Cape Lookout

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Cape Lookout: 33 fishing charters available

Back Sound Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $450

Hawk Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(218 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $440

FinchasersUSA Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(12 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $450

Swan Point Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(18 reviews)
Morehead City
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Reelax Fishing Charters "Wasabi"

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(13 reviews)
Morehead City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Lil Piracy Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(11 reviews)
Harkers Island
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trips from $350

Atlantic Ocean Charters - Veteran

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(27 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $600

Capt. Austin’s Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Beaufort
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trips from $450

Smoke Show Sportfishing

Beaufort
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trips from $2,000

Sound-N-Sea Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(57 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from $150

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
4.3 / 5
Based on 24785 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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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
4.7 / 5
(218 reviews)
David and Shaggy are an outstanding team! David found the fish and Shaggy kept our gear untangled and entertained us while filling the cooler with Spanish and Bonita. We plan to come back soon.
Don  J.
Don J. Charlotte, NC
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
David and Shaggy were the best fishing guides my wife and I have ever had! Very flexible, easy-going and they put us on lots of Spanish Mackerel.
Don  J.
Don J. Charlotte, NC
Sound-N-Sea Charters
Sound-N-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Great day out on the water Capt Matt went above and beyond. When things slowed down a bit he jumped into action and changed tactics which resulted in having the bite on again. Great Time
Mark  R.
Mark R. Elmira, MO
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with Hawks charters.i highly recommend going fishing with them.
Tony  L.
Tony L. Randleman, NC
Capt. Austin’s Guide Service
Capt. Austin’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Excellent! A bit of history a bit of fishing and a very experienced Captain. It was a great experience for me and my boys. Thank you for a great time.
Tomas  P.  P.
Tomas P. P. Gloversville, NY
Reel E Bugging
Reel E Bugging
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Bobby made it happen again for us! He was committed to finding us great fish - and he did. He and Amy are an awesome combo and make it a fun day! We've got some great stories to tell...probably way more times than our wives want to hear them! If you want the real deal - this is it. We highly, highly recommend!
Erin  R.
Erin R. Apex, North Carolina
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
Shaggy was there for everyone & everything David is a great captain we had a great day
Marie  P.
Marie P. Clayton, NC
Ocean Sniper Fishing Charters
Ocean Sniper Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We left early (5am) because of rough conditions in the forecast for later Ron the day. Captain Ben and 1st mate John worked hard and made sure we had a nice catch. We felt safe and informed.
Vaughn  H.
Vaughn H. Roan Mountain, TN
Bounty Hunter Guide Service 25' CC
Bounty Hunter Guide Service 25' CC
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Fantastic guide, boat, equipment, and experience!!! Would not hesitate one second to hire/fish with him again. Can not stress enough how excellent of an experience it was on our charter. And we caught fish as a bonus!!
Kevin  H.
Kevin H. Raleigh, NC
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Back Sound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Jason worked out the best day to avoid high winds and worked out well. He had us on Spanish Mackeral within minutes of arriving near Cape Lookout. Action was fast and furious and it was a great time ! Book with Jason and you won’t be disappointed !
Mark  P.
Mark P. Boiling Springs, PA
Reelax Fishing Charters
Reelax Fishing Charters "Wasabi"
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Great experience with the entire crew. My friends and I had a GREAT DAY! Will definitely book again!
Byron  H.
Byron H. Ashburn, VA
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
We took an evening trip and had a great time! Crew was very fun and knowledgeable. Will be booking again this summer!!
Joshua  P.
Joshua P. Horseheads, NY
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
Great day fishing. Capt and Shaggy were awesome. Put us on fish right away and we slayed them for the duration. Shaggy cleaned all the fish we could take with us and we even gave him what we couldnt take with us. Will definitely use them again.
Andrew  L.
Andrew L. Charlotte, North Carolina
Reel E Bugging
Reel E Bugging
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Robert Earl on the Reel bugging and his first mate Amy or unbelievable the captain put it on the fish Amiee is the hardest-working mate you'll meet . The boat is a 61ft Hatteras and the amenities are great.
Norb  G.
Norb G. Raleigh, NC
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
Great crew, even though it was a slow day for trolling. David and Shaggy made sure we were taken care of and found us some fish on a slow day. Thanks!
Byron  G.
Byron G. New Bern, NC
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
We had a blast with Hawk Charters. Chris was there to meet us in the parking lot as we arrived. Rules were estaished for the girls safety which as mom that is important and vests were given to the girls immediately! Fishing was okay as we were trolling but we still pulled fish in. Bottom fishing was a blast. Everyone was pulling fish into the boat left and right with that. Couldn't of asked for a better trip. Thank you!
MATTHEW  M.
MATTHEW M. Gastonia, NC
Capt. Austin’s Guide Service
Capt. Austin’s Guide Service
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
An excellent morning with Captain Austin. His knowledge and expertise guaranteed us a massive haul of fish to take home for the grill!
Jack  T.
Jack T. Durham, NC
Sound-N-Sea Charters
Sound-N-Sea Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
This experience was wonderful. I grew up in the area and was hoping to show our son the experiences that I had growing up. Matt was more willing to help create a wonderful experience for us, but mostly a way for him to enjoy many different parts if the ocean and the islands. We will definitely reach out for a longer trip next time we visit the area.
Erika  W.
Erika W. Lawrenceville, PA
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
Captain Dave and deck mate Criss where very professional and provided us with a truly awesome experience!
William  E.
William E. Oxford, NC
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(218 reviews)
We had a great trip! The water leaving the inlet was 'sporty', resulting in a bit of sea sickness lol. We didn't have any luck at the reef, probably due to a storm coming (big swells). Once we moved back toward the channel we snagged quite a variety of sea life! We didn't get the trophy fish we were hoping for, but we did make some memories! The crew was very knowledgeable and helpful, would definitely recommend!!!
Monica  L.
Monica L. Caledonia, Michigan

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cape Lookout

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Cape Lookout costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $440, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,111. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Cape Lookout is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

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

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

The best way to experience fishing in Cape Lookout is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters 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.

Explore the wrecks and target Amberjack and Cobia! You can also head offshore for Mahi Mahi and Barracuda.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Cape Lookout.