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Indian River Inlet: 4 fishing charters available

Sea Monkey Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Dagsboro
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Makai Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(39 reviews)
Rehoboth Beach
trips from $450

Ocean Blue Charters

Dagsboro
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trips from $400

Dorado Loco

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(34 reviews)
Millsboro
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trips from $650

If there’s one place that you should take your nay-saying friend or family member fishing, it’s the Indian River Inlet. After a couple of strikes from the famous North and South Jetties, they’ll develop the taste – take them on a proper charter fishing trip to seal the deal!

The Inlet began its life as an angling destination when the United States Army Corps of Engineers built the North and South Jetties in the late 1930s. The rock and steel jetties have tamed the Indian River Bay, allowing fishers to develop a proper fishing industry. Nowadays the North Shore Marina is the local hotspot where Indian River Inlet fishing charters cast off for exciting inshore, nearshore, and offshore adventures.

Known For

Inshore Fishing

There’s quite a lot to go after inside the inlet, ranging from smallies – perfect for kids – to Cow Stripers – perfect for all anglers. Fishing from the jetties (fishing the rockpiles, as the locals call it) is a popular activity among both resident and visiting anglers and you can catch a variety of fish. Bluefish is a popular target, especially during the Bluefish Blitz – you can land Gator Bluefish right from the jetties. This is the ideal way to get a taste of the area’s action – but the catch can’t compare to something hauled over the side of a boat. As the Bluefish action slows down Striped Bass picks up – the perfect opportunity to upgrade from pier fishing to fighting a Cow from the deck! Other species you can also target in the bay are Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Black Seabass, and Tautog – though not all are there year-round.

Nearshore Fishing

Step (or well, swim) outside of the Inlet and you’ll be faced with a whole new world of fishing. Nearshore fishing outside of the Indian River Inlet is mostly centered around Tautog and Black Seabass. There are numerous artificial reefs and wrecks dotting the underwater landscape of the Inlet and they’re good places to hit these species. King and Spanish Mackerel move closer to the shore in late spring. Spot and Croaker offer anglers a mixup from the usual action during fall. Sharks, on the other hand, provide you with a constant challenge, be it just off the coast or several miles away. Hammerhead, Bull, Lemon, Nurse, Tiger, the list of Sharks goes on – there are more species you can target than you can shake a stick at! An experienced captain can help you make the right choice as you can keep only one Shark of any species per vessel.

Offshore Fishing

The blue waters off the coast of the Indian River Inlet start swarming with schools of predators and groups of enthusiastic anglers from May to the end of fall. You can start off the offshore season with Bluefish and Mako Shark action, they show up in pelagic waters at the end of spring. After you’ve warmed up, you can graduate to Tuna hook ups – the action stays interesting as you won’t use the same technique for Tuna throughout the summer. After you’ve found your fishing groove with Tuna you can hit the prestigious pelagic predators that are Marlin – they’ll give you a proper fight later in the summer.

Need to Know

Fishing the jetties is normally a low-preparation affair, you show up with some cash and rent out everything you need. One thing you should get are spiked shoes – landing a big fish might require some mild wet rock climbing, which is dangerous even when there aren’t any 6’ waves crashing on you. Luckily, most local shops carry spiked shoes.

Most beaches are protected from pollution by not having parking – unless you can get your hands on a special permit you’ll have to walk to your chosen beach if you’re a fan of surf fishing.

Budget

Indian River Inlet fishing charters offer a wide range of services to anglers, with an appropriately wide range of prices. Solo anglers looking to test the waters of the Inlet can go on a shared half day kayak trip inside the Indian River and Rehoboth Bays for around $200. If you’re not a fan of kayaking or want to take your family fishing inside the calm inshore waters, get ready to set aside $400-$900. Offshore trophy fishermen who want to land a Marlin or Tuna are looking at full day trip, going for about $1300 and above. You can rent rods from local tackle shops for a price of $10 per day plus a $50 deposit. However, charter captains will provide you with equipment and fish cleaning services free of charge. All prices are rough estimates and subject to change.

Getting There

The closest air connection is the Delaware Coastal Airport. It’s located about an hour away by car from the North Shore Marina, one of the major docks in the area. Millsboro is another major hotspot for charter captains to dock at and it’s located about 20 minutes by car from the airport.

Alternatively, Delaware Route 1 runs along the coastline and can get you right on top of the Inlet, whether you’re coming from the south or north. However you get there, once you’re in the Inlet all that’s left to do is get on the water!


January

The mild weather of the Indian River Inlet means that the waters are fishable, despite the cold. Striped Bass is the main attraction in January.

February

Stripers make way for Perch near the end of the month. You can find Perch in backwaters of the Indian River and Rehoboth Bays. Anglers heading offshore can target Tautog, roughly 25 miles out.

March

Tautog start moving in closer to the shore, as do Mackerel and Seabass. Perch fishing remains good in the backwaters.

April

Seabass fishing picks up as the Tautog move into the Inlet itself. Striped Bass hit the deeper waters of the area. Bluefish show up close enough to the surf to be caught from the shore.

May

The Bluefish Blitz starts around this time of year as they make a run for the Inlet. Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and Striped Bass fishing all improves. Mako Sharks start getting closer near the end of the month.

June

Inlet action revolves around Tautog and Seabass. The first Tuna start showing up near the middle of June while Kingfish and Croakers move much closer to the shore.

July

Tuna fishing is in full swing in July. Marlin can be reliably targeted near the end of the month. Striped Bass, Flounder, and Bluefish can all be hooked up in the bay waters.

August

Offshore fishing gets a new target as Wahoo start showing up. Black and Red Drum appear in the inlet and Mackerel can be reliably caught from the sandbars facing the Atlantic Ocean.

September

If you’re looking for a Doormat Flounder, this is the month to fish in! Striped Bass and Spotted Seatrout action is good in the Inlet. Longfin Tuna can be targeted offshore.

October

Spotted Seatrout, Croaker, and Flounder are retreating into nearshore waters, but you can still land them by fishing the bottom. If the weather remains fair, you can still go after Tuna in October.

November

As the weather cools down most fishing tends to happen around the shore. Striped Bass fishing from the surf is viable this month.

December

Anglers who can stand the cold winds are rewarded with big Bluefish and Cow Striped Bass in the Inlet.

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Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(34 reviews)
I fish a lot and Captain Demetri is the real deal. My and my buds were hooking fish all day and have some tasty grilling to do tonight. Recommend for sure!
David  H.
David H. Frankford, Delaware
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
If you want a fun day and catch fish, you have to try out The sea monkey. Aaron Brossman is an awesome captain.
Mike  R.
Mike R. Oakland, California
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Trip was cut short because of sea sickness but overall would definitely recommend to ANYONE! The boat was extremely clean and organized, captain was awesome and definitely knows what he’s doing. Will 100% go again in the future!!!
Taylor  S.
Taylor S. Conklin, NY
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
The fishing trip was very fun. Captain Dimitri took us for half a day trip fishing for Sea Bass. We caught 15+ including two large ones. The boat was clean, and Captain Dmitri was very friendly and taught us how to fish quickly and efficiently. Great Experience, Would Reccomend!
Stanislav  N.
Stanislav N. Sharpsburg, PA
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Had a great time. We started catching fish as soon as we got to the wreck!!
Max  D.
Max D. Bethpage, NY
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We had an awesome day. Captain Demetri was great. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. We highly recommend him
Jodi  B.
Jodi B. Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
This trip was for my young kids to catch some fish, and they certainly did! Captain Aaron took us to some great spots and was very helpful. My kids and I had a great time!
Mike  A.
Mike A. Reading, Pennsylvania
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Went out fishing for mahi but they weren't there whatsoever but then focused on black sea bass and we kicked ass! Caught well over a hundred and kept 40. Great conditions, great captain, & great time!
Jeremy  M.
Jeremy M. Camden, DE
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
have taken multiple excursions with the Sea Monkey. Love Cap'n Aaron and all his crew. takes you to the best spots and have never left unhappy!!! very willing to go about and beyond to make your trip spectacular! loved our girls getaway sandbar party.
Stacy  B.
Stacy B. York, Pennsylvania
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Brossman. The boat was beautiful and the Captain put us on the fish. It was my first time fishing for Seabass and I will definitely be booking again.
Susquehanna  R.  C.
Susquehanna R. C. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Not only is Captain Demetri such a professional, he also keeps an immaculate, organized boat. This was a first time fishing trip with my daughters. We are very inexperienced however Captain Demetri was so attentive, he made us feel very comfortable and showed us how to each catch our very first fish. We would highly recommend a trip with this Captain for a Mother/Daughter experience.
Jacqueline  R.
Jacqueline R. United States
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Had a great trip and caught a ton of fish. Capitan Aaron got us onto the sea bass right away after a nice smooth ride out the inlet. The Captain was top notch, accommodating and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a charter.
Austin  M.
Austin M. Reading, PA
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We were out in tough conditions and he was still able to put us onto some fish. Even with is being as rough as it was, his 27 foot center console rode very smooth through the steep swells. 2 yellowfin were caught and a decent sized fish was lost. In other words, I would recommend Dorado Loco since Dimitri works hard to get you on the fish and has such a deep passion for fishing these waters.
Devin  M.
Devin M. Ocean City, Maryland
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(34 reviews)
Demetri is a passionate captain that prides himself on the details, details that allowed us to overcome a slower tuna bite and finish with a successful day offshore and put meat on the deck. Demetri and crew are dedicated to being the best offshore anglers they can be; relying on experience, knowledge, and a willingness to adjust to the situation. Offshore can humble you real quick, but Dorado Loco will put you in a situation to enjoy your experience and be successful.
Vincent  R.
Vincent R. Cordova, MD
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
One for the books! Great trip with amazing memories! Thank you for everything!
Lauren  P.
Lauren P. Annapolis, Maryland
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
The whole experience was amazing. It's a while different world out that far in the ocean that only a handful of people ever get to experience. We had not much luck until a 45lb tuna got on the line and made the whole day. Thanks Demetri & Rob. Will no doubt be back!
Jeremy  M.
Jeremy M. Camden, DE
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Grear captain that knows how to fish. Recommend him for real fishermen for sure!!
Doug  M.
Doug M. Millsboro, Delaware
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Had a great day with Captain Demetri. He puts you on the fish. Highlight was almost 20" black sea bass. Plan on booking another trip in a couple of weeks to go after Mahi. Highly recommended.
Stephan  G.
Stephan G. United States
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
My daughter and I had a great time on the Dorado Loco. Captain was great and very knowledgeable. He shared fishing stories with my daughter and listened to her fish stories. The boat and equipment was well taken care of and ready to start fishing when arriving on site.
David  M.
David M. Westminster, MD

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Indian River Inlet

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Indian River Inlet costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $600, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $968. 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 Indian River Inlet is 27 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Sea Monkey Charters, Makai Charters, and Ocean Blue Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Indian River Inlet. Full list of top fishing charters in Indian River Inlet.

Sea Monkey Charters, Makai Charters, and Ocean Blue Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Indian River Inlet.

The best way to experience fishing in Indian River Inlet 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 Indian River Inlet.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Seabass (Black), and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, and trolling. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The Bluefish Blitz starts around this time of year as they make a run for the Inlet. Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and Striped Bass fishing all improves. Mako Sharks start getting closer near the end of the month. Check availability for local fishing charters in Indian River Inlet.