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

The average price for a private 4 hour Nags Head fishing trip is $522, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,849 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Nags Head that received great reviews from families are:

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

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Nags Head are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $300
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $580
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $825
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,225
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $2,600

The Outer Banks are famous for their giant fish and seafaring heritage. Nags Head fishing charters certainly live up to the hype! Explore shallow sounds, ancient wrecks, and ocean currents in search of a variety of big, tasty fish. First-timers and fishing fanatics will both have a blast here. The trick is choosing the right trip.
 
Sound fishing charters target inshore favorites like Red Drum, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Bluefish. The water is calm and you can fill your cooler in just a few hours, so this is a great option for beginners. Ambitious anglers should visit in spring or fall to take on giant “Bull” Red Drum.
 
Heading into the ocean, you start to find even bigger, tastier fish. Cobia rule the wrecks in spring, replaced by King Mackerel in fall. In the summer, you can fill the boat with Amberjack, Grouper, Tilefish, and other big bottom fish. Nearshore charters usually last 6–8 hours and are great for anybody who likes a freezer full of fresh fillets.
 
The offshore adventurers among you know what’s coming next. Nags Head deep sea charters let you battle Blue and White Marlin, Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo each summer. Otherwise, brave the winter winds for giant Bluefin Tuna. Whenever you go, you need eight hours minimum on these trips.
 
Most Nags Head fishing charters leave from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Wanchese Marina, or Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo. Manteo also hosts the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, so visit in August if you want an extra challenge. Otherwise, just grab a rod and get ready for an unforgettable day out.

Rules & Regulations

Licenses are included on all North Carolina fishing charters. Cobia, Flounder, and Seabass have strict closed seasons which may change annually, so check with your captain for current regulations and limits.

Nags Head
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27959 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Near empty beaches, and a few inshore species. New anglers will enjoy the peace and can practice casting. Offshore adventurers will be rewarded with Bluefin Tuna this time of year.

February

February is peak Bluefin season, with giant Tuna racing through the deep currents offshore. You can also find Striped Bass, Speckled Trout, and small Red Drum inshore.

March

The inshore bite starts to pick up, with Red and Black Drum, Bluefish, Trout, and the last few Stripers. Offshore, Bluefin are still biting hard, and Yellowfin join them toward the end of the month.

April

Red is the new black. You don’t want to miss fishing for Red Drum, as their numbers will skyrocket. Farther out, Mahi Mahi join the tail end of Bluefin season.

May

Bluefin season is over, but the big game bite is only just getting started. Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo are out in force, along with the first Billfish. This is also prime time for huge Bull Red Drum inshore.

June

You get plenty of options in June: Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi offshore. Cobia, Grouper, and Amberjack around the wrecks. Drum, Mackerel, Trout, and Bluefish in the sounds. Where do you even start!

July

July is a busy month in Nags Head, both on land and in the sea. All your bluewater favorites are out in force, while bottom fishing will fill the boat and sound fishing will pit you against a ton of different species.

August

Get your big game fix at the Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament in nearby Manteo. Otherwise, stay in the shallows to fill up on delicious Flounder, Drum, Trout, and more!

September

The weather’s cooling, but inshore fishing is rock solid. Red and Black Drum, Trout, and Spanish Mackerel can all be caught on a half day trip. Otherwise, stay out all day to battle Billfish offshore.

October

The big crowds and busy beaches of summer are over, but there's still plenty going on on the water. The first few Bluefin are showing up offshore, while huge Red Drum swarm the sounds.

November

This is the top month for giant "Smoker" King Mackerel, so get your stand-up gear ready and prepare for some arm-melting action. Too stressful? Stay inshore and catch Red Drum and Striped Bass instead.

December

The action moves back inshore. The safest bet are Striped Bass, Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum. On a nice day, venture offshore and land big Tuna.

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The wind and weather can effect the fishing this time of year but when its good its really good
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The wind and weather can effect the fishing this time of year but when its good its really good
Bill  L.
Bill L.
fishing on a boat your best bet but for fishing has lots of fun bites. used artificial cut bait
Excellent
5.0 / 5
fishing on a boat your best bet but for fishing has lots of fun bites. used artificial cut bait
Clifton  G.
Clifton G. Lake Frederick, VA
This was the first time fishing in the ocean - it was a calm day and we caught enough fish for many meals. Sound fishing in the past was excellent as well - but we were very satisfied being on the ocean side of the OBX.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was the first time fishing in the ocean - it was a calm day and we caught enough fish for many meals. Sound fishing in the past was excellent as well - but we were very satisfied being on the ocean side of the OBX.
Christine  F.
Christine F.
Be prepared to get wet and wear swimwear and bring a camera to capture the experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to get wet and wear swimwear and bring a camera to capture the experience
Justin  S.
Justin S.
Always choose a well equipped and comfortable boat for your outing, and Captain with long time experience in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always choose a well equipped and comfortable boat for your outing, and Captain with long time experience in the area.
Prince  R.
Prince R. Quinton, VA
We had a great time fishing Spanish Mackerel, blue fish and ribbon fish. Great assortment of fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time fishing Spanish Mackerel, blue fish and ribbon fish. Great assortment of fishing
Chris  M.
Chris M.
Take dramamine and supplement it with coffee or an energy drink! It will make you drowsy, but it beats the alternative.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take dramamine and supplement it with coffee or an energy drink! It will make you drowsy, but it beats the alternative.
Timothy  H.
Timothy H. Stafford, VA
Fishing is always fun. A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is always fun. A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!
Susan  M.
Susan M. New Freedom, PA
Bring plenty of water and then add a few more, you won’t be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of water and then add a few more, you won’t be disappointed.
Chad  D.
Chad D. Gettysburg, PA
Fish were plentiful and the entire family had a great time! It’s hot, but it’s summer time so just bring plenty of water and you’re good to go!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish were plentiful and the entire family had a great time! It’s hot, but it’s summer time so just bring plenty of water and you’re good to go!
Will  H.
Will H. Roanoke, Virginia
Communicate with your captain if you want to try a variety of fishing techniques! If you're a novice ask to do bottom/wreck fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Communicate with your captain if you want to try a variety of fishing techniques! If you're a novice ask to do bottom/wreck fishing.
Deok  K.
Deok K. Calverton, MD
Just contact the people at Oregon outlet and tell them what your looking for and they will take care of you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just contact the people at Oregon outlet and tell them what your looking for and they will take care of you!
Jeremy  P.
Jeremy P.
Fishing in July is going to be hot! We had great luck early in the day at several locations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in July is going to be hot! We had great luck early in the day at several locations.
Joshua  M.
Joshua M. Amherst, VA
Sandfleas, bloodworms, and squid seem to be the meal of choice for many of the species of fish in OBX in June!! Grab your pliers because the toadfish are hungry too!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sandfleas, bloodworms, and squid seem to be the meal of choice for many of the species of fish in OBX in June!! Grab your pliers because the toadfish are hungry too!!
Laura  A.
Laura A.
Make sure to bring plenty of liquids and snacks and consider something for motion sickness.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring plenty of liquids and snacks and consider something for motion sickness.
John  C.
John C. Princeton, WV
Ask locals for advice, cross the bridge on 12 to the preserve for privacy and of course book with jw charters for a couple hours, as soon as you get here. John’s knowledge and willingness to give free advice will only make you more successful during your stay.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask locals for advice, cross the bridge on 12 to the preserve for privacy and of course book with jw charters for a couple hours, as soon as you get here. John’s knowledge and willingness to give free advice will only make you more successful during your stay.
David  A.
David A. Cobleskill, NY
Yes. The whole crew was very attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. The whole crew was very attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
James  G.
James G.
Check out In Debt Charters. Was our first time booking a charter and we weren't disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out In Debt Charters. Was our first time booking a charter and we weren't disappointed.
JOSHUA  P.
JOSHUA P. Three Springs, PA
Plan accordingly. Take motion sickness precautions. Talk to the captain for anything needed during trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan accordingly. Take motion sickness precautions. Talk to the captain for anything needed during trip.
Doug  M.
Doug M.
We took two vehicles. Google Maps got one vehicle there fine. Apple Maps was a disaster and sent my daughter miles out of the way. Put the campground across the street in your gps if you are unsure you are going to the right place.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We took two vehicles. Google Maps got one vehicle there fine. Apple Maps was a disaster and sent my daughter miles out of the way. Put the campground across the street in your gps if you are unsure you are going to the right place.
Rick  C.
Rick C. Mendon, VT

Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Highlight of our weekend at the outer banks. We did the four hour trip and Captain Jonathan was very knowledgeable and took us to several different spots to catch a variety of fish. We plan on booking with him on our next visit.
Michael  Y.
Michael Y.
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Capt. Jonathan went out of his way to make sure we caught the fish we wanted! He knows the waters and is a great guy!
James  B.
James B.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(89 reviews)
Jonathan did all he could to put us on fish, he even extended our time on the water, he caught one trout and that was it. I will try him again, but since we didn't get any fish, I really can't recommend his Charter to family or friends at this point.
Dennis  G.
Dennis G.
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(53 reviews)
Jonathan was awesome. If we weren't getting bites we moved. We threw out the shrimp net while moving locations, checked crab pots in our way out and Jonathan was an amazing captain. Definitely will be booking every time we are here.
Kenneth  T.
Kenneth T.
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(351 reviews)
Captain Devin and first mate put us on fish despite tough conditions! Highly recommend!
Michael  L.
Michael L.
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(351 reviews)
Super appreciative of the crew taking us out and getting nonstop action! I only wish we could've been out longer. Very knowledgeable and willing to help and give us inside tips for next time! Thank you!
Sarah  H.
Sarah H.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Captain Jon was very knowledgeable and had everything we needed. We caught a lot of different fish and had a great time!
Megan  S.
Megan S.
Capt BC Sportfishing
Capt BC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Buddy and his first mate for the day, Chip, were great and we'd book with them again.
Mandy  W.
Mandy W. Ocracoke, NC
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(351 reviews)
Had a great trip with Captain Devin and his 1st mate Spencer. They were very helpful with my special needs son and put us on a wide variety of fish. Would reccomend this charter to anyone!
James  M.
James M.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
He tried putting us on fish but the fishing was really slow. Did manage a few trout.
Sidney  B.
Sidney B.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Our trip was rough with a NE wind at 20mph, but Cpt Welch changed up things that showed his local knowledge and determination to put us on fish. While we didn’t catch a lot, we were amazed that we caught anything is such rough conditions. Good inshore trip and we will be back for the inshore/near shore trip next year.
Mike  A.
Mike A.
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
I had an excellent trip even though the fishing wasn’t great that day. Captain Jonathan didn’t just go the extra mile he went 2 extra miles to make this a great experience. I would definitely recommend.
Angela  B.
Angela B.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Captain John is very knowledgeable and took time to answer our questions and gave great tips for future fishing too. We saw other boats not catching and sitting. Captain John worked until he got us on fish. Caught a ton! Will definitely book again. Highly recommend!
Michael  T.
Michael T. Frame, WV
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(351 reviews)
We had 6 adults in our party. We caught fish as soon as the lines were in and kept catching. The first mate was busy! We would highly recommend this boat and crew. Hope to come back someday!
Christine  F.
Christine F.
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(351 reviews)
Great 4 hours fishing. The captain and first mate were friendly, informative and ensured we fished as much as possible. Would definitely recommend and will do it again.
Warren  B.
Warren B. Efland, NC
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Jonathan was a professional tour guide he was very informative throughout the trip and even gave us more time to fish before and after the charter times! Very nice and scenic on the way out and going back in 100% recommend this charter and will be returning in the future to book again!
Justin  S.
Justin S.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
He was very happy to be our captain. He helped me with casting my line. Very humble guy. We had a great time.
Brandice  G.
Brandice G. Arena, WI
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
despite a little misunderstanding on where the dock was. Trip was well worth it and everyone really enjoyed it. Will definitely book a longer trip with him! Thank you Capt. for making this well worth it!
Roberto  D.  J.
Roberto D. J. Wake Forest, NC
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(351 reviews)
Hammered the fish today! We caught a ton of albacore, Spanish mackerel, and a some king mackerel as well. Captain Cage and Spencer were both super professional and friendly. We had a blast and definitely will be back
Cody  S.
Cody S. Plymouth, North Carolina
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Captain Jonathan knew what I was looking for and put me on the different fish in different locations. Action all day. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend a trip with him. Will definitely book again with him soon.
David  B.
David B. Kill Devil Hills, NC

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