Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with Beaufort Charters, fishing the deep blue waters offshore for an all-star cast of pelagic predators, including Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna. Add a who’s who of reef species to the menu, and you are in for a fishing trip like you have never had before.

Beaufort, NC, is an amazing place to get out on the water. It has the closest deep sea drop-off of the entire East Coast, plummeting to bare bedrock just 50 miles from the dock. Who better to fish this with than a captain with over 30 years of experience in the local waters?

Captain Daniel Varner has over 30 years of local experience and works with his clients before each trip to make sure they get exactly what they are after. He aims to give you nothing less than the best offshore fishing experience of your life.

Beaufort Charters fishes aboard the “Sea Grappler,” which was custom built in 2008. Measuring 32 feet, she can easily accommodate 6 anglers, and her powerful Cummins engine gives her the speed to take you to the offshore fishing grounds, fast.

The Sea Grappler also features a full spread of outriggers and downriggers, so you can target multiple species at once. When you get hooked up, her fighting chair will give you the upper hand against your target fish. All the tackle on board the boat is tournament grade. Get ready for a showdown with the biggest and meanest the Atlantic Ocean can throw at you!

Captain Dan and his crew are known for their dedication on the water, so don’t forget to bring a tip for their hard work. 15-20% is industry standard. It’s not every day you get put on fish like these!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Day (11 hrs) – 4 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,200
    Gulfstream trip. We troll for Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, Sailfish, and whatever other fish come to attack our spread. We use the latest technology to locate hard edges to predict where the fish may be holding. The added height of our flybridge allows the captain to spot rips, flotsam, and weed lines that might hold fish. Sometimes we get to see fish go airborne as they sky to come down and inhale a lure. Often hooked Mahi try to tail walk their way off a hook. This is a trip for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Full Day (8 hrs) – 4 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $900
    Full day trip is 8 hours, from near shore to up to 20 miles out. We can troll for all the fish we catch on our half days, plus fish over rock bottoms and nearshore wrecks for bigger ones. We can also bottom fish these structures for Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Grouper, and a whole range of other tasty and interesting sea creatures. Ask about flexible departure times. This is a trip for a maximum of 4 anglers.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 10
    $500
    Near shore trip in search of a huge range of top water favorites, such as Cobia (May), Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, False Albacore, King Mackerel and more. We usually target whatever the hot bite has been, but can tailor the trip to the fisherman's wishes.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 10
    $500
    Spend the afternoon offshore fishing for an amazing mix of pelagic species. Near shore trip in search of a huge range of top water favorites, such as Cobia (May), Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, False Albacore, King Mackerel and more. We usually target whatever the hot bite has been, but can tailor the trip to the fisherman's wishes.
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About the Captain

Daniel Varner
Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
2 Fishing Reports
21 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2017
Captain Daniel Varner has over 30 years of experience fishing the local waters for the amazing mix of big game pelagics which inhabit the cold, blue depths offshore. Every charter and every group is unique to Captain Dan, and he will pull out all the stops to make sure that this is the trip you will look back on in 50 years and smile!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Sailfish Sailfish
Seabass (Black) Black Seabass

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom Built Boat (Flybridge) originally built in 2008. Powered by a 450HP Cummins diesel engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef 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
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Phillip B.
Marshall, TX
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Half day trip with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 8, 2021
We had a great time.  Capt dan and his mate did everything they could to put us on the fish.  No boat in the area were slamming...
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New Bern, North Carolina
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8 Hour charter with Captain Dan

VERIFIED   Full Day (8 hrs) – 4 MAX on May 22, 2021
Captain Dan and his Mate were patient and accommodating. This paid off with catch of a nice Amber Hack and many others. The...
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New Bern, NC
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Fishing with Daniel

VERIFIED   Full Day (8 hrs) – 4 MAX on May 20, 2021
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Harrisonburg, VA
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Day in the water with captain Dan

VERIFIED   Full Day (8 hrs) – 4 MAX on July 14, 2020
Captain Dan took my sons and I offshore. The fish didn’t cooperate but that is fishing. Dan worked hard to keep us on fish....
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Hubert, North Carolina
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 7, 2020
We had a great experience. Captain Dan worked to find the fish and first mate Mike worked his back side off when we did. Very...
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FAQs about Beaufort Charters

Beaufort Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $900 per group - Full Day (8 hrs) – 4 MAX (8 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Extended Day (11 hrs) – 4 MAX (11 hours)

When you book a trip with Beaufort Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder (Fishfinders/GPS in salon for parties to monitor.)
  • Bed
  • Flybridge (with room for parties to view the beauty)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Beaufort Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (available with added $)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (Our blanket license covers everyone on board.)

Beaufort Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (on our half day trips)
  • Offshore Fishing (on our extended day trips)
  • Reef Fishing (on our full and extended day trips)
  • Wreck Fishing (on our full and extended day trips)

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

Top targeted fish species with Beaufort Charters include:
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Sailfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo