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Outer Banks Charter Fishing

Outer Banks charter fishing is the big-time offshore fishing this area is known for. Outer Banks charter fishing offshore 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 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

This is a great way to fish if you’re new to Outer Banks 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 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

57976 NC Highway 12
Hatteras
(252) 986-2515

Albatross Fleet

Albatross Fleet Marina
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 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 past 54 years, as well as his other local captains and mates offer offshore and nearshore trips. The Albatross Fleet has its own private dock and fish-cleaning services.

Anchorage Inn Marina

205 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-6661

Dream Girl Sport Fishing

Anchorage Inn Marina
Anchorage Inn Marina
205 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 588-0450

Enjoy a day on the water with Captain Steve Wilson on his 28-foot, custom-built center-console boat Dream Girl. Captain Steve is a U.S. Coast Guard Master and has been operating fishing charters in Ocracoke for more than 20 years. Whether you are a beginner, advanced fisherman or just looking for a fun family adventure, there is something for everyone on board the Dream Girl. For inshore trips, enjoy catching cobia, red drum, Spanish mackerel, blues, sea bass and many more. When you go offshore, you’ll go after dolphin, wahoo, tuna and billfish. All bait, tackle and fish cleaning are included. You’ll find Captain Steve and the Dream Girl at the Anchorage Marina. Call to book your fishing charter.

Drum Stick Sport Fishing

Anchorage Inn Marina
205 Irvin Garrish Highway
Anchorage Inn Marina
Ocracoke
(252) 928-1421
(252) 921-0011

Come fishing aboard the Drum Stick! The Drum Stick is a 35-foot JC fishing vessel with a closed cabin and restroom. It is fully equipped with the latest tackle and electronics and offers full-day trips to the Gulf Stream where you can catch a variety of large game fish — dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, marlin and amberjacks to name a few. They also offer half-day charters closer to shore. Their experienced captain and mate strive to load the boat with fish, ensuring you will have a memorable day at sea and fish to eat. They can take up to six people on a charter and offer make-up trips. No previous fishing experience is necessary, and no fishing license is required. Call for pricing and reservations.

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 from 18 to 40 miles offshore in search of fish. The offshore trip is an all-day adventure that includes not only catching fish but also viewing the wonders of the Gulf Stream. You’ll likely see flying fish, numerous species of birds, dolphins and possibly even whales. Inshore trips are also available. The Gecko is powered by twin-engine diesels that get the boat to the fishing grounds fast, and it’s equipped with all the latest electronics, including GPS, radar, Loran, VHF radios and all the tackle and bait needed for a successful fishing trip. No fishing experience is required to have a good time on this boat. Guests should bring their own drinks and snacks. No fishing license is required.

Hatteras Harbor Marina

58058 N.C. Highway 12
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2166

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 Kavanagh is Coast Guard-licensed and has experience with game fish around the world but has concentrated on the Hatteras area for the past several years. Bait, ice, tackle and fishing licenses are provided, and charters are available year-round so you don’t miss any of the action. Perfect for the seasoned old salt or the first-time family group (kids are welcome), Bite Me Sportfishing Charters has something for everyone. Daily fishing reports are posted on fishbiteme.com and Bite Me’s Facebook page.

Good Times Sportfishing

Hatteras Harbor Marina
(252) 216-9273

Head out to the Gulf Stream with Capt. Andy Piland, a Hatteras native who has grown up fishing these waters. Aboard the 47-foot, custom-built Good Times, you’ll be at the fishing grounds in record speed, and once you’re there, the state-of-the-arts electronics, custom fighting chair and rods and reels will have you slayin’! The salon is spacious and comfortable. Andy and his crew pride themselves on honesty and going the extra mile to make your trip the most memorable ever.

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 charter boat experience and knows the waters and how to follow the fish — you can count on a great day on the water. You’ll be going after yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, dolphin, wahoo, blue and white marlin, sailfish and king mackerel. He specializes in the jigging and popping style as well as live bait fishing. 

 

OBX Marina

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

Grandpa's Charters

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

See how the local seafood is caught. On this tour, 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. This is a fantastic, hands-on experience for all ages and a great way to learn about life in the sea. Outer Banks Cruises/Captain Johnny Dolphin Tours is the booking agent for this tour; call them and they'll help you arrange your tour.

Hatt'ras Bound Sportfishing

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Drive
OBX Marina
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 hunting and fishing trips when he was 14, but he had been helping his Dad do the same since he was 6. Now, his more than 20 years of experience means that he knows how to find the fish and help you enjoy a fruitful, fun and safe day on the water. Whether you're a novice fisherman looking to spend a fun day on the water with the family inshore fishing for bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder or trout or are an experienced angler going for the big Gulf Stream bounty of tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi or trophy sailfish or marlin, a trip on Hatt'ras Bound is a great way to spend the day!

Jill Louise Headboat

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

A new 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. Another plus is that she's air conditioned -- on those hot, summer days, you'll appreciate this feature. Jill Louise also goes out for daily sunset cruises, and she also does Purple Martin tours in late July and August. If you haven't seen this sunset phenomenon at the old Manns Harbor bridge in Manteo, you're missing an image you'll never forget. On the inshore fishing trips, you can expect to catch croaker, spot, sea mullet, pigfish, flounder, bluefish, puppy drum and trout. The captain is a long-time local who knows these waters well. All you need to bring along is a cooler for your fish, snacks, ice, suntan lotion, sunglasses and a hat!

Phideaux Sportfishing

OBX Marina
(252) 473-2901

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 experience fishing 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 go back to something else — they do it for a livelihood and for the love of the sport. They understand how to offer their customers an enjoyable day on the water, and their boat is fast, has air-conditioning and the amenities required for a comfortable day of fishing. Most of the year they’re based out of Broad Creek Marina, but they occasionally head south to Hatteras in the winter and spring for bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and striped bass. The boat can accommodate up to six passengers. They offer offshore, inshore, full and half-day trips, commercial excursions and evening cruises.

Oden’s Dock

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

Miss Hatteras and Cap'N Clam

Oden’s Dock
57878 N.C. Highway 12
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2365

Miss Hatteras, a 75-foot head boat makes daily trips in season to the fishing grounds, with individuals paying a per-person fee to go along. All the gear and tackle you’ll need, along with instruction from the helpful crew, is provided. On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Miss Hatteras takes full-day (6:30 a.m to 4 p.m.) trips to the Gulf Stream to bottom fish for triggerfish, snapper, sea bass and more. Half-day (4 hours) trips stay closer to shore and target sea bass, flounder, triggerfish and others on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you don’t want to fish, join them on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. for the Dolphin and Wildlife Sunset Cruise. You just relax and enjoy the breezes and spectacular Hatteras sunset while the crew points out dolphin, native birds and other local wildlife. Miss Hatteras is available for private charter for weddings, parties, memorial services and other events.

Cap’N Clam is a 68-foot head boat offering daily half-day fishing trips in the Pamlico Sound and Hatteras Inlet area for fish such as flounder, trout and bluefish and many others. The boat makes two trips a day (8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m.) every day except Sunday. All bait and tackle is provided, and there’s a mate on board to assist. Half-day fishing trips are great options for families with young children because they are just the right length for a child’s attention span. On Wednesday and Friday nights from 6 to 7 p.m., all the rowdy mateys will want to come back on board for the Pirate Adventure Cruise, which promises lots of pirate-style shenanigans. On Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 you can join them for a Groove Cruise, featuring live music and dancing while touring the Pamlico Sound at sunset with your favorite beverage. Reservations are recommended for all trips. For celebrations or special events, consider a custom charter of the Cap’N Clam.  

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

98 N.C. Highway 12
Oregon Inlet
(252) 441-6301

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 has a restroom and tables and benches in the cabin. Captain Jamie Wescott’s philosophy is to blend “putting some fish in the box” and having fun on the water with conservation and respect for the fish species.

The Hooker

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
(252) 473-1984

A 50-foot custom Billy Holton Carolina boat based at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, The Hooker offers full-day offshore trips for marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and sailfish along with full or half-day trips for stripers in the winter months. The remodeled salon provides the comforts of air-conditioning and heat, a microwave and a stereo, while the recently installed 1150 hp Caterpillar gets you to Gulf Stream fast and dependably. Captain Tom Krauss has been fishing out of Oregon Inlet for more than 30 years and is recognized as one of the best in the business.

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

1 Sailfish Drive
Nags Head/Manteo Causeway
Manteo
(252) 473-3906
(800) 367-4728

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 Isla Mujeres, Mexico, for sailfishing during the winter. Captain Endee has more than 20 years of fishing experience since he started as a mate on a headboat at the age of 11. He’s been fishing the Outer Banks waters for the last 15 years. Endee captains a 54-foot Paul Mann custom boat that offers a great ride, lots of room for up to six anglers, AC and heat, a TV and DVD player and many more comforts that were added in the boat’s recent quarter-million-dollar upgrade. Endee has been featured in Gulf Stream fishing shows on ESPN and OLN (now Versus).

Backin' Up Sportfishing Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
2000 Sailfish Drive
Manteo
(252) 202-6651

Ritchie Howell is the very 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 restored the boat himself (he's a boat builder in the off season), and it's been featured in both Marlin and In the Bite magazines. Their other boat, the 54-foot Water Witch, runs out of Oregon Inlet Marina and goes offshore to get the big game fish. Ritchie has been a captain for 33 years, and his Dad, who runs the other boat, can add about 20 to that!

Carly A Sportfishing Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive
Manteo
(252) 473-3906

The Carly A, a 57-foot Johnson Boat Works custom beauty, was born to fish. She’s outfitted with tournament-grade tackle, a Release Marine fighting chair and top notch electronics. And, with a 17.5-foot beam, the cockpit is huge and comfortable. Capt. Jon Weiss knows the waters and how to put you in the best position to come home with a good catch and great memories of an enjoyable day on the water.

Country Girl Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive
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. Gulf Stream 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 30 passengers and provides plenty of room for everyone. This is a great way to get a big group of friends together for a day on the water. You’ll catch a variety of species, including black sea bass, triggerfish, gray tile fish, grouper, amberjack and more. The cost is $120 per person, with a minimum of 15 people. Bait, tackle and license are furnished. The Country Girl is also available for bird watching, marine mammal excursions, bachelor, bachelorette and scattering ashes at sea.

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
2000 Sailfish Drive
Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina
Nags Head
(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 $45 for adults and $35 for children 10 and younger. Roanoke Island Cruises are $20 adults and $15 for children 10 and younger. The vessel is available for private charters, bachelor, bachelorette, family functions and more. Small coolers are welcome.

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. The 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 and dependent on the angler’s desires and skill. The Obsession crew encourages angler participation, and there’s plenty of coaching and encouragement.

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 mahogony woodwork, leather sofas, granite countertops sub zero freezers, big screen TV and Bose sound system give you an experience that’s as comfortable as it is exciting. Sandra D also sports a brand new 130# class fighting chair with six rod rocket launchers. Captain Mike Merritt is at the helm and brings more than 29 years of fishing experience on the Outer Banks, in the Bahamas and along the US eastern sea border to your offshore excursion. 

Thicket Lump Marina

219 Thicket Lump Road, Wanchese
Wanchese
(252) 473-4500

Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures/Corolla Bait and Tackle

Thicket Lump 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, snacks and drinks. Want a little more action? Ask about the full range of fishing trips offered here; for more information see Fishing. Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, also provides guided fishing opportunities. He’s a pro, and he loves sharing his fishing knowledge.