Outer Banks Redfish Fishing Charters

Outer Banks Redfish Fishing Charters

Top Outer Banks Redfish Fishing Destinations

Best Redfish Fishing Charters in Outer Banks

Outer Banks: 88 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(47 reviews)
Manteo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $495
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Hatteras
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(53 reviews)
Nags Head
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $275
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(70 reviews)
Manteo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $500

Redfish Fishing in Outer Banks

Redfish
  • Size 3 to 12lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats, Backcountry

(Sciaenops ocellatus)

The 200-mile long barrier of islands that make up the Outer Banks is an angler’s paradise. Close to the deep seas and protecting the sounds from the choppy water, the fishing is as diverse as you could want. But there’s one fish that stands apart from the rest – Red Drum. Ten of the world’s 16 record catches of Redfish have come from North Carolina, with the biggest coming out of Hatteras in the OBX. Step aboard an Outer Banks Red Drum fishing charter and try to etch your name into the history books!

What to Expect

One of the most popular inshore fish in the US, Red Drum will give you a battle to remember. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for beginners to enjoy here. The calm waters of the Pamlico, Currituck, Croatan, and Albermarle Sounds are the perfect place to learn to fish. With the help of a seasoned captain, you’ll have all the support you need to land your first catch.
 
Trips can last anywhere from four to eight hours, so the more experienced among you can spend a full day battling it out with some monster fish. And believe us, they get big! You may not match the world record 94 lb Red Drum caught in 1983, but you’re sure to come across some weighing between 30 and 50 pounds. 
 
You’ll step aboard anything from a small center console to an offshore sportfishing machine. Charters usually cater to groups between four and six, and you’ll have plenty of space to steady yourself as you struggle to reel one in. 
 
Using live bait on light tackle, you’ll bottom fish or drift fish these shallow waters, trying to attract the beautiful Drum from the sea bed. Head out in spring or fall for the best results, and try to fill the boat.

How to Prepare

All Outer Banks captains provide everything you need for a productive day out. With your fishing licenses covered, they’ll also set you up with rods, reels, and live bait. Check with your captain that you’ll be fishing inshore, not offshore, and away you’ll go. 
 
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks aboard to stay refreshed, but make sure not to fill up too much. Save your appetite and make the most of your tasty catch when you get home. Get ready for a productive day aboard an Outer Banks Red Drum fishing charter. North Carolina’s official saltwater fish is calling your name! 

Outer Banks Redfish Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Redfish fishing in Outer Banks varies slightly throughout the year. High season is February, April to May and September to October. Low season is January, March, June to August and November to December. There is no closed season.
Outer Banks
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,278 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Redfish Fishing in Outer Banks

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
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
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
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
The wind and weather can effect the fishing this time of year but when its good its really good
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The wind and weather can effect the fishing this time of year but when its good its really good
Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters
kids are fine. bring warm clothing. if you don't bring food, the captain has some on board that you can purchase.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
kids are fine. bring warm clothing. if you don't bring food, the captain has some on board that you can purchase.
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
Crystal Dawn Fishing and Cruises
The weather is the determining factor. But if you can get out there is some really good fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather is the determining factor. But if you can get out there is some really good fishing.
Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open and flexible if things don't go as planned. And don't get discouraged if the bite isn't as good as was hoped for. Being on the water on a beautiful day is the cake and catching fish is the icing.
Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters
Go to Jack Hatters tackle shop and have them rig you up with what’s working at the moment.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Go to Jack Hatters tackle shop and have them rig you up with what’s working at the moment.
Reel Em In Charters
Reel Em In Charters Hatteras, North Carolina
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend you try a little of every thing. Inshore fishing was great and offshore was great!
His Fin Charter
His Fin Charter Raven, VA
fishing on a boat your best bet but for fishing has lots of fun bites. used artificial cut bait
Excellent
5.0 / 5
fishing on a boat your best bet but for fishing has lots of fun bites. used artificial cut bait
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters Lake Frederick, VA
This was the first time fishing in the ocean - it was a calm day and we caught enough fish for many meals. Sound fishing in the past was excellent as well - but we were very satisfied being on the ocean side of the OBX.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was the first time fishing in the ocean - it was a calm day and we caught enough fish for many meals. Sound fishing in the past was excellent as well - but we were very satisfied being on the ocean side of the OBX.
Poacher  Sportfishing Charters
Poacher Sportfishing Charters
Have realistic expectations. Somedays the fishing is amazing and others you’re lucky to get a bite. I highly suggest having and experienced local as your guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have realistic expectations. Somedays the fishing is amazing and others you’re lucky to get a bite. I highly suggest having and experienced local as your guide.
Riptide Charters
Riptide Charters
The best time to fish Manteo is April May and June. You might need to dodge high winds and hurricanes after July through November. Good news though, Manteo has inshore opportunities in the sound for anglers who love to bring home tasty catches. Speckled Trout and Red Drum are GREAT eating fish. So are sheepshead and Striped Bass.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The best time to fish Manteo is April May and June. You might need to dodge high winds and hurricanes after July through November. Good news though, Manteo has inshore opportunities in the sound for anglers who love to bring home tasty catches. Speckled Trout and Red Drum are GREAT eating fish. So are sheepshead and Striped Bass.
Chasin' Tyde Charters
Chasin' Tyde Charters Crossville, TN
Be prepared to get wet and wear swimwear and bring a camera to capture the experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to get wet and wear swimwear and bring a camera to capture the experience
Poorridge Fishing Charters
Poorridge Fishing Charters

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