on this trip are Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, Cobia, Red Drum, and others. Catches vary daily, dependent upon weather, ocean conditions, and seasons.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $595
    Half day trips are popular with families and kids, available every day. Common catch includes Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, Cobia, Red Drum, and assorted bottomfish. Catches vary daily, depending on the weather, ocean conditions, and seasons.
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About the Captain

Bobby Smith
Nags Head, North Carolina, United States
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121 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2017
Capt. Bobby Smith has proudly operated out of Oregon Inlet for more than 30 years. He began at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center pumping gas before climbing his way up the ladder to Captain, eventually building one of the marina's quality fishing businesses. Captain Bobby is joined by his daughter and First Mate, Zoe. Together they will guide you to the fish you've always dreamed of!

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia

Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tilefish Tilefish
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Custom built boat (Flybridge) originally built in 1971, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 300HP Cummins engines.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Disabled Accessible

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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 1% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
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93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
74%
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Jackson, MI
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Even though it was March

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 24, 2021
Had a great time taking my niece and nephew out for a 1/2 day trip.  March is not exactly the peak season for near shore fishing...
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Great trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 9, 2020
We did the half day morning charter and immediately they had us on fish ! It was basically one after another . Had to call...
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Rodanthe, North Carolina
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Sore shoulders and full coolers

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 31, 2020
We had a tremendous trip. We started out after some Ribbon fish as they had been schooling and hitting hard the last couple...
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VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore on July 22, 2021
Amazing day on the ocean with Captain Bob and 1st mate Russell on the Fish N Fool! Very friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining....
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Half day with capt. Bobby

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) on July 20, 2021
Put us on the fish and had a blast.  Caught ribbon fish, a hammerhead shark , and a bigass manta ray that got off, but boy...
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FAQs about Fish-N-Fool Charters

Fish-N-Fool Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $595 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $595 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish-N-Fool Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fish-N-Fool Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Fish-N-Fool Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Fish-N-Fool Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fish-N-Fool Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Triggerfish (Gray)