Shallow Minded Charters

Shallow Minded Charters invites you to experience fishing in a little place Captain Michael Willis likes to call paradise. The place is Morehead City, which is considered to be one of the finest fishing destinations in eastern North Carolina. The area you’ll fish offers the most beautiful scenery in the region with lots of wildlife to be seen.

Capt. Michael will take you fishing aboard his 25’ Majek Xtreme saltwater fishing boat, ideal for the local waters. Powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots, it can reach the inshore and the nearshore fishing grounds very easily.

The vessel’s GPS and fishfinder units are available to help you locate the finest fishing spots, and the wireless trolling motor will ensure you move quietly over the shallow waters in order not to spook the fish.

The crew offers inshore and nearshore fishing, often catching various types of fish all on one trip. The species include Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout in the shallow waters. These species are especially good in the summer months when you can topwater fish for them. If you like traveling a little further off the coast, you can target Bluefish, Cobia, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and Black Drum.

Capt. Michael likes to work one-on-one and teach anglers how to work artificial lures and to perfect their cast. You can also use live bait when the bite gets slow, but most times lures do the job well. Fishing gear provided on the trip includes Penn International rods and reel, and tackle.

This is a family-oriented company and they enjoy having children above the age of 5 on board! Please bring children’s life jackets, which are to be worn throughout the trip for their safety.

Join Shallow Minded Charters and explore the productive fishing grounds of North Carolina!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $900
    On the full day trip, you get 8 hours to do both inshore and nearshore fishing. Or you can just concentrate on one. Targeted species can include Redfish, Flounder, Trout, Bluefish, Sheepshead, Cobia, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, and more. Your catch can be cleaned at the dock and will cost you extra.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    A 6 hour trip will give you ample time to find and reel the fish in while still not being as long of a trip as a full day. You'll prowl the inshore waters for Redfish, Flounder, Trout, and many other species. Depending on where the bite is, you may also move a bit further from shore and fish for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel, among others.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    This trip can be inshore or nearshore. Targeted species are Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and more. Your catch can be cleaned at the dock and will cost you extra.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    $500
    This trip can be inshore or nearshore and will target the afternoon bite. Targeted species are Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, and more. Your catch can be cleaned at the dock and will cost you extra. Departure time is flexible.

About the Captain

Michael Willis
Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
39 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2017
Captain Michael has been on the water ever since he was a little boy. Fishing with his family has always been something to look forward to, and he made sure he took every chance he had to get on a boat. Over the years, he realized his true calling was to be a captain, so he started his own business in order to share that love and passion with like minded anglers. Michael loves topwater fishing for Trout.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
Flounder Flounder

Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Majek Xtreme (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 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, 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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DOUGLAS K.
FOSTER FALLS, VA
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Just what we wanted!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 15, 2021
Captain Mike asked us what we wanted to catch.  As my wife had never caught a redfish I wanted to concentrate on her catching...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on November 26, 2021
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Lawrenceville, GA
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Half day on the river

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 24, 2021
Captain Mike worked hard to find us fish. You can’t make them bite, but he did find them. We caught a monster bull red &...
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Moseley, VA
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 20, 2021
We had to move the time around due to weather and the tides don’t change for that.  Captain Mike did his best with finding...
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FAQs about Shallow Minded Charters

Shallow Minded Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Shallow Minded Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Lowrance)
  • Fishfinder (Lowrance)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Shallow Minded Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn rods and reels)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Shallow Minded Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Neuse & Pamlico Rivers)
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Shallow Minded Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with Shallow Minded Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Bonito
  • Flounder
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout