Outer Banks Charter Fishing

Outer Banks Charter Fishing

Outer Banks charter fishing is the big-time offshore fishing this area is known for. Outer Banks charter fishing means heading out to sea to the Gulf Stream, where giant species of fish like billfish, tuna and dolphin lurk. Outer Banks charter fishing boats are big business, and they command between $1,500 to $1,700 a day plus a tip for the mate. However, the boats can take up to six anglers per trip, so if you divide the cost among six people it doesn’t seem so outrageous.

Because the journey to the Gulf Stream is an hour or more, offshore charters last a full day, starting at around 5 a.m. All you need to bring is food, drinks, sunscreen and seasickness remedies; the captain and mate supply everything else and offer any instruction you need. You can book an offshore charter through one of the local marinas (see the list below). Outer Banks charter fishing boats are located close to the inlets for easy access to the ocean; since there are no inlets on the northern Outer Banks there are no Outer Banks charter fishing boats there either. Fish-cleaning services are offered at each marina.

Outer Banks Charter Fishing — Inshore Guides

If you really want to increase your odds of catching a fish, it pays to hire a guide. These are people who are out on the water every day, and they know where the fish are and how to catch them. Inshore guides typically fish in the sounds, inlets or near-shore waters and offer light-tackle or fly fishing trips. They’ll take you out for a half-day or a full day. You can find an inshore guide through a tackle shop or a marina. If you’re new to Outer Banks charter fishing, tell that to the booking agent and they’ll recommend a guide who is skilled at instructing new anglers.

Outer Banks Charter Fishing — Headboat Fishing

Outer Banks Charter Fishing - Blue MarlinThis is a great way to fish if you’re new to Outer Banks charter fishing, if you don’t have all the tackle you need or if you just want an easy day on the water. Outer Banks fishing head boats are large boats that take out a lot of people at once, and they provide all the bait and tackle, plus a helpful mate. Head boats take passengers on bottom-fishing trips either in the sound or in the near-shore ocean waters and wrecks. Head boats are great for kids because there are restrooms and snacks onboard, and they offer half-day trips. Look for the Outer Banks fishing head boats in the list of boats below.

Outer Banks Fishing Marinas

Northern

OBX Marina
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Pirates Cove Marina
Shallowbag Bay Club Marina
Thicket Lump Marina
Wanchese Marina

Hatteras

Albatross Fleet Marina
Hatteras Harbor Marina
Hatteras Landing Marina
Oden's Dock
Teach's Lair Marina
Village Marina

Ocracoke

Anchorage Marina




 

 

Albatross Fleet Marina at Foster's Quay

57976 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 986-2515
Albatross Fleet Marina at Foster's Quay

Albatross Fleet

Albatross Fleet Marina at Foster's Quay
57976 N.C. Highway 12, Foster's Quay, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2515

The Albatross Fleet, based at Foster’s Quay, is legendary in Hatteras Village. The Foster family were pioneers of charter fishing on the Carolina coast, and their Outer Banks charter fishing business has been in operation for more than 75 years! The three boats are distinctive, round-sterned vessels that were built specifically for fishing the local waters. Capt. Ernie Foster, who has fished every season for the... read more

Hatteras Harbor Marina

58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2166
(800) 676-4939
Hatteras Harbor Marina

Big Eye Charters

Hatteras Harbor Marina
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 216-6890

Head out to catch the big ones on the Big Eye. You're in for an adventure! Captain Donnie Smith has been running this boat since 1989, so he brings years of experience in finding fish and making your day on the water both safe and fun. When you head out from their marina, Hatteras Harbor, you're closer to the Gulf Stream than from any other... read more

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters

Hatteras Harbor Marina
(252) 995-3035

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters offers full-day offshore charters on a 51-foot Carolina Sportfisherman that was built locally in Manteo, NC. The boat is equipped with turbo diesel power and is fast to get you to your chosen fishing grounds quickly, and that means more fishing time for you! The Bite Me is heated and air conditioned for your comfort along the way. Captain Jay... read more

Reliance Fishing Charters

Hatteras Harbor Marina
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 996-0002

Reliance Fishing Charters is known for creating fishing experiences that are both laid back and educational. Captain John Canning, Jr. has been fishing these waters for years and knows everything there is to know about the skill sets and gear needed to hook the prize. You'll learn a thing or two, even if you're an experienced angler, but more importantly to the Captain and his... read more

Sea Creature Sportfishing

Hatteras Harbor Marina
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 995-4832
Cell
(252) 996-0276

Whether you want to spend a day fishing on the ocean blue alone or with your family and friends, Sea Creature Sportfishing has something for you. Capt. Coulter is a seasoned fisherman with trophies, awards, tournament placements and world records in big game fly fishing to his name. He and his first mate, Jeremy Johnson, are committed to giving you an enjoyable day at sea. The Sea Creature is... read more

The Tuna Duck

Hatteras Harbor Marina
(252) 216-6160

Captain Dan Rooks and mate take the 50’ custom-built Tuna Duck out of Hatteras Harbor Marina in Hatteras Village, meaning you’re just a short run to the famous deep-sea fishing grounds of the Gulf Stream. Rooks has decades of Outer Banks charter experience and knows the waters and how to follow the fish — you can count on a great day on the water. You’ll be... read more

OBX Marina

708 Harbor Drive, Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, Wanchese
(252) 473-9991
OBX Marina

Grandpa's Charters

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Road, Manteo
(252) 473-9991
(866) 473-1475
(252) 305-8862

See how the local seafood is caught. On these tours, the captain pulls a small, commercial-type shrimp net behind the boat. Passengers get to sort the catch and examine the shrimp, fish and crabs that are harvested — and they get to take home anything that's of legal size. They also offer offshore and inshore fishing trips, spear fishing and shark fishing. This is a... read more

Hatt'ras Bound Sportfishing

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Drive, Wanchese
(252) 473-9991
Captain Byrd
(252) 207-1880

Hatt'ras Bound is a 41-foot Hatteras sportfishing yacht that will get you to the fishing grounds with speed and style, inshore or offshore. The salon is comfortable for times you're not pulling in those fish, and the sturdy fighting chair is perfect for when you are. Captain James Byrd has been fishing since he could walk. He started taking clients out as a guide on... read more

Jill Louise Headboat

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Drive, Wanchese
(252) 453-9501

An offering from Corolla Bait and Tackle is the Jill Louise, a 50-foot, stable headboat that can take up to 49 passengers out for inshore and offshore fishing. She cruises at 20 knots, so you reach the fishing grounds quickly and have more time to have your line in the water. She's the only headboat out of Wanchese certified to go up to 100 miles offshore.... read more

Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures/Corolla Bait and Tackle

OBX Marina
1070 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-9500
603 Currituck Drive, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-9690

Corolla Bait and Tackle offers two-hour sunset cruises where you take a relaxing cruise around the sound and see Monkey Island, birds and other wildlife. They also offer a pontoon-boat trip to the winery at Knott’s Island. You enjoy a short boat trip across the sound, participate in a wine tasting at the beautiful vineyards then motor back to Corolla. Be sure to bring binoculars,... read more

Phideaux Sportfishing

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Drive, Wanchese
(252) 473-8051

The Phideaux is a 52-foot custom Carolina, Scarborough-built fishing vessel that’s family owned and operated year round. Captain Jamie Reibel and his brother and mate, Jeff Reibel, have more than 35 years of Outer Banks charter fishing experience out of Oregon Inlet. The Reibel brothers fish full-time for a living; they don’t do this job on the side for a couple of months a year and then... read more

Miss Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
98 N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

Miss Oregon Inlet is the resident head boat at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, the closest marina to the renowned fishing grounds of Oregon Inlet. The head boat takes up to 49 people for half-day inshore fishing trips every day except Sunday. From Memorial Day through Labor Day they run two trips, the morning trip leaving at 7 a.m. and the afternoon trip leaving at... read more

Risky Business Sportfishing Charters

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
(252) 473-0396

Docked at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Risky Business offers inshore sportfishing or deepwater bottom fishing in the ocean and sound near Oregon Inlet. They run full-day or half-day trips and catches might include striped bass, cobia, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, tilefish, sea bass, grouper or amberjack. The 45-boat offers the fleet’s largest fishing platform—a 27-foot-long, 15.5.-foot-wide fishing area that accommodates six chairs. The boat... read more

The Sea Note

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
98 N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301
Captain's Cell
(252) 489-0119

It doesn't matter if you're new to Outer Banks charter fishing or it's your absolute passion. If you have the desire to do a little Outer Banks fishing, the Sea Note is ready to give you an unforgettable charter fishing trip. This 55-foot Carolina-style fishing boat comes with plenty of room, so even a group of six can fish comfortably. It's also outfitted with up-to-date technology and... read more

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

1 Sailfish Drive, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Manteo
(252) 473-3906
(800) 367-4728
Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

A-Salt Weapon

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, Manteo
(252) 475-4088

Captain Dennis Endee offers offshore fishing trips on the Outer Banks for most of the year and travels to the Bahamas for sailfishing during the winter. Endee has more than 20 years of fishing experience since he started as a mate on a head boat at the age of 11. He’s been fishing the Outer Banks waters for the last 15 years. Endee captains a... read more

Backin' Up Sportfishing Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, Manteo
(252) 202-6651

Ritchie Howell is the personable and seasoned captain who runs the Backin' Up Fishing Charters. His family has two boats. Backin' Up runs out of Pirate's Cove and is an inshore and near-offshore fishing vessel. It's the largest inshore boat in Pirate Cove's fleet, which means you have lots of space to relax in between pulling in those fish from the three fighting chairs. Ritchie... read more

Country Girl Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. Call for rates and schedules. These Outer Banks charter fishing trips usually yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also offers head boat-style wreck fishing. The 57-foot sportfisher can accommodate up to 27 passengers and... read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Whether for head boat fishing or cruises, you will enjoy the 65-foot, big and comfortable Crystal Dawn. You will fish in the inlet or sound for a variety of fish such as flounder, croaker, spot, trout, sea mullet, sea bass and more, depending on the season and conditions. All bait, tackle and licenses are furnished. Cost for head boat fishing is $48 for adults and $38 for... read more

Obsession Sportfishing Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, Manteo
(252) 480-0094

Captain Jeff Ross operates the 55-foot Obsession and has been fishing the Gulf Stream and North Carolina’s Outer Banks since 1982. Obsession is based at Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo from April through December but during the winter travels to Mexico for light-tackle sailfishing trips from Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico. The boat can take up to six passengers. Capt. Jeff prefers using light tackle when conditions permit... read more

Sandra D Sport Fishing

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, Manteo
(252) 305-2825

The Sandra D is a luxurious 58-foot, custom built fishing yacht that was originally built in 2008 then completely renovated in 2013. Her twin Cat C18s will speed you out to the Gulf Stream so your time can be spent fishing! All-new electronics enhance your chances of finding fish. Inside, new mahogany woodwork, leather sofas, granite countertops sub zero freezers, big screen TV and Bose sound system... read more

T-Time Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
2000 Sailfish Drive, Manteo
(252) 473-3906
Captain's phone
(252) 423-1401

Are you up for a small group charter fishing trip off in the sparkling blue Atlantic waters? The T-Time offers anglers of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to enjoy either inshore or near shore fishing on a 21-foot Carolina-built center console outboard. The boat comes equipped with amenities like a GPS, fish finder, VHF radio, cell phone, 32-gallon live well and spacious dry... read more

Anchorage Inn Marina

205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-6661

Gecko Sportfishing

Anchorage Inn Marina
205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 921-0095

The Gecko is a 46-foot Carolina sport fisherman that offers full-service inshore and offshore fishing charters out of Ocracoke Inlet. Coast Guard-licensed Capt. Ernie Doshier has lived on the Outer Banks all his life and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has more than 25 years of experience in the charter business, making him a dependable choice for a fishing trip. The Gecko travels anywhere... read more

Oden’s Dock

57878 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2555