North Carolina Fishing Charters

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North Carolina: 430 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from US $275
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Cedar Point
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(36 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from US $425
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
Morehead City
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trips from US $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(223 reviews)
Wilmington
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Oriental
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trips from US $425
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(68 reviews)
Hampstead
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Wanchese
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trips from US $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
Carolina Beach
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trips from US $98

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 US $524, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,275 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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The top 3 fishing techniques in North Carolina are:

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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:

Who are the top awarded captains in North Carolina?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in North Carolina are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $338
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $420
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $470
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $608
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $716
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $916

Fishing in North Carolina

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in North Carolina

It is cold in January, but we are from Minnesota and if you dress correctly it's worth it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is cold in January, but we are from Minnesota and if you dress correctly it's worth it.
Fish 2 Film – Washington
Fish 2 Film – Washington
Check out Southern Tides can’t wait for summer, we have big plans with Captain Jacob and the Southern Tides crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out Southern Tides can’t wait for summer, we have big plans with Captain Jacob and the Southern Tides crew.
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
For this time of year wear layers and a sock hat, and gloves, bring some hand warmers for your pockets,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For this time of year wear layers and a sock hat, and gloves, bring some hand warmers for your pockets,
Sound-N-Sea Charters
Sound-N-Sea Charters
Good because we caught fish, would have liked to catch more, but we had fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good because we caught fish, would have liked to catch more, but we had fun
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
"What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Hatteras for the first time?" - The weather isn't always going to cooperate and give you a nice day. Talk to your captain ahead of time and they will tell you how to prepare yourself for when you are on the boat. They want you to be comfortable and have a great time, so listen to what they say.
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Bring warm clothing and rain gear during the winter months...even when it is supposed to be in the 60s.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring warm clothing and rain gear during the winter months...even when it is supposed to be in the 60s.
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
Reel Teal Charters – 22' Bull's Bay
I really wasn’t sure what to expect for it being early November but the weather was perfect and mid 70s.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I really wasn’t sure what to expect for it being early November but the weather was perfect and mid 70s.
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charters
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charters
I can't answer that it was my first time fishing this time of year and in the outer banks
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I can't answer that it was my first time fishing this time of year and in the outer banks
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Take the time and money to charter a guide who knows the area. You'll have a much better time and learn the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time and money to charter a guide who knows the area. You'll have a much better time and learn the area.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
It sounds like the odds are better in the early (spring/summer) season for most species. I think the chamber of commerce may slightly exaggerate fall fishing opportunities.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
It sounds like the odds are better in the early (spring/summer) season for most species. I think the chamber of commerce may slightly exaggerate fall fishing opportunities.
STOLAT Fishing Charters
STOLAT Fishing Charters
The marina in Wanchese has a large selection for fishing guides. The marina has an excellent restaurant that is actually quite reasonable in price for the quality of food served. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the local community and was very instructive in the techniques used to fish artificial baits.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The marina in Wanchese has a large selection for fishing guides. The marina has an excellent restaurant that is actually quite reasonable in price for the quality of food served. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the local community and was very instructive in the techniques used to fish artificial baits.
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Capt Mike was awesome and very patient with me. Been to many years to remember since I fished and he was very sweet and patient. I recommend people of all ages and fishing levels. He will do his best to get on the fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt Mike was awesome and very patient with me. Been to many years to remember since I fished and he was very sweet and patient. I recommend people of all ages and fishing levels. He will do his best to get on the fish
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing is fishing, not everyday is a winner. However, be patient, find a great captain, and he will find fish no matter how much travel time there is between spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is fishing, not everyday is a winner. However, be patient, find a great captain, and he will find fish no matter how much travel time there is between spots.
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Use fish witch 2 captain Nick and first mate I'm telling you it's worth every penny you pay these guys know where the fish is and you will not find any better people then these two guys they really go above and beyond they really do deliver
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use fish witch 2 captain Nick and first mate I'm telling you it's worth every penny you pay these guys know where the fish is and you will not find any better people then these two guys they really go above and beyond they really do deliver
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm and wear semi water proof gear. Have the fish cleaning service filet your catch. Bring extra coolers to take your catch home.
Finn Charters
Finn Charters
Be prepped for anything. There are so many species traveling the waters in October.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepped for anything. There are so many species traveling the waters in October.
Hawk Charters
Hawk Charters
Rain coat for possible weather changes, it's obx expect the unexpected and bring a smile !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rain coat for possible weather changes, it's obx expect the unexpected and bring a smile !
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
We didn’t find the reds today, but had too much fun with the mackerel, blues, and false albacore. Nice views of the marsh, Masonboro Island, Wrightsville Beach, porpoise pods, birds…. Lovely time. Excellent captain!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We didn’t find the reds today, but had too much fun with the mackerel, blues, and false albacore. Nice views of the marsh, Masonboro Island, Wrightsville Beach, porpoise pods, birds…. Lovely time. Excellent captain!
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Be ready to catch fish. We caught fish the whole time out on three different spots. It was a good day of fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to catch fish. We caught fish the whole time out on three different spots. It was a good day of fishing.
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
It's a great area for inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing and there's something to target all year long. If you are really specific on catching one certain species, I'd suggest contacting a charter captain to see when he suggest the best time of year to go out for them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a great area for inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing and there's something to target all year long. If you are really specific on catching one certain species, I'd suggest contacting a charter captain to see when he suggest the best time of year to go out for them.
Still Waters Charters
Still Waters Charters

How did anglers rate fishing charters in North Carolina?

Port City Inshore Guide Service
Port City Inshore Guide Service
Fishing charter in Carolina Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Caught my first east coast fish and plenty more with Bryan, overall great experience!
Caleb  F.
Caleb F.
Set'n Hooks Guide Service
Set'n Hooks Guide Service
Fishing charter in Mooresville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Captain Will was communicative, on time, and prepared. He had the right combination of knowledge, equipment, and tech to get us on. Capt. Will was also a solid guy to talk with during the trip.
Frederick  B.
Frederick B.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
We new it was going to be cold out there but it was a sunny day so my three boys and I took on the challenge we didn’t catch any fish the winds were strong we had a blast and Captain Rosso worked very hard to find a calm enough spot to fish “ that’s why it’s called fishing not catching”!!
David  B.
David B.
FinchasersUSA Charters
FinchasersUSA Charters
Fishing charter in Beaufort
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(36 reviews)
I’d recommend Captain Jack - he’s a good angler and a great guide. I’ll book with him again, my wife and I enjoyed him company !
Paul  S.
Paul S.
Speechless Sportfishing
Speechless Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(33 reviews)
We left at 4 a.m. and captain Ron, and 1st mate Trent put us on the fish the whole day. This was my retirement - bucket list trip for Tuna with the hope of catching a small fin but we landed and released a 110" 800 blue fin. We also caught alot of black and yellow fin tuna.
Norb  G.
Norb G. Durham, NC
Turtlehead Charters
Turtlehead Charters
Fishing charter in Mooresville
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(28 reviews)
Captain Frank was great fun to hang out with on the lake! Fish weren’t really biting be he went above and beyond for us to make sure we enjoyed the trip!
Ann  T.
Ann T.
Capt BC Sportfishing
Capt BC Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Nags Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Couldn’t have asked for a better fishing trip. Our group had an absolute blast. The perfect weather and top notch captain and mate made this an enjoyable trip for everyone. We can’t wait for our next trip out on the Captain BC!
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Even though no fish were caught , we thoroughly enjoyed the time on the water and the captain!
Amanda  S.
Amanda S.
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Rising Sun Fishing- Wrightsville
Fishing charter in Wilmington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Captain Pierre was awesome and our fishing trip was a great experience. We caught a lot of fish and will definitely be taking another trip!!
Holly  Z.
Holly Z.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Captain Mike did a great job!! He worked hard to get us on fish. We had an awesome time. He is full of wonderful stories. If we come back to OBX we will definitely fish with him again!!!
Jennifer  G.
Jennifer G.
Play Money Charters LLC
Play Money Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Swansboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Great Captain, awesome boat! Put us over fish all day and knows what to use to catch the fish. Great conversation and many fish stories were shared. Will use exclusively for any trip in this area from here forward.
Raymond  H.
Raymond H.
Delmar Charter Fishing
Delmar Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Sneads Ferry
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
This man can put you on fish. Even in the cold weather and winds! Thank you again!
Kaleb  C.
Kaleb C. Richlands, North Carolina
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(308 reviews)
Yeah, we did that. Terry is a great captain and even better fishing buddy. Thanks for an unforgettable day from two old geezer brothers!
Bill  N.
Bill N.
Water Bugz Fishing Guide
Water Bugz Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Mooresville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Caught 45 fish. Perch and spotted bass. Captain Jeff knew exactly where to find the fish. His enclosed boat kept us warm. Equipment was great and he had plenty of l live bait.
Michele  H.
Michele H.
Fish 2 Film – Washington
Fish 2 Film – Washington
Fishing charter in Washington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We had a great experience. I brought my boys (7 and 8 y/o and they had a lot of fun. We caught specks and redfish. Kyle was really helpful and patient with the boys and always let them reel in the fish.
Mikkel  H.
Mikkel H.
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Cedar Point
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
This was our first charter and it was amazing. We got hooked on a couple different species such as blues, spotted trout, and black drum. The fish tacos from the keepers were amazing. Jacob and Garrett were very knowledgeable and fun to be around. I would 100% recommend this charter to anyone and we definitely hope to go back on a charter with them again!
Ethan  S.
Ethan S.
Willy C Charters
Willy C Charters
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Went out in late December. Cold, stayed near shoreline moved around regularly looking for fish. Did what we could with the weather we were given. Caught a fish few bites. Good time with the family and friends.
Xavier  P.
Xavier P.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Wanchese
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Great trip, The captain was good company and very knowledgeable. The area he chose had amazing views and big fish!! We will be back!
Karan  W.
Karan W.
Fishers Of Men Guide Service
Fishers Of Men Guide Service
Fishing charter in Mooresville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(177 reviews)
The captain was awesome and even though tough day fishing he moved to several spots, tried several things to get us into fish. We finally caught some at the end and he was in no rush to leave. Great time highly recommend.
Charles  A.
Charles A.
Blue Chip Sportfishing
Blue Chip Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Manteo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Capt and first mate great guys . Worked hard to make trip great. Boat and gear was clean , up to date and well maintained.
William  P.
William P.

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