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Top Fishing Charters in Wanchese

Fishing in Wanchese

Located on Roanoke Island, Wanchese is at the perfect crossroads between inshore and offshore. With the Outer Banks across the Roanoke Sound and the mainland on the other side of the Croatan Sound, Wanchese fishing charters offer exceptional inshore and deep sea fishing. Come and see why the OBX are famous for fishing!

What type of fishing charter is best for me? 

Inshore Fishing

The shallow sounds and bays let you catch a variety of fish in a short space of time. The Outer Banks protect against the rough seas and their biggest predators, so expect calm waters with schools of bottom-dwelling fish to target. 
Depending on the season, you’ll bottom fish and jig for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, or Speckled Trout, among others. Experienced anglers can get their fishing fix, while novices will experience the thrill of the battle that will leave you wanting more. 
And the best thing? These abundant waters are so close to Wanchese Marina that this can be done within half a day! 


Offshore Fishing

Just 40 miles from Wanchese Marina, a whole world of big game fishing awaits for more adventurous and experienced anglers. Here, the Gulf Stream attracts a range of pelagics to your doorstep – all accessible in a full day or overnight trip. 
These trips involve trolling top waters for monstrous Marlin and stunning Sailfish, with Mahi Mahi and Tuna also appearing for great results in the kitchen. If you want something different, ask if you can try deep dropping for Tilefish – these are some of the best-tasting fish in the ocean.

When to Go?

You can expect a productive day on the water year round in the Outer Banks. 
There’s no reason to let bad weather get in the way. In fact, the best inshore fishing is during winter. From October through February, Stripers, Flounder, and Trout come out to play. These shallow waters are a great place to learn to fish, and offer a mixed bag of exciting and delicious fish to catch. 
Experienced anglers can expect the fight of their life during summer. This is peak season to experience the thrill of Marlin, Tuna, and Sailfish on the end of your line. The season runs from May through September and books up quickly, so reserve your Wanchese fishing charter early.

What to Bring

Suitable inshore and offshore, the huge fishing vessels have everything you need for a productive day. Fitted with toilets, comfortable seating, and sometimes kitchens, you’ll enjoy plush surroundings as you head to the sweet spots. 
During the winter, bring some warm weather to protect against the cold and rain. While in the summer, dress lightly and bring plenty of sunscreen. Bring a cooler full of your own drinks and snacks aboard and settle in for a fun-filled trip.
Some of the country’s best fishing awaits in the OBX. All fishing charters will cover your fishing license, so you’re good to go. Come aboard and make the most of it! 
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Wanchese Fishing Seasons

Inshore fishing reigns supreme during the winter, so head out to the sounds and bottom fish for some delicious Redfish and Striped Bass, just make sure to wrap up warm. 
While the Stripers and Flounder make their way out, the Tuna season is heating up. Hit the inshore waters for the last of the cold water season or head offshore to land a delicious Bluefin.
Spring really does bring with it new arrivals. The Tuna season is in full swing with the Yellowfin starting to arrive, along with Wahoo, Kingfish, and Cobia. Get offshore to start the season!
There’s no April showers to worry about in the Outer Banks. As the weather starts heating up, so does the fishing. Expect a range of exciting big game fish in the deeper waters offshore.

Or is that Mahi? Expect to find plenty of these delicious creatures offshore as the peak season kicks off. Along with Cobia and Tuna, you’re in for a month of culinary delights. 

School’s out just in time for the season to hit its stride. White and Blue Marlin arrive to the party, giving you the chance to land a real prized monster fish. 
Stunning Sailfish is the latest addition to the Gulf Stream. Deep sea fishing is the name of the game, and expect to be mesmerized by these stunning creatures as you hook one aboard.
There’s no sign of it cooling off, so get offshore throughout August and make the most of the summer. Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Sailfish will all have you in for the fight of your life. 


Change is a-coming as the pelagics start to leave the Gulf Stream. But fear not, monstrous Kingfish are on their way and the inshore season is just around the corner.
Trout are well and truly back, as are Flounder! Explore the shallow waters of the Roanoke and Croatan Sounds, or head offshore to go after Kingfish and the last of the Sailfish.
Wrap up warm – winter is on its way. Your best bet is to stay close to shore during November, as you try to fill the boat with Flounder, Bass, and Trout for a warming meal.

The inshore waterways are at their best when the weather gets cold, so get ready to roast some Striped Bass, Speckled Trout, or Flounder on that Christmas open fire. 

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What People Are Saying About Wanchese

"Half day of fishing"

Jack T. fished with Outer Banks Outdoors and Fishing on September 2, 2019

I prefer to book 1/2 or 3/4 day trips. No one's gets overly tired and I get to learn from different captains.

"Half day shark fishing"

Jack T. fished with Stolat Fishing Charters on September 1, 2019

I fish out of the outer bank about three times a year and leave from Wanchese 90% of the time.

"Fishing with Ches"

Angela A. fished with Outer Banks Outdoors and Fishing on July 31, 2019

Do not go with any expectations, just enjoy the experience!

"July fishing trip"

John P. fished with Grandpa Charters - Shrimp & Crab on July 16, 2019

Bring water and dont be too hungover. To hot in July to be hungover on a boat.

What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Wanchese, North Carolina for the first time?

Top Targeted Species in Wanchese



Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)





Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White)

Marlin (White)

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