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According to customer reviews, Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter, Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters, and Salty Southern Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Holden Beach, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Holden Beach.

The average price for a private 4 hour Holden Beach fishing trip is $454, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $877 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter, Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters, and Salty Southern Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Holden Beach.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Cobia, and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include Bottom Fishing, Trolling, and Deep Sea Fishing. Nearshore fishing, reef fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.

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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.

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Airy long sleeves and pants if you burn easy. Get in a boat. It beats surf and peer fishing any day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Airy long sleeves and pants if you burn easy. Get in a boat. It beats surf and peer fishing any day.
John  G.
John G. Liberty, NC
Find a local pro and let them teach you - we did and Southern Shore Excursions made it an awesome day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a local pro and let them teach you - we did and Southern Shore Excursions made it an awesome day.
Steve  K.
Steve K. Kennesaw, GA
Charter a fishing trip, the Captain around the area know the waters and will put you on the fish you are looks for
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a fishing trip, the Captain around the area know the waters and will put you on the fish you are looks for
Joey  H.
Joey H. Stoneville, NC
Surf fishing is a bit of a learning curve but FRESH bait seems to work the best. Talk to the other anglers on the beach, all I spoke with were happy to give tips and pointers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Surf fishing is a bit of a learning curve but FRESH bait seems to work the best. Talk to the other anglers on the beach, all I spoke with were happy to give tips and pointers.
Randy  A.
Randy A. Delton, MI
I recommend that they book a charter with Cpt Aaron Medlin with Salty Southern Adventures!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend that they book a charter with Cpt Aaron Medlin with Salty Southern Adventures!
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FishingBooker Member Orrum, North Carolina
Listen to the capt. and be flexible on your days so you can work with the weather
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the capt. and be flexible on your days so you can work with the weather
David  M.
David M. Shallotte, North Carolina
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

Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We experienced early morning on the inter-coastal, the technique for flounder fishing and calm ocean fishing for mackerel. Our Captain was very knowledgeable and very efficient.
Ken  S.
Ken S. Hillsborough, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
My husband and his brother brought their two sons (ages 4 and 6) and had an absolutely fantastic time! Captain Tyler was kind and helped them have such a memorable day! Highly recommend!
Adrienne  K.
Adrienne K. Leland, North Carolina
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Brad. He was very efficient we had a good time. There was 4 of us on the trip and we weren't disappointed.
Robert  T.
Robert T. Rock Hill, SC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Tyler not only knows what he is doing, but is a lot of fun. My cousins and I had a great time, caught a bunch of Spanish mackerel and when Captain Tyler saw the opportunity to catch some bait fish he was on top of it and then took us to catch some king mackerel as well. We had a great time and would definitely go out with him again.
Erik  D.
Erik D.
Salty Southern Adventures
Salty Southern Adventures
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with Capt.Aaron Medlin! Got us Spanish Mackerel took home a good haul. Threw back nice 3ft Hammerhead and Black Tip sharks not large enough to keep.Gave us 110%,would highly recommend Salty Southern to everybody!!
Greg  G.
Greg G. Lawndale, NC
Salty Southern Adventures
Salty Southern Adventures
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Terrific half day fishing, even with a bad time of the year to fish we still caught enough fish for 8 adults and 3 children. Aaron is a great guide. PSA- Don’t bring any bananas on the boat, Aaron can explain. We caught 6 more fish within 5 minutes of getting rid of them. Lol
Don  R.
Don R. China Grove, NC
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Very good
4.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Good captain very knowledgeable and experienced. Fishing was a little slow and the weather was not cooperating. It was typical for August Very hot and humid. The captain pulled all the stops and we managed to put some fish in the cooler. All in all it was a good trip
Richard  S.
Richard S. Council, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Had an amazing fishing trip with Captain Travis. He was knowledgeable, polite, funny, and a natural on the water. I would highly recommend Captain Travis to others.
Don  B.
Don B. Durham, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Trip was great, Captain definitely worked hard and made it a successful day. Will do it again next year.
Thomas  D.
Thomas D. Manassas, VA
Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
The trip was great. I took my grandson and they treated him like a king. They made this a trip to remember. Caught plenty of fish and had a great time.
Alan  T.
Alan T. Sunset Beach, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We had a blast fishing, and riding on charter. Definitely going back next year
Brayan  L.
Brayan L. Buffalo Lake, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Amazing trip. Made sure we constantly had bait, interacted with our 8 year old and made her trip very special. Kept up conversation and made the experience friendly. Would definitely recommend and go again.
Kathlena  M.
Kathlena M. Winston-Salem, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Tyler was great with my son and made he he had fun the entire trip. I would suggest this trip to anyone with young children that are getting into fishing.
Matt  N.
Matt N. Sarver, PA
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Tyler is absolutely amazing. He worked so well with my 5 year old and was so full of knowledge. Highly recommend booking a charter with him!
Brittany  W.
Brittany W. Oak Harbor, Ohio
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Great time for kids, just the right amount with lots of action. Will do again we are in the are.
Baruch  M.
Baruch M. Huntersville, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Tyler was really great with the kids. He helped bait the hooks and kept the little one engaged with fishing the whole trip. A great time was had by all!
Ashley  M.
Ashley M. Lake Park, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Captain Tyler was awesome not only with putting us on the fish but the best was how he was so professional with my daughter and wife. I highly recommend him. I'm already thinking of another trip with him.
Derek  B.
Derek B. Garner, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Excellent day!…I bought the trip for my son because he loves fishing but we both had a great time! We had beautiful weather and excellent fishing!…Captain Tyler was an Awesome Captain! Very knowledgeable and eager to give us a great experience. He found us the fish first thing and kept us on them all day! Captain Tyler was our kind of people…very down to earth and you can tell he loves what he does! I would highly recommend him for your next fishing trip!
Angela  O.
Angela O. Lumberton, North Carolina
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Tyler was great. Put us on fish right away. His boat is versatile. We were inshore and went offshore.
Matt  D.
Matt D. Mooresville, NC
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We had the best time. Tyler is very experienced, he led us right to Spanish Mackerel. I mentioned I wanted to catch a Shark and that’s exactly what we did. I highly recommend booking him for your next trip.
Crystal  H.
Crystal H. Atlanta, Georgia

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