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Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (78)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $350

Leverdrag Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (121)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $400

Dialed In Fishing Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (17)
Surf City
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trips from $400

Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters

4.8 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (84)
Calabash
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trips from $300

OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (130)
Manteo
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trips from $425

Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (99)
Manns Harbor
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trips from $300

Spartina Guide Service LLC

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (39)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $400

Reel Time Charters

4.9 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (44)
Atlantic Beach
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trips from $500

Rising Sun Fishing

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (18)
Wrightsville Beach
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trips from $300

Port City Inshore Charters

5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent (39)
Carolina Beach
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trips from $350

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
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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!

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Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plan for any kind of weather! We had beautiful sun and 65* but were prepared for cold weather too.
Barbara  R.
Barbara R. Monroe, NC
Yes we would go on Fillet and Release boat every time we come to the beach.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Yes we would go on Fillet and Release boat every time we come to the beach.
Harold  B.
Harold B. Lewisberry, PA
Take snacks and water. Only fish with the locals recommended because they are experienced and know where the fish are. If its early take a light wind breaker because it is a bit chilly in the morning.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take snacks and water. Only fish with the locals recommended because they are experienced and know where the fish are. If its early take a light wind breaker because it is a bit chilly in the morning.
Edson  V.
Edson V. Gering, NE
We were hoping to catch a bit more fish, but the weather was maybe a bit too perfect with no current whatsoever. Still able to bring in speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, red drum and had a couple of blues get away.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We were hoping to catch a bit more fish, but the weather was maybe a bit too perfect with no current whatsoever. Still able to bring in speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, red drum and had a couple of blues get away.
Mark  M.
Mark M. Mechanicsville, Virginia
Big game fish are 40 miles out so plan an all day charter. Inshore fishing is fast and furious and fish are smaller. Fun nonetheless!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Big game fish are 40 miles out so plan an all day charter. Inshore fishing is fast and furious and fish are smaller. Fun nonetheless!
Jay  A.
Jay A. Mineral, VA
Manage your expectations about the fish - we didn't catch anything larger than about 12 lbs. That said, we had a great time on the water and our family loved the experience.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Manage your expectations about the fish - we didn't catch anything larger than about 12 lbs. That said, we had a great time on the water and our family loved the experience.
Nathan  P.
Nathan P. Fredericksburg, VA
Just remember that it is what it is when fishing. Great weather doesn't always present fish. That's why they call it fishing and not "catching!"
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just remember that it is what it is when fishing. Great weather doesn't always present fish. That's why they call it fishing and not "catching!"
Roger  H.
Roger H. Denver, NC
Research what fish are running at the time of your trip and make sure that's what you want to catch.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Research what fish are running at the time of your trip and make sure that's what you want to catch.
Michael  E.
Michael E. Kannapolis, NC
Expect darker waters than usual. Even on the the most beautiful of sunrises the water isn't blue....but nice and calm for great fishing.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Expect darker waters than usual. Even on the the most beautiful of sunrises the water isn't blue....but nice and calm for great fishing.
Barb  R.
Barb R. United States
Ask the captian if what you are targeting is biting, if it is not ask him/her what is. In any case the scenary will be great.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Ask the captian if what you are targeting is biting, if it is not ask him/her what is. In any case the scenary will be great.
Warren  J.
Warren J. Washington, DC
Make sure you communicate your experience level to uour your guide. Definitely invest in a charter.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Make sure you communicate your experience level to uour your guide. Definitely invest in a charter.
Diana  K.
Diana K. Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
If you are a serious fisher I would not recommend this time of the year. I would wait until May or November time frame when there is a greater vary of fish,
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you are a serious fisher I would not recommend this time of the year. I would wait until May or November time frame when there is a greater vary of fish,
Dennis  S.
Dennis S. Fredericksburg, VA
Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.
James  M.
James M. Manteo, North Carolina
Ribbon fish are predators and scare other fish away…but great eating so that is a bonus.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Ribbon fish are predators and scare other fish away…but great eating so that is a bonus.
Pete  M.
Pete M. Rocky Point, NY
Do a trip with captain Eric on the offshore outlaw it's well worth it awesome guy.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Do a trip with captain Eric on the offshore outlaw it's well worth it awesome guy.
Patrick  C.
Patrick C. Akron, OH
Get ready to catch a bunch of fish. My shoulder was sore by the end of the trip.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get ready to catch a bunch of fish. My shoulder was sore by the end of the trip.
Eric  G.
Eric G. Allenton, MI
Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Rockville, MD
Charter Fish Topsail as Captain Orr and Brett provided all the tackle and bait.
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Charter Fish Topsail as Captain Orr and Brett provided all the tackle and bait.
Kenneth  M.
Kenneth M. Plymouth, MI
Read the reviews of the many different charters before you select schedule a trip.
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Read the reviews of the many different charters before you select schedule a trip.
Chuck  M.
Chuck M. Moyock, North Carolina
The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!
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The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!
Matthew  M.
Matthew M. LUTHVLE TIMON, MD

Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Fishing charter in Calabash
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
Great experience all around . Very welcoming and great communication before during and after fishing. Great teacher and the best charter i have ever experienced. Provided everything all we had to do was show up
Asam  A.  O.
Asam A. O. United States
Streamline Charters
Streamline Charters
Fishing charter in Wilmington
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 37 reviews
Caught a lot of fish and had a great time. The Captin was great and knew exactly where to put us on the fish.
Michael  W.
Michael W. Oak Point, TX
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 197 reviews
Captain Dave and crew Cris were awesome kept us on the fish all trip. Overall accommodating, flexible and customer focused, highly recommend
Jerry  R.
Jerry R. Spring Lake, NC
Breakday Charters – 30' Ragtime
Breakday Charters – 30' Ragtime
Fishing charter in Atlantic Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 115 reviews
I took three of my sons out for a 3/4 day fishing excursion and a great time was had by all. There were several times when fish were flopping around in the bottom of the boat because we were pulling them in faster than we could even walk them to the cooler. Looking forward to going out for another trip when the weather is warmer.
Stephen  L.
Stephen L. Chapel Hill, NC
Fishers Of Men Guide Service
Fishers Of Men Guide Service
Fishing charter in Mooresville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 96 reviews
We had a great time on the water with Captain Justin and caught enough fish for a fish fry for the entire family.
James  M.
James M. Charlotte, North Carolina
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
Josh had a good plan and worked hard to find fish all day. Equipment was top notch. We did not catch many but he gave some extra time and we found them late but we just missed our chance to bring in a nice one or two. Overall he gave us tips to improve our fishing. Enjoyed our time with him.
Don  J.
Don J. Raleigh, NC
Cape Lookout Charters
Cape Lookout Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 12 reviews
Captain Dave was a great teacher for both me and my daughter. We had a wonderful time and brought home some dinner too.
Harris  P.
Harris P. Washington, DC
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
This half day fishing trip was more that what we anticipated! Mason was so cordial and knowledgeable, always smiling, great attitude. He kept us moving to different spots until we got 3 speckled touts, he even cleaned and fillet them. The boat was super comfy for our party of 5 + a dog! It was our second fishing experience and we will love to go back. I definitely recommend Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charter and Captain Mason. Thank you Mason!
Keyla  S.
Keyla S. Charlotte, NC
Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 64 reviews
I visited my son and his family at their home in ft bragg. Last minute, we decided to book this trip. It was awesome! We all had an amazing time. Captain Carl knows where to find the fish! Thanks so much!
Hollyanne  F.
Hollyanne F. Shelbyville, Indiana
Cap’s Fishing Charters
Cap’s Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Bern
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
We had a great day catching speckled trout, a striper and a small flounder. Captain Joe was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended.
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Philadelphia, PA
Rising Sun Fishing
Rising Sun Fishing
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 18 reviews
Will not find a more enthusiastic or harder working captain. Fish was super hard that day but still managed to demolish my black drum pb. Some days the weather and pressure doesn’t cooperate and this was one of those but Captain Pierre took us to just about every inshore habitat with multiple live and artificial bait presentations. If you’re looking to get on fish, no possibility will be spared. Can’t wait for the next trip.
Zane  R.
Zane R. Florence, KY
Breakwater Charters
Breakwater Charters
Fishing charter in Morehead City
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 54 reviews
Excellent trip, very accommodating. We took our two kids for their first fishing experience and they loved it. Crew was awesome and made sure the kids were having fun the whole time. If we ever get back in the area I would not hesitate to book with them again. 5 stars all the way.
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Mount Prospect, IL
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Fishing charter in Calabash
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
We had a great trip with Captain Shad! He was extremely knowledgeable and excellent with my kids. I would absolutely book another charter with him.
Ani  C.
Ani C. Fayetteville, North Carolina
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Holden Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 143 reviews
Had a great time! Left from Inlet View and fished the river. After that we fished the intercostal by the bridge to Ocean Isle Beach.
Michelle  N.
Michelle N. Supply, North Carolina
Reelax Fishing Charters
Reelax Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Atlantic Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 163 reviews
We had a great time fishing (no catching) and enjoyed seeing porpoise and all the rest of the great outdoors. Captain Corbett was very accommodating and friendly, he made it a very enjoyable fishing tour.
James  H.
James H. Blaine, MN
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 40 reviews
We had a great trip today with Joshua. His boat and equipment were in excellent condition and were perfect for chasing red drum in the shallow water. Joshua got us onto a lot of fish and we we caught some including a beautiful 26” red drum.
David  O.
David O. Leland, NC
Shine Eye Girl Charters
Shine Eye Girl Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 6 reviews
Had a great day captain and mate we're great guys and kept us on fish all day
Kippy  K.
Kippy K. Hampton, VA
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Fishing charter in Calabash
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 84 reviews
Captain Shad was knowledgeable and stuck with us to show us a wonderful time out on the water!
Nick  C.
Nick C. Nashville, Tennessee
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 79 reviews
Fun trip, Captain Mason was very knowledgeable, and personable. Tough conditions, but we still caught fish, and had a blast!
Brett  T.
Brett T. Morris, IL
Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish
Fishing charter in Wrightsville Beach
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 187 reviews
We had a great time fishing with Captain Big Fish and his first mate Matt,they treated us like family and made our trip everything we wanted it to be and more! These guys are awesome,10/10 recommend!!!
Shane  S.
Shane S. Haviland, OH

FAQs about Fishing Charters in North Carolina

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in North Carolina costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $509, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,124. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in North Carolina is 31 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters, Leverdrag Charters, and Dialed In Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in North Carolina. Full list of top fishing charters in North Carolina.

Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters, Leverdrag Charters, and Dialed In Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in North Carolina.

The best way to experience fishing in North Carolina is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in North Carolina.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in North Carolina.