Emerald Isle

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Emerald Isle Fishing Charters

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Emerald Isle: 104 fishing charters available

Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters

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Emerald Isle
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trips from $400

See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (13)
Emerald Isle
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trips from $500

First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (8)
Emerald Isle
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Venture Charters NC

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (9)
Atlantic Beach
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trips from $400

First Due Fishing Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (8)
Emerald Isle
trips from $600

Mama Tried Sportfishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (10)
Newport
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trips from $800

Reel Time Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (44)
Atlantic Beach
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trips from $500

S and C Fishing LLC

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (59)
Atlantic Beach
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trips from $500

Breakwater Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (50)
Morehead City
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trips from $600

Tombstone Charters

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Atlantic Beach
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trips from $450

Emerald Isle is a textbook example of a thriving tourist hotspot. It’s situated on the northern end of the Golden Coast and its residential population never exceeded more than 4,000 people. However, come summer and peak tourism season, there’s likely to be more than ten times that number of people staying there. This interest extends to Emerald Isle fishing charters as well, since the location is very well suited for offshore fishing trips to the Gulf Stream.

The breathtaking vistas are best enjoyed on the numerous bike paths that cover most of the coastline. Once you’re done with your fishing trip, make sure to visit Emerald Isle Woods Park — you wouldn’t want to miss the dune trails and kayak trips.

Emerald Isle Fishing Spots

Bogue Sound

Bogue Sound separates Emerald Isle from the mainland, and it’s a popular inshore fishing location to boot. You’re bound to see plenty of people on kayaks fishing for Flounder and Speckled Trout, especially during fall and early winter. If you fish near the USMC Auxiliary Airport, you might be treated to a nice look at military jets going out to the Atlantic for drills.

Emerald Isle Pier

The Emerald Isle Pier is where all sorts of adventures take place, beloved by both anglers for its length and fishing opportunities as well as tourists for the breathtaking sights it offers. You’ll see plenty of anglers on boats nearby, not just on the pier itself. If you get to visit it only once we recommend doing so at sunset. You can thank us later! Fish caught here can vary depending on the time of day and season, with anything from simple Bluefish to Spanish Mackerel and Sharks being fair game. Make sure to dress in layers because it can get very windy at times.

The Point

As far as Emerald Isle surf fishing goes, The Point is the number 1 spot you need to visit. It’s located on the westernmost tip of the island, and has almost a mile of pristine surfing area to navigate. What most newcomers to The Point won’t notice is that behind it lies a 3-sided island hole that’s brimming with quality bait for you to use.  A good Flounder bite is almost guaranteed in autumn, and evening casts for Reds are the way to go if you want to relax after a long day.

Gulf Stream

Travelling 40 miles out to sea will bring you to the Gulf Stream, which is teaming with game fish. See if you can find a comfortable boat, because fishing the Gulf Stream is very rewarding but takes time. Getting on a good boat shouldn’t be too much of a problem since Emerald Isle is a popular launching point for offshore charters and plenty of captains specialize in providing the finest experience. Once you’re finally there, you can fish until you drop for some of the North Atlantic's favorite big game fish like Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Marlin, and more.

If you don’t have too much time on your hands you can visit the closer artificial wrecks like AR 285 or AR 330. Not more than 15 miles away, you can have a quick 5 or 6-hour trip and be back in time for lunch.

Fishing Techniques

When fishing on the surf there’s a couple of things to bear in mind, especially if you plan on fishing Bogue Inlet from The Point. Most importantly, be wary of very long casts because you can easily get a strong bite out of nowhere, and the prospective catch bolts off with 100 yards of line before you know it. If you’re proficient with C-rigs, you’ll make great use of them in these waters.

For those more interested in deep sea fishing from Emerald Isle, you’re sure to have fun on longer trips to the Gulf Stream. Trolling is likely to be your go-to for Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Blue and White Marlin, Tuna, and other big game fish. Make sure to check what the best time is to go fishing for your dream fish. You can’t expect to go after both Bluefin Tuna and Sailfish at the same time, so plan accordingly.

Need to Know

Going out with a professional charter service is generally the most hassle-free way to go fishing, and it means you will not need to buy any sort of fishing license. In all other cases you will need to acquire a valid North Carolina Fishing license, including when fishing from a pier or beach.

Make sure to keep your eye out for the latest regulations when it comes to species caught in the Atlantic that have opened and closed seasons, most notably Red Snapper and Spanish Mackerel. Some fishing seasons will close early once the annual catch limit is met.

Emerald Isle
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January

Fish will start moving near the beachfront thanks to the cooling waters, so anglers on the surf should get their Minnows and Shrimp bait ready.

February

You should consider longer offshore trips only if you’re after Bluefin Tuna, in all other cases nearshore wrecks are a much better option for getting your hands full at this time of year.

March

You don’t need to stay out long before reaching your limit for the day, especially if you’re willing to go out a bit further to spots like AR-285.

April

Bogue Sound should have enough Redfish and Trout to tide you over, but this is when offshore fishing starts getting good, with Wahoo, Yellowfins, and Blackfins coming over.

May

Mahi Mahi should be making their way down to the artificial reefs. Use smaller deep diving lures when trolling to have the best chance of success.

June

Nearshore fishing this time of year can be a source of great fun. Family trips for Spanish Mackerel are very popular with the local fishing charters.

July

The Trout bite should be great in most parts of Bogue Sound. For optimal results, get started early in the morning and make good use of topwater plugs.

August

Redfish and Flounder will be the main targets of anyone fishing in the marshland, while the Billfish bite should be amazing in the Gulf Stream.

September

Schools of Spanish Mackerel can be found right off the beach, which means The Point is ripe for the taking. The bigger specimens will be further off near the reefs.

October

Kingfish will be feeding near the Bogue Inlet around this time, presenting you with a chance to go after them without trekking too far for too long.

November

The False Albacore bite is very strong nearshore, with metal jigs being used by most anglers around. The Kings are still around for latecomers.

December

While the Wahoo bite might taper off, this is a booming time to be going after Bluefin Tuna and Kingfish in particular. Sailfishing will be a hit-or-miss affair most of the time.

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We surf fish every time we come down. We had another great successful trip! ( This is actually the reason we come down is to surf fish)
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We surf fish every time we come down. We had another great successful trip! ( This is actually the reason we come down is to surf fish)
Kim  H.
Kim H. Delaware, OH
learn to pop a jig and you will catch fish but size in April may not be a keeper but close.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
learn to pop a jig and you will catch fish but size in April may not be a keeper but close.
Jason  L.
Jason L. Hubert, North Carolina

Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Excellent Captain from the start with boat safety and introduction. Awesome with the kids (6&10) and he is also quite the photographer. Fine job!!!!👍
Daryll  S.
Daryll S. Zebulon, NC
First Due Fishing Charters
First Due Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Cought almost our limit. Captain kept us on fish all day. I've been on two other charts and this was by far the best in my opinion
Jason  B.
Jason B. Hardy, VA
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Had a great time & caught a variety of fish. Capt Tim is very knowledgeable, has top-notch equipment and boat, and is a hard worker. Also enjoyed the scenery, birds, and wildlife - saw a black bear swim across an inlet from a sandbar to a small barrier island.
Bill  W.
Bill W. Greensboro, NC
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
It was a slow afternoon, but Capt. Tim still put us on some fish. He was great with my eight year old daughter. She was super excited to catch her speckled trout, and will remember it for years to come. She also enjoyed trading cheesey jokes with Captain Tim!
Rodney  B.
Rodney B. Winston-Salem, NC
First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore
First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 8 reviews
Celebrated my son’s 13th birthday and it was awesome! Captain Andrew did everything we wanted to do. We will definitely do a trip with him again!
John  W.
John W. New Bern, North Carolina
See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater
See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Had a great time with Bud today. Weather wasn't cooperating and didn't catch much, but had a good time trying! Bud has a great personality, and was very helpful and informative. He even cleaned our fish fish, and since we were staying close by, he delivered it right to the house! Now that's service!
Kristen  T.
Kristen T. Granite Quarry, NC
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Fish weren't biting today Capt Tim did everything he could to get us fish
Larry  S.
Larry S. Aylett, VA
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Everything was good. Good experience. Captain Tim was great captain. Caught a nice trout.
Tim  C.
Tim C. Winston-Salem, NC
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 144 reviews
Captain Tim was great.....put us on the fish within 5 minutes of casting. Call Capt. Tim Johnson today for a fun fishing trip.
Carla  W.
Carla W. Wilson, NC
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Captain Tim was great showing me and my grandson how to fish off Emerald Isle. We saw fish hitting the surface but not that many bites. The water temperature was 83 degrees and around 90 air temp at the end of trip. I look forward going out with Captain Tim in the fall.
John  O.
John O. Durham, NC
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
We caught fish we did not know existed, ribbon fish and lizard fish (I think that is the name), and a red drum. We watched Captain Tim catch bait and how to throw a seine net. I had hoped the grand children boys would have reeled in a fish, even one to throw back due to size, but they were not biting. The boys thought the fast boat was pretty cool.
Leonard  B.
Leonard B. West Chester, PA
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
We had a great morning fishing with Captain Tim. He knows where the fish are. Highly recommend booking a charter. If you have down time between catching fish, Captain Tim has an endless bank of jokes to tell to keep you smiling.
Sean  W.
Sean W. Richmond, VA
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
We had a great experience offshore this morning with Captain Tim. Great boat, fun captain, but no fish for this novice crew.... Nonetheless we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would do it again!
Trisha  S.
Trisha S. Vienna, VA
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Capt. Tim was very fun and personable! His boat was fantastic and with his Yamaha 250 Racing engine, we got where we had to go quickly and safely! His tackle was top notch as well... Thanks a
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. Noblestown, PA
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Great 5 hours with Capt Tim! Fish were scared of the impending storm but we had a wonderful time and will certainly call him for our next vaca!
Patrick  W.
Patrick W. Columbus, OH
See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater
See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Had a great time with Capt Bud. He is very knowledgeable and took us to all the fishing spots to try our hand. Also, a great guy to have a conversation with. I would recommend giving Capt Bud a try when in the area.
Warren  W.
Warren W. Weyers Cave, Virginia
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 144 reviews
Great trip. Captain Tim did a great job, kept the grandkids entertained despite slow fishing
Frederick  B.
Frederick B. Swansboro, North Carolina
See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater
See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Beautiful morning on the water. Mike is knowledgeable and patient. He can help beginners or guide experienced anglers
Ashley  N.
Ashley N. Winder, Georgia
First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore
First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 8 reviews
Outstanding, family friendly trip!! Capt Andrew was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He answered every question and showed us some amazing sights and experiences. I would highly recommend this trip for everyone looking for a fun time on the water! Thank you Capt Andrew!!
Wade  B.
Wade B. Lake Shore, MD
First Due Fishing Charters
First Due Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
We had a blast, the boat was great and the weather cooperated. Captain Andrew knows his stuff and was able to put us on some fish!
Thomas  S.
Thomas S. Winterville, NC

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Emerald Isle

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Emerald Isle costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $456, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $643. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Emerald Isle is 24 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters, See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater, and First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore are some of the most popular fishing charters in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Emerald Isle.

Pirates Life 4 Us Fishing Charters, See Ya Outdoors – Saltwater, and First Due Fishing Charters–Inshore all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Emerald Isle.

The best way to experience fishing in Emerald Isle 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 Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

The most popular fish species you can target are Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Fish will start moving near the beachfront thanks to the cooling waters, so anglers on the surf should get their Minnows and Shrimp bait ready. Check availability for local fishing charters in Emerald Isle.

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