Capt. Andy's Guide Service

Capt. Andy’s Guide Service offers inshore and nearshore fishing trips in and around Beaufort, North Carolina. Captain Andy Bates knows that every day on the water is a blessing, and he works hard to provide his customers with the best experience. He will see to it that you land a great catch while learning, laughing, and making memories on the way. Come aboard for a trip to remember!

Capt. Andy operates a 22’ Pathfinder powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine. With a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots, this vessel packs enough power to get you to the fishing grounds in no time. On board you will find top of the line tackle by TFO, Penn, Daiwa, Florida Fishing Products, and Redington.

The inshore and nearshore waters surrounding Morehead City host a variety of game fish throughout the seasons. While fishing inshore anywhere from New Bern to Cape Lookout Shoals you can have a blast targeting Speckled Trout, Red Drum, Striped Bass, and Flounder on light tackle and fly.

Casting lines in nearshore waters opens entirely new possibilities. False Albacore in the fall make for some drag screaming action that anglers of any skill level can enjoy, from the seasoned pro to the young bucks. Or try your hand at the local “run and gun” style of fishing for Spanish Mackerel, chopper Bluefish, and Red Drum along the coast.

If there’s a certain species you’re after, tell Capt. Andy ahead of time and he will suggest the best time to go fishing. Or tell him when you plan to be in town and he can let you know what the fishing will be like. The fishing changes every year, but he will do everything he can to help you land the trophy you’re after.

Capt. Andy’s Guide Service provides spinning and fly fishing equipment. The boat can take up to three passengers and children are welcome. Anglers age 16 and older must bring a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL).

Book your trip today for unforgettable fishing off the coast of North Carolina!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Trophy Drum
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 15 Oct
    $700
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Spend the day fishing The Pamlico Sound and surrounding rivers targeting citation size adult red drum. North Carolina boasts the largest size class of trophy adult red drum in the world! NC holds the world record for red drum. Popping cork, artificial lures, and fly fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore/Nearshore
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Sat, Sun)
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Join Capt. Andy for a full day on the water, fishing in shore or nearshore for a variety of species. Depending on the season you might hook into Redfish, Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, False Albacore, and more. Top of the line gear is provided. Just be sure to bring a valid fishing license. Active and retired Military discount available.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Dec
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Nearshore ocean fishing for Spanish mackerel, King Mackerel, False Albacore, and Atlantic bonito and much more. We will fish for these species by casting, trolling, jigging, primarily and occasionally will live bait.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Nearshore
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Dec
    $550
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Nearshore ocean fishing for Spanish mackerel, King Mackerel, False Albacore, and Atlantic bonito. We will fish for these species by casting, trolling, jigging, primarily and occasionally will live bait.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Trophy Big Drum
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jul - 15 Oct
    $550
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound and Neuse River boasts the best class size of trophy adult red drum in the world. We target them using popping corks, artificial lures, as well as on the fly!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip you can fish inshore for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, and Flounder. Capt. Andy supplies top of the line spinning and fly fishing gear. Just remember to bring a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This half day trip is the perfect opportunity to fish inshore for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, and Flounder. Capt. Andy supplies top of the line spinning and fly fishing gear. Just be sure to bring a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Nearshore
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Dec
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Nearshore ocean fishing for Spanish mackerel, King Mackerel, False Albacore, and Atlantic bonito. We will fish for these species by casting, trolling, jigging, primarily and occasionally will live bait.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jun - 1 Aug
    $400
    up to 1 person
    + $50
    each additional person
    Enjoy an exciting evening of shark fishing for Blacktips, Sharpnose, and Spinner Sharks!
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About the Captain

Andy Bates
Beaufort, North Carolina, United States
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4 Customer Reviews
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Member since November 2017
Captain Andy Bates discovered his passion for fishing at a young age while casting lines in the Puget Sound of the Pacific Northwest. He knew early on that he would make a living in the outdoors. Capt. Andy has been fishing and hunting in the waters of North Carolina since 2003, when the Marine Corps stationed him here. He married his wife in 2005. After two combat deployments, he left the service in 2007 and decided to call NC home. He has spent every day since exploring the backwaters and coast for fish and fowl. Since having his two sons, Andy has been driven by his desire to teach and to give others a great experience on the water. He strives to learn something new every day. His motto is, "No matter what you're doing or how many times you've done it, there is always something to learn."

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Bluefish Bluefish
Bonito Bonito
Cobia Cobia
Little Tunny (False Albacore) Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Redfish Redfish
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Pathfinder 2200v (Bay boat) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
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When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.75
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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June fishing trip
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
75%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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John R.
Chapel Hill, NC
 5.00
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Half-day inshore fishing trip with Captain Andy

VERIFIED   June 15, 2019
Captain Andy made our fishing trip a great experience in every way. He took time to ask our preference (inshore vs trolling...
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Anson M.
Lancaster, SC
 4.00
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   June 15, 2019
They were good people, hope to go again next time I visit
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Michelle T.
United States
 5.00
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4 he evening shark trip.

VERIFIED   July 16, 2018
Captain Andy and 1st mate Owen were awesome! Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful! My son caught 5 sharks.
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Billy T.
Lexington, SC
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Fishing with Andy

VERIFIED   June 30, 2018
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