Holden Beach

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Holden Beach Fishing Charters

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Holden Beach: 113 fishing charters available

Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(149 reviews)
Holden Beach
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trips from $425

Reel Addicted Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(30 reviews)
Holden Beach
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trips from $450

Hey Now Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Holden Beach
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trips from $800

Trinity Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Holden Beach
trips from $450

Fin-Addict Fishing Charters

Holden Beach
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trips from $595

High Tide Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(52 reviews)
Ocean Isle Beach
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trips from $350

Captain Hook Outdoors

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(87 reviews)
Ocean Isle Beach
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trips from $325

Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(95 reviews)
Calabash
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trips from $450

Lucky Strike Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(354 reviews)
Calabash
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Dockside Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
Oak Island
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trips from $400

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Holden Beach

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Holden Beach costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $512, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $851. 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 Holden Beach is 28 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters, Reel Addicted Fishing Charters, and Hey Now Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Holden Beach, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Holden Beach.

Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters, Reel Addicted Fishing Charters, and Hey Now Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Holden Beach.

The best way to experience fishing in Holden Beach 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 Holden Beach, North Carolina.

The most popular fish species you can target are Cobia, King Mackerel (Kingfish), and Barracuda (Great). Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, reef fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

If you’re up for a longer trip, the Wahoo and Mahi Mahi bite is great some 30-50 miles offshore. Trolling ballyhoo is the way to go with these guys. Check availability for local fishing charters in Holden Beach.

Surrounded on all sides by water, with the Intercoastal Waterway to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, Holden Beach fishing charters have their work cut out for them. It’s one of those places where the rest of the family can enjoy the sprawling beaches and numerous parks, while you’re out chasing proper game fish.

Holden Beach Fishing Spots

Thanks to its advantageous position, Holden Beach is able to host a variety of fishing charters that specialize in inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing, as well as combinations of the three. From dense marshes to the wide blue seas, you’re in for a treat either way.

Inshore

The Intracoastal Waterway is the lifeline of the local inshore fishing scene, owing to a great number of nearby sounds, creeks and inlets. The jetties and fishing grounds near Holden Beach Bridge are where you can easily get species like Flounder, Redfish, Black Drum, and Trout in large numbers during most of the year.

Right off the eastern coast of the island, you’ll find Lockwood Folly Inlet. Go further inwards and you’ll reach the Galloway Flats, probably the best location if you’re a determined inshore angler. For something a bit less crowded, you can visit the Shallotte River inlet that’s over on the western tip of the island. Both of these places are absolutely brimming with marshland that’s a prime fish retreat during colder months.

Another great thing about the backcountry near Holden Beach is that it’s well protected from harsh winds, and the waters will remain calm throughout the year. This makes it a very viable option for family trips if you want to show your kids how fun fishing can be.

If you’re someone who likes to go off the beaten path, Saucepan Creek might interest you. It’s no more than half a mile out from Shallotte River inlet, and boasts a commendable population of Redfish, Trout, and Black Drum. Most anglers prefer Shallotte Creek simply because it’s bigger, but it would be a shame to miss out on some potentially great fishing.

Offshore

One of the more popular Holden Beach attractions when it comes to fishing is the sheer variety of different offshore fishing options available. Local sportfishing captains have a variety of different packages to satisfy everyone, including trips anywhere from 6 to 12 hours and beyond.

Shorter trips won’t involve going past the 15 mile mark, but there’s plenty of fishing done at that range too. Species like Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Amberjack, and others can keep you going for hours at a time without respite.

As you get close to the edge of the Gulf Stream, more fishing options open up. At around the 40 mile mark, you have the famous Navy Wreck, a good spot for Wahoo, Bonita, and Mahi Mahi. The best time for Wahoo fishing around here is late summer through fall.

If you want to go after the really big boys, then get ready to go as far as 75 miles offshore. This is where you have the more determined anglers deep sea fishing for the likes of Sailfish, White and Blue Marlin, and some huge bottom feeders. Marlin are tricky to find even at the best of times, which is one of the reasons these trips will take a while, i.e. 12+ hours.

Fishing Techniques

One of the more entertaining ways to get started fishing the backcountry is by going on a Flounder gigging trip - best done after sunset. There are plenty of charter captains in Holden Beach who can show you the best gigging locations around (such as creek mouths). For the more conventionally-minded anglers out there, Minnows are the bait of choice for Reds, while Shrimp is a good option because Black Drum like them as well.

When you start going offshore and towards the Gulf Stream, trolling with live bait will be your weapon of choice. Wahoo and Sailfish are both big fans of Ballyhoo, so get ready for an adrenaline-pumping fight once the bait is set and ready.

Need to Know

If you plan on fishing with a licensed charter captain, you will not need a recreational fishing license. The crew will make sure the only thing you need to be focused on is the fishing itself, while the captain will be up to date with any relevant size and bagging limits. Otherwise, please take care to purchase a North Carolina Fishing license.

If you’ve never been on a longer offshore trip before, and would like to give it a go, it might be prudent to bring some motion sickness medication if you think it might be an issue during the trip. It’s always best to check with the charter captain and see what they have to say as well.

Holden Beach
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Redfish and Trout are the winter staples of the backcountry waters, providing you with some great sight casting opportunities in the northern flats.

February

The inshore bite is still on fire out in the marshes and other inshore locations, but you can get lucky offshore too. There might just be a Sailfish with your name on it.

March

With winter on the way out, you’ll find Trout in larger numbers along with Flounder as well. Offshore, get ready for some Wahoo and Cobia action.

April

April is when Spanish Mackerel usually start moving inshore. You’ll be able to find them in depths of anywhere from 30’ to 8’ of water, the latter being right at the inlets.

May

If you’re up for a longer trip, the Wahoo and Mahi Mahi bite is great some 30-50 miles offshore. Trolling ballyhoo is the way to go with these guys.

June

As summer sets in, offshore fishing starts ramping up rapidly. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Amberjack, Kingfish, and more, just a boat ride away.

July

Just like the weather outside, the fishing is HOT! From Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish, to Blue and White Marlin, you simply can’t go wrong wherever you go.

August

If you’re looking for Black Drum, you’ll have the best odds of success if you check creeks over at the Intracoastal Waterway on both ends of the island.

September

Expect the Spanish Mackerel bite to be on fire nearshore. Local anglers like to use Clarkspoons for the best results when trolling the waters for them.

October

With summer out of the way, fishing along the Intercoastal Waterway will be picking up. The offshore bite is still strong, with Blackfin Tuna being the catch of choice.

November

This is one of the best times to be out trolling for Kingfish. The most effect way to do so is by targeting nearshore structure while slow trolling with live bait.

December

Things are cooling down in earnest, so it might be a good idea to switch things up and head to the flats. You’ll have no problems finding Reds there.

Holden Beach Fishing Calendar

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Action will depend upon the weather. Warmer days will bring more fish so if it is cold adjust your expectation accordingly. But remember that even a "bad" day fishing is great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action will depend upon the weather. Warmer days will bring more fish so if it is cold adjust your expectation accordingly. But remember that even a "bad" day fishing is great!
Gary  P.
Gary P. Marvin, NC
The half day trip is perfect for first timers. The morning trip will avoid the hot July sun and sea breezes that arrive in the pm.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The half day trip is perfect for first timers. The morning trip will avoid the hot July sun and sea breezes that arrive in the pm.
Barry  N.
Barry N. Calabash, NC
It's called fishing, not catching. Can't always know what's gonna be biting, but it's the memories you make along the way that makes it worth while.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's called fishing, not catching. Can't always know what's gonna be biting, but it's the memories you make along the way that makes it worth while.
Tony  H.
Tony H. N MARTINSVLLE, WV
The weather is beautiful and not too hot in mid June. We used to come here in late July, not any more. Book your charter early, the good ones go fast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is beautiful and not too hot in mid June. We used to come here in late July, not any more. Book your charter early, the good ones go fast.
Brian  M.
Brian M. United States
Book with Hey Now! Great guys!! They will not let you down! Fishing was great even with out live bait!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Hey Now! Great guys!! They will not let you down! Fishing was great even with out live bait!
Justin  W.
Justin W. Supply, NC

Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Slow fishing day was made much better by an attentive Captain! Brad was fantastic, searching for productive fishing spots and working with his guests to ensure everyone had a fun time. We will definitely be back with Captain Brad during our next trip. Fantastic!
Doug  H.
Doug H. Southport, North Carolina
Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Captain and mate were great. They have very nice equipment and they are very knowledgeable on the water. They put us on King mackerel almost instantly. Then it turned into shark fishing. They tried very hard to put us on fish in the afternoon but it definitely slowed down for everyone fishing. I will be booking with them next year. Thanks guys!
Matthew  S.
Matthew S. Magnolia, OH
Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Great trip, ocean was a little on the choppy side but we still got on a couple nice fish. Even managed to do a little whale watching (not a joke) while we fished. I would 100% recommend Capt. Mullins for a fun, safe trip.
Jerry  C.
Jerry C. Southport, North Carolina
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Great day fishing on the bay with my wife and 2 teenagers who were hesitant about being on a boat for the day. Captain Brad did a great job and took care of everything. No stress just fun on the water. We will be back again. Thank you.
Gary  P.
Gary P. Marvin, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Brad was able to answer all of my questions and was very patient with my young kids. They were able to both pull in a couple with his assistance and they had an amazing time.
Brian  C.
Brian C. Brevard, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Had a great time! Left from Inlet View and fished the river. After that we fished the intercostal by the bridge to Ocean Isle Beach.
Michelle  N.
Michelle N. Supply, North Carolina
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Despite the unexpected cold, we enjoyed our half day fishing tip inland fishing for speckled trout. Great way to end Thanksgiving weekend!
Constance  H.
Constance H. BLNG SPG LKS, NC
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Our trip was cancelled due to weather. .but captain represented excellent service and was keep us updated. We will try to re schedule
Don  T.
Don T. Cary, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Austin was great. Took care of us on the water, answer all our questions about the area and fishing. I will be scheduling future trips.
David  B.
David B. Winston-Salem, NC
Trinity Fishing Charters
Trinity Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Half day fishing was great they took us were the fish was and it was fun catching them
Roberto  U.
Roberto U. United States
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Had a great time started a little slow but we more than may up for the start. Was well please with the experience. Had a great day fishing.
Mike  S.
Mike S. Greensboro, NC
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Fish for drum only Caught shark, Troll for Spanish mackerel caught approximately 8-10 over 12 inches, Captain was very knowledgeably Of the waters and fishing , would do it with him again
Dave  M.
Dave M. BLNG SPG LKS, NC
Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Great experience. Easy to communicate with, accommodating, professional. Would highly recommend
Megan  H.
Megan H. Charlotte, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Austin and Brad were great. User friendly and knowledgeable. I will probably book them again in the future.
Benjamin  W.
Benjamin W. Pinehurst, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Half day out fishing. Nice day out. Fish weren’t really biting but Austin did try to get us around to different areas. He was very knowledgeable and kept our lines baited.
Janet  F.
Janet F. Addison, PA
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Clean boat, good motor. Didn't waste any time getting to spots. No issues with equipment. Only thing, bring more mullet!!! We ran out when we got on the flounder.
Chris  S.
Chris S. Winder, Georgia
Trinity Fishing Charters
Trinity Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Captain Jacob done a great job at finding the fish and give us the opportunity to reel in some good ones. Thanks guys we definitely recommend and will be booking with them again.
Adam  B.
Adam B. Johnson City, TN
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
We had a phenomenal time today with Shallotte Outdoors service. Finger mullet were hard to come by but we made it work. Still caught 2 slot redfish and a ton of croaker and the ever present pin fish. We saw many other boats out during our trip all complaining about not catching anything but we did NOT seem to have that problem. Fun was had by all three of us today and we look forward to our next trip with them.
Benji  C.
Benji C. Mebane, NC
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Captain Tyler was amazing! He provided so much information, had great gear, took our time in to consideration and made sure we hit all the good spots! He was phenomenal with our son and did his best to help us all catch something! We could not have asked for a better trip. We plan to return yearly!
William  S.
William S. Charlotte, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(149 reviews)
Captain Austin was absolutely awesome, we will be back and use this charter again.
Lawrence  D.
Lawrence D. Laconia, IN

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