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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 10
    $500
    Spend the morning near shore fishing for an amazing mix of saltwater 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.
  • 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 near shore fishing for an amazing mix of saltwater 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
27 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
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
Bonito Bonito
Cobia Cobia
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
on our half day trips
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Fishfinders/GPS in salon for parties to monitor.
Bed
Flybridge
with room for parties to view the beauty

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
available with added $
First Mate
Fishing License
Our blanket license covers everyone on board.

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
we are child friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
We always release Billfish.

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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (28)
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Fun Family Fishing trip
Fun Family Fishing trip
+25
Angler Rating
24
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Larry K.
Kinston, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day trip with Captian Dan and 1st Mate Michael

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 10, 2022
We had a great trip on board The Sea Grappler. Weather was not in our favor, wind and rain out of the east and seas a little...
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Michael H.
Mount Airy, NC
Very good
4.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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2.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 23, 2022
The Captain and first mate were great and awesome to be around. The boat was nice and was set up well for fishing. However,...
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James S.
Pinehurst, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fun Family Fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 10, 2022
We had a fun time fishing with Captain Dan.  Even without a mate, everything was good and we put fish n the box.  Captain...
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Andrea C.
Winterville, NC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Beautiful day on the water

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 7, 2022
Thanks to the Captain and First Mate for going above and beyond to ensure we had a great day on the water! We couldn’t have...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   July 7, 2022
The charter operator canceled 2 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting.
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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)

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
  • Life Jackets

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:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (on our half day trips)
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Beaufort Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Beaufort Charters include:
  • Bluefish
  • Bonito
  • Cobia
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Spanish Mackerel