Topsail Island

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Topsail Island: 31 fishing charters available

Dialed In Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(40 reviews)
Hampstead
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Carolina Flats Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(10 reviews)
Surf City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(34 reviews)
Wilmington
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

Spring Tide Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(106 reviews)
Surf City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Breadman Ventures Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
North Topsail Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

South End Anglers

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(131 reviews)
Topsail Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

OMC Fishing Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Sneads Ferry
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Marker23 Inshore Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
North Topsail Beach
trips from $450

Fish Topsail

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Topsail Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $350

Atlantic Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(32 reviews)
Sneads Ferry
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Topsail Island

The average price for a private 4 hour Topsail Island fishing trip is $521, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $816 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Dialed In Fishing Charters, Carolina Flats Fishing, and Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator are some of the most popular fishing charters in Topsail Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Topsail Island.

Dialed In Fishing Charters, Carolina Flats Fishing, and Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Topsail Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are King Mackerel (Kingfish), Spanish Mackerel, and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, spinning, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, wreck fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Topsail Island is a barrier island that’s found just south of the famous Bogue Banks. While we don’t really know whether it’s really the place where the infamous Blackbeard hid his treasure, we can safely say that Topsail Island fishing charters are worth their weight in gold. Separated from the mainland by part of the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s surrounded by opportunities for some great fishing.

Topsail Island Fishing Spots

The first thing you should figure out when you’re fishing on Topsail Island is where exactly you want to be fishing. The sheer number of possibilities might be overwhelming at first glance. The numerous flats, creeks, and marshland areas make for great fishing inshore, while a number of artificial reefs are great spots for trolling. Lastly, if you’re more of a bluewater kind of angler, why not take a day off and spend it on the Gulf Stream going after big game?

South Topsail Beach

The southern part of the island is the one with more flat areas, making it better suitable for anglers who’d like to work on their sight casting. Places like Topsail Sound and Black Mud Channel are popular angling locations for Redfish, Bluefish, and more. The south side of the beach offers more privacy when surf fishing, so have that in mind if you want to stay on land. It’s also a great location for family trips, because you’re always close to hotels and residential areas.

North Topsail Beach

While both parts of the island offer great fishing, you’ll find that the northern part is the more lively of the two. A good place to get starter here is by taking a trip up to Alligator Bay. It’s a popular kayak fishing destination where you can land a number of Reds, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and other inshore fish. The winds can be rough here in the afternoon, so it’s recommended you make it a morning trip.

That said, if you love Trout fishing, you won’t find a better place for it here than over at Stones bay. It’s about 4 miles inland from the northern tip of the island, and you just need to follow the New River to reach it. Once there, you can fish until you drop.

Reefs

While the North Carolina seaside in general is a great place for nearshore fishing, the waters near Topsail Beach are the cream of the crop. You have plenty of reefs within 5-6 miles out that host a big number of Spanish Mackerel, Kingfish, Black Seabass, and more during the season. AR 360 is less than 4 miles out if you’re setting off from the south side, and it’s a fantastic location for Kingfish Trolling.

Gulf Stream

If you’ve got the time and determination for a 60+ mile run, then you should definitely check out the bluewater charters. While the norm for these is a 10-12 hour trip, you will be rewarded with Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Wahoo, White Marlin, and perhaps Blue Marlin too. Topsail Island deep sea fishing charters have a long tradition of success, and you’ll have a variety to choose from.

Fishing Techniques

When fishing inshore, the trick to catching lots of reds is to cruise quietly and be on the lookout for them near oyster beds and points. When Redfish move into the surf, a good idea is to check the sloughs near the northern inlet. If you’re also interested in Black Drum, a good idea for both is to hook fresh Shrimp on Carolina rigs with 2/0 circle hooks.

As for offshore, trolling skirted Ballyhoo is the way to go when fishing for Mahi Mahi in the 15-20 mile range. This can also get you some Tuna further out if you’re lucky. Bigger Kingfish, on the other hand, are best sought with Cigar Minnows on dead bait rigs.

Need to Know

Going out with a licensed charter captain means you’ll be able to focus exclusively on the fishing itself. If you want to maximise your chance of getting the catch of a lifetime, that’s one way to do it. Otherwise, make sure to have a valid North Carolina Fishing license with you at all times.

Topsail Island has plenty to offer besides fishing, so do yourself a favor, and make sure to check out the sea turtles, dense forests, and divine beaches too. You might stumble upon a treasure cove yourself, who knows.

Topsail Island
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

To celebrate the new year, you’ll find that a lot of seasoned anglers will be headed out to the Gulf. They hope to catch some huge Bluefin Tuna, so why not join them?

February

Winter fishing in Topsail Island is something you can depend on. Striped Bass, Flounder, and Red Drum are inshore, while Bluefin Tuna is out in the Gulf Stream.

March

As winter draws to an end, nearshore fishing will be picking up. Head towards the break for some good Wahoo fishing if you’re up for it.

April

It’s a great time to be fishing for Bluefish in all shapes and sizes! You’ll find them mostly concentrated in and around creeks, but they can be found anywhere inshore.

May

Expect loads of Amberjack, Barracuda, King Mackerel, and Grouper in the reefs. If you head further out, you’ll be treated with Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin.

June

Summertime means offshore fishing time! Go out in the deep waters and get your fair share of Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Barracuda, Wahoo, and more.

July

If you want to go bottom fishing or Sailfishing, now is the perfect time for it! Black Seabass, Porgies, and Gag Grouper are nearshore, with Red Grouper being further out.

August

It’s usually as summer draws to an end that the Spanish Mackerel bite really gets going. You can also have fun inshore with small Cobia to catch and release.

September

Wahoo will still have a strong presence offshore, and you can also expect to run into Mahi Mahi around the 20-mile range. Troll for Kings on your way there.

October

Redfish will be schooling up over at the flats, as well as near the local docks. Use topwater plugs for morning trips, and switch to live bait and jigs later in the day.

November

You aren’t likely to see a lot of Kingfish near the coast, but you’ll have plenty to target offshore. Surf anglers should focus on Trout for the time being.

December

The Trout bite is great this time of year, but you’ll be getting a lot of smaller fish in there as well. Try using some XL-size artificial bait to attract the big boys.

Topsail Island Fishing Calendar

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Charter Fish Topsail as Captain Orr and Brett provided all the tackle and bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter Fish Topsail as Captain Orr and Brett provided all the tackle and bait.
Kenneth  M.
Kenneth M. Plymouth, MI
As long as the ocean isn’t quite as ruff then we could have gone out further. But the capitan was looking out for our best interest. We have a great time.. My son the LIZARD FISH KING!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As long as the ocean isn’t quite as ruff then we could have gone out further. But the capitan was looking out for our best interest. We have a great time.. My son the LIZARD FISH KING!!!
David  S.
David S. Jacksonville, NC
Sun screen, water , and a hat. Spend the day and enjoy some of the sites and food. Don't forget the ice cream.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sun screen, water , and a hat. Spend the day and enjoy some of the sites and food. Don't forget the ice cream.
Chris  S.
Chris S. Wallingford, VT
Definitely talk to the locals and the baitshops in the area. Don't be skittish to ask for help or tips. Knowledge is power.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely talk to the locals and the baitshops in the area. Don't be skittish to ask for help or tips. Knowledge is power.
Aaron  Q.
Aaron Q. Wilmington, NC
It can be very very chilly early spring break time pants and a hoodie. don't forget to bring bags and coolers take your fish home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can be very very chilly early spring break time pants and a hoodie. don't forget to bring bags and coolers take your fish home.
Robin  B.
Robin B. Akron, OH
Listen to the captains advice , when told the seas are rough there not kidding , if they say seas are good there on point . Rough seas are for hard core fishermen .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captains advice , when told the seas are rough there not kidding , if they say seas are good there on point . Rough seas are for hard core fishermen .
Jeffery  C.
Jeffery C. Gastonia, NC
I would definitely recommend a fishing trip on Top Sail for anyone. It was a great day for myself and both my son's.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend a fishing trip on Top Sail for anyone. It was a great day for myself and both my son's.
Jeff  W.
Jeff W. Canton, OH
FInd a guide who knows the area. Have them take you out, learn from them, to set yourself up for success down the road.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
FInd a guide who knows the area. Have them take you out, learn from them, to set yourself up for success down the road.
Jason  J.
Jason J. United States
Read the reviews for the Captains. The right Captain makes all the difference in the world
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Read the reviews for the Captains. The right Captain makes all the difference in the world
John  S.
John S. Dunn, NC
Call and fish with Capt. Ray Brittain @ Spring Tide Guide Service. Trust me!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call and fish with Capt. Ray Brittain @ Spring Tide Guide Service. Trust me!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Raleigh, North Carolina
Use a local Capt. To learn the area. Even if in your own boat, hire a Capt. To take you out
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a local Capt. To learn the area. Even if in your own boat, hire a Capt. To take you out
Terry  R.
Terry R. Wilmington, North Carolina
Yes he was great with my grandson teaching him how to catch trout and showing us a great time!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes he was great with my grandson teaching him how to catch trout and showing us a great time!!!!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Sanford, North Carolina

Sea Mist Adventures–Inshore Fishing Charters
Sea Mist Adventures–Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in North Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Great day on the water w my dad and son. Captain Keith worked hard to find the fish and we put some good ones in the boat!
Dennis  C.
Dennis C. SUGARCRK Township, OH
Atlantic Sportfishing
Atlantic Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
These two did an excellent job and work their butts off to make sure we had the best experience possible. Would definitely recommend to any friends or family.
Timothy  R.
Timothy R. Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
I looked for a guide to take my son, his grand father, and I fishing while on vacation at Topsail. This was an easy choice based on reviews. None of us were disappointed. Landed several large Red Drum. Unfortunately too many were too big to keep, but great fun to pull in. Adam will put you on the right spot and you just take it from there. Thanks for a great trip full of fun memories. Can’t wait for next year!!
Rick  K.
Rick K. Paint Lick, KY
OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain John and Tim were the best! He knew exactly where the fish were! Very friendly, funny and the cleanest fishing boat I have ever been on! This trip was AMAZING! We will be booking with Captain John again ! Very pleased family from Ohio 2022
Tim  W.
Tim W. Ashville, OH
Dialed In Fishing Charters
Dialed In Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Had a great time. learned a lot of new skills. Would definitely do it again.
Julie  B.
Julie B. Hampstead, North Carolina
Ghost Fleet Oyster Co.
Ghost Fleet Oyster Co.
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Captain Cody was an excellent tour guide, teacher, and oyster shucker. He was patient and engaging with our four kids (Ages one through nine). We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on the water, some delicious oysters, an educational experience about oyster farming, with some fishing and swimming thrown in on the side. It was a really enjoyable experience. Thanks captain Cody!
Benjamin  K.
Benjamin K. Charlottesville, VA
OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
We had THE. PERFECT. DAY. It was so calm, it felt like you were on a lake, not the ocean! Captain John and First Mate Timmy were rockstars! Thanks so much for an amazing adventure!
Jaime  R.
Jaime R. Charlotte, North Carolina
OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Capt John and Mate Tim worked their butts off getting us to fish, and with changing bait, changing trolling speed, and great conversation, all while catching King and Spanish Mackerel. It was a great day with great equipment and many laughs. Capt John gave us a tip for preparing the Mack! We got them into nuggets, made sure we removed any red portions, and wrapped w bacon. It was great! Thank again to John and Tim
John  U.
John U. Cary, NC
Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc
Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Phillip was full of knowledge and experience in the water areas that we fish willing to share his knowledge very friendly and great guy to be guided by
Dana  E.
Dana E. Zebulon, NC
Dialed In Fishing Charters
Dialed In Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
The girls caught several reds, and had a blast. The captain was very friendly and worked hard to keep them in fish. They had a great time.
Randy  H.
Randy H. Napton, MO
Native Son Guide Service
Native Son Guide Service
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
Our fishing venture was less than successful from a catching standpoint, but Captain Mike made up for it. He was knowledgeable and a fun guy to hang out with for the day. He tried and tried, but the fish just would not bite. Next time we will certainly book with him in the morning and hope for a better take. :)
Roberta  E.
Roberta E. Lancaster, OH
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Fishing was a little slow due to low tide early and full moon but did manage to catch the biggest Red Fish in my life, 30”
Steve  R.
Steve R. Chester, VA
Native Son Guide Service
Native Son Guide Service
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
Captain Mike does everything he can to put you on the fish. Our whole group was overly pleased with his professionalism and stories. We will be back. Thanks Mike
Todd  C.
Todd C. United States
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Ray definitely put us on the red drum even in hard to fish conditions I would definitely recommend him!
Wesley  G.
Wesley G. Smyrna, Tennessee
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(34 reviews)
Had a good time. The captain was on point. Weather wasn't the greatest, but the captain had nothing to do with that. My dad and i will come back. Dave did his job well... Thank you for assisting me with my dad's Father's day gift...
Jerome  C.
Jerome C. Vass, NC
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Dave did a great job taking us out to some hopeful spots. We caught a few and had a great day on the water. Thanks Dave!
Teresa  T.
Teresa T. Monona, WI
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Captain Dave was great!! We didn't catch a lot of fish but it was a wonderful trip
Max  Y.
Max Y. Kokomo, IN
Breadman Ventures Guide Service
Breadman Ventures Guide Service
Fishing charter in North Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We booked a last minute trip with Capt. Allen. Had a front move in as we were heading out and it really turned the bite off. Capt. Allen really worked to put us on some fish . At the end of the day we caught a handful of redfish on a day that was not ideal for fishing. We will be booking again with Capt Allen.
Tucker  F.
Tucker F. Moncure, NC
Dialed In Fishing Charters
Dialed In Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Captain Andrew was great with our younger boys (11 and 8). They had a blast fishing for redfish. We even caught a 33” monster! Thanks for a fun afternoon!
Nathaniel  S.
Nathaniel S. Falls Church, VA
Marker23 Inshore Adventures
Marker23 Inshore Adventures
Fishing charter in North Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Awesome at communicating and setting up prior to arrival. Worked the area hard. 🎣 Great with family. Shared a lot of knowledge- fishing and navigation. Can tell he knows the area and ecosystem well, has a good mind for conservation practices. Courteous of others on the water. We will work together again. Thanks for a great day
Jason  S.
Jason S. Gretna, NE