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Wrightsville Beach: 105 fishing charters available

Spartina Guide Service LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $425

Hieronymus Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $450

Leverdrag Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(167 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $450

Rising Sun Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $325

Circle Bak Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(100 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $450

Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(78 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $275

Seas The Sting

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $500

Lumina Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $400

Let's Hook Up Charters

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

Ava Lynn Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $550

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The average price for a private 4 hour Wrightsville Beach fishing trip is $480, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $895 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach that received great reviews from families are:

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

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $275
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $313
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $439
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $550
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $718
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $921
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $1,300
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $1,900
  • 14-hour fishing trips – $1,750

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 25065 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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Look up Captain Big Fish charters! Make sure to apply and reapply lots of sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up Captain Big Fish charters! Make sure to apply and reapply lots of sunscreen.
Amie  D.
Amie D. Unionville, TN
Just come and have fun, the fish will come. Also wear sunscreen because it’s hot hot!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come and have fun, the fish will come. Also wear sunscreen because it’s hot hot!!!
Robert  D.  J.
Robert D. J. Clayton, NC
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

Lumina Fishing Charters
Lumina Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a great day with Captain Jesse. He’s very patient and personable. He knew the area well and let us try out different fishing techniques. We enjoyed the spacious boat and the day on the water - would definitely recommend!
Terri  C.
Terri C. White Plains, New York
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(62 reviews)
I was worried with it being October we would have bad weather, but turned out to be a beautiful day and captain Josh was great! Knew exactly where to find what fish, and what the best equipment to use was. Had a great time!
Sarah  C.
Sarah C. Belville, NC
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
Captain Monty keeps a clean, well-organized, safe boat. Captain Monty worked extremely hard to make it a great trip and experience for us all. We all had a great time out. I would highly recommend Captain Monty for any fishing trip. Looking forward to next time.
Rick  L.
Rick L. Thomasville, NC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Josh put us on fish and if my son and I were more experienced with open face gear we would have caught more.
Danny  C.
Danny C. Lexington, NC
Lumina Fishing Charters
Lumina Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Jesse offers a great, guided experience of fishing just off the Wilmington coast! We got to try a few different fishing styles, caught a whole bunch of good size mackerel, and then tried our hand casting for bigger fish in a 4 hour trip that flew by, bust Jesse made sure we got to fish every possible minute. If you want a trip that’s perfect for couples or smaller groups, I’d definitely recommend taking a trip with Lumina!
Michael  G.
Michael G. Raleigh, NC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
What a morning we had! Josh is a top notch guide. Beautiful skiff for fishing the flats and inshore waters in NC. Put us on some fantastic reds and flounder. Very professional, knows his stuff and uses great quality gear. Can’t wait for the next one!
Justin  J.
Justin J. Wilmington, NC
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Guion was very helpful with my 9 year old grandson showing him how and where to throw his lures and put us on top of some great Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Red Drum. Great day
Craig  L.
Craig L. Sophia, NC
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
Monty was great, booked this for my dad for his birthday. Thought it was going to be a busy but last minute ended up catching a barracuda. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a fishing day.
Jessica  D.
Jessica D. Rock Hill, South Carolina
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
Fishing was a little slow near shore but the big ones made our day. Great time and Captain!
Eric  K.
Eric K. Lake Park, NC
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Captain G was very friendly and easy going! Winds picked up pretty quick unfortunately, so we headed inland. Not too much biting out there but captain sure did try all of his spots!!
Amanda  K.
Amanda K. Roseville, MI
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
This was serious fun. The Capt put us on fish and we caught plenty. Great experience 5 stars!
Ernest  J.
Ernest J. Clayton, NC
Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
It was a great trip. Good fishing and fun! I would go with Seas the Sting again for sure.
James  R.
James R. Wilmington, NC
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
Monty makes the trip a fun one. We had a great day of fishing and boating.
Michael  C.
Michael C. Chantilly, VA
NC Inshore Fishing Charters
NC Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Had a great day out with the family. Capt Mike was knowledgeable and professional would definitely recommend especially for groups plenty of room on the boat for multiple anglers. Awesome trip thanks.
Jeff  S.
Jeff S. Ruston, WA
Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Had a great time doing some exciting fishing even when the conditions weren’t perfect captain Jessi knew right where to take us to keep us busy reeling in Spanish mackerel. Great couple that made us feel like we weren’t just customers but we were friends definitely will use them again for the offshore fishing trip next year. If you book them you have to ask Natasha to do the fish dance it worked every time.
Gary  L.
Gary L. Youngsville, NC
Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
We had an awesome time taking our 9 year old on her first salt water fishing trip. They were well equipped and friendly while showing her how to use the rod. Filleting all the fish for us made dinner quick and easy. We will be booking another trip soon!
Samantha  T.
Samantha T. Monroe, NC
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Husband and son and son’s friend went out for the kids trip. Caught toad fish and ribbon fish. Was a good trip and captain was super nice.
Tara  G.
Tara G. Oxford, NC
NC Inshore Fishing Charters
NC Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(17 reviews)
Great day , Captain Mike is great & really knows the Intercoastal + good & patient with novices like us. We want to charter with him again !!!
Steve  R.
Steve R. Lexington, NC
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
We had a blast. He is great captain!! We caught. Over a 100 fish. He knows what he is done. I want to go again asap!!!!!
Robert  D.
Robert D. Township Of Taylorsville, NC
Ava Lynn Fishing Charters
Ava Lynn Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
The captain is professional and timely. The boat is fast which saves time. We caught lots of fish.
Martin  R.
Martin R. Mooresville, NC

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