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Nags Head: 85 fishing charters available

In Debt Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(15 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $550

Captain Duke Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(285 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $650

Poacher Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(252 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $600

OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(190 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $425

Salty Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $500

Game Changer Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(35 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $2,900

Chasin' Tyde Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $500

Haley Adyson Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(38 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $2,600

Flying Fish Charters OBX

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $495

X-Spearmint Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(243 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $650

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Nags Head

The average price for a private 4 hour Nags Head fishing trip is $626, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,584 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, In Debt Charters, Captain Duke Charters, and Poacher Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Nags Head, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Nags Head.

In Debt Charters, Captain Duke Charters, and Poacher Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Nags Head.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Cobia, and King Mackerel (Kingfish). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and jigging. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 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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Nags Head has always provided great fishing, but don’t expect it to be easy in the middle of summer. The better fishing, in my experience has been in the spring or later in the summer/fall.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Nags Head has always provided great fishing, but don’t expect it to be easy in the middle of summer. The better fishing, in my experience has been in the spring or later in the summer/fall.
John  M.
John M. Columbia, NC
Remember it’s not called catching, it’s called fishing and just enjoy the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it’s not called catching, it’s called fishing and just enjoy the experience.
Mike  S.
Mike S. Thornhill, VA
It's fishing, not catching. You never know how it's going to go. Our 1st time out in OB. Crew was fantastic.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's fishing, not catching. You never know how it's going to go. Our 1st time out in OB. Crew was fantastic.
Chauncey  T.
Chauncey T. Auburn, PA
Great trip with lots of fish. If waters rough take Dramamine or pray to the bucket gods
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great trip with lots of fish. If waters rough take Dramamine or pray to the bucket gods
Tony  J.
Tony J. Lindside, WV
A little choppy but if you have a good captain, you’ll find the right trolling area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A little choppy but if you have a good captain, you’ll find the right trolling area.
Josh  M.
Josh M. South Lyon, MI
Well worth the price for a private charter where you can bring your own food and drinks!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Well worth the price for a private charter where you can bring your own food and drinks!!
Michael  N.
Michael N. Burbank, CA
Head on out to Oregon Inlet and give Captain Duke a call. You will be glad that you did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Head on out to Oregon Inlet and give Captain Duke a call. You will be glad that you did.
Melba  C.
Melba C. Grandy, North Carolina
1. Make certain of where the boat is docked or sails from. This will help in planning for drive time depending on whether you have an early morning or afternoon charter. 2. Hats, sunglasses, and lots of sun screen (or long sleeves) are a must. 3. While a cooler of ice-cold beer is good, ice-cold water is better. 4. Have a second cooler in your vehicle to take home your catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
1. Make certain of where the boat is docked or sails from. This will help in planning for drive time depending on whether you have an early morning or afternoon charter. 2. Hats, sunglasses, and lots of sun screen (or long sleeves) are a must. 3. While a cooler of ice-cold beer is good, ice-cold water is better. 4. Have a second cooler in your vehicle to take home your catch.
John  V.
John V. Gambrills, MD
Parking there was ok. Not clear how the procedure to pay for having the fish cleaned after the trip is to be done.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Parking there was ok. Not clear how the procedure to pay for having the fish cleaned after the trip is to be done.
Charles  Z.
Charles Z. Moneta, VA
Try the near shore fishing and use a local boat they know their area and will make it a much better time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try the near shore fishing and use a local boat they know their area and will make it a much better time.
Dustin  V.
Dustin V. Chesapeake, VA
Our Captain and 1st Mate were great. But the actual fishing time spent "on fish" was disappointing. After about 2 hours in good water and fish, we left them and took a long slow troll back. Even though lines were in the water, no fish. This was totally obvious and i have experienced this before. Just disappointing for what we pay.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Our Captain and 1st Mate were great. But the actual fishing time spent "on fish" was disappointing. After about 2 hours in good water and fish, we left them and took a long slow troll back. Even though lines were in the water, no fish. This was totally obvious and i have experienced this before. Just disappointing for what we pay.
David  M.
David M. Farmville, VA
Watch the weather. The rain made us change our plans from going offshore rod fishing to shrimping in the sound. Be prepared to adjust your expectations. Fun is where you make it.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watch the weather. The rain made us change our plans from going offshore rod fishing to shrimping in the sound. Be prepared to adjust your expectations. Fun is where you make it.
Jon  M.
Jon M. Manteo, NC
Great times ... we caught nearly 40 fish! Kids had a great times! Captain Duke sure knows where the fish are. Joey
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great times ... we caught nearly 40 fish! Kids had a great times! Captain Duke sure knows where the fish are. Joey
Josef  M.
Josef M. Clinton, North Carolina
Go with a short charter to see if it's to your liking. Remember, this it's called fishing. Not catching
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a short charter to see if it's to your liking. Remember, this it's called fishing. Not catching
Bill  V.
Bill V. Holly Springs, NC
Trust a captain that knows the waters and a first mate 4th hat that knows their stuff! Go with Fish-N-Fool Charters!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust a captain that knows the waters and a first mate 4th hat that knows their stuff! Go with Fish-N-Fool Charters!
Mark  Z.
Mark Z. Reading, PA

Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(285 reviews)
Went out with Captain Duke and first mate Gavin and my boys had a great time. Caught ribbon fish, trout, trigger fish and my boys each caught a shark. First mate Gavin was making sure my boys were ready with their rods
Nick  P.
Nick P. Emerson, NJ
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(285 reviews)
Amazing experience! First time going for Ribbon fish and we killed it. Highly recommend this trip!
Scott  G.
Scott G. Glen Cove, NY
In Debt Charters
In Debt Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Chris today. He did everything in his power to find the fish. We were able to get some flounder ribbonfish and Sea Bass. We definitely recommend Captain Chris and plan to go out with him again in the future. Trip was very kid friendly and my 5 year old son lasted the entire 6 hour trip. The captain and first mate were truly first class !
Christina  H.
Christina H. Lincolnton, NC
In Debt Charters
In Debt Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had a great day. Chris and his son were so nice, friendly, and helpful. We got 45 pounds of fish!!! Chris took us to a variety of spots to ensure we got lots of variety of experiences and fish. No toilet on board is a bit tough for 6 hours. But we survived.
Martha  W.
Martha W. State College, PA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
Great on the water! We caught a ton (57lbs). Delicious ! The fish tacos were a good :))
Lindsey  N.
Lindsey N. San Jose, CA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
Captain Devin and first mate Nick were awesome. They led us to a bunch of Spanish Mackerel to start, then out to deeper water where we caught a nice Hammerhead and 9 or 10 hard fighting Sharpnose sharks, which we kept a few to eat. Nick was super skillful and their combined knowledge of the sea and area was immense.
Greg  T.
Greg T. Brookfield, IL
In Debt Charters
In Debt Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Really good group of guys running the boat. Never stopped laughing the entire trip and made the fishing easy and enjoyable! Highly recommend booking with them!
Zachary  C.
Zachary C. Savannah, GA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
Boat was nice went with three dads and three kids. Mate was excellent and the captain was great.
Bryon  M.
Bryon M. Virginia Beach, VA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
Spent our morning with Captain Devin and mate Nick. Gave lots of information on what fish you can caught on the different times of year, took us to spot where the kids were able to caught some nice rainbow fish and sharks. Looking forward to booking with them again next year.
Danielle  D.
Danielle D. Quakertown, PA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(252 reviews)
Capt. Devin put us on the fish early and was excellent coaching the children and ladies on proper technique. The mate was efficient and skilled at keeping hooks baited and handling the fish we caught. Would highly recommend,especially if taking a family or youth.
Mark  W.
Mark W. Weyers Cave, VA
In Debt Charters
In Debt Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Had a blast on this trip! Captain and his son made it a great day of fishing! Captain Chris took us to a wreck to fish and we brought fish after fish on the boat. Will definitely book again next year!
Brent  S.
Brent S. Chesterfield, VA
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(285 reviews)
Crew was knowledgeable and very professional. Captain Duke had us on the fish in no time. Be ready to work your arms because you’ll be busy for the whole trip. Highly recommend.
Jay  A.
Jay A. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
We had a great trip nick and captain devin work hard to put us on fish and make our trip enjoyable. We would recommend poucher fishing charter to all. thanks Nick and captain Devin
John  Y.
John Y. Snow Shoe, PA
In Debt Charters
In Debt Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Chris is a really good captain and goes out of his way to make sure that you are comfortable and enjoying the experience. He is very easy going and friendly.
Joe  V.
Joe V. Damascus, MD
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
Had an awesome time! They took us to spots that had lots of good fish to catch and also spent some time trolling for different species over great second time out with him! Both him and the first mate were super knowledgeable and fun!
Shannon  G.
Shannon G. Mechanicsville, VA
In Debt Charters
In Debt Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
My family and I had a great time. Captain Chris took us to several spots. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. We caught a 31 inch red drum and a nice variety of other fish.
Jim  C.
Jim C. North Springfield, VA
Sea Era Charters
Sea Era Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
We had a great morning half day trip! We caught over 50 fish. Captain Mike and our mate were very helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful time and hope to do it again next time we come to OBX!
Kim  B.
Kim B. Robbins, NC
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
We did a half day afternoon trip with Captain Devin. He was kind and professional and the mate worked very hard. I would recommend this trip to others. We caught about 30 Ribbon fish and almost had a shark but lost it. They definitely know what they are doing.
Steve  R.
Steve R. Baltimore, Maryland
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(252 reviews)
Spent an hour fishing ribbon then the crew took us shark fishing. Amazing experience
Zachary  B.
Zachary B. Crozet, Virginia
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(285 reviews)
Had a great experience on captain dukes boat, the first mate Gavin made the whole trip worthwhile!! I definitely appreciate the fact that Gavin let the boys bring in the fish and release them as well. Gavin was informative and engaging while being a genuine individual at the same time. If you can book captain dukes boat you won’t be disappointed👍
Arthur  W.
Arthur W. Yorkville, IL

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