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Outer Banks: 147 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(323 reviews)
Wanchese
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $275
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(57 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(177 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $275
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(122 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(296 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $250
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Hatteras
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $495
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Hatteras
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trips from $400

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Outer Banks

According to customer reviews, **Cutawhiskie Charters** #1, Poorridge Fishing Charters, and Absolut Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Outer Banks. Full list of top 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 $1,509 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

**Cutawhiskie Charters** #1 and Poorridge Fishing Charters received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Outer Banks.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bluefish, Redfish, and Cobia. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, 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
4.5 / 5
Based on 27708 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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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
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.
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
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
Fish on! The fish like every where tend to move but the locals communicate to let everyone know where the fish are at.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish on! The fish like every where tend to move but the locals communicate to let everyone know where the fish are at.
Amy  M.
Amy M. Strasburg, VA
Always choose a well equipped and comfortable boat for your outing, and Captain with long time experience in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always choose a well equipped and comfortable boat for your outing, and Captain with long time experience in the area.
Prince  R.
Prince R. Quinton, VA
Unfortunately we were here a week after the hurricane which had the fish out of sorts but based on what we have been told by others, the fishing is normally quite good
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Unfortunately we were here a week after the hurricane which had the fish out of sorts but based on what we have been told by others, the fishing is normally quite good
Joann  A.
Joann A. Harwood, MD
Absolutely. All sorts of species. Surf, pier, sound, several offshore/inshore options.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely. All sorts of species. Surf, pier, sound, several offshore/inshore options.
Joe  F.
Joe F.
Be open to the Captains suggestions as to what would make your trip most productive.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open to the Captains suggestions as to what would make your trip most productive.
Raymond  L.
Raymond L. Greensboro, NC
Yes, Its always good when you can get out on the water, even better when you can bring home dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, Its always good when you can get out on the water, even better when you can bring home dinner.
Fred  C.
Fred C. Vint Hill Farms, VA
Recommend fishing with some one familiar of the area like Cutawhiskie Charters!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend fishing with some one familiar of the area like Cutawhiskie Charters!
Kristin  F.
Kristin F. Homer City, PA
The 2 hours was perfect as we're not fishermen. Bring a beverage, a hat and sunglasses. Prepare to have fun and great conversation!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The 2 hours was perfect as we're not fishermen. Bring a beverage, a hat and sunglasses. Prepare to have fun and great conversation!
Jeff  B.
Jeff B. Roanoke, Virginia
These guys were fantastic. Explained in depth, every detail. We wish we booked the full day experience with them. Next time for sure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These guys were fantastic. Explained in depth, every detail. We wish we booked the full day experience with them. Next time for sure.
Aj  S.
Aj S. Mint Hill, NC
Booked out of Wanchese because we were staying in the area, and wanted a marina that was close to the inlet. The marina is right along the main road, parking right at the boat, and when we got back the fish cleaning service picked up our catch and took care of it for us. Pretty easy overall.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Booked out of Wanchese because we were staying in the area, and wanted a marina that was close to the inlet. The marina is right along the main road, parking right at the boat, and when we got back the fish cleaning service picked up our catch and took care of it for us. Pretty easy overall.
Matthew  S.
Matthew S. Rohrerstown, PA
Remember it's called fishing and not catching, so some days you win, some days you don't. But if you're looking for a great experience go offshore fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it's called fishing and not catching, so some days you win, some days you don't. But if you're looking for a great experience go offshore fishing.
Edwin  M.
Edwin M.
Inshore would be Red Drum. Out a little Amberjack, Almaco Jack, Spanish Mackeral and King Mackeral.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Inshore would be Red Drum. Out a little Amberjack, Almaco Jack, Spanish Mackeral and King Mackeral.
Jerry  D.
Jerry D. Middle River, MD
I liked fishing in September better, more of a variety of fish. But not the captains fault. It all depends on what's running.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I liked fishing in September better, more of a variety of fish. But not the captains fault. It all depends on what's running.
Dana  A.
Dana A. Burlington, WY
Captain Hank adjusts to your style and experience level. Great Captain and knows how to get kids involved. Has a lot of tackle to meet conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Hank adjusts to your style and experience level. Great Captain and knows how to get kids involved. Has a lot of tackle to meet conditions.
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Bristow, VA

His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Had a wonderful time! Really appreciated the variety of things he offered. Definitely will go again!
Gary  K.
Gary K. Raven, VA
Old North State Fishing
Old North State Fishing
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Showed us various good fishing spots, knew the water and fishing tactics well and was exceptionally kind and helpful throughout! Caught a nice speckled trout.
Dylan  S.
Dylan S. Scottsville, VA
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(99 reviews)
Had a fantastic morning of fishing. Caught Reds, Trout, and door mat size Flounder. Captain Mike is simply the best!
Tom  W.
Tom W. Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(158 reviews)
Captain Jimmy and First Mate Mitch were excellent and my whole party had a very good time.
Richard  C.
Richard C.
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(296 reviews)
Wow! Amazing day! Caught all kinds of fish and had a blast with Captain Terry. He knew right where to go, how to catch them, and was just a blast to hang out with. Great with kids too. The experience was beyond all expectations. We will be back.
Daniel  F.
Daniel F. Readfield, ME
JW Charters
JW Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(82 reviews)
Captain John is very knowledgeable and took time to answer our questions and gave great tips for future fishing too. We saw other boats not catching and sitting. Captain John worked until he got us on fish. Caught a ton! Will definitely book again. Highly recommend!
Michael  T.
Michael T. Frame, WV
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
We had 6 adults in our party. We caught fish as soon as the lines were in and kept catching. The first mate was busy! We would highly recommend this boat and crew. Hope to come back someday!
Christine  F.
Christine F.
Old North State Fishing
Old North State Fishing
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Had an amazing day on the water for my friends 21st birthday and we managed to have an amazing day filling the box with lots of fish and even hooked into a massive redfish on light tackle. Captain Andy is a super fun guy to be around and his knowledge of the waters around OBX are Apperent. Over all amazing and will come back again for sure.
Andrea  S.
Andrea S. Ivyland, PA
Artemis Sportfishing
Artemis Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(73 reviews)
Great boat and equipment The Captain and Mate were awesome I wish we had a few more fish but we weren’t skunked. Good trip will do again.
James  C.
James C. Rhoadesville, VA
X-Spearmint Sportfishing
X-Spearmint Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(310 reviews)
Great morning fishing with Captain Ryan. Great guy, and knowledgeable fisherman. Great trip.😎
Phillip  D.
Phillip D. Mount Sidney, VA
Hayden Express Charters
Hayden Express Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Captain Ralph and Mason delivered an experience that far exceeded our expectations! He was able to get us on the fish very quickly. Albacore, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder and Blues found the ice! I would highly recommend, The Hayden Express if you're looking to book a charter while in OBX.
Chris  L.
Chris L. Butler, PA
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(296 reviews)
Captain Terry ordered up the perfect day. Blue skies calm waters, all kinds of fish and lots of laughs. Best charter trip we’ve ever been on. See you next year. Thanks Captain, Mike and Donna
Michael  S.
Michael S. Union Hall, VA
Jill Louise Headboat – 50' Evans
Jill Louise Headboat – 50' Evans
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
We had great weather and an awesome experience with tuis trip. All family caught fish. Flounder, sea trout, trigger and pig fish. Crew was super accommodating with us and the other 6 people on the boat. Even saw dauphins heading out fishing. Thanks from the entire Neiderer family!!!!!
Troy  M.
Troy M. Hanover, PA
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Capt. Vinnie was delightful to have as our guide! Always positive, even when the bite was slow. He communicated openly and honestly as to what was, or was not, happening at any given moment. Very good at instructing the different methods of fishing. We boated nearly 20 fish during our trip and just missed a Citation for a sea trout by 1”!! We will be getting back with Captain Vinny on our next trip to the OBX!!
Jeff  S.
Jeff S. Chaska, MN
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(339 reviews)
Great 4 hours fishing. The captain and first mate were friendly, informative and ensured we fished as much as possible. Would definitely recommend and will do it again.
Warren  B.
Warren B. Efland, NC
Vicarious Charters
Vicarious Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(155 reviews)
The BEST around. Great captain, caught the limit *and* had a fabulous time doing it! We could not have had a better experience! Kudos to Captain Dave. If you want the best in Wanchese NC go with Vicarious and Captain Dave.
Nancy  M.
Nancy M. Manteo, North Carolina
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(296 reviews)
We throughly enjoyed our time fishing with Terry! Such a laid back experience and we felt like we were fishing with a long time friend! Thanks again Terry for a great trip!
William  B.
William B. CHRISTIANSBRG, VA
Hayden Express Charters
Hayden Express Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Everyone had a great day fishing with Captain Ralph and first mate Mason. They were focused on making our day a success and made our experience a lot of fun.
Howard  C.
Howard C. Wellsboro, PA
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(296 reviews)
Had a great trip. Captain Terry is a great guy to fish with. Pretty windy day and water was a little off color but we still caught fish. We wound up catching 10 reds, 1 real nice spec. 5 black drum and 5 stingrays. I will fish with Terry again on our next trip for sure.
Charlie  W.
Charlie W. Livingston, TX
Captain Froggy's Charter Fishing
Captain Froggy's Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(455 reviews)
Captain Froggy's charter was a great experience! We enjoyed the ride, the scenery, the Captain's company and the fishing time. Captain Froggy worked hard to find us a good fishing location, coordinating with other captains to locate good areas. He was fantastic with our 12 year old who really liked him and wants to repeat the experience at the first opportunity. Awesome charter!
Kris  W.
Kris W. Concord, VA