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Outer Banks Fishing Charters

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Outer Banks: 147 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(306 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(126 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(185 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $275
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(70 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $495
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Hatteras
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Hatteras
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(282 reviews)
Wanchese
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(89 reviews)
Nags Head
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(114 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $330

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Outer Banks


The average price for a private 4 hour Outer Banks fishing trip is $531, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,515 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Outer Banks that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Outer Banks are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Outer Banks are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Outer Banks are:

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

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Outer Banks are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Outer Banks?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Outer Banks are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $296
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $460
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $672
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $850
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $903

Fishing is a way of life in the Outer Banks. These remote barrier islands are home to many of the country’s top sport fish, with guides to match. Explore sheltered sounds with the family or test your skills in deep sea currents. Either way, you’re in experienced hands aboard Outer Banks fishing charters.
 
Red Drum dominate the shallows in OBX. Huge “Bulls” give anglers a great fight while smaller “Puppy Drum” make for a delicious meal. Drum are around all year but they’re best in spring and fall. Half day inshore trips are perfect for beginners, while full days let you chase some real trophies.
 
Up for more of a challenge? Head offshore on a full day adventure and battle Blue and White Marlin, Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more. Most deep sea fish are around in summer, except for the area’s signature species: Bluefin Tuna. Bluefin show up in winter, when many boats aren’t running, so book early if you want a shot at one.
 
Trips depart from marinas all over the Outer Banks. Hatteras Harbor, Oregon Inlet, and Pirate’s Cove are some of the most iconic ones, home to famous fishing tournaments like the Hatteras Blue Marlin Tournament and Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament. Wherever your trip starts, you’ll end it with a ton of fish and some incredible memories. That’s what OBX charters are all about.

Rules & Regulations

Licenses are included on all Outer Banks fishing charters. Bear in mind that species like Flounder and Seabass have strict closed seasons which may change annually. It’s always best to talk to your captain to get the most up to date info.

Outer Banks
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27950 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
January in the Outer Banks can be hit and miss, with unpredictable winter weather. However, if you make it out it will be well worth it: Bluefin Tuna are around offshore and Striped Bass winter in the shallows.
February

February is prime Tuna season in OBX, with giant Bluefin showing up offshore. Striped Bass are holed up in the sounds, and Kingfish may be around nearshore. This is also Seabass season north of Cape Hatteras.

March

March is an excellent time to fish for Tuna, as Yellowfin join the giant Bluefin. Inshore, Red and Black Drum, Bluefish, and Speckled Trout will keep you warm in the chilly weather.

April

April is prime season for big Bull Red Drum in the Outer Banks. You can also expect to find Black Drum, Trout, and much more inshore, and a chance of Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna offshore.

May

Deep sea fishing begins to pick up pace in May, with Mahi Mahi and the occasional Wahoo joining in the fun offshore. The Drum run continues early in the month inshore - ask an inshore guide to show you how much fun this is.

June

As the tourist season heats up, so does the fishing. Most captains are going out every day on the trail of Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin. Don't miss the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament!

July

July is the peak of the Outer Banks fishing season. Everything is biting, from Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi offshore to Cobia and Spanish Mackerel inshore. Just be sure to book ahead!

August

Put your fishing skills to the test in August, as the peak fishing season combines with tournament time. Look out for the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament and the Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament.

September

Once Labor Day is over, the crowds die down. But the fishing is heating up more than ever. Despite the cooler weather, the Gulf Stream remains hot offshore. And don't miss the Hatteras Village Invitational surf fishing tournament.

October

The second Drum run of the year is in full swing inshore. Look for Striped Bass in the Pamlico Sound, with fun fishing nearshore for King Mackerel and Albacore Tuna. Offshore, look for Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.

November

Most years, the Gulf Stream will still be accessible. This means exciting fishing offshore for the likes of Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna. As the weather cools, some huge Bluefin Tuna may add to the mix.

December

As winter draws in, your best chance of a steady bite is in the inshore waters. Look for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Speckled Trout, and Black Drum in the sounds and inlets or search for monster Tuna offshore when conditions allow.

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"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.
James  D.
James D.
I can't answer that it was my first time fishing this time of year and in the outer banks
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I can't answer that it was my first time fishing this time of year and in the outer banks
RONALD  N.
RONALD N.
Take the time and money to charter a guide who knows the area. You'll have a much better time and learn the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time and money to charter a guide who knows the area. You'll have a much better time and learn the area.
Steve  M.
Steve M.
It sounds like the odds are better in the early (spring/summer) season for most species. I think the chamber of commerce may slightly exaggerate fall fishing opportunities.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
It sounds like the odds are better in the early (spring/summer) season for most species. I think the chamber of commerce may slightly exaggerate fall fishing opportunities.
Donna  B.
Donna B.
The marina in Wanchese has a large selection for fishing guides. The marina has an excellent restaurant that is actually quite reasonable in price for the quality of food served. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the local community and was very instructive in the techniques used to fish artificial baits.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The marina in Wanchese has a large selection for fishing guides. The marina has an excellent restaurant that is actually quite reasonable in price for the quality of food served. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the local community and was very instructive in the techniques used to fish artificial baits.
Eddie  M.
Eddie M.
Capt Mike was awesome and very patient with me. Been to many years to remember since I fished and he was very sweet and patient. I recommend people of all ages and fishing levels. He will do his best to get on the fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt Mike was awesome and very patient with me. Been to many years to remember since I fished and he was very sweet and patient. I recommend people of all ages and fishing levels. He will do his best to get on the fish
Cheryl  K.
Cheryl K.
Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.
Jim  H.
Jim H.
Rain coat for possible weather changes, it's obx expect the unexpected and bring a smile !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rain coat for possible weather changes, it's obx expect the unexpected and bring a smile !
Francis  G.
Francis G.
The wind and weather can effect the fishing this time of year but when its good its really good
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The wind and weather can effect the fishing this time of year but when its good its really good
Bill  L.
Bill L.
kids are fine. bring warm clothing. if you don't bring food, the captain has some on board that you can purchase.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
kids are fine. bring warm clothing. if you don't bring food, the captain has some on board that you can purchase.
Palmer  R.
Palmer R.
The weather is the determining factor. But if you can get out there is some really good fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather is the determining factor. But if you can get out there is some really good fishing.
Stephen  M.
Stephen M.
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.
Constant  C.
Constant C.
Go to Jack Hatters tackle shop and have them rig you up with what’s working at the moment.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Go to Jack Hatters tackle shop and have them rig you up with what’s working at the moment.
Jared  T.
Jared T. Hatteras, North Carolina
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!
Gary  K.
Gary K. Raven, VA
fishing on a boat your best bet but for fishing has lots of fun bites. used artificial cut bait
Excellent
5.0 / 5
fishing on a boat your best bet but for fishing has lots of fun bites. used artificial cut bait
Clifton  G.
Clifton G. Lake Frederick, VA
This was the first time fishing in the ocean - it was a calm day and we caught enough fish for many meals. Sound fishing in the past was excellent as well - but we were very satisfied being on the ocean side of the OBX.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was the first time fishing in the ocean - it was a calm day and we caught enough fish for many meals. Sound fishing in the past was excellent as well - but we were very satisfied being on the ocean side of the OBX.
Christine  F.
Christine F.
Have realistic expectations. Somedays the fishing is amazing and others you’re lucky to get a bite. I highly suggest having and experienced local as your guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have realistic expectations. Somedays the fishing is amazing and others you’re lucky to get a bite. I highly suggest having and experienced local as your guide.
Krystle  S.
Krystle S.
The best time to fish Manteo is April May and June. You might need to dodge high winds and hurricanes after July through November. Good news though, Manteo has inshore opportunities in the sound for anglers who love to bring home tasty catches. Speckled Trout and Red Drum are GREAT eating fish. So are sheepshead and Striped Bass.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The best time to fish Manteo is April May and June. You might need to dodge high winds and hurricanes after July through November. Good news though, Manteo has inshore opportunities in the sound for anglers who love to bring home tasty catches. Speckled Trout and Red Drum are GREAT eating fish. So are sheepshead and Striped Bass.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Crossville, TN
Be prepared to get wet and wear swimwear and bring a camera to capture the experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to get wet and wear swimwear and bring a camera to capture the experience
Justin  S.
Justin S.
Stay in the Hatteras Island inn. It’s real close to most of the marinas and is a quality hotel that was all enjoyed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay in the Hatteras Island inn. It’s real close to most of the marinas and is a quality hotel that was all enjoyed.
Jacob  H.
Jacob H. Hayes, Virginia

Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
All I can say is that we had a great day with Shaun and Clayton! Dunn Deal is a fast and comfortable boat with really nice guys working it. My group had a fun time filling the box (Plus a few more for good measure)! I hope to be seeing more of them in my future. Thanks for a very memorable trip Shaun!
James  D.
James D.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Our captain Drew Creef grew up in the area, knew the fishing grounds and knew the fellow anglers that helped us get on the fish. He was very personable, operated the vessel in a safe manner and gave us a great late fall adventure on the OBX. Thank you Drew!
Joseph  R.
Joseph R.
Gambler Sportfishing
Gambler Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We couldn’t have imagined we would have such a blast. Four adults and two children under 6. Everyone caught fish. Captain Stephen put us on a bunch of king mackerel and mate Bob worked his butt off to keep lines in the water so we could keep reeling em in. Would definitely book with the Gambler again during mahi season in the summer.
Andy  K.
Andy K.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
This was the best day of our trip, and we had an amazing week! But this topped it off perfectly. Drew was the perfect captain. He knows the waters and the area and exactly where to find the fish! It was choppy and chilly but he was willing to take us out for an adventure. The perfect catch and release, all the fun and adventure and great pics and still set them free. We’ll be back!
Michelle  S.
Michelle S.
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Highlight of our weekend at the outer banks. We did the four hour trip and Captain Jonathan was very knowledgeable and took us to several different spots to catch a variety of fish. We plan on booking with him on our next visit.
Michael  Y.
Michael Y.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
My son and I had an incredible experience with Got ‘Em Charters. Capt. Jerry was a joy to fish with. Despite a very windy and rainy morning, he quickly got us on a school of sheephead and then a school of red drum! We caught our drum limit! His knowledge of the waters, fish habits, and warm personality were second to none. Couldn’t recommend Capt Jerry and Got ‘Em Charters more highly. Book ‘Em!
Hayne  G.
Hayne G.
Old North State Fishing – 23' Hydra-Sports
Old North State Fishing – 23' Hydra-Sports
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(30 reviews)
Capt Andy is extremely knowledgeable. He is down to earth and a great host and guide. He worked hard to find fish for us. The day started slow but ended with decent action with speckled trout. I would definitely take this trip again and would recommend it to others.
Ken  T.
Ken T.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Capt. Mike got us on fish all day long. He is very knowledgeable about the waters and the type of bait to use. He kept in contact with me up until the trip and answered any questions we had. We also had a lot of laughs on our trip! Great time and I would recommend Capt. Mike and fish with him again when I'm in OBX.
Matt  M.
Matt M.
Laid Back Fishing
Laid Back Fishing
Fishing charter in Marshallberg
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
This was the most fun and relaxing fishing trip we have ever been on. We cannot wait to get back here to do it all again. Jodi And Andi work together so well to make this a enjoyable and memorable trip
Lisa  S.
Lisa S.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Capt. Drew is great, can't recommend him strongly enough! Decades of local knowledge = lots of action! Thank you Capt. Drew, we had an awesome time!
Ed  C.
Ed C.
Blue Chip Sportfishing
Blue Chip Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
We had a blast. We caught 3 tuna . The fish were not bitting but captain and 1st mate tried and did everything they could. Boat is spacious and very clean. I would recommend this boat to anyone.
Willard  D.  J.
Willard D. J.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Jerry is a great guy. Even if you don’t catch many fish you will enjoy your time with Captain Jerry. Dr. Charles D Cook
Charles  C.
Charles C.
Absolut Fishing Charters
Absolut Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Fantastic trip. Had a great time on the water and learned so much about fishing the outer banks. Would absolutely recommend!
Michelle  T.
Michelle T.
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Capt. Jonathan went out of his way to make sure we caught the fish we wanted! He knows the waters and is a great guy!
James  B.
James B.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
We had a great time, the water was glassy on the way out. We had plenty of bites, plenty of misses, caught a few trout. Overall a great day! The captain is very personable and a all around good guy. I will fish with him again.
Jason  M.
Jason M.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
One of the best fishing trips I have been on, and I didn't even catch a fish! The Captain of this little boat Taught us a different fishing cast than we were used to. He gave us a wealth of information about the Outer Banks, History, and some folklore, and he was just a great person to spend your day with and enjoy great conversation and fish.
RONALD  N.
RONALD N.
Hayden Express Charters
Hayden Express Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(102 reviews)
Capt Ralph and First Mate Mason were top-notch… excellent experience. Great communicators. Definitely a top value for the money. Will definitely recommend to everyone. We know who plans to visit the Outer Banks!
Bradley  S.
Bradley S.
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(306 reviews)
We had a party of four and had an absolute blast with Terry. We caught several fish, a few were keepers. He kept us laughing the entire time. The water was perfect. I would suggest bug spray as we were attacked by mosquitos as soon as we opened the vehicle door at the dock. We will definitely be returning to fish with Terry!
Brent  H.
Brent H.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Drew was great. New the area, knew what times were going to be best to fish. Had good conversation can't say enough good. We'll book again. Thanks
Steve  M.
Steve M.
STOLAT Fishing Charters
STOLAT Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(129 reviews)
The tuna just weren't biting despite Capt. Paul's best efforts so, late in the day he shifted gears and put us on a variety of of other species. That action was consistent and we boated a few surprises too . Our group had a lot of fun and we enjoyed talking to both Chris and the Capt. Thanks for the memories, I hope we can do it again someday.
Donna  B.
Donna B.