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Outer Banks Fishing Charters

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Outer Banks: 112 fishing charters available

Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(112 reviews)
Manns Harbor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(170 reviews)
Manteo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Waymaker Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(55 reviews)
Wanchese
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Chasin' Tyde Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
Manteo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Righteous Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Wanchese
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Riptide Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(178 reviews)
Wanchese
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Captain Duke Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(256 reviews)
Nags Head
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Stick Em Fishing Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Wanchese
 Instant Confirmation

Outcast Fishing Charters OBX

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Wanchese
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Salty Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $500

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Outer Banks

The average price for a private 4 hour Outer Banks fishing trip is $532, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,436 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp, OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point, and Waymaker Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Outer Banks. Full list of top fishing charters in Outer Banks.

Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp, OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point, and Waymaker Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Outer Banks.

The most popular fish species you can target are Cobia, Redfish, and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 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.

Outer Banks Fishing Calendar

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Remember it’s not called catching, it’s called fishing and just enjoy the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it’s not called catching, it’s called fishing and just enjoy the experience.
Mike  S.
Mike S. Thornhill, VA
This was our first time fishing in Manteo, we caught a quantity of small fish that will be perfect for dinner, which was our goal. We also took and hour to go for another type after we had the quantity that we were looking for. It was a great experience, a little different than we expected, but a good time was had by all. We know it is early in the season so we did anticipate to have less options as far as what was biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time fishing in Manteo, we caught a quantity of small fish that will be perfect for dinner, which was our goal. We also took and hour to go for another type after we had the quantity that we were looking for. It was a great experience, a little different than we expected, but a good time was had by all. We know it is early in the season so we did anticipate to have less options as far as what was biting.
Linda  B.
Linda B. York, PA
Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
Barbara  R.
Barbara R. Monroe, NC
We were hoping to catch a bit more fish, but the weather was maybe a bit too perfect with no current whatsoever. Still able to bring in speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, red drum and had a couple of blues get away.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were hoping to catch a bit more fish, but the weather was maybe a bit too perfect with no current whatsoever. Still able to bring in speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, red drum and had a couple of blues get away.
Mark  M.
Mark M. Mechanicsville, Virginia
Big game fish are 40 miles out so plan an all day charter. Inshore fishing is fast and furious and fish are smaller. Fun nonetheless!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Big game fish are 40 miles out so plan an all day charter. Inshore fishing is fast and furious and fish are smaller. Fun nonetheless!
Jay  A.
Jay A. Mineral, VA
If you are a serious fisher I would not recommend this time of the year. I would wait until May or November time frame when there is a greater vary of fish,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are a serious fisher I would not recommend this time of the year. I would wait until May or November time frame when there is a greater vary of fish,
Dennis  S.
Dennis S. Fredericksburg, VA
Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.
James  M.
James M. Manteo, North Carolina
Ribbon fish are predators and scare other fish away…but great eating so that is a bonus.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Ribbon fish are predators and scare other fish away…but great eating so that is a bonus.
Pete  M.
Pete M. Rocky Point, NY
Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Rockville, MD
Read the reviews of the many different charters before you select schedule a trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Read the reviews of the many different charters before you select schedule a trip.
Chuck  M.
Chuck M. Moyock, North Carolina
The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. LUTHVLE TIMON, MD
Relax! It’s fun even if you’re not hauling in as many as you think you are, and be prepared to use a lot of arm strength to reel in even small fish! Ha!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Relax! It’s fun even if you’re not hauling in as many as you think you are, and be prepared to use a lot of arm strength to reel in even small fish! Ha!
Taylor  A.  K.
Taylor A. K. Clarksville, TN
It's fishing, not catching. You never know how it's going to go. Our 1st time out in OB. Crew was fantastic.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's fishing, not catching. You never know how it's going to go. Our 1st time out in OB. Crew was fantastic.
Chauncey  T.
Chauncey T. Auburn, PA
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Captain Jeremy answered right away and was very professional.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Captain Jeremy answered right away and was very professional.
Heather  L.
Heather L. Mount Airy, MD
It would be a mistake to overlook this experience. The pricing is better than expected, and The experience of a lifetime could be passed up. This Captain covers all angles and very prepared for the unforeseen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It would be a mistake to overlook this experience. The pricing is better than expected, and The experience of a lifetime could be passed up. This Captain covers all angles and very prepared for the unforeseen.
Bruce  W.
Bruce W. Manassas, VA
Sunscreen, and a place to bring home plenty of fish, and motion sickness pills.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen, and a place to bring home plenty of fish, and motion sickness pills.
Mark  Z.
Mark Z. United States
I'd recommend booking with an experienced captain as the conditions are constantly changing in the area. Getting some first hand knowledge will help us greatly on future outings.
Very good
4.0 / 5
I'd recommend booking with an experienced captain as the conditions are constantly changing in the area. Getting some first hand knowledge will help us greatly on future outings.
Michael  B.
Michael B. United States
Great trip with lots of fish. If waters rough take Dramamine or pray to the bucket gods
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great trip with lots of fish. If waters rough take Dramamine or pray to the bucket gods
Tony  J.
Tony J. Lindside, WV
Pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly! Relax, have a good attitude, and enjoy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly! Relax, have a good attitude, and enjoy.
Jamie  D.
Jamie D. Virginia Beach, VA
We had a great time with Captain Randy and caught 50- 60 fish in three hours time. I would recommend fishing in Wanchese.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great time with Captain Randy and caught 50- 60 fish in three hours time. I would recommend fishing in Wanchese.
Charles  T.
Charles T. Moneta, Virginia

Artemis Sportfishing
Artemis Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Captain Seth and first mate Graham did an outstanding job with our trip. It was a very enjoyable fishing trip. The Artemis is a very nice and comfortable boat to take a trip on
Dennis  F.
Dennis F. Sharpsville, PA
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Best day we could ever hope for! Captain Jimmy and his mate Mitch got us on the fish from the start. We pulled in over 36 fish… Spanish Makerel , Blues and even a Tuna. Our group was having so much fun, catching we were afraid we didn't leave any fish in the sea for anyone else. Captain Jimmy and Mate Mitch are the best! Can’t wait to go out with them again!
George  G.
George G. Duncan, South Carolina
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
2,000 percent recommend to anyone. Very professional and knowledgeable. Got us on where some red drum were. My Mom and I couldn't have asked for any better trip. Will use Outcast again if I find myself in OBX. Awesome time.
Krista  K.
Krista K. North Lewisburg, OH
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Great captain and mate ! The fish gods were with us all day !! Thanks guys .the pucks don’t do this trip justice .the captain was on the fish all day ! Thanks Jt the boys loved and we will see you next year
Chris  B.
Chris B. Virginia Beach, VA
STOLAT Fishing Charters
STOLAT Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(75 reviews)
These guys were amazing! They were great with the kids and answered at least a dozen questions lol. Will definitely be going back for future adventures
Christy  B.
Christy B. United States
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
I just wanted to recommend Vincent since he’s very friendly and professional. It was great experience being onboard with Captain Vincent. He definitely knows what he’s doing. If I come at outer banks again I’d definitely contact him again!
Asim  I.
Asim I. Moyock, North Carolina
Mott Ridge Charters – Manteo
Mott Ridge Charters – Manteo
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
My fiancé and I had a great day onboard Mott Ridge Charters! The captain brought us to where all the fish were and was making sure we met our limit and had an awesome day.
Victoria  F.
Victoria F. Charlotte, North Carolina
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
We had a blast on our trip! caught red drum and sheepshead. Will be be back!
Cameron  J.
Cameron J. Graham, NC
Get UnWound with UnWind Charters
Get UnWound with UnWind Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My step son caught an amazing trout. It was an amazing fishing trip and Capt John was amazing and patient. I will book again with him
Davin  D.
Davin D. Sartell, MN
Island Saltwater Adventure
Island Saltwater Adventure
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Jeffrey was real good and also gave us a little history throughout the trip about the outerbanks. He was good with the kids. I highly recommend them
John  M.
John M. Nashville, Tennessee
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain David and Jim. They were determined to help my daughters catch some dinner. Captain David goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is enjoying there time on the water.
Matt  D.
Matt D. Washington, District Of Columbia
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Fantastic trip captain and first mate were great with the children, caught 14 fish!!
John  C.
John C. Morgantown, WV
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Duke- too rough to go out on the ocean, especially with three 8-9 year olds- Captain Duke recommended we stay soundside and put us on the bluefish… kids had a great time and we hauled in 36 and had a terrific fish dinner when we got home! Thank you Captain Duke!
Kurt  N.
Kurt N. Corolla, NC
Seas The Day NC
Seas The Day NC
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(167 reviews)
Captain Ethan was great! Knew exactly where to go and helped my boyfriend and I catch some big fish! A few boat problems but... he was on top of it and we had a wonderful trip!! Would recommend him and his boat for a great day of fishing!! Will def use him next time we are in NC!!
Christi  C.
Christi C. Lewis Center, OH
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
The Captain did his homework and made sure to take us to a place that the fish were biting. Nice guys with lots of experience that they gladly shared to make our trip better. Fun morning on the water in good company. We would (and will) book another trip!
Richard  J.
Richard J. Corolla, North Carolina
Haley Adyson Sportfishing
Haley Adyson Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Had an outstanding time on the trip! Crew were great. Beautiful boat. 4 yellowfin in the box. Who could ask for more?
Michael  V.
Michael V. Suffolk, VA
Sea Era Charters
Sea Era Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
We had a great time. Capt Dean and his grandson did an awesome job and made us feel welcome. Definitely coming back again.
Mike  F.
Mike F. RUSCMBMNR Township, PA
Seas The Day NC
Seas The Day NC
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
Had a great time out! We fished for various different things and Ethan seemed very knowledgeable about all of the types of fish we were going for. Ended the day with a citation Red Fin Drum!
Daniel  M.
Daniel M. Alum Ridge, VA
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Captain James and his First Mate were very professional and were more than eager to explain their trade to my children and my wife and I. We had a great time fishing and saw several Dolphin families swim by, which, was a hit for all involved. Definitely recommend "Bonehead" Charters.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Holly Springs, NC
**Cutawhiskie Charters**  #1
**Cutawhiskie Charters** #1
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
It was a beautiful day on the water! We only caught a few small fish but that happens some times. We still had a lot of fun!
Nicholas  G.
Nicholas G. Lake Park, NC