Topsail Island

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Topsail Island Fishing Charters

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Topsail Island: 29 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
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Hampstead
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4.9 / 5
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Hampstead
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(35 reviews)
Surf City
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Sneads Ferry
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5.0 / 5
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North Topsail Beach
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Topsail Beach
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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North Topsail Beach
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4.9 / 5
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Topsail Beach
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Surf City
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Sneads Ferry
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Topsail Island

According to customer reviews, Blue Heron Guide Service, Grassy Sound Charters, and Carolina Flats Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Topsail Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Topsail Island.

The average price for a private 4 hour Topsail Island fishing trip is $526, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $849 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Blue Heron Guide Service, Grassy Sound Charters, and Carolina Flats Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Topsail Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, and King Mackerel (Kingfish). Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Spinning, and Trolling. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and wreck 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 27716 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.

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Find an experienced guide and let them show you the local rigs, tactics and bait. Split the cost with several friends or family and a fishing trip can be relatively inexpensive.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced guide and let them show you the local rigs, tactics and bait. Split the cost with several friends or family and a fishing trip can be relatively inexpensive.
Jim  D.
Jim D. Mohnton, PA
As always talk with your Captain and keep an eye on the weather so you can pick the best day and trip for success. I enjoyed the small town and easy going marina. It all made for a stress free trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As always talk with your Captain and keep an eye on the weather so you can pick the best day and trip for success. I enjoyed the small town and easy going marina. It all made for a stress free trip.
Jonathan  C.
Jonathan C. Mount Washington, KY
Keep your eyes on the weather forecast and enjoy your experience on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep your eyes on the weather forecast and enjoy your experience on the water.
Marlon  A.
Marlon A. Oakland, KY
Don’t put it off, get out there and enjoy yourself, these captains know their stuff!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t put it off, get out there and enjoy yourself, these captains know their stuff!
Kurtis  M.
Kurtis M. Marathon, OH
We lucked up for the first week in August. It didn’t get over 88 all week and cool at night. Typically late spring and early fall are better, but we did really good.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We lucked up for the first week in August. It didn’t get over 88 all week and cool at night. Typically late spring and early fall are better, but we did really good.
Jeff  C.
Jeff C.
Trust your charters, they know the water better than anyone. No sense in going after fish that won’t be biting. Best thing to do is go with the flow and they’ll get you hooked into some fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust your charters, they know the water better than anyone. No sense in going after fish that won’t be biting. Best thing to do is go with the flow and they’ll get you hooked into some fish!
Kirsten  F.
Kirsten F. Ulster, PA
Book your trip with South End Adventures! Captain Taylor and first mate Drew were the best period.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with South End Adventures! Captain Taylor and first mate Drew were the best period.
David  D.
David D. Charlotte, North Carolina
Be patient and understanding "its called fishing not catching." Enjoy the experience and you'll have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and understanding "its called fishing not catching." Enjoy the experience and you'll have a great time.
Jason  P.
Jason P. Potosi, MO
Take it all in, even if the fish aren’t biting there’s plenty to enjoy around you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take it all in, even if the fish aren’t biting there’s plenty to enjoy around you!
Jennifer  C.
Jennifer C.
Did not fish for multiple species due to time constraints. Blue fish were biting and with time it's seems we could've done well with others as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Did not fish for multiple species due to time constraints. Blue fish were biting and with time it's seems we could've done well with others as well.
John  W.
John W. Wilton, NY
Yes. Even though it was a bit early in the season, the captain was fantastic, and the experience was worthwhile!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Even though it was a bit early in the season, the captain was fantastic, and the experience was worthwhile!
James  F.
James F. Hornell, NY
Definitely call fishing booker to schedule a fishing trip..many trips are available to target various species of saltwater fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely call fishing booker to schedule a fishing trip..many trips are available to target various species of saltwater fish
Brian  B.
Brian B. PT CHARLOTTE, FL
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
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!
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FishingBooker Member Raleigh, 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!!!!
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FishingBooker Member Sanford, North Carolina

Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had a great trip with Captain Adam. He showed us how to fish for the different species in the area and put us on several. We caught flounder and redfish in different areas. He was very patient and informative and we would recommend a fishing trip with him every time. He arrived on time and had everything ready to go and cleaned our fish for us. Thanks Adam.
RobertCaptain  W.  R.
RobertCaptain W. R. Pigeon Forge, TN
Blue Heron Guide Service
Blue Heron Guide Service
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Fishing was a little slow today, and the drum weren’t hungry. We still caught several species of fish, using different tactics. The Captain did an amazing job! We had a group of 4 and we all had a blast. Great conversation with the Captain, we learned a lot, and we all would highly recommend.
David  J.
David J. Pfafftown, NC
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
My son and I had a good time . We both are green city folk at fishing . Capt. Adam gave us a good education on the area and fishing tips . We caught and released little sharks , black bass , flounder . We went home with a spotted trout not enough to feed the family , but it was a very worthwhile and when we are back in this area we will sign up with capt. Adam . May even try the eco tours he does as well thanks
Joel  N.
Joel N. Oak Park, IL
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Phenomenal experience and great time with Captain KK and Jeremiah, it was a slow start but Capt. KK ensured us a good trip and put us on some amazing grouper and amberjack, already looking into the calendar to see when I can book with these guys again. If you’re thinking about booking with these guys I highly recommend.
Ashton  W.
Ashton W. Hubert, North Carolina
Atlantic Blue Charters
Atlantic Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
Five of us went on a morning charter with Andrew. I was really impressed with his customer service from the get go. He was very communicative. The day of our trip was stunning - we really lucked out. We had a great time and highly recommend Andrew and his boat!😎😎
Jill  C.
Jill C. Coldwater, MI
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had booked a half day charter with captain Adam and had a absolutely wonderful time. He's very knowledgeable on the area and goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone on board is having a good time. We will definitely be booking another trip with him next time we are in the area
BENJAMIN  C.
BENJAMIN C. Science Hill, KY
Blue Heron Guide Service
Blue Heron Guide Service
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Great last minute trip! Didn’t catch a lot of fish but that’s sometimes how it goes. Still a wonderful time out on the water.
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M.
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(138 reviews)
Had an awesome time fishing today with Capt Ray. We were treated like royalty. So glad we chose this charter. He was super knowledgeable about the area and you just won’t find a nicer or smarter charter guide.
Lisa  H.
Lisa H. Hampstead, North Carolina
South End Adventures
South End Adventures
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(68 reviews)
This was one of the better fishing trips we have booked. Beautiful sunrise, seen dolphins and caught some fish!! Captain Tyler and First mate Drew were great!Will definitely book again!
George  M.
George M.
Grassy Sound Charters
Grassy Sound Charters
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
I can not recommend Grassy Sound and Capt. Anthony enough. Capt. and his crew were professional and 100% on it. We gave the troll a good run, and l grabbed me a new PB Cuda. We switched over to bottom dropping, and the race was on. We caught a crazy wide variety of fish. From that huge sea bass (take a look at the pic) to the usual suspects Porgy, Grunts, vermillions, and even a red grouper. We will certainly be booking again!
Jonathan  C.
Jonathan C. Mount Washington, KY
OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We did a half day trip with John and Zach. It was an awesome day of fishing. I’ve taken the family on a few trips now and this was by far the best. John knew what to do and Zach took care of us. OMC will be our guide the next time we’re in NC.
Dustin  M.
Dustin M.
South End Adventures
South End Adventures
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(68 reviews)
Caught a lot of fish, had a great experience. Captain and First Mate Drew made sure we had a good time and safe. Highly recommend them and plan to schedule a trip next year.
Mark  G.
Mark G. Westover, WV
Spring Tide Guide Service
Spring Tide Guide Service
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(138 reviews)
A local friend recommended Spring Tide Guide Service. Along with my son, the three of us booked a half day trip with Capt Ray. What a spectacular day we had! We got into some Spanish Mackerel off the beach - we had “fish on” on all three rods several times! Then we went for some red drum with top water lures. Some of the results are in the attached photos. All-in-all a great day fishing with Spring Tide Guide Service!
Kevin  C.
Kevin C. Hampstead, North Carolina
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Guys are super knowledgeable. They care about making the experience good and fun. Will also just chit chat about anything thing you want. Solid trip. Would 100% do it all again.
Ryan  H.
Ryan H. Jacksonville, North Carolina
Topsail Inshore Charters
Topsail Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in North Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Great experience with Capt Mike…Colton Clark and Cole Kester, two 13 yr olds had a beautiful morning of fishing, catching, and learning with Capt. Mike. The inshore scenery added to the nice catches of redfish. Capt Mike was a true professional, and put us on fish from the start. Thanks to the Capt for a memorable day on the water…
Steven  C.
Steven C. Huntersville, NC
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
This was an incredible experience of Red Drum fishing on the New River. Captain Ryan is very knowledgeable of the bodies of water surrounding Topsail and the species of fish within the water. He was timely for the trip takeoff, thorough in his preparation of the boat and he ensured that all baits were adequate to ensure success in connecting with the fish. Overall, we very much enjoyed our time fishing alongside Drifters Sport Fishing and look forward to taking another trip with them!
Cheri  T.
Cheri T. Raleigh, NC
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Fishing charter in Surf City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
My dad and father-in-law had a great Tim with Capt Adam! He was super interactive, friendly, and very knowledgeable! Definitely would recommend this trip to anyone that is a fisherman or just wants to spend some quality time with loved ones!
Dragos  C.
Dragos C. Surf City, NC
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Drifter Sportfishing And Charters
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(35 reviews)
Had a great charter with Captain Ryan, didn't kill'em, but it's fishing, not catching. He's very knowledgeable of the surrounding waterways and jumps at the chance to grab bait fish, I mean like physically jump off the boat if needed. My 12 year old nephew has a great time and this was his first time fishing saltwater Will definitely book again! Thanks Captain Ryan!
Raymond  P.
Raymond P. Concord, North Carolina
Grassy Sound Charters
Grassy Sound Charters
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Great trip with family. Captain and first mate was awesome. Caught a shark, flounder and a big branch lol. Would highly recommend using this charter
Chuck  M.
Chuck M. Paoli, IN
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Went with Dave and the in laws for a full day, went about 25 miles out and got some nice Sea Bass and Trigger fish in late August. The boat was super clean, had some sofa situation at the front also which was perfect for hanging out. I've been on charters before where there wasn't as much seating.
Reid  W.
Reid W. Wilmington, NC