What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Wanchese, North Carolina for the first time?

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Spencer Reynolds
Gilbertsville, PA
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Went fishing with Half-Fast Sportfishing on July 12, 2021
We had some younger children with us and weren't sure how they would handle being on a boat for the first time so we decided on a near-shore, 4-hour trip. If it was just my buddy and I without kids we could have went out further for something a little bigger. The only species in-shore hitting were these ribbon fish which are slow trolled for. The kids caught fish and had a blast so our goal was accomplished. Maybe next year we can go out further for some tuna or mahi mahi, etc. But the boat, the captain and the mate were top notch and very friendly. Great 4-hour trip!

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Jeremy Halford
Hudson, OH
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Went fishing with Carrisma Sportfishing on June 23, 2020
If you are staying in Duck or Corolla plan on at least 55-75 minutes commute in the morning as it is a long way to Wanchese and speed limits are typically 35-45mph. The marina in Wanchese is pretty small but has a restaurant that is open early for coffee or breakfast sandwiches before you go - also has a full menu and beer when you return (or you can buy beer to bring on the boat if you have an afternoon trip). The same building has a public restroom in it. The first mate won't clean the fish for you like in other places I have been but there is a little shop on the grounds that does it for you when you return. For inshore trips cost was $0.50 of caught weight (ie. total weight of the fish, not just the fillets), this drops to $0.45 per pound for offshore trips. Everyone is super friendly and helpful.

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Mark Mahan
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Went fishing with Reel Thang Charters OBX on October 2, 2021
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.

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Rob Doney
Berkeley Heights, NJ
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Went fishing with Hitman Sportfishing on August 24, 2021
Make sure you tell the captain what it is exactly you want to catch and they will get you there. No sense in wasting time angling for something you aren't set out for. They know where all of the hot spots are.

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Bruce Walsh
Manassas, VA
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Went fishing with Riptide Charters on July 5, 2021
It would be a mistake to overlook this experience. The pricing is better than expected, and The experience of a lifetime could be passed up. This Captain covers all angles and very prepared for the unforeseen.

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Thomas Daley
Framingham, MA
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Went fishing with Hitman Sportfishing on June 25, 2019
It was good in the early morning but as the day get to noon time it will get hot and there is no relief while fishing. The earlier you can get out the better it will be heat wise. The inshore fishing is for Mackeral and King fish. I thought the fish might taste strong but it cooked up great with some seasoning and EVOO. The King fish was given a big thumbs up from Grandma as this was our first time eating it.

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Peter Digiovanni
Brooklyn, New York
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Went fishing with Half-Fast Sportfishing on June 15, 2019
Determine the type of fish you would like to fish for and plan accordingly. We went inshore or near shore fishing when we should have been deep sea fishing because our intended target fish was for mahi-mahi and Cobia but since we went inshore fishing we ended up catching Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Communicate with your captain through this website and you won't run into the same problems we did. It was last-minute excitement that had us booking without doing research. The Captain Crew in boat where everything we expected, the trip itself was great!!

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Chris Hines
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Went fishing 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.

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Matthew Mccall
Lancaster, NY
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Went fishing with Carrisma Sportfishing on August 24, 2020
If you're fishing OBX in Late summer, go for at LEAST a 6 hour charter... 4 hour charters troll for ribbon fish, which aren't all that exciting. A trip to the gulf stream for Mahi, Sails, or Marlin is WAY more fun.

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Chris Kerr
Annapolis, MD
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Went fishing with **Cutawhiskie Charters** #1 on July 16, 2019
Sun block. Plenty of food and drinks. A good attitude. Also understand that sometimes the conditions are not good for the fish you are after, and listen/consider the Captain's recommendations. Sometimes it works out better.

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David Young
Barton, VT
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Went fishing with Carolina Girl Sportfishing OBX on May 8, 2019
The fishing is good in May, the day before my trip the charter boats caught plenty of tuna, a lot can change in 24hrs so my trip produced very few fish, it was just one of those days with little action.

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Jay Anderson
Mineral, VA
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Went fishing with Provider Sportfishing on September 29, 2021
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!

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Scott Lansing
Rockville, MD
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Went fishing with Half-Fast Sportfishing on July 28, 2021
Plenty of charter options. Tiki bar was great. Filet guys were fast. Ships store was great. Friendly folks all around.

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Taylor Anne Knueven
Clarksville, TN
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Went fishing with No Sweat Sportsfishing on July 13, 2021
Relax! It’s fun even if you’re not hauling in as many as you think you are, and be prepared to use a lot of arm strength to reel in even small fish! Ha!

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Jessica Chester
Cleveland, OH
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Went fishing with **Cutawhiskie Charters** #1 on June 29, 2021
The ocean was very rough and when trolling we didn't even get a bite, we ended up going into the sound and individual fishing more where we did catch some but would suggest to do the all day trip.

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John Kovacs
Newberne, WV
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Went fishing with Riptide Charters on June 22, 2021
Make sure you get the trip you’re paying for. If there’s inclement weather make sure you don’t end up on a trip that has no chance for success

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Donna Moran-Darcey
Ocean View, DE
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Went fishing with Duck Hunter – 28' on June 24, 2021
Read different reviews and email different charters. My fishing charter with Duckhunter - 28 was excellent and Captain Hunter responded to mu texts/email very quickly.

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Stephen Doarnberger
Millers, MD
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Went fishing with Hallie M Charters on September 1, 2021
I've booked both a shrimping and a fishing charter via the internet and both turned out great.

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James McGlynn
Manteo, North Carolina
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Went fishing with Carolina Style Sportfishing on August 27, 2021
Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Fish are biting so expect to be out in the sun.

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Craig Rogge
Olathe, Kansas
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Went fishing with Carrisma Sportfishing on July 19, 2021
Be specific with Captain about how many of the fish you catch, you intend to keep.

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Matthew Meyer
LUTHVLE TIMON, MD
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Went fishing with Half-Fast Sportfishing on July 17, 2021
The tiki bar after fishing was great, the guy cleaning the fish was very, very good!

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Charles Traylor
Moneta, Virginia
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Went fishing with Riptide Charters on May 11, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Randy and caught 50- 60 fish in three hours time. I would recommend fishing in Wanchese.

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Adam Natale
Manteo, NC
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Went fishing with Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure on August 6, 2020
Could rain or storm at any time be ready for that. However good times with good people out of watches pier

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Mike Edlin
Mount Sterling, IL
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Went fishing with Phideaux Fishing on May 24, 2020
Get there early so you can find the boat the day before. Call your captain and get any last minute instructions.

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Jack Tolbert
Moneta, VA
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Went fishing with Outer Banks Outdoors on September 2, 2019
I prefer to book 1/2 or 3/4 day trips. No one's gets overly tired and I get to learn from different captains.

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Stephen Mohl
Claymont, DE
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Went fishing with Carolina Girl Sportfishing OBX on June 20, 2019
Good marina with all the amenities you would need in terms of ice, store, bar, parking and fish cleaning. We did an in-shore charter and got a good number of blues and Spanish Mackerel.

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Stacy Pauley
Franklin, VA
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Went fishing with Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure on May 31, 2019
Going out of Wanchese is far better than I expected and everyone at the Wanchese marina are so professional and friendly!

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Mike Edlin
Fayetteville, NC
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Went fishing with Carolina Flare Sportfishing on May 19, 2019
Go with an experienced captain who knows the waters and has the proper equipment to handle whichever species you are looking for.

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Dave Snyder
Manheim, PA
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Went fishing with Kahuna Fishing Charters LLC on May 10, 2019
Watch the weather closely and take the advise of the captain on the timing. I would recommend that you have some flexibility in your schedule to make the trip all you want it to be.

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Billy Laster
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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Went fishing with Half-Fast Sportfishing on April 27, 2019
The captain had to work hard to get us tuna. The end of April is still a little too early when NC had several heavy rain storms.