North Carolina Deep Sea Fishing Charters

North Carolina Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top North Carolina Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in North Carolina

Deep Sea Fishing in North Carolina

Thanks to the Gulf Stream flowing along its coast, the Tar Heel State features a unique offshore playground, ideal for anyone looking to wrestle big fish. It’s an adrenaline-fueled fishery, tailored for anglers seeking to set new personal bests. To start your adventure, just hop on one of the numerous North Carolina deep sea fishing charters and you’ll be in for the experience of a lifetime.

This part of the East Coast is famous for its Tuna fishing. Legendary Bluefin make their way through the Gulf Stream each winter. During other times of the year, you can battle it out with bruiser Yellowfin Tuna, as well as their smaller relatives, Blackfin and the occasional Bigeye.

In addition to Tuna, you’ll also have a shot at catching Billfish if you visit North Carolina during summer. Blue and White Marlin, as well as speedy Sailfish start showing up around June, with July and August being the best months to go for them. Billfish are some of the fastest, toughest fighters in the ocean. Catching one poses a crowning deep sea fishing achievement.

Aside from the species mentioned so far, you’ll often target tasty Mahi Mahi and lightning-fast Wahoo. However, if it turns out that the pelagic bite is slow, there’s also the option to do some bottom fishing. Drop your bait to the bottom and you’ll see the likes of Amberjack, Tilefish, Snapper, and Grouper biting. Anglers with experience can also try deep dropping for the fierce Swordfish.

The Outer Banks, and Hatteras in particular, offer the quickest journey to the offshore fishing grounds. However, you can also start your trip from Beaufort, Morehead City, or Atlantic Beach. If you find yourself in the very south of North Carolina, Wilmington, Southport, and Carolina Beach are just some of the places where you can find deep sea fishing charters.

North Carolina
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,999 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in North Carolina

The fish are there, but have realistic expectations when you charter a trip. Nature is nature and fish are fish. Sometimes things are great and the fish do what is expected, sometimes they don’t. Enjoy the experience for what it is. There’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish are there, but have realistic expectations when you charter a trip. Nature is nature and fish are fish. Sometimes things are great and the fish do what is expected, sometimes they don’t. Enjoy the experience for what it is. There’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching.
Carolina Flats Fishing
Carolina Flats Fishing
Learn as much as you’re comfortable with beforehand, pay attention to your captain’s instructions. Watch carefully when he is demonstrating or if he is fishing and definitely ask questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Learn as much as you’re comfortable with beforehand, pay attention to your captain’s instructions. Watch carefully when he is demonstrating or if he is fishing and definitely ask questions.
Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters
If you’re fishing in Wilmington for the first time (like I just did), I highly recommend booking a trip on fishing booker! Definitely book with Carolina Charters (Captain Victor) cause he’s great with beginners!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re fishing in Wilmington for the first time (like I just did), I highly recommend booking a trip on fishing booker! Definitely book with Carolina Charters (Captain Victor) cause he’s great with beginners!
Carolina Charters
Carolina Charters
Sure would recommend fishing in the Atlantic, know what months your fish are biting and book a trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure would recommend fishing in the Atlantic, know what months your fish are biting and book a trip.
Fin Chaser Charters NC
Fin Chaser Charters NC
Expect to have a good time. Go in with an open mind and understanding that this is nature and the captain and crew can’t control the weather or the fish. Our crew did a great job in helping us catch fish and finding them. And explain what we were catching, what we were doing and way, and the how to optimize our time and enjoyment.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to have a good time. Go in with an open mind and understanding that this is nature and the captain and crew can’t control the weather or the fish. Our crew did a great job in helping us catch fish and finding them. And explain what we were catching, what we were doing and way, and the how to optimize our time and enjoyment.
Jill Louise Headboat – 50' Evans
Jill Louise Headboat – 50' Evans
The afternoons are offer breezy and made it tough to control your cast and your line. Otherwise it was a great trip and great time to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The afternoons are offer breezy and made it tough to control your cast and your line. Otherwise it was a great trip and great time to fish.
ReelFowl Charters
ReelFowl Charters
I would book a trip with Captain Cord he is very knowledgeable of the area and great to talk to while looking for fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would book a trip with Captain Cord he is very knowledgeable of the area and great to talk to while looking for fish.
Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Be ready to experience a working marina. These are the people you want to support!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to experience a working marina. These are the people you want to support!
Waymaker Charters - F.V. Revival (29' cc)
Waymaker Charters - F.V. Revival (29' cc)
The locals know the water. If you want fish, trust them to get you on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The locals know the water. If you want fish, trust them to get you on them.
JW Charters
JW Charters
Remind them that there is no head on many boats (not an issue for us, but I wonder how many people forget to ask). Even on cool days, LOTS of sunscreen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remind them that there is no head on many boats (not an issue for us, but I wonder how many people forget to ask). Even on cool days, LOTS of sunscreen.
Outer Banks Outdoors-East Way – 25' Parker
Outer Banks Outdoors-East Way – 25' Parker
Great for first timers! Morning trip was a nice 4 hour trip. We fished for 2 hours in the sun and then for an hour in shade. I don’t know if that was planned but it made the trip extremely comfortable! We didn’t have to reapply sun screen or need to drink a lot of extra water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great for first timers! Morning trip was a nice 4 hour trip. We fished for 2 hours in the sun and then for an hour in shade. I don’t know if that was planned but it made the trip extremely comfortable! We didn’t have to reapply sun screen or need to drink a lot of extra water.
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
Southern Tides Fishing Charters
I recommend live bait, and had success with that. Depending on the weather and water artificial bait may work better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend live bait, and had success with that. Depending on the weather and water artificial bait may work better.
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
We had a great time Captain Taylor and his first mate did a great job during the whole trip. We had our 2 boys and their cousin and first mate drew did a great job teaching them all about fishing. It was a great first trip for our family.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We had a great time Captain Taylor and his first mate did a great job during the whole trip. We had our 2 boys and their cousin and first mate drew did a great job teaching them all about fishing. It was a great first trip for our family.
South End Adventures
South End Adventures
If you don’t have polarized sun glasses, it is highly recommended to get some. Cuts the glare from the water and improves your visibility.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you don’t have polarized sun glasses, it is highly recommended to get some. Cuts the glare from the water and improves your visibility.
At Ease Charters Inc.
At Ease Charters Inc.
Great people in hatteras. Family friendly and easy to navigate. Traffic was good too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great people in hatteras. Family friendly and easy to navigate. Traffic was good too.
Island Time Charters
Island Time Charters
If your fishing from the surf, mullet and squid works the best for us. If your booking a charter, Captain Tyler with Carolina traditions will not only put you on the fish, but will show you a great time as well!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your fishing from the surf, mullet and squid works the best for us. If your booking a charter, Captain Tyler with Carolina traditions will not only put you on the fish, but will show you a great time as well!!
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charters
Carolina Traditions Fishing Charters
Bring a grill or have one at the rental. Hydrate extra day before and day of. Have a frozen bottle of water handy it helped keep my head from getting too hot. Wear comfortable footwear. Rashguard shirt to limit sun exposure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a grill or have one at the rental. Hydrate extra day before and day of. Have a frozen bottle of water handy it helped keep my head from getting too hot. Wear comfortable footwear. Rashguard shirt to limit sun exposure.
Carolina Beach Sportfishing
Carolina Beach Sportfishing
The ocean was really rough and two people out of our party of 9 did get sea sick despite taking Dramamine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The ocean was really rough and two people out of our party of 9 did get sea sick despite taking Dramamine.
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
I’d book the 6 hour trip due to the time it takes to get to the ocean from the dock…
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I’d book the 6 hour trip due to the time it takes to get to the ocean from the dock…
Backin’ Up Sportfishing Charters
Backin’ Up Sportfishing Charters
Only rating it this because when we got back to the docks, three other charters were coming in with 50 lbs of the fish we wanted to target.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Only rating it this because when we got back to the docks, three other charters were coming in with 50 lbs of the fish we wanted to target.
Seas The Day NC
Seas The Day NC

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