Pamlico Sound

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Pamlico Sound Fishing Charters

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Pamlico Sound: 230 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(323 reviews)
Wanchese
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(32 reviews)
Morehead City
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(43 reviews)
Nags Head
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trips from $275
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Oriental
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(59 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

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Pamlico Sound

According to customer reviews, **Cutawhiskie Charters** #1, Drum Roll Charters, and Poorridge Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Pamlico Sound. Full list of top fishing charters in Pamlico Sound.

The average price for a private 4 hour Pamlico Sound fishing trip is $527, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,487 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

**Cutawhiskie Charters** #1, Drum Roll Charters, and Poorridge Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Pamlico Sound.

The most popular fish species you can target are Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and Bluefish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

It’s no surprise that the largest lagoon on the US east coast is a hotspot for angling. Fishing the Pamlico Sound is a joy to behold. Protected from the choppy waters of the Atlantic by the Outer Banks (OBX), these calmer fishing grounds offer fun for everyone. Use it as a base for an offshore adventure or come and wet your line in the sound itself, the options are endless!
 
If Inshore fishing is what springs to mind when you hear the word “sound,” you’d be right. These shallow waters are home to exciting Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Black Drum, as well as delicious Redfish and Flounder. Tough-fighting Tarpon even make their way through in summer, so there’s no end to what you can catch without even leaving the sound.
 
Many captains here do offer the chance to go into the Atlantic, however, and the temptation of Kingfish, Cobia, Snappers, and Groupers is hard to deny. Add Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Billfish, and Tilefish, and you’ll surely want to come. Trips beyond the inlets last from eight hours to a few days so if you only have a few hours to spare, then an inshore trip is for you.
 
One of the beauties of fishing the Pamlico Sound, though, is that you can’t go wrong. Take a charter out of anywhere from Wanchesee down to Hatteras and you’ll get what you want. This area was built on fishing, and locals are only too proud to keep that tradition going strong.
 

Rules & Regulations

In some other good news, you won’t need a license when fishing with a professional guide in saltwater. Beware of strict seasons and limits, especially for Flounder and Grouper, but rest assured your captain will make sure you're fishing within the law.
Pamlico Sound
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27743 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January
With the disruptive weather, a trip offshore could be too dangerous. Despite the disappointment of missing out on the Tuna, you’ll have plenty of Striped Bass to target on the sound, so come fill the boat.
February
Bluefin Tuna is the aim if you find a day with clear weather to go out to the deep waters. Head offshore on a productive trip as you hunt these delicious beasts along with Yellowfins and Bigeyes, too!
March
While the Tuna remain a prized target offshore, you’ll also get to take advantage of the inshore coming into its own in March. Black Drum, Redfish, Flounder, and Bluefish join Striped Bass for a thrilling day out.
April
Both inshore and offshore fishing really start to hit their stride in April and you can sense that the peak season is on its way. Go after Yellowfins along the Gulf Stream or take advantage of the “Drum run” inshore.
May
Head south to Ocracoke for the famous fishing tournament that’s been running since 1983, as the Drum run continues on the sound, and Mahi Mahi and Wahoo join the offshore party. 
June
The beaches of the Outer Banks start filling up with tourists, and captains prepare to be fully booked throughout the summer. Book early to make the most of the fishing on the sound and beyond in June.
July
Nearshore fishing gets going in July and you’ll see why this is the peak season, with incredible fishing everywhere. Go after monster Cobia and Mackerel on the surf, target Tarpon inshore, or hunt Marlin offshore. 
August
It’s full steam ahead in August as tourists flock to the Atlantic coast and charter boats fill the sound. Whether it’s inshore, nearshore, or offshore action you want – this is the time to try all three.
September
As the crowds die down, the fishing heats up! Hit up the Hatteras Village Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament for some nearshore action and show off your skills for the chance to win a great reward.
October
Nags Head is the place to be in October. While it may seem that the fishing is quietening down, it’s far from it. Discover your senses at the Surf and Seafood Festival that is sure to make it feel like peak season.
November
Despite the waters getting choppier and the weather turning, fishing is still thrilling. The Cape Hatteras surf fishing competition has been running every November since 1957, so come and join in the fun.
December
See out the year in style with plenty of fishing trips. Head offshore when conditions are good and land a hearty Tuna, or fish the sounds throughout the winter for Stripers, Trout, Drum, and many more.

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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.
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.
Absolutely It’s a perfect first time fishing experience. Pleasant relaxing day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely It’s a perfect first time fishing experience. Pleasant relaxing day.
Nancy  T.
Nancy T.
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
It's off the tourist season so there are definitely less people here. As far as the fishing itself, I think circumstances today were unique as there was a tropical storm a couple days before. Didn't seem to negatively impact anything, and I saw other people were successful out on the water during this time as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's off the tourist season so there are definitely less people here. As far as the fishing itself, I think circumstances today were unique as there was a tropical storm a couple days before. Didn't seem to negatively impact anything, and I saw other people were successful out on the water during this time as well.
Alex  B.
Alex B.
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
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.
Be flexible. We fished for albie but we saw others catching flounders and drum. We did catch a dozen small fish in the surf.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible. We fished for albie but we saw others catching flounders and drum. We did catch a dozen small fish in the surf.
Darrel  J.
Darrel J. Sioux Falls, SD
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
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.
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
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

Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(103 reviews)
Our trip was scheduled when there was unusual northwinds... Captain Mike took his boat out of wanchese and up to Kitty hawk Bay so we could go out fishing. We had a really good day. I caught two red drum One of which was 23 in, 2 speckled trout . Captain Mike was great- very knowledgeable and helpful. This was my first fishing charter and I'm so glad we chose Captain Mike. We will definitely be going back out with him hopefully next year when we come down.
Sue  L.
Sue L.
Green Creek Outfitters - Oriental NC
Green Creek Outfitters - Oriental NC
Fishing charter in Oriental
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Had a wonderful time fishing today. Really had a lot of fun! Enjoyed the fishing and conversations. Will be back to ish again soon :)
Jason  E.
Jason E.
Green Creek Outfitters - Oriental NC
Green Creek Outfitters - Oriental NC
Fishing charter in Oriental
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Were hoping to find some bull reds, didn’t happen. BUT nobody we talked with caught any. We did get some trout and had a great time and will book again.
Jay  S.
Jay S.
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(39 reviews)
The crew and the boat were great. we went to about five tupper locations and caught five fish between 25 people. apparently they were not biting today
Palmer  R.
Palmer R.
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(39 reviews)
We booked this charter to have some fishing fun. Unfortunately, the water was way too choppy and rough to catch anything. It was cold and rainy. The trip should have been cancelled and rescheduled. But since we paid and could not get a refund, we went. Of course no fish but we did have great views of the sounds and channels. The staff was very knowledgeable and great. Just wish the weather would have cooperated with us or we could have rescheduled.
Carol  Q.
Carol Q.
Offshore Outlaw Fishing Charters
Offshore Outlaw Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
Rough seas but still caught a few fish. The captain and first mate were top notch and will probably go again soon
Mallie  P.
Mallie P.
Never Enough Bluewater Charters
Never Enough Bluewater Charters
Fishing charter in Atlantic Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Had a blast. Capn and 1ST mate (Bryan) were great. Bluetooth connection to sound system kept the party going. It was the first mates birthday, Happy Birthday Bryan. 🎂 Will definitely does this again.
Richard  S.
Richard S.
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(290 reviews)
The guys were great with the kids. They brought back lots of fish. The youngest 6 year old said they get a 10 rating. Great job.
Pamela  B.
Pamela B.
Reel Priority Charters – Lifetime Experiences
Reel Priority Charters – Lifetime Experiences
Fishing charter in Atlantic Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
6 of us. Of a certain age women enjoyed our trip with Captain Steve tremendously A perfect day Chasing fish, having fun conversation and watching the world from the water. We caught 2 Bonita’s but we were not crazy about the texture and taste. But no fish smell. We used JDs recipe of Pecans and reduced Coca Cola which was tasty. Highly recommended for a unique day Nancy Taylor
Nancy  T.
Nancy T.
Offshore Outlaw Fishing Charters
Offshore Outlaw Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
Capt Eric and 1st Mate Jackson knocked it out of the park! We hit fishing quotas for all anglers and had plenty of fun! The Offshore Outlaw was comfortable, spacious and well kept. The team cleaned our fish and sent us home with enough filets for an amazing fish fry and a well stocked freezer. We will be back!
Amy  H.
Amy H.
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
I had an excellent trip even though the fishing wasn’t great that day. Captain Jonathan didn’t just go the extra mile he went 2 extra miles to make this a great experience. I would definitely recommend.
Angela  B.
Angela B.
Top Shelf Sport Fishing
Top Shelf Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Atlantic Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Had a great time, was a blast! Cody was fantastic, and Captain Jon positioned us to catch fish, thoroughly enjoyed it!
Don  B.
Don B. FALLING WTRS, WV
Offpoint Sportsfishing
Offpoint Sportsfishing
Fishing charter in Buxton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
The fishing was slow due to weather and high water and the wind, however the captain done everything in his power to put us on the fish. Highly recommended this captain and any trip he does is he use everything in his ability to put you on the fish!!! Highly recommended this captain! The best!!
Jim  H.
Jim H. Hudson, OH
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Cap’n Tiki Bob knew right where to go to put us on the fish. The bluefish feeding frenzy on the way back to the marina was a rush! What a great day for our group!
David  W.
David W.
C-Therapy (42' Custom Carolina)
C-Therapy (42' Custom Carolina)
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
We went out for my father’s 60th birthday. The Captain and First mate made sure we had a memorable day. The First Mate made sure all we had to do was fish and I’m not sure if the Captain could have taken us to a better spot. All in we brought in 47 fish in an amazing six hours. Thanks for a perfect day out at sea, we’ll be back!
Patrick  Y.
Patrick Y.
Riptide Charters
Riptide Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(281 reviews)
We had a great trip catching Red Drum, Speckled Trout and Blue Fish. As an added bonus we saw 2 groups of Dolphins on our 4 hour adventure. Captain Randy did an awesome job.
Mike  B.
Mike B. Manheim, PA
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Captain Andy was very knowledgeable and accepting to all our needs. Was very good with everyone especially my 9 yr old grandson
Barney  S.
Barney S.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(103 reviews)
My father in law and I had a great time out with Captain Mike. He was very patient and willing to help a novice like myself and even teach some new tricks to a long time fisherman like my FIL. He has great knowledge of the area from historical information to where the fish are at a given time of day. I look forward to fishing with Captain Mike again on my next trip to OBX.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Kitty Hawk, NC
Drum Roll Charters
Drum Roll Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Overall a fun trip. The boat was great and Travis worked hard to put us on fish but the fish didn't want to cooperate. We caught a couple but fishing was slow but that is how it goes sometimes. We had a great time, got see some porpoises along the way. Fishing is fishing. Sometimes its hot sometimes its not. We were more than pleased with Travis and all his equipment. Maybe next time we will get a day when the fish will cooperate a little better.
Terry  K.
Terry K.
Twin Bills
Twin Bills
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(66 reviews)
The odds were against us with the recent storm and cloudy water. Plus, we crammed way to much beach into the day before but it turned into a nice day. We caught several fish including two ribbon fish. They were quite tasty! Captain Willie was great!
Barbara  C.
Barbara C.