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It’s no surprise that the self-proclaimed “seafood capital of the world” offers incredible angling opportunities. Calabash fishing charters go along the Calabash River, through South Carolina’s Little River, and into the Atlantic. You can even hit up the Intracoastal Waterway to catch something delicious to cook, Calabash-style!
 

What type of fishing charter is best for me?

For Beginners

The tidal Calabash River is full of prized fish. Within minutes you’ll be casting or trolling, so even a four-hour trip is enough.
 
If your license covers it, you may fish the Little River, while the Intracoastal works its way back into North Carolina. With a guide and first mate, you’ll learn to troll and bottom fish to catch your first Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Trout, Bass, or Mackerel.
 

Feeling a little more adventurous?

Some productive reefs lie 10 miles offshore. A half or 3/4-day nearshore trip will explore these popular feeding spots for some tasty fish. Get out into the Atlantic and bottom fish to hook Cobia, Amberjack, Barracuda, Sharks, and many other tough-fighters. Fill the boat and head home with a treat.
 

Thrill-seeking adventures

You need to go pretty far to catch the biggest creatures in the sea. Fortunately, a Calabash deep sea fishing charter has you covered. On trips upward of 10 hours, you’ll head out to the Gulf Stream, hunting some beasts. 
 
Troll the open waters and get ready for the fight of your life. Experience the thrill of monster Marlin and stunning Sailfish, while landing a Tuna or Mahi Mahi will have you witnessing that famous Carolinian cuisine when back ashore. 
 

When to Go

In winter, Striped Bass fill the shallows, as Flounder, Bluefish, and Speckled Trout make their way out. Head offshore and Bluefin Tuna will test your skills.
 
As spring kicks in, you’ll target Drum, Mackerel, and Cobia inshore and nearshore. The deep sea fishing heats up too, with Blackfin replacing Bluefin Tuna, and Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo making an appearance.
 
From May to August, everywhere is overflowing with delicious and exciting fish. This is the peak season and the tourists flock in. Reserve your Calabash fishing trip early not to miss out.
 
If you’d rather have the water to yourself, but still want thrilling fishing, fall is the ideal time. Go after Kingfish, Tuna, and Mahi in the deep, while inshore will see you target Flounder, Bass, Trout, and Bluefish. 
 

What to Bring 

Most boats will come equipped with everything you need for a productive day. Bring your own food and drink and make the most of the spacious vessels, that usually have a toilet. 
 
A fishing charter based in North Carolina will have you covered for a license. If you want to fish in SC, get in touch with your captain beforehand to see if the boat is covered there. 
 
Make sure to dress appropriately depending on the season – and bring sunscreen during the summer. A range of Calabash fishing charters are waiting to take you away! 
 
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January

Start the year as you mean to go on – with a splash! Head offshore and battle it out with some monster Bluefin Tuna, or stay inshore and go after some huge Striped Bass.

 
February

Nearshore trips may be more fruitful, but there’s still time to catch some of the last of the Bluefins, and Bass, as well as the year-round Amberjack or Redfish population.

 
March

The season finally starts and you can smell new life all around. Black Drum and Bluefish will make their way inshore, while the first Mahi, Marlin, and Wahoo start to show up.

 
April

It’s all go as Calabash builds up to the peak season. Get your fish on, whether inshore against Drum and Bluefish or offshore versus monster Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and more.

 
May

Come and see why people go wild for fishing in NC. Incredible fishing is calling your name and you may be lucky to miss the crowds as you troll offshore or bottom fish inshore.

 
June

The sun is out, so enjoy it! Cool off with the sea breeze and explore the diverse fishing grounds. Spend as little or long as you want fishing, with exciting inshore and offshore options.

July

Come and see the North Carolinian waters at their finest. The shallows are full of Drum, Redfish, Mackerel, and Trout, while the offshore bite of the pelagics is on top form.

August

Get offshore and spend 12 hours in the sun, or stay inshore and get your fix of fishing. Make the most of the summer before it ends and you may even make the catch of your life!

 

September

The crowds have gone but the fish remain. Offshore fishing yields Kingfish, Mackerel, Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo, while Trout, Redfish, and Flounder will fill the inshore waters.

 
October

While the season may be coming to a close, there’s still plenty of fish around. Fish inshore for Redfish, Flounder, and Trout, or head offshore for the last few Kingfish and Mahi Mahi.

 
November

Taking precautions against the weather and beware of the choppy water, but the fishing is just as fun! Blackfin Tuna are returning offshore, while Striped Bass are back inshore.

 
December

End the year in style and catch something delicious. While out on the water, you’ll have no trouble staying warm as you work out against Tuna, Bass, or any other lingering fish.

 

Calabash Fishing Calendar

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August fishing trip
Stevie J. fished with Party Time Charters on August 20, 2021
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We had a great trip and would probably book again with this charter.
August fishing trip
Eric G. fished with Party Time Charters on August 11, 2021
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Get ready to catch a bunch of fish. My shoulder was sore by the end of the trip.
Half day trip
Kenneth R. fished with Calabash Fishing Fleet on July 4, 2021
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Take the half day fishing trip had a great time Crew was very polite and very experienced in what they do they took very good care of all of our needs
Had a great time
Paul O. fished with Party Time II on June 16, 2021
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For your first time, definitely take a heroic dose of Dramamine if you don’t have sea legs...lol. Have a good time!!!!!
Half day trip with Captain Chris
Steve A. fished with Calabash Fishing Fleet on June 1, 2021
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Trust the Captain and his deck mate. Made the trip feel safe and relaxing. We had an awesome time and have memories that will last a lifetime!
Perfect day
Kathleen H. fished with Calabash Fishing Fleet on May 30, 2021
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Even on a cloudy and cool afternoon, we had a blast. Dress in layers, just in case, and enjoy the great outdoors!
Half day trip with Captain Ed
Harrison H. fished with Lucky Strike Charters on May 27, 2021
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Listen to the deck hand and take his tips
Fishing with Ed
Marie-Christine C. fished with Lucky Strike Charters on May 19, 2021
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Be aware there is not a whole lot of biodiversity closer to shore in May so the shorter trips are going to be limited in what's available to catch.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Calabash

According to customer reviews, Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters, Party Time II, and Party Time Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Calabash, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Calabash.

Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters, Party Time II, and Party Time Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Calabash.

The best way to experience fishing in Calabash is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Calabash, North Carolina.


The crowds have gone but the fish remain. Offshore fishing yields Kingfish, Mackerel, Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo, while Trout, Redfish, and Flounder will fill the inshore waters.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Calabash.

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