Nags Head

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Nags Head Fishing Charters

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Nags Head: 64 fishing charters available

Poacher Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (201)
Nags Head
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trips from $595

Captain Duke Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (228)
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trips from $650

Game Changer Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (28)
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trips from $2,400

OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (130)
Manteo
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trips from $425

Chasin' Tyde Charters

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Manteo
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trips from $500

Fish-N-Fool Charters

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Nags Head
trips from $595

X-Spearmint Sportfishing

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Manteo
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trips from $580

Artemis Sportfishing

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Manteo
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trips from $725

Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp

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Manns Harbor
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trips from $300

T-Time Charters

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Manteo
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trips from $450

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.

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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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It's fishing, not catching. You never know how it's going to go. Our 1st time out in OB. Crew was fantastic.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Great times ... we caught nearly 40 fish! Kids had a great times! Captain Duke sure knows where the fish are. Joey
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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
Trust a captain that knows the waters and a first mate 4th hat that knows their stuff! Go with Fish-N-Fool Charters!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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

Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
We had a fantastic trip on Poacher Sportfishing. Capt. Devin kept us on the fish and moved to relocate when the action slowed. Mate Nick was great. Really liked the fish cleaning service provided by Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, very reasonable.
Ken  R.
Ken R. Jefferson, GA
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
The fishing was slow for the first hour or so. Captain Duke moved us to another location and we really hit the fish. A couple of times all four lines had fish on at the same time. The first mate was friendly and great with my grandchildren as well as extremely helpful.
Tom  W.
Tom W. Fairfax, IA
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
A 5 star trip with the famous Capt Duke and his awesome sidekick Gavin (sp?)!! The fish were being hard to find and they both worked their butts off to find them for us. 100% will use Capt Duke again!
Mark  T.
Mark T. Albion, IN
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
Perfect trip with perfect captain and first mate. Would book again if traveling to NC for fishing.
Brandon  G.
Brandon G. Elkton, MD
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
What a great trip six of us had. At numerous times we had two or three fish on at a time. Mate Gavin was nonstop and had our lines back in the water to catch the next fish. Captain Duke knew where the fish were and definitely had us on them from the start. Thank you for a great experience
Tim  S.
Tim S. Norwich, NY
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
Choose CAPT Duke. Not every day on the water is perfect. The ocean was too rough, so we fished the Inlet. A wise captain move. The storm out in the Atlantic had the water a bit murky, and the fish were not that cooperative. But, CAPT Duke knows his trade, and we still ended up with a nice haul of blues and mackerel. Only a captain and crew that know their trade can turn a slow day into a steady day, and a good time had by all. When I go back to fish the OBX, CAPT Duke is my go to charter.
John  N.
John N. Manassas, VA
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 138 reviews
They were so nice to talk with and really made sure we got the best experience possible
Tiffany  D.
Tiffany D. Matthews, NC
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 138 reviews
Great day for fishing,loved it. Captain was helpful & mate was always nice. Both were great people
Martin  T.
Martin T. DARLINGTN HTS, VA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
This was an excellent experience for the whole family with Captain Devin and his First Mate. I can say enough great things about how prepared they were and considerate, but what blew us away was how amazing they were with our young children. They took time with them, made it fun, and of course helped keep them safe. When we come back again we'll be searching for Captain Devin!
Charles  P.
Charles P. WHISPER PNES, NC
Game Changer Charters
Game Changer Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 28 reviews
Awesome trip! Captain put is on the fish and the first mate gets it done!!!!! Hard working guys. Big bonus, the boat is phenomenal. Very comfortable.
Jose  M.
Jose M. Bryson City, NC
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 138 reviews
Crew was great. Put us on 3 different types of fish that we have never caught. And between the 4 of us we have over 100 years fishing exp
Stacey  O.
Stacey O. Washington, District Of Columbia
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
Amazing Day!!!! The boat was amazing and very well kept. Gavin was an amazing first mate, we kept 70 mackerel!! My 8 year old daughter had a blast catching fish!!! One of the best fishing experiences of my life, we will be back in 2 weeks!!!!
Anthony  D.
Anthony D. Brentwood, PA
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
We had an amazing time that captain had us on the fish as soon as we dropped the lines and we ended up with a total of 66 fish. His mate was amazing how he was able to keep up with the lines I do not know overall the trip far exceeded our expectations.
Davin  H.
Davin H. Mount Holly Springs, PA
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
We had a great day of fishing. Captain Duke put us on fish all morning. His mate was on point and never missed a beat even when there were two fish on at same time. I’m looking forward to doin it again.
Christopher  B.
Christopher B. Moneta, VA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
Awesome mid-day trip for the whole family! Bunch of Mackerel & Tuna brought home!
Michael  Z.
Michael Z. Buffalo, NY
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
Awesome trip. Recommend for sure. We had two young kids and the captain and first mate were very accommodating. We can’t wait to go out again.
Wilson  B.
Wilson B. Cumming, GA
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
Did a half day trip. Waters were a little tough to fish due to a 3.5 foot swell but captain devin and first mate nick made it a fun day. Ended up catching the most out of any half day boat. Highly recommend
Thomas  R.
Thomas R. CAPE MAY CH, NJ
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
Within 30 minutes my boyfriend and I were under the ocean’s spell of morning sunset, smooth ocean 🌊 breezes, and a MAOR catch of varied fish. Caught Riven ( invasive fish, Fske tuna, and Spanish Mackerel in 4 hours ! The team of Nick and Devin showed us how to appreciate the skill it takes to meet the ocean’s mystery 🏄🏽‍♂️
Geraldine  S.
Geraldine S. Staunton, VA
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 229 reviews
We had a fantastic time on our excursion with Cptn. Duke and First Mate, Gavin. They worked hard all day to find us dolphins and fish to catch. It was really relaxing and the weather was beautiful. Two thumbs up to Gavin who worked like a dog all afternoon to make our trip special. 5 stars/highly recommend!!!
Kris  S.
Kris S. Memphis, TN
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 138 reviews
Was supposed to be going out for an full day. But since the ocean was so rough he have us the option of doing a half or 3/4 days or even keep our full day if we wanted. It was nice to have the other options since are original plans got messed up.
Christopher  P.
Christopher P. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Nags Head

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Nags Head costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $600, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,465. 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 Nags Head is 38 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

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

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

The best way to experience fishing in Nags Head 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 Nags Head, North Carolina.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Nags Head.

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