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Outer Banks: 93 fishing charters available

Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (99)
Manns Harbor
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trips from $300

OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (130)
Manteo
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trips from $425

Riptide Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (125)
Wanchese
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Duck Hunter – 28'

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (55)
Wanchese
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trips from $525

Captain Froggy's Charter Fishing

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (319)
Manteo
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trips from $300

Poacher Sportfishing

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (201)
Nags Head
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trips from $595

Outcast Fishing Charters OBX

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (24)
Wanchese
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trips from $250

Captain Duke Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (228)
Nags Head
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trips from $650

Chasin' Tyde Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (17)
Manteo
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trips from $500

Team Dempsey Guide Service

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (64)
Hatteras
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trips from $350

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
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Based on 23977 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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Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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,
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Read different reviews and email different charters. My fishing charter with Duckhunter - 28 was excellent and Captain Hunter responded to mu texts/email very quickly.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Read different reviews and email different charters. My fishing charter with Duckhunter - 28 was excellent and Captain Hunter responded to mu texts/email very quickly.
Donna  M.
Donna M. Ocean View, DE
Sunscreen, and a place to bring home plenty of fish, and motion sickness pills.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Easy and quick to get to plenty different spots for lots of different kinds of fishing.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Easy and quick to get to plenty different spots for lots of different kinds of fishing.
Seth  B.
Seth B. Richmond, VA

Shine Eye Girl Charters
Shine Eye Girl Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Had a great day captain and mate we're great guys and kept us on fish all day
Kippy  K.
Kippy K. Hampton, VA
Free Agent Sport Fishing
Free Agent Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 35 reviews
Everything about our experience fishing offshore wrecks with Captain Caton was fun. From the boat ride out to the wrecks, catching black bass, grouper, and triggerfish. Captain Caton even arranged for our dish to be cleaned for us. We will definitely book another trip with him again!
Charlie  H.
Charlie H. United States
Shine Eye Girl Charters
Shine Eye Girl Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Great time. Captain Josh knew what he was doing. The boat is really nice as well. We had two small children with us and Josh and his first mate were great with them.
Joe  C.
Joe C. South Riding, VA
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 131 reviews
We went with a half day in the afternoon, which was the best weather! The Captain was wonderful right from the first reassuring phone call less than an hour after we made the reservation! He is very pleasant, knowledgeable, easy to work with. Can't wait to do it again with him!
Rai  A.  M.
Rai A. M. Raleigh, NC
Provider Sportfishing
Provider Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 30 reviews
Awesome experience with the boat and crew!! Definitely recommend and I will be back!!
Mark  A.
Mark A. Kansas City, MO
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Beautiful day coming out of Hatteras with Capt. David and his mate Jim. Grabbed some bait from a fellow fisherman and proceeded to catch King Makerel non-stop. Can't say enough good things about these guys!! They got us to a hot spot right away and Jim worked to keep all us first time deep sea fisher people from tangling our lines, landing fish, and baiting lines. Returned with over 200 lbs of fish!! These guys will take care of you!!
Mike  T.
Mike T. BRWNSBORO VLG, KY
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Captain Mike showed us a good time. We would recommend him to anyone! The McKnight’s
Elizabeth  M.
Elizabeth M. East Bend, NC
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
We had a good time, caught plenty of fish and Captain Mike was a fun captain.
Rebecca  S.
Rebecca S. Annapolis, Maryland
Mott Ridge Charters – Manteo
Mott Ridge Charters – Manteo
Fishing charter in Manteo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 60 reviews
Had an awesome day. Had a nor’easter and a king tide a couple days prior that moved the fish. Captain Bud didn’t take long putting us on fish. Limited out fast and kept catching fish. Great day.
Aaron  G.
Aaron G. Morgantown, WV
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 62 reviews
Overall a good time , the fish did not completely corporate but we had a fun time
Daniel  R.
Daniel R. Roanoke, Virginia
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
I went out at 3 pm with high winds so I didn’t expect much- boy was I WRONG! We had a blast! Caught a lot with it being 5 or 6 species… I will go again any day Capt Mike will take me! He is very knowledgeable and very professional. He did not disappoint…
Randy  S.
Randy S. Nashville, Tennessee
Red Finn Charters
Red Finn Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 56 reviews
Zach did a great job. Took all over the sound trying to find fish Only caught two keepers but was not for lack of trying by Zach
Chad  C.
Chad C. Mansfield, OH
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 39 reviews
Fishing on the Under Pressure was great. The Caption is a great guy and he had a great first mate. He did his best to find fish. But just was not in the cards. We only caught two false albacore all day. He did all he could do to get them to bite. But weeks of bad weather and bad currents did this trip in. Hopefully I can go back with him in the Spring.
Jerry  A.
Jerry A. Barnardsville, NC
Vicarious Charters
Vicarious Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 102 reviews
Did not catch a lot of fish due to the weather but enjoyed the crew and the time on the boat.
Justine  W.
Justine W. Woodbridge, VA
Miss Nell Sportfishing
Miss Nell Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Great day of fishing! Captn Cain and Sean were very professional, knowledgeable, and fun. They worked hard to make sure we had a successful trip.
Ginger  V.
Ginger V. Shreveport, LA
DreamGirl Sportfishing
DreamGirl Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Ocracoke
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 47 reviews
Captain Steve keep touch through the week of bad weather but just couldn't get a brake to get us out.
Terry  Z.
Terry Z. King, NC
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Captain Mike was excellent. Very knowledgeable of fishing in the sound. Ensured we all caught fish and had an enjoyable outing.
Walden  A.
Walden A. Waldorf, MD
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hatteras
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 31 reviews
Captain and crew worked hard all day find fish and stay on them. If it slowed they would radio other boats in the area, we would move and be on the fish again!!
Tim  K.
Tim K. Elmhurst, IL
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 131 reviews
This was our first charter . Captain Terry was amazing. We weren't sure what to expect. Not only did Captain Terry put us on the fish he was very patient knowledgeable and made this trip the more fun than we could have imagined! We will definitely book with Captain Terry again. If we could give ten stars we would ! We highly recommend the good Captain to anyone wanting to have a great day on the water !
Reaney  N.
Reaney N. Annapolis, Maryland
Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 203 reviews
We had a fantastic trip on Poacher Sportfishing. Capt. Devin kept us on the fish and moved to relocate when the action slowed. Mate Nick was great. Really liked the fish cleaning service provided by Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, very reasonable.
Ken  R.
Ken R. Jefferson, GA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Outer Banks

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Outer Banks costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $517, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,308. 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 Outer Banks is 35 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

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

The best way to experience fishing in Outer Banks 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 Outer Banks.

The most popular fish species you can target are Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and bottom fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Outer Banks.