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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 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 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
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.

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’re likely to 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
Hatteras Harbor Marina

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.

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 a 2002 fishing boat equipped with some of the latest technologies and fishing amenities, including two VFH radios and a 64-mile radar. When you're ready for a break from spending time in the fighting chair with tuna, dolphin, mackeral, wahoo, sailfish and marlin, head down into the cabin's salon with air-conditioning and heat, a stereo, TV and kitchen to get in a little relaxation. Give Sea Creature Sportfishing a call, and get ready for a day of fishing luxury.

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
OBX Marina

Grandpa's Charters

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Road, 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, 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, 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
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 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

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

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

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 noon. In May, September and October they run one trip a day, in the morning, starting at 8 a.m. Arrive 30 minutes early for all trips. All bait and tackle are supplied, and the boat has a blanket fishing license that covers all its anglers. Bring your own snacks and drinks, but make sure your cooler is 13 inches or shorter so it will fit under the bench. Tickets cost $46 for adults and $35 for children 6 and younger. You’ll find the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center about 8 miles south of Nags Head just before you get to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.

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.

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 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 equipment to make sure your fishing trip goes smoothly and advantageously. The Sea Note's Captain Benjie Stansky is an experienced angler on the Outer Banks who can take you to inshore and offshore fishing hot spots during your charter. In between fishing for white marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo and sailfish, you can lounge in the Sea Note's salon that is equipped with heat and air conditioning and a TV, VCR and CD player to keep you comfortable and entertained in your down time. Stop dreaming about taking a charter fishing trip and make it happen -- Sea Note is here to help.

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 56-foot Paul Mann custom boat that's one of the finest fishing boats on the market, with state of the art electronics. This prime boat for charter fishing offers a great ride, lots of room for up to six anglers, AC and heat, a satellite TV and DVD player so that you can enjoy sport games and shows while taking a break from the fighting chair. 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
1000 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 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!

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. 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
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 $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. 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. 

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 storage console. The 15 rod holders on the boat help keep your other rods steady if one of them requires putting up a fight with a big catch. T-Time’s captain, Toby Russ, is an experienced fisherman who has led charter fishing trips in the Outer Banks for many years. Give him a call if you’re up for laid-back day of charter fishing.

Thicket Lump Marina

219 Thicket Lump Road, 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.

Village Marina

57980 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2522