Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing

At Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing, their mission is to give you the experience of a lifetime! They serve the eastern coast of North Carolina, from Surf City to Sneads Ferry, including all surrounding Marine Corps bases.

Join them for a customized fishing trip and enjoy casting lines anywhere between the beach and 65 miles offshore. Anglers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged!

Step aboard a 30’ Carolina Classic powered by twin Volvo Diesel engines. This vessel was built to handle rough seas and long distances with ease, meaning you can depend on a safe and comfortable ride.

She comes equipped with advanced fishing technology and Shimano tournament grade tackle. Up to 6 passengers can enjoy sitting in the spacious helm area. A full bathroom and cabin allow you to spend a day on the water without sacrificing your comfort.

While fishing nearshore you can catch Spanish and King Mackerel, Black Seabass, Cobia, Bonito, and more. With a little more time at your disposal, you can venture up to 30 miles from shore and catch Amberjack, Grouper, and Mahi Mahi as well.

If you come aboard for the whole day, your captain can take you more than 40 miles out, expanding your options even further. When fishing the Gulf Stream, you will have the opportunity to target Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Billfish, and Tuna.

Both captains running this vessel have over 20 years of experience fishing the waters of NC. They will use their knowledge to put you on the catch of a lifetime. All the gear you need for spinning, jigging, trolling, and bottom fishing are provided, including standard and swivel rod holders. You may keep your catch and it will be cleaned and filleted for you.
 
Come aboard today for an experience to remember!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $1,800
    On this trip, you'll have opportunities to catch King Mackerel, Dolphin, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and more. This trip will give you the potential to get your hands on some seriously big fish. Bring any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy – the rest is taken care of.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $2,400
    You will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi (Dolphin), Sailfish, Grouper, Vermilion Snapper, Grunts, Porgy, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and possibly Wahoo. A fishing license and gear are provided. Bring enough drinks and snacks to keep you going and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    Goant Bluegin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $3,000
    Heading deep into the Gulf Stream on an extended full day adventure! You'll troll for the likes of Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Billfish for 10-12 hours. A fishing license and gear are provided. Make sure to bring drinks and snacks to keep your energy up.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 75 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (65)
Half day trip.
Awesome short trip!
July fishing trip
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Angler rating
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Caught fish
84%
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Adrian B.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with John

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on August 25, 2023
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Jason R.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip.

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) on July 5, 2024
Wish we would have booked an all day trip with Captain Drew and first mate JP with Dreadknot Sport Fishing. Water was rough...
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Paul C.
Hampstead, North Carolina
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

6 hour off shore trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on August 12, 2023
Our captain, Aaron, is first rate. Friendly, knowledgeable, and concerned for our experience and safety. There were 5 of us...
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Brian K.
Lake Grove, NY
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day trip with Capt. John

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) on July 30, 2023
Great half day with Capt John on One More Cast. Will definitely be checking these guys out in the future!
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Robert S.
Meadville, PA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on July 26, 2023
We fished right after a storm. The trolling was tough the first half of the trip. Then we switched to bottom fishing and got...
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FAQs about Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing

Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $1,800 per group - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $2,400 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • US $3,000 per group - Goant Bluegin Tuna (11 hours)

When you book a trip with Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano tournament grade)
  • Live Bait (May be prepped, may be fished for (5-10 min))
  • Lures
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Little Tunny (False Albacore)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

John Cruise III
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, United States
83 Customer reviews
Response time 11 hours
Member since August 2017
Captain John C. Cruise III has been fishing the NC waters for over 20 years. This family-run, veteran-owned Charter business offers the best Topsail Island, Sneads Ferry, Surf City, and Camp Lejeune Charter fishing. Try out Sportfishing charters right on the beach and all the way out to the offshore Gulf Stream waters. We encourage women, children, and families of all ages to come aboard. We also specialize in trolling, jigging, bottom fishing, or any customized combination fishing trip that you desire. We catch fish ranging from Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper, Cobia, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and many more. Give us a call to book a trip of a lifetime! Let’s Go Fishing!

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper

Boat specs

Freeman (Sportfishing) originally built in 2023. Powered by 4 300HP F300 Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
38 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
Popping
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano tournament grade
Live Bait
May be prepped, may be fished for (5-10 min)
Lures
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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