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Top Fishing Charters in Calabash

Fishing in Calabash

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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Calabash Fishing Seasons

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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What People Are Saying About Calabash

"4 hour trip with Capt Robert and 1st Mate Snoopy!"

Stephen S. fished with Blue Fin Fishing Charters on July 4, 2019

Call your trip Captain before the day of and make sure your both on the same page as to what your wanting to fish for.

"Fishing with Robert"

Curtis F. fished with Calabash Fishing Fleet on July 4, 2019

Let the captain direct you. He knows the waters. Will definitely be booking with them again .

"Excellent Trip!!!! 12 Hr Gulf Stream"

Joseph C. fished with Party Time Charters on June 16, 2019

This was our first time in Calabash and it did not disappoint

"Full Day Trip with Captain TJ"

Wendy Baker - Smith fished with Fish Screamer III on June 4, 2019

WOW the fish we right on the hooks we barely had enough time to drop and wind they were hitting hard.

Top Targeted Species in Calabash

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)





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