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
    10 Hour Trip – Gulf Stream
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    Head between 45–65 miles from shore and deep into the Gulf Stream on an extended full day adventure! You'll troll for the likes of Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Billfish. A fishing license and gear are provided. Make sure to bring drinks and snacks to keep your energy up.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    This trip takes you 20–45 miles offshore. You will have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi (Dolphin), Sailfish, Grouper, Vermillion 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
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    On this trip, you'll have opportunities to catch King Mackerel, Dolphin, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and more. You will be fishing in the 15–30 mile range, which gives 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
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    price breakdown
    $900
    On this trip, you'll have opportunities to catch King Mackerel, Dolphin, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, and more. You will be fishing in the 15–30 mile range, which gives 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
    5 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    On this 5-hour trip, you'll have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Dolphin, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, Porgy, and Grunts. You'll explore the offshore waters between 5–15 miles from shore. A fishing license and gear are provided.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Explore the waters between 5–15 miles from shore on this 5-hour fishing adventure! You have the potential to catch King Mackerel, Dolphin, Grouper, Black Seabass, Amberjack, Porgy, and Grunts. A fishing license and all gear are provided.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Stay closer to shore and battle it out with some fantastic catches on this 4-hour adventure! You'll hook into the likes of King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Black Seabass, Cobia, Bonito, Porgy, and Grunts. Fishing gear is provided, all you need to bring are drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    The 4-hour trip allows you enough time to get a taste of the area's nearshore waters! Typical catches include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Black Seabass, Cobia, Bonito, Porgy, and Grunts. A fishing license and gear are provided. Bring any drinks and snacks you'd like to enjoy and hop aboard!
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About the Captain

John Cruise III
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, United States
ID & License verified
39 Customer Reviews
Response time 9 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) Grouper (Goliath)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Carolina Classic (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2007. Powered by 2 260HP Volvo D4 Common Rail Diesels engines.

Length
30 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

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

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

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
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 35 reviews
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Half day trip with captain Riley and first mate James
Half day trip with captain Riley and first mate James
Half day with Captain Riley was awesome
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Gerald G.
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 5.00
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Capt. John Cruise

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) on June 26, 2020
Captain and crew did a great job.  Were ready as arranged, had a clear plan to propose and the skills to execute the plan. ...
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Michael B.
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Half day trip with captain Riley and first mate James

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Nearshore (PM) on November 5, 2020
Great day on the water with Riley and James.  Great boat, very knowledgeable and personable captain and mate.  Great...
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Jeromy C.
Sanford, NC
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Half day with Captain Riley was awesome

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) on October 5, 2020
The guys put us on the best bunch of spanish mackerel you could every want to catch. Including a citation size monster. Captain...
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Jim P.
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Full Day Trip - Lifetime Memories

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip on May 31, 2020
Captain John and Captain Riley helped to provide a lifetime of memories for my family. We started out early and had our limit...
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Mary P.
Sanford, North Carolina
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Topsail fishing trip August 2020

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) on August 19, 2020
Best day of fishing 🎣. So accommodating. Rain in the morning and John and Forest delayed the trip so that we could still...
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