Carolina Beach

106 Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach Fishing Charters

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Carolina Beach: 106 fishing charters available

Port City Inshore Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(93 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $400

Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(156 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $400

Musicman Charters Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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S. S. Fish Witch II Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(224 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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Fish Whistle Chartering

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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Tried And True Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $600

Fish Witch II Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(90 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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Tail Chaser Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(92 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $700

Dos Cervezas Dos

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(45 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $700

Fillet And Release Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(78 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $700

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Carolina Beach

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Carolina Beach, North Carolina are: Full list of top fishing charters in Carolina Beach

The average price for a private 4 hour Carolina Beach fishing trip is $592, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,168 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Carolina Beach that received great reviews from families are:

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Many fishing charters in Carolina Beach provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Carolina Beach are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Carolina Beach are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $483
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $598
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $748
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $989
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $1,500
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,332
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,800
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,188
  • 14-hour fishing trips – $2,800

Carolina Beach fishing charters have something for everyone, from family groups fishing for Flounder to seasoned pros venturing out to the legendary waters of the Gulf Stream. Take your pick of the area’s great fish species, and you can pretty much guarantee there is a local guide who specializes in catching them. North Carolina’s famous fishing pedigree definitely shows itself here, with a diverse fleet and a generations-old fishing scene the locals are rightfully proud of.

Known For

Carolina Beach fishing actually predates the town itself and the town didn’t even exist until a fishing club was established here in 1882. But don’t think for a second that fishing is all this classic east coast tourist town has to offer. The seafront is flanked by a scenic boardwalk – frequently voted one of the best in the best in the country – a beautiful pier, and of course, mile after mile of beautiful sandy shores.

Fishing Spots

We weren’t joking when we said there’s something for everyone here. Permanent populations of Flounder, Red Drum, and Speckled Trout will keep shallow-water anglers happy, while offshore aficionados battle big “smoker” King Mackerel, White Marlin, and Tuna. And that’s without even getting started on the great reefs and wrecks littering the surrounding waters. 
 
With so many options, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve gathered together some of our favorite fishing spots to help you make the most of your time in town.

Snow’s Cut

Connecting the Intracoastal Waterway with the Cape Fear River, the trench is a great place to go if you fancy bagging some big “doormat” Flounder without heading out to the open water of the surrounding reefs. The area is also blessedly protected from nets and trawlers by its strong currents and the assorted debris they bring with them. What it lacks in nets, it can sometimes make up for in hooks, though, and you will not be the only boat fishing these waters by a long shot.

Meares Harris Reef

Commonly known as “The Liberty Ship”, this artificial reef is located an easy 3.5 miles from town and is made up of old tires, concrete “reef balls”, and an assortment tugs, ships, and barges up to 440 feet long. They sit in around 50 feet of water and draw in King and Spanish Mackerel, as well as Bluefish, Cobia and a various bottom-dwellers, all of which make great table fare. The size of this reef and the large schools of baitfish drawn in by the shelter of the wrecks mean it can sustain several boats with ease.

5-Mile and 10-Mile Boxcars

These inventively-named reefs were first constructed in the 80’s, with railroad boxcars sunk five and ten miles from shore. Black Sea Bass, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Barracuda are their main residents, but you can also find Cobia, big, ocean-going Flounder, Amberjack, and even Mahi Mahi and Sailfish at the ten-mile mark. This signals the start of Carolina Beach’s awesome offshore fishing.

The Steeples

There are several spots to choose from when fishing offshore, but the Steeples really take the cake when it comes to Carolina Beach gulf stream fishing. Found a solid 60 miles from town, these rocky ridges draw in an awesome mix of big game pelagic species. You can find Bluefin, Blackfin, and Yellowfin Tuna (depending on the time of year), as well as huge Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish, and White Marlin (maybe even a Blue Marlin, if you're lucky!) This incredible deep sea action does come at a price, though, as you will need at least 10 hours to really enjoy the fishing here.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

On the other end of the scale, you can enjoy some great hookups without ever leaving dry land. The local fishing pier is perfect for solo anglers looking to bag some tasty Flounder, hard-fighting Bluefish, and Sheepshead – lots of Sheepshead. The pier also has its own tackle shop, which makes fishing here almost too easy.

Trip Prices

Carolina beach inshore fishing charters cost a lot less than you would expect. Entry-level trips aboard one of the town’s small flats boats can be as little as $300, or $500 for a full day trip. These are great for navigating the local creeks and intracoastal waters, but if you want more flexibility or have a larger group you may want to switch up to a center console. You can expect to pay around $400 for a half day, and anywhere from $550 to $750 for a full day, depending on how far out you’re going. 
 
After this, you start getting into the big leagues, but trips still don’t cost the earth. Carolina Beach fishing charter prices generally don’t go above $600 for a half day trip aboard even the most luxurious cruiser. If you’re heading offshore to the renowned waters of the Gulf Stream, a 12-hour charter will cost you around $1500. This may sound like a lot but once you factor in 100+ miles of fuel, a world-class crew, and the latest fishing tech, you start to wonder how these guys make their money.

Techniques

Most of the deep sea fishing Carolina Beach offers focuses on trolling. Dressed Ballyhoo and heavy tackle rule the waves, especially for Bluefin Tuna, where you can expect heavy 80-pound reels and beefy mono line. King Mackerel are another favorite of Carolina Beach fishing guides. Big, “Smoker Kings" are usually caught on heavy-tipped spinning rods, with live Menhaden and sturdy treble hooks. Smaller Menhaden are also used to fish for big “Doormat” Flounder, with a variety of methods to match the depth you are fishing in. 

Need to Know

Most Carolina beach fishing charters come with licenses included, especially on bigger, offshore boats. Live bait is also usually included and is sourced ahead of time on most trips. Beyond this, you will need to bring whatever you need for the day: food, drinks, sunscreen, and an extra layer or two.
 
Fly anglers are not hugely well catered for in Carolina Beach. You will be able to bring your own equipment aboard many local charters, but you will be hard-pressed to find a boat with fly fishing equipment included.
Carolina Beach
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25048 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January is somewhat of a slow month in Carolina Beach. By this we mean there are a ton of huge Striped Bass close to shore and schools of monster Bluefin Tuna in the deep. What a way to start the year!

February

Carolina Beach Bluefin Tuna fishing is still going strong and hardy offshore anglers are well-rewarded for braving the cold. There are also plenty of Flounder and Red Drum inshore if you don't fancy the long journey.

March

The fishing starts heating up in March, even if the weather rarely gets above 70 degrees. Bluefish start showing up in large numbers this time of year, along with the various predators which enjoy feasting on them.

April

The reefs have come to life by the middle of April, with Barracuda, King Mackerel, and a variety of bottom species. This is also a great time to fish for Flounder before the big ones make their way offshore.

May

The first early White Marlin show up in May, signaling the start of the summer deep sea action. There are also a ton of big Yellowfin Tuna, as well as Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and much more.

June

Carolina Beach Lake Park holds free open-air movie nights during the summer, which the family can enjoy while you head offshore to battle big game pelagics in the rich waters of the Gulf Stream.

July

The East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Classic promises awesome action against huge smoker Kings. With tens of thousands of dollars and a lot of local pride on the line, this is some seriously good fishing.

August

August is possibly the best month for fishing in Carolina Beach - If you can take the heat! slammer Bluefish, massive Sailfish, and big bull Redfish make for awesome fishing in any depth of water.

September

The Fall Flatfish Tournament is the perfect place to try for huge doormat Flounder. This is a great local fishing event with a cheap buy-in and plenty of healthy competition.

October

The Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge has been drawing anglers for years, and is the perfect way to combine awesome fishing with the area's beautiful beaches, making it great for the whole family.

November

Tournament season winds down by November, but the fishing certainly doesn't! Expect big catches of Striped Bass, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, and late season King Mackerel.

December

Walking the scenic Carolina Beach boardwalk is the perfect way to soak up the seasonal cheer, especially with the annual Christmas by the Sea providing you with plenty of warming food, drink, music, and laughter.

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The real story getting out of your circle, Atlantic ocean such a beautiful sight to see
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The real story getting out of your circle, Atlantic ocean such a beautiful sight to see
Kenneth  C.
Kenneth C. Shelby, NC
Yes we would go on Fillet and Release boat every time we come to the beach.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes we would go on Fillet and Release boat every time we come to the beach.
Harold  B.
Harold B. Lewisberry, PA
If experienced be specific what you want to catch. Otherwise trust the captain and boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If experienced be specific what you want to catch. Otherwise trust the captain and boat.
David  B.
David B. Apex, North Carolina
I would highly recommend using Cpt. Dave and Let's Roll Charters. I have been on a few charters and were as enjoyable as his was.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend using Cpt. Dave and Let's Roll Charters. I have been on a few charters and were as enjoyable as his was.
Jeff  B.
Jeff B. Winston-Salem, NC
Use a guide and team who is experienced and knowledgeable. We did, and it was awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a guide and team who is experienced and knowledgeable. We did, and it was awesome!
Kenneth  M.
Kenneth M. Sanford, NC
Check out the great time with your family fishing off the coast with a seasoned ship's crew. I'm ready to go again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the great time with your family fishing off the coast with a seasoned ship's crew. I'm ready to go again.
Steven  D.
Steven D. Cookeville, TN
The fish are there, you just have to go after them. Prepare for your trip, and stay hydrated.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The fish are there, you just have to go after them. Prepare for your trip, and stay hydrated.
Boyd  M.
Boyd M. Lexington, NC
Ray will welcome you onto his boat if it's the first time you have fished or if you are a seasoned expert.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ray will welcome you onto his boat if it's the first time you have fished or if you are a seasoned expert.
Dan  H.
Dan H. Monroe, NC
It was our first . one member was sick most of the trip so plan ahead and take your meds
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was our first . one member was sick most of the trip so plan ahead and take your meds
Joey  P.
Joey P. Fayetteville, NC
4 hour trips stay close to shore. Expect blues and potentially spanish mackerel. Weather can be a potential issue. We had a great trip. Many blues and a few spanish mackerel.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
4 hour trips stay close to shore. Expect blues and potentially spanish mackerel. Weather can be a potential issue. We had a great trip. Many blues and a few spanish mackerel.
David  J.
David J. Wilmington, NC
Captain snow will provide everything you need for a good day of fishing. All you need to take and something to eat, dress for the weather, and don't forget the motion sickness pills.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain snow will provide everything you need for a good day of fishing. All you need to take and something to eat, dress for the weather, and don't forget the motion sickness pills.
Denny  H.
Denny H. Wilmington, NC
Had a great time fishing the area. November may be a little slower but we still had a great time and got some fish. Hey it's better than working.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had a great time fishing the area. November may be a little slower but we still had a great time and got some fish. Hey it's better than working.
Dale  B.
Dale B. Monroeville, OH
Some lightweight fishing gloves would be useful, as you will grab the lines with your bare hands to pull the fish in for the last few yards. Do that 40 times like we did, and my soft hands got pretty sore. Plus reeling them in. A small towel for sweat-wiping!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some lightweight fishing gloves would be useful, as you will grab the lines with your bare hands to pull the fish in for the last few yards. Do that 40 times like we did, and my soft hands got pretty sore. Plus reeling them in. A small towel for sweat-wiping!
Tom  M.
Tom M. Durham, NC
The captain and crew knew what they were doing and where the fish were hanging out! I know other fishing waters but not these, so going with them was a blessing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain and crew knew what they were doing and where the fish were hanging out! I know other fishing waters but not these, so going with them was a blessing!
James  S.
James S. Hendersonville, NC
I would recommend a four-hour trip and fishing on the Cape Fear River or just offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend a four-hour trip and fishing on the Cape Fear River or just offshore.
Eric  Z.
Eric Z. Charlotte, NC
Book a trip with Fish Witch, they won't only take you fishing, they teach you and let you do the fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Fish Witch, they won't only take you fishing, they teach you and let you do the fishing.
Joe  M.
Joe M. Lillington, NC
The fishing locations were impressive. Not crowded. Scenic. Clean. The difficulty was due to recent rains and river "stained." Shrimp was better than mudminnows. Carolina rigs and bombers utilized.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The fishing locations were impressive. Not crowded. Scenic. Clean. The difficulty was due to recent rains and river "stained." Shrimp was better than mudminnows. Carolina rigs and bombers utilized.
Kevin  S.  M.
Kevin S. M. Yorktown, VA
The experience is all up to the captain. Find a charter that will meet your expectations. Read the reviews and book early. Then go out and enjoy yourself!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The experience is all up to the captain. Find a charter that will meet your expectations. Read the reviews and book early. Then go out and enjoy yourself!
Walter  S.
Walter S. Carolina Beach, NC
The day was hotter than expected. I would recommend to bring plenty of sunscreen. Fishing is great though. Expect to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The day was hotter than expected. I would recommend to bring plenty of sunscreen. Fishing is great though. Expect to catch fish.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. Beaver, WV
Bring plenty of water to drink, as it gets really hot in NC in June. Expect to do a lot of trolling and be ready for bursts of crazy action! It’s not a real long boat ride since there’s a lot of good fishing about 5 miles offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of water to drink, as it gets really hot in NC in June. Expect to do a lot of trolling and be ready for bursts of crazy action! It’s not a real long boat ride since there’s a lot of good fishing about 5 miles offshore.
Ray  P.
Ray P. Troy, MI

Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(90 reviews)
This was amazing! Captain Carl knows what he’s talking about. We will definitely do this again! And Shawn was awesome. He kept bait on the hooks and everything clean.
Tim  R.
Tim R. Glen Raven, NC
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(93 reviews)
Terrific experience; captain was very knowledgeable, hard working. Brian was very upbeat and definitely a people person and a joy to have met. I will be calling on him again.
William  S.
William S. Liberty, SC
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Captain Bryan made our first fishing excursion well worth the wait!!! Above and beyond to make sure we had a good day!!! Highly recommended!! Will be returning!!!
Sybil  W.
Sybil W. Thomasville, NC
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(93 reviews)
Bryan is a great captain. He works hard to put you on fish, provides excellent support and coaching as needed. He has excellent interpersonal skills and we will definitely book him again.
Micheal  S.
Micheal S. Mooresville, NC
Southern Sportfishing
Southern Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Bennett was our Captain. Excellent experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Pro tip...call them directly and skip the finders fee.
Lawrence  B.
Lawrence B. Wilmington, North Carolina
Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
Great time with a great Captain and a first Mate. We will be back next year :)
Rob  P.
Rob P. Wilmington, North Carolina
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
We went out 7am fishing, we caught 37 Spanish mackerel and had a great time! Such a nice crew and very helpful. We are eating mackerel tonight for dinner.
Maggie  G.
Maggie G. Boston, VA
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
The Captain was very knowledgeable about where to fish and we all got a fish instantly. Captain Bryan was down to Earth and made it an enjoyable trip. Will definitely be booking again.
Carrie  D.
Carrie D. Leland, NC
Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(90 reviews)
Very good captain Shane was very good putting us on the fish every body wants to go out again very good day I highly recommend him to go fishing
Robert  S.
Robert S. Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Captain Bryan was waiting for us promptly at our agreed time. He put us on fish right away! Once we got the hang of it we caught our limit of Flounder and a few Red Drum. He was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions he even recommended how to cook our catch and added a couple of restaurant ideas. Thanks again for a great day.
Karl  M.
Karl M. Saint Paul, MN
Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(90 reviews)
Parker and the captain were great. We had a wonderful time and caught lots of fish. Will probably do another trip next spring when relatives are visiting us here in Wilmington.
Mike  Z.
Mike Z. Wilmington, NC
Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(90 reviews)
Even though seas were a little rough Sean the captain and Parker the 1st mate did a great job making sure we were able to catch many fish. They did a fantastic job and I plan to use them again.
David  B.
David B. Apex, North Carolina
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Awesome trip! Bryan had us in Flounder all day. A few drum and other species were just a bonus. Will be calling again in the future.
Ted  B.
Ted B. Yadkinville, NC
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
We had a great time with Nick and Shawn, and caught plenty of fish. We spent the last hour fishing for shark and got a Hammerhead! A great day on the water!
Mike  B.
Mike B. Midlothian, VA
Caught Up Fishing Charters
Caught Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
This guy knows what's he's doing! Personable, attentive, and knowledgeable.... Great combination for a fishing charter guide. Will absolutely do this again with him, I'm planning to bring my grandchildren!
Don  D.
Don D. United States
Fish Whistle Chartering
Fish Whistle Chartering
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Captain Randy and his first mate were top notch fishermen and they made it so much fun! The boat was neat and we all felt like we were in good hands. I would definitely recommend their trips and look forward to fishing with them again.
Heidi  F.
Heidi F. Wilmington, NC
Xcessive Risk Sportfishing
Xcessive Risk Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
First time deep sea fishing for all 4 passengers. CPT Clint and 1st Mate Dillon were very knowledgeable and made sure we got onto good fishing. They were great teachers and made sure we knew how to land even the big ones. Excellent experience with our family. We went out in rough weather but they made sure we had a good time and avoided the worst of it whil filling up the fish hold. Highly recommend booking with these guys.
Paul  R.
Paul R. Fayetteville, NC
Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(74 reviews)
Came with some colleagues and had a very productive morning catching plenty of Spanish mackerel and a few blue fish with Captain Dave and his son Hunter. Great experience, easy to communicate with and overall a very friendly team to work with.
Alan  P.
Alan P. Cary, NC
Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(90 reviews)
This was my first ever experience fishing snd I loved it. Carl and Parker made it fun snd we caught a bunch of fish. The trip was an overall success ..can’t wait to go again ..
Tina  S.
Tina S. Carolina Beach, NC
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
We had an amazing time with these guys! They got us on the fish in no time and we ended the morning with 32 Spanish Mackeral and 3 sharks! Both Nick and Shjon were very accommodating and did everything they could to make this a fun trip for our family and they did not disappoint! We look forward to another trip in the future and will definitely make our way back to S.S Fish Witch II Charters! Thanks for a successful day of fishing and making memories with our family! 🦈
Casie  G.
Casie G. Kingston, WV

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