Surf City Fishing Charters

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Surf City: 122 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
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Surf City
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trips from US $450
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4.9 / 5
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trips from US $500
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4.9 / 5
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Hampstead
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trips from US $450
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4.9 / 5
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trips from US $450
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trips from US $575
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Topsail Beach
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trips from US $550
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Surf City

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Surf City fishing trip is US $477, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $634 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Surf City that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Surf City are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Surf City are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Surf City are:

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

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Surf City are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Surf City?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Surf City are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $461
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $617
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $800

Fishing in Surf City

Planning an inshore trip? Itching to hunt for your next trophy? Whatever you’re after, you’re in safe hands with Surf City fishing charters. Nestled right in the middle of Topsail Island, Surf City features a prolific inshore fishery, as well as access to the Atlantic Ocean.

The calm, protected waters inside the barrier island offer plenty of excitement. Inshore, you’ll find year-round populations of Red Drum hiding in the creeks and flats. Chasing these, along with Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, and Flounder is always fun, no matter your age or skill level.

To expand your list of targets, try heading nearshore. A few miles off the beach, you can go trolling for Spanish and King Mackerel, Bonito, or False Albacore. Alternatively, hit the reefs and wrecks, and fish for Black Seabass, Grouper, or Sharks.

For those looking to scratch some pelagics off their bucket lists, the Gulf Stream is the place to go. During wintertime, North Carolina’s offshore waters turn into a world-famous Bluefin Tuna fishery. Over summer, Billfish migrate along the East Coast, making it a great time to fulfill your sportfishing dreams!

Half day trips will allow anglers to explore the inshore or nearshore grounds, while offshore fishing trips require more time. Surf City charter captains often like to pick up their guests at Soundside Park, giving them a great starting point for inshore trips.

Rules & Regulations

Fishing aboard a charter will save you the effort of getting a fishing license, as the captain will have you covered. Anglers aged 16 or older who are looking to fish from a beach, pier, or their own boat will need a valid North Carolina fishing license.

Surf City Fishing Seasons

January

During winter, you’ll often find Red Drum, Trout, and Black Drum hiding in the marsh. Miles offshore, it's Bluefin Tuna season! If you're planning on battling one of these monsters, now's the time.

February

It’s still a good time to be fishing for Bluefin Tuna in the Gulf Stream. Close to shore, you’ll be catching Spotted Seatrout and Red Drum. You can also see some Whiting in the surf.

March

Fishing the nearshore reefs and wrecks could put you some on Black Seabass and Porgy this time of year. Offshore, the Bluefin Tuna season will soon be ending.

April

A few miles off the beach, Bonito and False Albacore are showing up in larger numbers. Inshore, the Spotted Seatrout bite should be heating up as the water gets warmer.

May

If the weather is warm, try trolling for Spanish Mackerel along the beaches. Or head nearshore and try fishing for smaller King Mackerel, False Albacore, and more. 

June

With the beginning of summer, King Mackerel make their way closer to shore. Trolling for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish is also a good option, while bottom fishing could hook you up with some Black Seabass and Snapper.

July

If you’re looking to hunt a Marlin, grab the opportunity while they’re migrating along the Gulf Stream. Or try trolling for Mahi Mahi around the 20-mile range. Inshore, you can hook into Red Drum and Trout. 

August

Flounder are showing up in bigger numbers, but make sure to check the regulations before you go fishing. You can also try trolling along the beach for Spanish Mackerel.

September

The recreational Flounder season is usually open around September. This means it’s prime time to be harvesting these delicious flatfish. Nearshore, Spanish Mackerel are still biting.

October

The Spotted Seatrout bite is picking up as the waters cool down. Larger numbers of Redfish can be found anywhere from the local creeks to the inlets.

November

Trolling in the 12–15 mile range is a good option if you’re keen on catching some Spanish or King Mackerel. If you’re eager to put some fish in the cooler, try hitting the nearshore structure for Black Seabass.

December

In the Gulf Stream, big Bluefin Tuna are starting to show up once again, and bottom fishing for Grouper and Snapper is typically productive. Inshore, try sight fishing for Red Drum or targeting Spotted Seatrout.

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What anglers said about fishing in Surf City

Find an experienced guide and let them show you the local rigs, tactics and bait. Split the cost with several friends or family and a fishing trip can be relatively inexpensive.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced guide and let them show you the local rigs, tactics and bait. Split the cost with several friends or family and a fishing trip can be relatively inexpensive.
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing Mohnton, PA
Don’t put it off, get out there and enjoy yourself, these captains know their stuff!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t put it off, get out there and enjoy yourself, these captains know their stuff!
Mullet Run Charters
Mullet Run Charters Marathon, OH
Be patient and understanding "its called fishing not catching." Enjoy the experience and you'll have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and understanding "its called fishing not catching." Enjoy the experience and you'll have a great time.
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service Potosi, MO
FInd a guide who knows the area. Have them take you out, learn from them, to set yourself up for success down the road.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
FInd a guide who knows the area. Have them take you out, learn from them, to set yourself up for success down the road.
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service United States
Call and fish with Capt. Ray Brittain @ Spring Tide Guide Service. Trust me!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call and fish with Capt. Ray Brittain @ Spring Tide Guide Service. Trust me!
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service Raleigh, North Carolina
Yes he was great with my grandson teaching him how to catch trout and showing us a great time!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes he was great with my grandson teaching him how to catch trout and showing us a great time!!!!
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service Sanford, North Carolina

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Surf City?

Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Adam worked at getting us fish in the boat. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant to be around I would highly recommend captain Adam for any trip he is running
Michael  B.
Michael B.
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
My 11 year old son and I booked the 6 hour trip. We caught our limit of Speckled Trout! Captain Ray was great. He is very knowledgeable about fishing in the area and he took us to where the fish were biting! I would recommend Captain Ray’s guide service to everyone including families with kids my son’s age. My son and I had the best time fishing!
Nathan  C.
Nathan C.
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Adam. He showed us how to fish for the different species in the area and put us on several. We caught flounder and redfish in different areas. He was very patient and informative and we would recommend a fishing trip with him every time. He arrived on time and had everything ready to go and cleaned our fish for us. Thanks Adam.
RobertCaptain  W.  R.
RobertCaptain W. R. Pigeon Forge, TN
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
My son and I had a good time . We both are green city folk at fishing . Capt. Adam gave us a good education on the area and fishing tips . We caught and released little sharks , black bass , flounder . We went home with a spotted trout not enough to feed the family , but it was a very worthwhile and when we are back in this area we will sign up with capt. Adam . May even try the eco tours he does as well thanks
Joel  N.
Joel N. Oak Park, IL
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
We had booked a half day charter with captain Adam and had a absolutely wonderful time. He's very knowledgeable on the area and goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone on board is having a good time. We will definitely be booking another trip with him next time we are in the area
BENJAMIN  C.
BENJAMIN C. Science Hill, KY
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
Had an awesome time fishing today with Capt Ray. We were treated like royalty. So glad we chose this charter. He was super knowledgeable about the area and you just won’t find a nicer or smarter charter guide.
Lisa  H.
Lisa H. Hampstead, North Carolina
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
A local friend recommended Spring Tide Guide Service. Along with my son, the three of us booked a half day trip with Capt Ray. What a spectacular day we had! We got into some Spanish Mackerel off the beach - we had “fish on” on all three rods several times! Then we went for some red drum with top water lures. Some of the results are in the attached photos. All-in-all a great day fishing with Spring Tide Guide Service!
Kevin  C.
Kevin C. Hampstead, North Carolina
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
My dad and father-in-law had a great Tim with Capt Adam! He was super interactive, friendly, and very knowledgeable! Definitely would recommend this trip to anyone that is a fisherman or just wants to spend some quality time with loved ones!
Dragos  C.
Dragos C. Surf City, NC
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Zane was great. Very knowledgeable and personable. Grandson (6) had a wonderful time!
Theresa  H.
Theresa H.
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Solid captain; patient and more knowledgeable than others we’ve fished with.
Kevin  T.
Kevin T. Springfield, VA
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Captain Adam had the skiff squared away and it was very comfortable to fish from. He did everything in his power to put us on fish and we saw many wakes! Great guide, very knowledgeable of the area and we enjoyed his company. We look forward to another experience!
Joseph  G.
Joseph G.
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
Captain Ray is the real deal. We had a great trip and everything was excellent.
Rodney  Z.
Rodney Z. Millerstown, PA
Mullet Run Charters
Mullet Run Charters
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Great time, caught 2 keeper Reds, 3 flounder from 12” to 21”, and had some fun with a shark. Captain Jr. was very professional and took good care of us. Also, he was very conscious of the rough water when passing other boats and made the ride very comfortable. Thanks captain Jr, hope to go out with you again!
Kurtis  M.
Kurtis M. Marathon, OH
Coastal Discovery Adventures
Coastal Discovery Adventures
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Had a great day of fishing. We loved Woody. Would recommend this excursion. Just me and my teenage grandson, it was perfect for the 2 of us
Bill  M.
Bill M. Paris, ME
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
The best way to describe the time we had with Captain Adam and Carolina Flats Fishing is by saying we can’t wait to book another trip with him. He’s a great captain, a great guide and a great storyteller. He also explained everything along the way - why we were stopping where we were, what to look for, what we were fishing and why. So more than entertaining, it was also very educational. We loved it!
Jeff  K.
Jeff K. Denver, CO
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a wonderful time fishing with Captain Zane. Beautiful weather and some interesting moments.
Janet  L.
Janet L. St. Peters, MO
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
Capt. Ray was phenomenal at knowing the fish, equipment, and locations! This man knows his stuff! The way he positions the boat is the best I have ever seen. So personable and a fun guy! He made the trip and I hope to come back and fish with him again!
Tyler  W.
Tyler W. Nashville, TN
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
The weather has been extremely hot and the water is hot. The mid summer bite was slow so the captain went offshore on an inshore trip to put us on biting fish. It worked. Caught a variety of fish, gag grouper, seabass, flounder, grunts and mackerel. Capt Raymond is knowledgable of the local waters and species. Great personality to go with his experience!
Mark  D.
Mark D.
Coastal Discovery Adventures
Coastal Discovery Adventures
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Woody was very knowledgeable and most helpful in giving us the best fishing experience possible. I would definitely use him again.
Thomas  G.  P.
Thomas G. P. Wake Forest, NC
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(140 reviews)
Captain Ray put us on the fish even though conditions were not most favorable and we still got it done! Had a blast!
Rick  C.
Rick C. Summersville, WV

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