Grandpa Charters is a family-owned and operated business, which offers fun-focused fishing experienced running May through October, fishing both inshore and offshore for a huge variety of species, from Redfish and Sheepshead all the way up to Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin.

The “Grandpa” is a 40’ Northshore fishing boat which has served faithfully since 1998, and still makes for a world-class fishing platform. Equipped with everything from the latest electronics, to outriggers and a fighting chair, it’s easily adaptable to any style of fishing.

Having been designed and built specifically as a fishing vessel, the boat excels both inshore and offshore, and has plenty of space on deck for up to 6 guests. The vessel also has a large flybridge for you to take in the view, and a head for extra comfort on longer trips.

With trips ranging anywhere from two to ten hours, and targeting species as diverse as Flounder and Tuna, you would expect a variety of equipment to tailor each trip to the fish you are after. That is exactly what you get, with light and heavy tackle, and the option to troll, drift, bottom fish, spin, and even spearfish to make sure you land what you are after!

Most of all, the thing that makes the crew special is the level of experience and skill with which each trip is run. Captain Russell is a 3rd generation captain, and he and his mate have over 50 years of experience between them. This means you are in safe and capable hands, that you can trust them to make sure you have a fun and productive trip every time.

All trips come with tackle, bait, and licenses for everyone on board, so all you have to do is turn up and have fun!

Join Grandpa Charters and experience a North Carolina fishing adventure you won’t forget!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Ocean Wreck
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $1,900
    Spend the whole day out on the water, fishing for the likes of Tilefish, Triggerfish, Amberjack, and Seabass. Depending on the time of year, you might be able to troll for Tuna as well!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $1,250
    Spend the whole day out on the water, fishing up to 20 miles out for Bluefish, Redfish, Cobia, Amberjack, Spanish and King Mackerel, and a wide variety of bottom species.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM) – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $900
    Get out on the water to target a variety of inshore and nearshore favorites, fishing up to 20 miles out for Bluefish, Redfish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, and many species of bottom fish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM) – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $900
    Spend the whole afternoon fishing up to 20 miles out for Bluefish, Redfish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, and many species of bottom fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Nears (copy)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:30 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    Fish the Atlantic ocean from the shore out to 20 miles. Target species such as Bluefish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Amberjack, and many species of bottom fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 31
    $600
    Fish the Atlantic ocean from the shore out to 20 miles. Target species such as Bluefish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Amberjack, and many species of bottom fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Aug 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $600
    Spend the afternoon fishing up to 20 miles out, targeting Bluefish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Amberjack, and many species of bottom fish.

About the Captain

Russell Firth
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
62 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
105 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2017
I started commercial fishing with my grandfather and fell in love with it. My family goes way back, with many generations working as fishermen. I became a charter captain so I could show others how to fish and enjoy the bounty of our oceans.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bluefish Bluefish
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Northshore (Commercial) originally built in 1998. Powered by a 450HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 18.5 knots.

Length
40 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
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not 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
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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91%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Half day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) – Nearshore on July 7, 2021
It was a fun trip and Captain Mike and Russell were great!  They tried hard to find good fishing spots for us!  Unfortunately,...
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Cedar Rapids, IA
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Am fishing with Capt Russell

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Nearshore on July 13, 2021
We had a great morning with Capt Russell and Mike! We reeled in 23 Ribbon fish. They made sure everyone got turns reeling in...
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DuBois, PA
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Half day trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Nears (copy) on June 15, 2021
The weather was amazing, captain and crew are so awesome! The fishing was spotty for everyone that day but we managed to catch...
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Hayes, Virginia
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Fishing with Russell

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) – Nearshore on August 12, 2021
Had a great time thanks
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Clayton, NC
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Full day near shore

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore on May 23, 2021
We had a great day with the Captain and First Mate and most importantly, we caught a lot of fish. First some hours of...
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FAQs about Grandpa Charters

Grandpa Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) – Nears (copy) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) – Nearshore (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) – Nearshore (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) – Nearshore (6 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - Full Day Trip – Inshore/Nearshore (8 hours)
  • $1,900 per group - Full Day Trip – Ocean Wreck (10 hours)

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

Trips booked with Grandpa Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate (20% customary tip not included in trip price)
  • Fishing License

Grandpa Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Grandpa Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Grandpa Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Bluefish
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo