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Fishing in Beaufort

Beaufort fishing charters are the gateway to the area’s diverse world of angling. From downtown piers to the open seas – these waters hold a challenge for every visitor. Located on the southern tip of the Inner Banks, this third oldest settlement in North Carolina is where incredible inshore fishing meets offshore thrills in the Gulf Stream!

Bring your family along and explore the shallows, targeting some tough-fighters like Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, and even Sharks. If you’re looking for a workout, troll the nearshore waters for brutes like Barracuda, Amberjack, Kingfish, and Cobia. Finally, if it’s a trophy you’re after, nothing is better  than getting on an offshore charter in search of beasts like Tuna, Sailfish, or Marlin.

Your target of choice also tells you what kind of trip you should book. A half day trip is great for learning about Beaufort inshore fishing, making it popular with beginners and families. If your sea legs are ready, opt for an expedition to choppy nearshore waters on an extended half day trip. For the fight of your life, head to the Gulf Stream on a full day adventure!

This small town lives and breathes fishing. This is immediately clear once you see its shoreline and all the docks and marinas dotting the coast. Most charters depart from the marinas along Town Creek, which provides boats with ample cover and quick access to the ocean via the Beaufort Inlet. 

Rules & Regulations

Your captain’s for-hire license will cover everyone on board. If you decide to test your luck from the pier, you will need to purchase a North Carolina Fishing license beforehand.

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Beaufort Fishing Seasons

Make it your new year’s resolution to get out on the water more. Bluefish, Redfish, and Trout will be biting inshore, while monster Bluefin Tuna will provide a thrill offshore.

It may not be the first thing on your mind, but getting out into the open seas can be fruitful despite the weather. Keep warm battling Sharks, Wahoo, Little Tunny, and more offshore.
The sun is out and the fish are tempting. The year-round inshore population is as hungry as ever, while Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna are calling you offshore for a worthy fight.
Make the most of the productive waters before the crowds arrive. As plenty of new fish arrive, you’ll have a wealth of fishing all to yourself, so get ready to fill up on delicious fish!
It’s almost peak season, so you can expect thrilling fishing in beautiful weather. Nearshore fishing has hit its stride, so you can finally hunt Cobia in the shallower Ocean waters.
School’s almost out, and it’s time to get out on the water. Get the kids hooked inshore or show them the buzz of the Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Classic and target Sailfish or Marlin.
Excited fishermen from all over the world flock to Beaufort in July for the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Come and see why and you may land a share of the $2 million prize fund!
The Crystal Coast is still overflowing. Don’t let the summer get away from you! Come and discover the best fishing inshore, nearshore, and offshore before the weather turns.
A quiet getaway after the summer madness is just perfect. As the crowds die down, you’ll have the water to yourself. Take advantage and fill the boat with fish from Trout to Tuna.
There’s no sense that the season is winding down as it’s full steam ahead. As the weather changes, you’ll keep warm working out against Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, or Mackerel.
Winter is on its way, so wrap up warm and get on the water to learn about inshore fishing, explore the nearshore reefs, or hit up the Gulf Stream. head home with a hearty catch.
It’s never too late to go fishing, so don't let the year get away from you. North Carolina fishing is open for business year round so end the year in style and practice your skills!

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Top Targeted Species in Beaufort

Cobia

Cobia

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish

Redfish

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Seabass (Black)

Seabass (Black)

Bluefish

Bluefish