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North Carolina: 369 fishing charters available

Spartina Guide Service LLC

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $425

Hieronymus Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $450

Righteous Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $450

OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(216 reviews)
Manteo
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trips from $425

Port City Inshore Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(103 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $400

Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(171 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $400

Blue Heron Guide Service

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(21 reviews)
Hampstead
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trips from $450

Waymaker Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(105 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from $425

Falling Tide Fishing Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from $400

Set'n Hooks Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Mooresville
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trips from $300

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in North Carolina

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in North Carolina are: Full list of top fishing charters in North Carolina

The average price for a private 4 hour North Carolina fishing trip is $530, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,248 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in North Carolina that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in North Carolina are:

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The top 3 types of fishing in North Carolina are:

Many fishing charters in North Carolina 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 North Carolina are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in North Carolina are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $400
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $424
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $500
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $621
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $650
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $800

The outstanding fishing that the Tar Heel State has to offer needs no introduction. Nor do the North Carolina fishing charters that take you to the action! Whether you’re in the mood for deep sea fishing, inshore excursions, or freshwater escapades, you’ll find everything you need in these prolific waters.

The inshore bite is fantastic year-round. Anglers regularly test their skills and luck against Bull Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, and Bluefish. Exciting fishing battles and trophy catches are always a possibility. The same goes for superb offshore fishing, where anything from Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and Amberjack to Sailfish, Marlin, and Tuna are but one cast away.

Freshwater anglers are in love with fishing in North Carolina, and how could they not be? The abundance of lakes and rivers is a dream come true for just about every fisherman. Bass in all shapes and sizes are the main catch, be it Smallmouth, Largemouth, Spotted, or Striped. White Perch, Crappie, Catfish, and Sunfish are all on the menu.

So which fishing trip should you choose? Short half day options are perfect for enjoying the inshore bite, and the same goes for freshwater trips. If you’ve got deep sea fishing on your mind, you’ll need more time to get to the fishing grounds (20–60 miles offshore). Because of this, 10- or 12-hour trips are the best solution.

Competitive fishermen have a lot to do in NC, with the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in summer and dozens of fishing derbies all over the state. In short, there’s a bit of something for everyone!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re going out fishing with a charter guide, you’re covered when it comes to fishing licenses. Solo anglers aged 16 and older need to have a valid North Carolina fishing license, whether they’re fishing from boats, piers, or shore.

North Carolina
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The beaches might be empty, but the waters are definitely not! You’ll find plenty of Bluefin Tuna swimming around offshore, while Redfish, Black Seabass, and Flounder rule the waters inshore. You can also go clamming if you’d like.

February

Bluefin Tuna are still going strong, but you’ll need to wait if you want to get your hands on some Yellowfins. Inshore, the bite is exploding, with plenty of Spotted Seatrout, Bluefish, Stripers, and Flounder there for the taking. Scalloping and clamming are very productive.

March

While not as delicious as their Bluefin cousins, Yellowfin Tuna will give you a fight to remember. You can also hook into some Wahoo these days. Inshore, Cape Lookout is the home of big Redfish, with Spotted Seatrout and Stripers following close behind.

April

Mahi Mahi is making an entrance over at Hatteras, closely followed by more Wahoo and bigger Yellowfin Tuna. The Redfish and Trout bite remains steady, and you also might stumble upon some Weakfish (Gray Trout).

May

May is known as the best Cobia time in all of North Carolina. Depending on your fishing style, jigs or live eels should yield the best results. You are also likely to see Tarpon make an appearance. Offshore, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfins are biting.

June

Hatteras is known as the Blue Marlin Capital of the World. If you’re a skeptic, come on down in June and see for yourself. Also, expect White Marlin and Sailfish this time of year. Grouper are active in June, as are Tuna, Mackerel, and Wahoo.

July

July marks the peak of the tournament season! You’ll find Billfish tournaments in every town and village with access to the ocean, from Nags Head to Hatteras and beyond. Even crabs and clams are abundant these days – the guarantee of a delicious seafood feast.

August

The tournaments might be over, but the fish are still there. There’s good action everywhere, whether you want Billfish or Tarpon, Grouper or King Mackerel, Redfish and Black Drum. All yours for the taking. Even Sharks come out to play.

September

The weather might be cooler, but that doesn’t mean that fishing is slowing down. White Marlin are still present offshore, while Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Bluefish, and Black Drum are solid choices inshore.

October

Great “Smoker Kings” hog the spotlight in October. This is the time to be on the water if you want to fight hordes of King Mackerel, both in the Outer Banks and along the Crystal Coast. Looking for variety? Add Little Tunny, Grouper, Snapper, and Tuna to your to-catch list.

November

If you’ve longed for Bluefin Tuna, this is your time! Bluefins are back, and they’re spoiling for a fight. Artificial reefs are your go-to for filling the cooler with bottom feeders. Inshore, Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Striped Bass are ready for the taking.

December

As is customary for wintertime, Redfish are holed up in the backcountry, making for some awesome sight casting trips. The Gulf Stream is the “ Bluefin Tuna Central,” with trophy catches in the cards. There’s no rest for passionate fishermen in North Carolina!

North Carolina Fishing Calendar

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If it's raining and windy, don't go. Even the people fishing from the pier caught very little.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it's raining and windy, don't go. Even the people fishing from the pier caught very little.
Thomas  G.
Thomas G. Conover, NC
Hire Captain Jeff with Island Saltwater Adventures. He caters to newbies and is extremely knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire Captain Jeff with Island Saltwater Adventures. He caters to newbies and is extremely knowledgeable.
Trey  H.
Trey H. Washington, District Of Columbia
Better get a guide. Shallow water. Lots of shoals. Poorly marked channels. Tough navigating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Better get a guide. Shallow water. Lots of shoals. Poorly marked channels. Tough navigating.
Karl  K.
Karl K. Roanoke, VA
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
Trust your Captain he knows were to find the fish , don't eat alot before you go on your charter, an have fun beautiful wild life
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust your Captain he knows were to find the fish , don't eat alot before you go on your charter, an have fun beautiful wild life
April  O.
April O. Bealeton, VA
Look up Captain Big Fish charters! Make sure to apply and reapply lots of sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up Captain Big Fish charters! Make sure to apply and reapply lots of sunscreen.
Amie  D.
Amie D. Unionville, TN
Driving from Emerald Isle to Sealevel puts you on fish faster rather than wasting time boating and fishing less time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Driving from Emerald Isle to Sealevel puts you on fish faster rather than wasting time boating and fishing less time.
Barry  B.
Barry B. Charlotte, NC
Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish are what you're going to catch in August. Atlantic Beach is a family friendly town with a laid-back feel. The men went fishing this morning while the women had a spa day. A small price to pay for a summer day on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish are what you're going to catch in August. Atlantic Beach is a family friendly town with a laid-back feel. The men went fishing this morning while the women had a spa day. A small price to pay for a summer day on the water.
Joseph  K.
Joseph K. Fredericksburg, VA
Talk to the captain prior and get some ideas about your trip. It's all about communication.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain prior and get some ideas about your trip. It's all about communication.
Victor  M.
Victor M. Kill Devil Hills, NC
Got a little more wet than I thought but it was a hot day so it worked out perfectly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Got a little more wet than I thought but it was a hot day so it worked out perfectly
Patrick  T.
Patrick T. Richmond, Virginia
Be prepared for a long day on the water. Pack snacks, sun block, and something to drink. Be patient. Fishing is an experience and will be fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a long day on the water. Pack snacks, sun block, and something to drink. Be patient. Fishing is an experience and will be fun.
Chris  E.
Chris E. Lansdowne, VA
Be ready for a good time. This marina has everything, included plenty of boats and captains that will catch whatever is in season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good time. This marina has everything, included plenty of boats and captains that will catch whatever is in season.
Tyler  M.
Tyler M. Washington, District Of Columbia
Get ready for some beautiful scenery as well as plenty of areas to search for multiple species. Very well maintained parking lot and boat ramp.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for some beautiful scenery as well as plenty of areas to search for multiple species. Very well maintained parking lot and boat ramp.
Jonathan  L.
Jonathan L. High Point, NC
Captain Kenny and Brandon his first mate really know their business. The Carrisma is a great boat to fish from and we had an awesome fishing trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Kenny and Brandon his first mate really know their business. The Carrisma is a great boat to fish from and we had an awesome fishing trip.
Mike  L.
Mike L. Lorton, VA
Just come and have fun, the fish will come. Also wear sunscreen because it’s hot hot!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come and have fun, the fish will come. Also wear sunscreen because it’s hot hot!!!
Robert  D.  J.
Robert D. J. Clayton, NC
Mid day trips get really hot in August so it's best to get out there early!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mid day trips get really hot in August so it's best to get out there early!
Tiffany  M.
Tiffany M. Lexington, KY
Manage expectations. Every trip is different- sometimes you catch, sometimes don’t.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manage expectations. Every trip is different- sometimes you catch, sometimes don’t.
Lendell  P.
Lendell P. Herndon, VA
Great area for the novice and experienced anglers. There is so many different types of fish to pursue.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great area for the novice and experienced anglers. There is so many different types of fish to pursue.
Mark  W.
Mark W. Moyock, North Carolina
Be prepared to see a lot of sea motion sickness! But crew is quick to clean up any mess. Crew request you to lean over and release the sickness over the water.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be prepared to see a lot of sea motion sickness! But crew is quick to clean up any mess. Crew request you to lean over and release the sickness over the water.
Cindy  L.
Cindy L. Asheboro, NC
Know your targets...different tactics for certain species...so ask and they will fish to your wants!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Know your targets...different tactics for certain species...so ask and they will fish to your wants!
Gary  M.
Gary M. Jacksonville, North Carolina

Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Captain Zane was awesome. Great trip. He put us on the fish in a big way! Great guy and you would be supporting a Veteran of the Armed Forces who sacrifice so much for all of us! Thanks Captain Zane!
DANIEL  K.
DANIEL K. Union, SC
Circle Bak Fishing
Circle Bak Fishing
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Cold and windy day, but we caught about 20 fish. Kids had a lot of fun.
John  G.
John G. Clayton, North Carolina
Lumina Fishing Charters
Lumina Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a great day with Captain Jesse. He’s very patient and personable. He knew the area well and let us try out different fishing techniques. We enjoyed the spacious boat and the day on the water - would definitely recommend!
Terri  C.
Terri C. White Plains, New York
Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Fantastic day on the water. Cord is a great captain with tons of knowledge and experience. I would recommend booking with Cord.
Jeff  A.
Jeff A. Naples, FL
South End Adventures
South End Adventures
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Taylor is a good dude, he knows where the fish are. Throw that on top of being a good person,. Can't ask for more. Taylor constantly gave us opportunities to catch fish. Fun Parr is... we caught them. Book a trip with this dude if you have the chance.
John  S.
John S. Yadkinville, NC
Ali Kat Sportfishing
Ali Kat Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Emerald Isle
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
My wife and kids thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our kids were inexperienced but Jason and Buddy helped them to have a successful trip. Jason did a great job finding the spots that fish were biting and was willing to move around when they weren’t. We went away feeling that they discerned our needs perfectly and exceeded our expectations for making it a perfect environment for our kids. A+
TJ  O.
TJ O. Palos Heights, IL
South End Adventures
South End Adventures
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
We had a great time with Captain Taylor. He knew where to find the fish and really enjoyed helping the kids have a great day of fishing and boating. We will readily recommend the company to our condo guests. Taylor filleted our catch and all in all made our day really special! Thanks again.
Bob  L.
Bob L. Oconomowoc, WI
Unreel Charters NC
Unreel Charters NC
Fishing charter in Hubert
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
This was the most amazing trip. Me and my husband had so much fun. Addison is a great, down to earth, awesome guy. I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Amanda  Q.
Amanda Q. Roy, UT
Dockside Fishing Charters
Dockside Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Ocean Isle Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
It was wonderful very wonderful and awesome experience highly recommend with this Captao
Jeanie  K.
Jeanie K. Salisbury, NC
Longer Days Sportfishing Charters
Longer Days Sportfishing Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
A big thanks to Capt Tom and Hunter for an amazing day on the water. With a mixed bag of experience, and ages and both Capt Tom, and first mate Hunter were awesome to work with throughout the day catching Black Fin Tuna (3 of which were citations), and Wahoo (93 lb citation monster). We can’t wait to come back for another trip with Longer Days! Thanks again Tom & Hunter! Jeff, Jody, Scott, CC, CD, & Indy.
Steven  C.
Steven C. Huntersville, NC
South End Adventures
South End Adventures
Fishing charter in Topsail Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
My family and I did a 1/2 day near shore trip with Capt. Taylor and though the water was a little choppy we were able to pick up some Spanish Mackerel and then bottom fish. He was able to keep us on fish all day and was very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this trip !
KURT  S.
KURT S. Spring City, PA
Blue Heron Guide Service
Blue Heron Guide Service
Fishing charter in Hampstead
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Great day in the water. It was cold but we forgot about the temp when the fish started biting. We caught trouts and blues from begging to end of the trip. We will do this trip again for sure.
Christopher  H.  I.
Christopher H. I. Hampstead, NC
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(171 reviews)
Could not have for better afternoon trip. Captain Mason makes a real enjoyable trip whether it's a half or full day trip this was my second or third trip planning to do another one before long. I highly recommend a trip with Mason
WILLIAM  M.
WILLIAM M. Biscoe, NC
Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters
Fishing charter in Hatteras
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(126 reviews)
Capitan and mate did everything they could to ensure we had a great day on the water. We all are going home with fish and great memories.
Brandon  M.
Brandon M. Henrico, VA
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(171 reviews)
Second trip with Mason. Ready for the third. Awesome experience had by all.
Paul  I.
Paul I. Wilmington, North Carolina
Captain Hook Outdoors
Captain Hook Outdoors
Fishing charter in Ocean Isle Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(124 reviews)
Got action early with trout and then steady reds all day. Huge flounder but we have to let them go, via regulations. Trip is a pleasant person to go fishing with. Shall do again when we get back there.
Derek  S.
Derek S. Charlotte, NC
Driftin’ Along Charters
Driftin’ Along Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
10/10 we will definitely book with TC again!!! We had an amazing, stress-free day on the water. He clearly knows his stuff and was happy to share tips n tricks to help us catch all the fish. Book a date, show up, and get on the boat. He literally takes care of everything else.
Crystal  D.
Crystal D. Castle Hayne, North Carolina
Salty Charters
Salty Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Good November day with Salty Charters. Boat and crew worked hard to get us on the fish and make sure we had a good time.
Brian  B.
Brian B. Jacksonville, FL
Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(103 reviews)
Great trip!! Captain Bryan put us on some speckled trout right out the gate. First fish caught within minutes of our first stop. Glad we didn't let bad weather from the day before stop us from hitting the water.
Ramon  S.
Ramon S. Houston, TX
Reelax Fishing Charters
Reelax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Atlantic Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(195 reviews)
We took a 4 hour trip, the crew made us feel at home and got us on some fish even in crappy conditions! Will definitely be back!
Ty  T.
Ty T. Hustisford, WI