Wrightsville Beach

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Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters

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Wrightsville Beach: 96 fishing charters available

Leverdrag Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(142 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $450

Spartina Guide Service LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $400

Rising Sun Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $300

Circle Bak Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(81 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $450

Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $275

Hieronymus Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $450

Let's Hook Up Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $300

NC Inshore Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(9 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $400

Seas The Sting

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(4 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $500

Captain Big Fish

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
trips from $575

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Wrightsville Beach

The average price for a private 4 hour Wrightsville Beach fishing trip is $444, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $868 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Leverdrag Charters, Spartina Guide Service LLC, and Rising Sun Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach.

Leverdrag Charters, Spartina Guide Service LLC, and Rising Sun Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Wrightsville Beach.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Spanish Mackerel, and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Wrightsville Beach is the perfect destination your next fishing break. From the awesome variety of fishing charters you can enjoy here, to the great angling opportunities at Wrightsville Beach’s two fishing piers, you can always find something big and tasty to take your bait. For more serious anglers, there are world-class fishing tournaments like the Cape Fear Marlin Tournament which have been drawing competitive sport fishers for decades. From family trips to high-octane offshore action, there really is something for everyone.

Known For

Wrightsville Beach has a great pedigree when it comes to water sports. The birthplace of North Carolina’s surfing scene, it is the perfect place for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, yachting and, you guessed it, fishing. The town’s ten different marinas and yacht clubs include the historic Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach’s first permanent construction and the second oldest yacht club in the country.
 
Most local captains come from generations-long fishing families and have spent their whole lives working these waters. That’s a good job, too, because the range of species you can catch here is staggering. The shallows are home to all your favorite inshore species like Flounder, Red and Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, and Sheepshead. Offshore, things are even better, with summer populations of Yellowfin Tuna, White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi, tagged out in the winter by big Bluefin Tuna caught just off the beach!

Fishing Spots

From the shallowest creek to the darkest depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach fishing spots are as diverse as they are numerous. Here are a few of our must-visit locations to help you get the most out of your trip. Of course, Wrightsville Beach fishing guides like to keep their favorite spots secret, so you’re bound to find a dozen more gems on every trip.

Johnnie Mercer’s & Crystal Pier

Wrightsville Beach’s two fishing piers are a nice place to start if you’ve brought your tackle to town. Fishing from either of these, you can catch Flounder, Bluefish, Sheepshead, Red Drum, and more while enjoying the town’s most important landmarks.

Intracoastal Waterways

Not so much a fishing spot as a general umbrella for most Wrightsville Beach inshore fishing. Charter a local flats boat and you can enjoy hours of shallow-water action, targeting big “Gray” (Speckled) Trout, Red Drum, Flounder, and way too many more to list here. The calm waters and short ride make this the perfect family fishing trip, while the beautiful surroundings and diverse wildlife will keep even the most reluctant ride-alongs happy.

John’s Creek

Not exactly a creek so much as a popular nearshore spot, this long-flooded waterway provides some great structure and is a go-to place for targeting big Flounder. Most of the structure sits in around 25 feet of water and is also home to Mullet, Trout, and Bluefish. The area’s popularity can often make it crowded in the busy summer months but it’s still well worth a visit if you’re in town out of season.

Five-Mile & Ten-Mile Boxcars

These two reefs are found at five-mile intervals on the way out from Mansboro Inlet and are made of, you guessed it, old railroad boxcars. A huge range of species gather here, starting with Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Cobia, and Black Seabass at the five-mile mark and working up to Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, King Mackerel, and ocean-going “doormat” Flounder further out.

The School House

Around 17 miles out from Mansboro Inlet, this reef was also originally made of boxcars but was spared the boring name by the addition of a large barge from a local community college. The reef signals the start of good offshore fishing, with Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and big “smoker” Mackerel, as well as bottom fishing favorites like Amberjack, Snapper, and Grouper.

Gulf Stream

Head past the sprawling mess of local reefs and wrecks and eventually you will hit the deep, warm waters of the Gulf Stream. There are loads of spots to choose from along the sloping edge of the continent, most of which are a good 60 miles out. Accept the long journey and commit to the extended trip times and you will not regret it. This is the best deep sea fishing Wrightsville Beach has to offer, home to Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, White Marlin, and even Blue Marlin.

Trip Prices

Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters vary hugely in price, depending on the size of the boat and – most importantly – the length of the trip. Half day trips can cost anything from $300 for a flats boat to $600 for one of the many modern sportfishing vessels in town. Full day trips vary just as much, starting at around $500 and almost doubling that for a high-end vessel.
 
If you want to hit the rich fishing grounds of the Gulf Stream, you will need to book in for an extended blue water trip. These start at around $1400 for a decent 12-hour trip and cost over double that for an overnight charter. Our advice? Bite the bullet and book a longer trip – it’s much better than spending most of your trip just getting to the fishing grounds.

Fishing Techniques

There are certain species which are particularly important to local anglers and Wrightsville Beach charter guides have built up their own preferred methods for catching them. Flounder is a serious local favorite, mainly thanks to the sheer size Summer Flounder reach here. Whether you’re fishing in the shallows or out on the reefs, the method of choice is to use live Menhaden. Larger Menhaden are also used on spinning gear to tempt in King Mackerel, while out in the Gulf Stream brined Ballyhoo rule the day, dressed up in their Sunday best to troll for Marlin, Sailfish, and monster Tuna.

Need to Know

Most local charters come with everything you need for the day’s fishing - tackle, bait, lures, and licenses (except on some of the smaller boats). That’s about it, though. You should bring along any food or drinks you want (particularly on long trips) as well as a variety of sensible clothing for the changing temperatures and the all-important Dramamine if you suffer from seasickness. Fly anglers are usually welcome, but rarely catered for, so you should bring along all your favorite fly gear if you want to explore this diverse fishery.
Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Dive into the new year with the annual Wrightsville Plunge. This charity event sees hundreds of people brave the water in support of local causes. Not recommended after extended new year celebrations!

February

February is lowest of the low season in Wrightsville Beach but that just means more water for you! Target Striped Bass, Flounder, and Red Drum inshore or head out in search of monster Bluefin Tuna.

March

The fishing starts to pick up in may, with Barracuda swarming the reefs and big Bull Sharks fighting hard in the shallows. This is also your last chance to battle Bluefin before they disappear north.

April
The Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament is held at the end of April and has been drawing anglers from around the country for almost half a century. Expect big catches and some serious competition!
May

The reefs have really got going by May, with Amberjack, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Snapper, Grouper, and more. Head further out, and you are greeted by Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin.

June
Spanish Mackerel is the species in the sights of the local tournaments in June. The Seapath Marina & Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Tournaments both promise great fishing for these tasty fish.
July

The great thing about having quite so many marinas is that there's always a competition on. In June, the Capt. Eddy Haneman Sailfishing Tournament offers great pelagic action for monster Sailfish.

August

The Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge invites you to try your luck fishing for big Red Drum and Flounder. The low buy-in and great prizes make this the perfect tournament for amateurs and old-timers alike.

September

September is peak season for big "smoker" King Mackerel, and the cooler weather makes fighting all the more enjoyable. Kingfish are an NC specialty and well worth targeting while you're in town.

October

The Kappa Alpha Redfish Fishing Tournament invites you to help raise money for local charities by catching huge Red Drum. Sounds like a win-win to us!

November
The Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament raises money and awareness for aquatic conservation in November, while the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla makes for a memorable Thanksgiving on the water.
December

Take your pick of great fishing in December, with monster Striped Bass, huge Bluefin Tuna, and more Speckled Trout that you can shake your rod at! You'll certainly have plenty of food this Christmas!

Wrightsville Beach Fishing Calendar

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Definitely book your fishing trip with Captain Big Fish. You won't be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely book your fishing trip with Captain Big Fish. You won't be disappointed.
Barbara  B.
Barbara B. Walkertown, NC
If you are looking for a Charter don’t look no further then Captain Big Fish!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are looking for a Charter don’t look no further then Captain Big Fish!!!
Brian  H.
Brian H. Rivesville, WV
Research what fish are running at the time of your trip and make sure that's what you want to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Research what fish are running at the time of your trip and make sure that's what you want to catch.
Michael  E.
Michael E. Kannapolis, NC
I would recommend a couple hour charter to find out whether you prefer short and sweet or longer further off shore fishing..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend a couple hour charter to find out whether you prefer short and sweet or longer further off shore fishing..
Jeffry  C.
Jeffry C. Apex, NC
Recommend an early morning outing rather than mid-day--particularly in July. If the fishing gets slow, Wrightsville is a beautiful area to view from the water.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Recommend an early morning outing rather than mid-day--particularly in July. If the fishing gets slow, Wrightsville is a beautiful area to view from the water.
Philip  A.
Philip A. Winder, GA
Definitely start with a half day trip, then if you have a blast like we did, you'll know what you'll want in the future and can make plans to meet your goals with the Captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely start with a half day trip, then if you have a blast like we did, you'll know what you'll want in the future and can make plans to meet your goals with the Captain.
Mike  D.
Mike D. Southern Pines, NC
It was a beautiful day definitely hot. The parking is a little difficult and I would recommend going early just for parking issues.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a beautiful day definitely hot. The parking is a little difficult and I would recommend going early just for parking issues.
Esther  L.
Esther L. Cross Lanes, WV
Apparently the storm pushed the fish further off shore. Trolling wasn’t successful but we got some results from bottom fishing. It’s called fishing not catching.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Apparently the storm pushed the fish further off shore. Trolling wasn’t successful but we got some results from bottom fishing. It’s called fishing not catching.
Ross  H.
Ross H. Pinehurst, NC
Get a guide that knows what they are doing so you can learn how to catch fish.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Get a guide that knows what they are doing so you can learn how to catch fish.
Charles  L.
Charles L. Charlotte, NC
Be prepared for hot weather and if possible be flexible. Weather and rough water can drastically alter your plans and level of success
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be prepared for hot weather and if possible be flexible. Weather and rough water can drastically alter your plans and level of success
Greg  G.
Greg G. Kernersville, NC
Get a hold of Victory Charters, Captain Chuck will give you an awesome experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a hold of Victory Charters, Captain Chuck will give you an awesome experience.
Jim  M.
Jim M. Raleigh, North Carolina
For those considering Wrightsville Beach for first time fishing, you will find many great choices! Plenty of species throughout the year!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For those considering Wrightsville Beach for first time fishing, you will find many great choices! Plenty of species throughout the year!
Jason  S.
Jason S. Bethania, North Carolina
Evidently they had been catching king mackerel pretty well but this time of year I think it's hit-and-miss so that's one thing to keep in mind it's of course very disappointing to spend that much money and only catch a small fish or two or worse.. nothing... but of course that's fishing they're not always biting
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Evidently they had been catching king mackerel pretty well but this time of year I think it's hit-and-miss so that's one thing to keep in mind it's of course very disappointing to spend that much money and only catch a small fish or two or worse.. nothing... but of course that's fishing they're not always biting
Lisa & Brad Joyce
Lisa & Brad Joyce Charlotte, North Carolina

Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(142 reviews)
Over cast, NE wind, and 20+ Mackerel. Great first time charter in NC. Captain Joe is extremely knowledgeable in the area and kept us on the fish for as long as possible. Very personable and answered all questions about different species of fish in the area. I recommend a 6 hour booking to go father out for larger game. I can’t wait to go back out and will be setting up another day with my boys. Again, Thanks for a great time Captain.
John  G.
John G. Seymour, CT
Rising Sun Fishing
Rising Sun Fishing
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
First fishing charter for my kids and we had a great time! Captain Pierre is very knowledgeable and patient teaching the kids about various fish species and fishing for each type. Many thanks for creating a memorable fishing adventure for 3 generations of our family!
Aaron  H.
Aaron H. Cary, NC
Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(142 reviews)
Had a great time! Joe was extremely knowledgeable and we had a successful morning. Looking forward to the next trip!
Rion  L.
Rion L. Charlotte, NC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Captain Josh led us to the fish and had us hooked up quickly. He was patient and friendly. Enjoyed the day fishing and chatting.
Dave  C.
Dave C. Raleigh, North Carolina
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
Awesome time with Captain big fish! Highly recommend and hope to do a full day charter at some point. 10/10
Josh  D.
Josh D. Lewes, DE
Rising Sun Fishing
Rising Sun Fishing
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
My family and I were so lucky to have found Pierre! Our boys had been freshwater fishing before but never caught anything, so they were excited to try something new. As a teacher, Pierre was kind and patient with our boys (9,11) and made the experience exciting and educational. They had so much fun, and were excited to eat the fish they caught as soon as we got back to our condo. We will definitely be booking with Pierre for our next trip!
Allison  K.
Allison K. Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Let's Hook Up Charters
Let's Hook Up Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We were on the fish as soon as the lines hit the water. Great experience. Great captain and very knowledgeable.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. Georgetown, KY
Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(142 reviews)
Captain Joe showed our group a great time on the water. We caught nearly 30 Spanish mackerel and had plenty to take home. Joe made sure we had lines in the water at all times and it was fun catching so many.
Cacky  D.
Cacky D. Wilmington, North Carolina
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
This was my first experience saltwater fishing and it could not have been a better one. I was really afraid of becoming seasick but I took some dramamine and the amazing crew made sure I was comfortable and had a really good time. It was a very relaxing and fun trip. We are already planning to take another longer trip.
Ivy  I.
Ivy I. Fuquay-Varina, NC
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
I went with my family of 5 and we all had a great first near shore experience! Captain Monte and Matt made us feel very comfortable and made sure we were all having a great time! We caught 9 Spanish Mackerel and one small tuna! We would recommend booking with Captain big fish, and will most likely book again in the future!
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M. WHT SULPHUR S, WV
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
We had an awesome afternoon trip with Captain Monty & Matt! Everything from the booking experience, communication before & during our trip, & the fishing was top notch. We got out, they put us on fish immediately & had lines being reeled in all afternoon. Captain Monty runs a first class business & we are already planning on booking our 3/4-full day trip to go after some big sport fish. Thanks again, see you guys soon!
Kyle  L.
Kyle L. Hampstead, North Carolina
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
I took my 2 boys fishing with Captain Guion. We had a great day catching a variety of fish. He was great with the boys. We’ll be back.
Rob  S.
Rob S. Fallston, MD
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
Great trip. This is our second trip with Captain Monty and both have been excellent. Captain works hard to get you fish while making the trip lots of fun. I would recommend this charter for anyone.
Richard  C.
Richard C. Hampstead, North Carolina
Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(142 reviews)
My kids and I had a blast fishing with Captain Joe! He was very accommodating and knowledgeable and we caught so many fish!
Meg  B.
Meg B. Raleigh, NC
Let's Hook Up Charters
Let's Hook Up Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Whether you're new to fishing or have years of experience, Captain Jason is your guy. We had a great experience. Captain Jason was very informative. He kept it light and fun. No politics and no bs , just a straight up great experience on the water.
Jim  M.
Jim M. Haw River, NC
Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(142 reviews)
Great outing with Captain Joe. He was so personable and helpful. My Five-year-old grandson told the Captain that this was the best day of his life!!!!!! We caught several Spanish mackerel. We will definitely be going again. Wonderful experience.
David  W.
David W. Wilmington, NC
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Captain G was great with both of my children. Put us on to some great fishing in a short time and even saw dolphins. Would recommend to anyone with kids!
Tyler  S.
Tyler S. Winston-Salem, NC
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
I booked this trip as a surprise get away adventure for my husband. He had a wonderful time and we will definitely be back!
Catherine  A.
Catherine A. Godwin, NC
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
Had a great trip with CPT Monty. The fish weren't biting as much as we would have liked but it wasn’t for lack of trying on Monty and Matt’s part. They worked their butts off to ensure.our trip was memorable.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Stone Ridge, VA
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(217 reviews)
This is our first time chartering in Wilmington and we absolutely found the right captain! We brought our family and they treated us just like we were there family. They took excellent care of us and made sure we had an incredible day. We caught lots of fish and from the moment they picked us up to the moment they give us our filleted fish it was perfect.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Harrisburg, NC

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