Outer Banks Fishing Charters

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Top Outer Banks Destinations

Outer Banks: 143 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from US $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(185 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from US $275
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(308 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(126 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from US $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from US $495
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Hatteras
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(53 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from US $275
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(70 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(282 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from US $325
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(121 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from US $330

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Outer Banks


The average price for a private 4 hour Outer Banks fishing trip is US $533, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,547 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 – US $283
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $400
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $464
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $686
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $864

Fishing in Outer Banks

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 Fishing Seasons

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 anglers said about fishing in Outer Banks

Good because we caught fish, would have liked to catch more, but we had fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good because we caught fish, would have liked to catch more, but we had fun
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
"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.
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
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
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
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.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
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.
STOLAT Fishing Charters
STOLAT Fishing Charters
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.
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
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
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
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.
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
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 !
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
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
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
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.
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
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.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
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.
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
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.
Reel Em In Charters
Reel Em In Charters 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!
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter 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
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters 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.
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
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.
Riptide Charters
Riptide Charters
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.
Chasin' Tyde Charters
Chasin' Tyde Charters 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
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Outer Banks?

Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
We new it was going to be cold out there but it was a sunny day so my three boys and I took on the challenge we didn’t catch any fish the winds were strong we had a blast and Captain Rosso worked very hard to find a calm enough spot to fish “ that’s why it’s called fishing not catching”!!
David  B.
David B.
Speechless Sportfishing
Speechless Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
We left at 4 a.m. and captain Ron, and 1st mate Trent put us on the fish the whole day. This was my retirement - bucket list trip for Tuna with the hope of catching a small fin but we landed and released a 110" 800 blue fin. We also caught alot of black and yellow fin tuna.
Norb  G.
Norb G. Durham, NC
Capt BC Sportfishing
Capt BC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Couldn’t have asked for a better fishing trip. Our group had an absolute blast. The perfect weather and top notch captain and mate made this an enjoyable trip for everyone. We can’t wait for our next trip out on the Captain BC!
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Even though no fish were caught , we thoroughly enjoyed the time on the water and the captain!
Amanda  S.
Amanda S.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Captain Mike did a great job!! He worked hard to get us on fish. We had an awesome time. He is full of wonderful stories. If we come back to OBX we will definitely fish with him again!!!
Jennifer  G.
Jennifer G.
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(308 reviews)
Yeah, we did that. Terry is a great captain and even better fishing buddy. Thanks for an unforgettable day from two old geezer brothers!
Bill  N.
Bill N.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Went out in late December. Cold, stayed near shoreline moved around regularly looking for fish. Did what we could with the weather we were given. Caught a fish few bites. Good time with the family and friends.
Xavier  P.
Xavier P.
Blue Chip Sportfishing
Blue Chip Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Capt and first mate great guys . Worked hard to make trip great. Boat and gear was clean , up to date and well maintained.
William  P.
William P.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Great trip, The captain was good company and very knowledgeable. The area he chose had amazing views and big fish!! We will be back!
Karan  W.
Karan W.
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(308 reviews)
We had a great time and experience. Captain was a pleasure to spend the morning with.
Michael  D.
Michael D.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Thought Capt. did a great job trying to get on the fish. Attitude was great and we found areas in OBX we never knew about. We caught some nice trout too.
Kevin  R.
Kevin 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.
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
(20 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.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 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.
#1 Old North State Fishing  20’ HS
#1 Old North State Fishing 20’ HS
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 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
(121 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.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 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.

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