Cape Lookout

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Cape Lookout Fishing Charters

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Cape Lookout: 34 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(270 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(64 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $375
Morehead City
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Morehead City
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(73 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from $150
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(22 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from $3,250
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(4 reviews)
Morehead City
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(14 reviews)
Harkers Island
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trips from $400

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Cape Lookout

According to customer reviews, Hawk Charters, Back Sound Fishing Charters, and FinchasersUSA Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cape Lookout. Full list of top fishing charters in Cape Lookout.

The average price for a private 4 hour Cape Lookout fishing trip is $470, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,137 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Hawk Charters and FinchasersUSA Charters received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cape Lookout.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Spanish Mackerel, and Cobia. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Nearshore fishing, wreck fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The Cape Lookout fishing scene is one of the best you can find, not only in NC, but on the entire Atlantic Coast. This barrier island is only accessible by boat, and ferry tickets usually sell out during high season. So, why not skip all of that?! Book a trip on the mainland with a local fishing guide, and beat the crowds on your way to the island – and beyond – for a catch!
 
A local favorite is Little Tunny (False Albacore). These fish aren’t targeted for their taste, but for the amazing action they provide. They’re very fast and challenging to target on a fly. You can also go after Redfish, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Shark, and Flounder. For those eager to land a huge trophy, offshore trips could bring Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, or Yellowfin Tuna.
 
Fishing at Cape Lookout is a year-round activity but two periods stand out – spring season (April and May) and fall season (from late September–November). The fall season is particularly popular for big schools of Redfish, Little Tunny, and Shark. You can reach their spots even on a half day trip, but lots of fishing guides are ready to dedicate a full eight hours to nearshore fishing, as it’s so rewarding. Gulf Stream trips require more dedication, so they vary from 8–14 hours.
 
Cape Lookout is mostly uninhabited, so fishing guides depart from Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and Beaufort. Pick one, find a guide, and earn your prize!
 
Cape Lookout
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 26613 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
There’s lots of Bluefin Tuna to catch if you’re an offshore fishing enthusiast! Check the weather report and take an extended trip and catch your trophy!
 
February
Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum fishing is great for inshore trips. You’ll also find schools of Striped Bass in shallow water.
 
March
Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna are waiting for offshore anglers and trolling is the way to go if you’re after these fish. You can also have a great time sight casting for Redfish. 
 
April
Have a great day nearshore targeting Bluefish. To catch a big specimen, go get some topwater action with poppers.
 
May
Explore the wrecks and target Amberjack and Cobia! You can also head offshore for Mahi Mahi and Barracuda.
 
June
Feeling competitive? Sign up for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, one of the best fishing tournaments on the East Coast. 
 
July
The tournament season isn’t over yet! Join the Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament and earn your prize!
 
August
Marlin, Sailfish, Barracuda, and Mahi Mahi – summer is great for offshore adventures, so keep on trolling!
 
September
September is arguably the best month for fishing around Cape Lookout. No matter what trip you choose, it’s going to be a memorable one.
 
October
Test your skills on the Swansboro Five-0 King Mackerel Tournament! Join a local guide and work as a team towards the main prize!
 
November
Redfish, Black Drum, and Little Tunny are moving in schools around Cape Lookout, so it’s just a matter of time until you find them and hit the jackpot.
 
December
Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, and Redfish are the best targets on an inshore trip. A few miles further out, you’ll find Kingfish and Little Tunny.
 

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Charter a short local trip or go out with a friend who has some knowledge of fishing in the area. The best way to learn is from someone that already knows what they are doing, especially if you have never fished much. Once you learn a few basic skills and have some simple equipment, it can be pretty easy and excellent fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a short local trip or go out with a friend who has some knowledge of fishing in the area. The best way to learn is from someone that already knows what they are doing, especially if you have never fished much. Once you learn a few basic skills and have some simple equipment, it can be pretty easy and excellent fishing.
Gary  S.
Gary S. Elkader, IA
We stayed on Emerald Isle and drove to Beaufort. The trip was about 35 minutes and easy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We stayed on Emerald Isle and drove to Beaufort. The trip was about 35 minutes and easy.
Flint  S.
Flint S. Belmont, NC
Driving from Emerald Isle to Sealevel puts you on fish faster rather than wasting time boating and fishing less time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Driving from Emerald Isle to Sealevel puts you on fish faster rather than wasting time boating and fishing less time.
Barry  B.
Barry B. Charlotte, NC
Spanish Mackerel fishing is a good choice - close to shore, trolling or sight casting, great to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spanish Mackerel fishing is a good choice - close to shore, trolling or sight casting, great to eat.
Kenneth  B.
Kenneth B. United States
Know what is in season and what you would like to fish for and know that it takes time to catch some species of fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Know what is in season and what you would like to fish for and know that it takes time to catch some species of fish.
Roger  R.
Roger R. Durham, ME
This was a great trip. Two of our group were first timers and they enjoyed it thoroughly!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a great trip. Two of our group were first timers and they enjoyed it thoroughly!
Regina  E.
Regina E. Winder, Georgia
I didn’t think we were going to catch that many sharks, but after eating some I wish I had kept more of them. They were delicious.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I didn’t think we were going to catch that many sharks, but after eating some I wish I had kept more of them. They were delicious.
Shelton  P.
Shelton P. Raleigh, NC
Get there early and get ready for an exciting day. Don't forget your sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get there early and get ready for an exciting day. Don't forget your sunscreen.
Anthony  P.
Anthony P. New Bern, North Carolina
Be open to going after whatever is biting. There had been some weather through, but the area around the Cape is a good place and a good place for a first trip in the area.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be open to going after whatever is biting. There had been some weather through, but the area around the Cape is a good place and a good place for a first trip in the area.
Randy  M.
Randy M. Lucasville, OH
Understand that you are fishing in non-payment season and let Captain get you o. Fish that are in during the summer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that you are fishing in non-payment season and let Captain get you o. Fish that are in during the summer.
James  C.
James C. United States
Well, this was our first time in Beaufort. I'd recommend that you stay close by, either in Atlantic Beach or Moorehead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Well, this was our first time in Beaufort. I'd recommend that you stay close by, either in Atlantic Beach or Moorehead
David  C.
David C. Summerfield, North Carolina

Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(270 reviews)
The weather wasn't great but the Captain tried to get us on cobia but they weren't biting we did pretty good on Spanish and blues and I even got to fight a huge Mola Mola for an hour and 45 mins and got a little bit of video of it the Captain and Mate did an awesome job to get us on fish even with adverse weather conditions
James  C.
James C.
Lil Piracy Guide Service
Lil Piracy Guide Service
Fishing charter in Harkers Island
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Had a really good time. Captain very knowledgeable of the area. Definitely will go again
Trent  F.
Trent F. Henderson, NC
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(270 reviews)
Captain Dave and deck hand Chris were amazing. We started catching fish right away. Had a great time creating memories. Wish the weather was a little better. We will be returning.
Jason  D.
Jason D. Lincolnton, North Carolina
Reel E Bugging
Reel E Bugging
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Top notch can’t complain. Big fish solid boat great people. Want to get on big fish this is your man! Thanks again Bobby!
Andrew  R.
Andrew R. Whitehead, NC
Drum Roll Charters
Drum Roll Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Tyler last weekend. 3 generations of family in one boat made for a great afternoon adventure.
Warren  R.
Warren R. Patrick Springs, VA
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(270 reviews)
Very wonderful trip. Thank you Captain Dave and Scooby for a beautiful day of fishing. And finding the trophy fish for us. Would recommend this trip to anyone.
James  C.
James C. Rock Hill, SC
Captain Joe's Charter
Captain Joe's Charter
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Had more than an outstanding experience with Joe and his crew! And an incredible boat! It was a great time even before we got into any fish! They were super welcoming and personable, they cooked up the hamburgers and hotdogs for us and just went above and beyond to make it a one-of-a-kind trip! I can’t thank them enough!
Trestin  J.
Trestin J. Morehead City, North Carolina
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(270 reviews)
A couple storms blew in before we had our trip set up which made a very windy day of fishing… 20+ mph winds! We were able to catch a couple fish but not much size or numbers. Captain Dave and Shaggy were great and still made for a fun trip. Looking forward to booking with them again and hoping for better weather next time!
Ethan  M.
Ethan M. Hackett, AR
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(270 reviews)
Awesome experience! Will definitely rebook! Very nice crew and we all had a great time!
Megan  C.
Megan C. Downs, KS
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Caught 7 bonitas, 5 to 6 bluefish (tossed back) and a couple king mackerel (tossed back). Captain Jason is knowledgeable, friendly, and able to match a persons skill level. Highly recommend
Matthew  S.
Matthew S. Mesa, AZ
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain Jason is very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a beautiful morning nearshore and caught Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Sea Trout, and Blue Fish. The Bonita were not cooperative this morning. We got to see dolphins, sea turtles, and a huge sunfish.
Flint  S.
Flint S. Belmont, NC
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(64 reviews)
Jason was a great captain. He tried to get us on the fish, but the weather and water temp was not ideal. We tried quite a few spots and caught some small stuff. Some days are better than others, that is fishing. Overall we had a good time and I would recommend Back Sound to others.
Patrick  W.
Patrick W.
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
March in North Carolina can be a hard time to get on the water for anything. Jason was very flexible with schedule changes as they related to weather and was quick to communicate. Jason was good with our inexperienced group being patient especially with the kids and informative with the adults. We all caught some fish and had a wonderful experience that we will never forget. It is an experience and a captain that I would definitely recommend.
Ryan  W.
Ryan W. Clinton, IA
Reel E Bugging
Reel E Bugging
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
This was the absolute best fishing trip ever!!!! We had the most amazing time. Capt Bobby Earl and First Mate Amy were top notch. We couldn’t be happier with our fishing experience. We are already planning our next charter with Reel E Bugging!!!
Tabatha  W.
Tabatha W. Cary, North Carolina
Reelax Fishing Charters
Reelax Fishing Charters "Wasabi"
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
Good day of fishing with a great crew!!! The crew was very professional and fast to get fish off your line and re-baited to drop again!
Marc  T.
Marc T. Auburn, AL
Reel E Bugging
Reel E Bugging
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
These guys are top notch. We made fast friends as we started the day watching whales play and enjoyed double rainbows while catching bait. They hooked us into Bluefin and Blackfin for an epic day of fishing. Can't say enough about how fun these guys are to hang out with. We traded cooking tips and ate sashimi right off the back of the boat. Can't wait to set out with them again.
William  M.
William M. Chapel Hill, NC
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain was very professional and worked to make sure we had a good time and caught fish. Had a great time.
Brian  G.
Brian G. Kokomo, IN
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(270 reviews)
It was a great trip, Captain David was very flexible with our two-day trip when the weather didn’t cooperate on day one, and Chris was very helpful and patient, teaching us how to do things we didn’t know, and keeping us entertained whenever fish weren’t biting. Great value for money overall, and great fishing.
Michael  M.
Michael M. Oakland Acres, IA
Drum Roll Charters
Drum Roll Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Very good
4.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great day on the water; however, the fish were not very cooperative. Capt. Tyler did his best under tough conditions. The water we fished looked great yet it was a slow day. That said, I would use him again.
Tom  W.
Tom W. Lynchburg, VA
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Had a great day of fishing with Captain Jason. He put us on the fish all day and was a huge help with the kids. Thanks for a great fishing experience.
Steve  K.
Steve K. Winterville, NC