North Carolina Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in North Carolina

Top Offshore Fishing Charters in North Carolina

Offshore Fishing in North Carolina

With over 12,000 miles of estuarine shoreline, North Carolina is an angler’s heaven. It boasts quick access to bays, sounds, and the deep waters, as the Gulf Stream passes by. Come offshore fishing in North Carolina and discover some of the East Coast’s best deep water fishing grounds, with some of the world’s most prized creatures passing by throughout the year. 

Where to Go

The Outer Banks

There’s no better place to begin your offshore excursion than the OBX. From Duck in the north to Hatteras in the south, via Roanoke Island and the Oregon Inlet, you’re never far from deep waters. Not only are you just a stone’s throw from the Gulf Stream, but fishing is also a way of life along the barrier islands, meaning you’ll have the help of a captain who’s been on the water their whole life. 

The Crystal Coast

Further south, the Crystal Coast also boasts plenty of opportunities to go offshore fishing in North Carolina. Head beyond the bays and sounds to the rich waters offshore, and you’ll be in for a treat. Plenty of charters attempt the long run out of Morehead City, Beaufort, and Atlantic Beach, with the islands just out of Wilmington offering the quickest dash to the offshore fishing grounds. 

When to Go

In summer, the calmer waters provide for a smoother ride to sea. Not only that, but Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Marlin will also offer plenty of entertainment out in the Gulf Stream. A trip in winter may provide the best rewards, though, as Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna make their way past, giving you the chance to land a trophy catch and a delicious treat at the same time.

What to Expect

In order to cut across the choppy waters of the Atlantic, you’ll need a powerful offshore sportfishing boat. These machines come fitted with everything you need for a smooth ride to sea, as well as enough to keep you comfortable for a long day on the water. 
You’ll usually need at least 10 hours on the water to give yourself enough time to reach the offshore fishing grounds and fish, with many captains preferring a 12-hour trip to maximize your fishing time. Avid anglers will love the multi-day trips on offer, giving you the chance to focus on fishing away from all of life’s distractions for as long as you want.
One thing’s for sure, offshore fishing in North Carolina is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Not only will you need at least a full day on the water, but you’ll also go up against some of the ocean’s biggest creatures. You should have some experience with a rod and reel before coming aboard, ready to test your strength to fill the boat. 

How to Prepare

Your fishing license is covered by your offshore fishing charter, so that’s one thing less to worry about. In fact, you won’t have much to do before coming aboard at all, with charter captains ensuring everything you need for a productive day. Just bring some drinks and snacks, dress appropriately, and away you go. 
“The Tar Heel State” offers some of the best offshore fishing in the country, so why not make it your next destination for a fishing trip? Come and put your skills to the test in true style!
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Reviews of Fishing in Offshore Fishing in North Carolina

October fishing trip
Paul H. fished with Reel Thang OBX on October 17, 2020
Bring a long sleeve shirt or light jacket.
Full Day deep sea with Cap'n Tyler and 1st mate George.
Frederick W. fished with Sea Dream Offshore Charters on October 1, 2020
Load up & get there. The fish are hungry.
09/30/2020 Half Day Trip with Hitman Sportfishing
Chris H. fished with Hitman Sportfishing on September 30, 2020
Research what you want to fish for, and try to talk to the Boat Captain before going out. Captain Byrd of Hitman Sportfishing took time to listen to the kids, and after finding out my son dreamed of catching a shark, Hitman Sportfishing made it happen.
6hr trip
Johanna F. fished with Hitman Sportfishing on September 30, 2020
I would recommend it but know that the fish that most are wanting to catch may be difficult
Fishing with Monty
Bobby B. fished with Captain Big Fish on September 26, 2020
Give it a shot its up to the fish if they bite but they are there.
Full Day with Jeremy and Watson
Debbie H. fished with Backin’ Up Sportfishing Charters on September 25, 2020
Weather was great for us, we had great weather. The fishing is great.
Half day trip with Capt. Barry Sweitzer and First Mate on Hallie M. Charter
Joseph C. fished with Hallie M Charters on September 23, 2020
Recommend to be ready for a great day and catch!!!!!
2 Hour Trip
Dima P. fished with Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp on September 16, 2020
It's small and a bit hard to find as my navigation app took us to the wrong place. But it's easy to get in and out.

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