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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!
 
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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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Half day trip, limit hit on blue fish and scored a Spanish Mackerel in about 3 hours. Captain David puts you on fish and knows his stuff! Great time for beginner saltwater fisherman!
Nathaniel V. fished with Hawk Charters on April 27, 2021
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Bring and open mind and an open heart, you will have a great time!
Three quarter day trip with captain David
Roger R. fished with Hawk Charters on April 18, 2021
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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.
Fantastic beat, spot on Captain!
Dustin T. fished with Colton's Toy Fishing Charters LLC on April 18, 2021
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Yes, but still a little cold for blue fish.
Custom Trip with Captain Charlie
Connie W. fished with Lil Piracy Guide Service on August 16, 2020
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Bring a rain jacket. Be willing to adapt to the bite.
Half day with Captain Scott and Tyler.
Regina E. fished with Atlantic Ocean Charters - Veteran on May 16, 2020
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This was a great trip. Two of our group were first timers and they enjoyed it thoroughly!
Inshore Fishing with Captain Ben
Paul E. fished with Aqua Therapy Fishing Charters on September 10, 2019
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My experience with the half day charter was excellent and exceeded my expectations. We tied a three day stay in Beaufort with the charter, which worked out well.
Fishing with David
Shelton P. fished with Hawk Charters on July 29, 2019
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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.
Aqua Therapy at its finest
Daniel L. fished with Aqua Therapy Fishing Charters on June 22, 2019
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little late in the season but still had an excellent experience.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cape Lookout

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

Hawk Charters, Breakwater Charters, and Aqua Therapy Fishing Charters all 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 top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Cape Lookout are:

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.