Grandpa Charters

Harbor Road
Wanchese NC, United States

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, the “Grandpa” is 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 Grandpa Charters 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 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!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 1500
    up to 6 persons
    Fish the blue water of the Gulf Stream, targeting Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Marlin. Fishign doesn't get any better than this!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore/Nearshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 1000
    up to 6 persons
    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 - Nearshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    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 - Nearshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 800
    up to 6 persons
    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 - Nearshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    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 - Nearshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Oct
    US$ 500
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the afternoon fishing up to 20 miles out, targeting Bluefish, Spanish and King Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Amberjack, and many species of bottom fish.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Bluefish
Cobia
Flounder

King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish
Sheepshead
Spanish Mackerel

Tuna (Yellowfin)
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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
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
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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Captain

Russell Firth
Wanchese, North Carolina, United States
Member since May 2017
12
30
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.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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I decided to take a near shore trip as my 11 year old son has never been on a boat. Captain Russell put us on the fish right away and Mate Mike made sure we had the right rigging to keep catching. My son had a great time catching bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Ms. Holly kept in touch with me on the days leading up to the trip to make sure we had everything we would need.  It was a great experience for us and literally all we had to do was show up and catch fish, Grandpa Charters took care of the rest. I am hoping to book an off shore trip soon, based on the success of the near shore trip.
Thank you Captain Russell and crew!

Fished August 15, 2018
Russell Firth (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 18, 2018

Thank you Mark!!! You both were a pleasure to have onboard and really happy your sons first trip on a boat was with us and we got in the fish! Looking forward to the next trip, thanks again for booking with us.

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Captain Russell & first mate, Mike are wonderful. So helpful & fun. It was such a successful & fun trip. Highly recommend grandpa charters. You won’t be disappointed!

Fished July 16, 2018
Russell Firth (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 31, 2018

Thank you Kenneth!!  See yall next time!

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Fished July 9, 2018
Russell Firth (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 12, 2018

Thank you Chris!!!

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