Wanchese

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Fishing in Wanchese

Wanchese is the business end of Roanoke Island, and that business is catching fish. Wanchese fishing charters are run by experienced captains from generations-long fishing families. The village is surrounded by shallow sounds and has easy access to the open ocean. In short, it’s the perfect place for a fishing trip.
 
Inshore charters are great for families. Reel in tasty Flounder and Red Drum in the sheltered sounds and be back in time for lunch. Skilled anglers can stay out longer to take on big Bull Reds, Tarpon, and more. Most species are best in spring and fall, except for Tarpon, which are summertime visitors.
 
Head out into the ocean and things really heat up. Speed offshore to troll the Gulf Stream for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Marlin, which are around all summer long. Up for a real challenge? Brave the winter weather to take on giant Bluefin Tuna. You need the whole day at sea to get the most out of these deep sea trips.
 
If fighting huge fish isn’t tough enough, take on other anglers in a local tournament! The biggest event is the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament in nearby Manteo, but there are lots of smaller ones, too. Otherwise, just head down to Wanchese Marina, jump aboard your charter boat, and get ready for an awesome day on the water.

Rules & Regulations

Important species such as Flounder, Cobia, and Seabass have strict closed seasons which may change annually. Your captain will have up to date info on every species, and will make sure you stick to the rules during your trip. Wanchese fishing charters also include licenses for everybody on board.

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Wanchese Fishing Seasons

January
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. 
February
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.
March
Spring really does bring with it new arrivals. The Bluefin Tuna season is in full swing and Yellowfin start to show up toward the end of the month. Inshore, Drum, Trout, and Bluefish will keep you busy.
April
There are 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.
May

Expect to find plenty of Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna offshore, along Cobia closer to land. You might even spot the first few Billfish, signaling the start of big game season.

June
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. 
July
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 fight one to the boat.
August
There’s no sign of things 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.

 

September
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.
October
Trout are well and truly back, as are Red Drum! Explore the shallow waters of the Roanoke and Croatan Sounds, or head offshore to go after Kingfish and the last of the Sailfish.
November
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 Drum, Trout, and Bass for a warming meal.
December

The sounds are at their best when the weather gets cold, so get ready to roast some delicious inshore fish on that Christmas open fire. Otherwise, you could always take on Bluefin offshore.

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Reviews of Fishing in Wanchese

Half day trip with Capt. Barry Sweitzer and First Mate on Hallie M. Charter
Joseph C. fished with Hallie M Charters on September 23, 2020
Recommend to be ready for a great day and catch!!!!!
Fishing with Kenny
Jonathan E. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on September 3, 2020
We caught several spanish mackerel. We fished near shore , be ready for the heat.
Half day trip
Garland M. fished with Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure on August 28, 2020
Ask for knowledge and know how I had a great experience
Above and Beyond Expectations!!!!!!
Susan H. fished with Cutawhiskie Charters - OBX, NC on August 25, 2020
It was beautiful and extremely enjoyable!
Half day
Adam N. fished with Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure on August 6, 2020
Could rain or storm at any time be ready for that. However good times with good people out of watches pier
Half Day Fishing Trip
Ulysses M. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on July 24, 2020
I would recommend spending a full day fishing instead of half.
Great boat!
Daniel M. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on June 30, 2020
Be sure to book a longer 8 hour trip that goes out further to get nicer fish!
Great day chasing ribbon fish
Jeremy H. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on June 23, 2020
If you are staying in Duck or Corolla plan on at least 55-75 minutes commute in the morning as it is a long way to Wanchese and speed limits are typically 35-45mph. The marina in Wanchese is pretty small but has a restaurant that is open early for coffee or breakfast sandwiches before you go - also has a full menu and beer when you return (or you can buy beer to bring on the boat if you have an afternoon trip). The same building has a public restroom in it. The first mate won't clean the fish for you like in other places I have been but there is a little shop on the grounds that does it for you when you return. For inshore trips cost was $0.50 of caught weight (ie. total weight of the fish, not just the fillets), this drops to $0.45 per pound for offshore trips. Everyone is super friendly and helpful.

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