Outer Banks Fishing Charters

Outer Banks charter fishing is the big-time offshore fishing this area is known for. Charter fishing on the Outer Banks means heading out to sea to the Gulf Stream, where giant species of fish like billfish, tuna and dolphin lurk. Fishing charter boats are big business on the Outer Banks. It’s common to round up a crew of six or so willing participants can split the cost of a trip.

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). Boats used for Outer Banks charter fishing are located close to the inlets for easy access to the ocean (note that 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 Fishing Charters: Head Boat Fishing

This is a great way to fish if you’re new to Outer Banks fishing charters, if you don’t have all the tackle you need or if you just want an easy day on the water. If you really want to increase your odds of time in the fighting chair, it pays to hire a guide. 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 off the shore of the Outer Banks. Head boats are great for kids because there are restrooms and snacks onboard, and they offer half-day trips. Look for the local 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




 

 

Hatteras Harbor Marina

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

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters

Hatteras Harbor Marina
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Harbor Marina, Hatteras Village
(252) 996-0295

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters offers full-day offshore charters on a 51-foot Carolina sportfisherman that was built locally in Manteo. The boat is equipped with turbo diesel power and so it gets 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... read more

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters offers full-day offshore charters on a 51-foot Carolina sportfisherman that was built... read more

Reliance Fishing Charters

Hatteras Harbor Marina
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Harbor Marina, 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

Reliance Fishing Charters is known for creating fishing experiences that are both laid back and... read more

The Tuna Duck

Hatteras Harbor Marina
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Harbor Marina, Hatteras village
(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

Captain Dan Rooks and mate take the 50’ custom-built Tuna Duck out of Hatteras Harbor Marina... read more

OBX Marina

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

Carolina Girl Sportfishing Charters

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Drive, Outer Banks Marina, Wanchese
(757) 377-9655

Carolina Girl, a 38’ Viking newly built in 2014, sails from OBX Marina for a range of voyages from full days on the Gulf Stream or half-days inshore. She brings in everything from tuna and dolphin to bluefish, flounder and mackerel. With more than 30 years navigating these waters, Captain Troy Salmon serves as an expert guide, along with his accommodating crew. Salmon is a... read more

Carolina Girl, a 38’ Viking newly built in 2014, sails from OBX Marina for a... read more

Grandpa's Charters

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

See how 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. Grandpa's also offers offshore and inshore fishing trips, spear fishing and shark fishing. This is a fantastic,... read more

See how local seafood is caught. On these tours, the captain pulls a small, commercial-type... 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 25 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

An offering from Corolla Bait and Tackle is the Jill Louise, a 50-foot, stable headboat that... 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

Corolla Bait and Tackle offers two-hour sunset cruises where you take a relaxing cruise around... read more

Phideaux Sportfishing

OBX Marina
708 Harbor Drive, OBX Marina, 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

The Phideaux is a 52-foot custom Carolina, Scarborough-built fishing vessel that’s family owned and operated year round.... read more

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

8770 Oregon Inlet Road, off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Miss Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, just off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301
Reservations
(800) 272-5199

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 for the northern beaches. 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, with the morning trip leaving at 7 a.m. and... read more

Miss Oregon Inlet is the resident head boat at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, the... read more

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

2000 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
2000 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 Dominican Republic for blue marlin fishing in October, November and December. Endee has more than 30 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 20... read more

Captain Dennis Endee offers offshore fishing trips on the Outer Banks for most of the... read more

Backin' Up Sportfishing Charters

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

Ritchie Howell is the personable and seasoned captain who runs Backin' Up Fishing Charters. Backin' Up operates out of Pirate's Cove Marina and is an inshore and near-offshore fishing vessel. At 46 feet, 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... read more

Ritchie Howell is the personable and seasoned captain who runs Backin' Up Fishing Charters. Backin'... read more

Country Girl Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
1 Sailfish Drive, 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

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six... read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
2000 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Crystal Dawn is conveniently accessible for anyone based on the northern Outer Banks. The comfortable 65-foot double-decker boat offers head boat fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On a head boat fishing trip you'll catch fish... read more

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags... read more

Wanchese Marina

4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese
(252) 473-3247
Wanchese Marina

Fishin' Fannatic

Wanchese Marina
4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese Marina, Wanchese
(252) 473-7092

The captain and crew of the Fishin' Fannatic take their fishing passion seriously, welcoming anglers of all ages and skill levels to experience a day at sea and make memories that last a lifetime. Captain Mark Fann has more than 35 years of fishing experience and is an expert fin-finder for a range of catches including tuna, mahi, wahoo, sailfish and marlin. With plenty of... read more

The captain and crew of the Fishin' Fannatic take their fishing passion seriously, welcoming anglers... read more

Fishing Taxi

Wanchese Marina
4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese Marina, Wanchese
(252) 232-8419
Marina phone
(252) 473-3247

Experience is the hallmark of the Fishing Taxi team. Father and son team Bob and Doug Sullivan run their 38' custom Ray Hunt sportfisher out of Wanchese Marina in Wanchese. They have more than 60 years of combined experience in the Atlantic Ocean and local inshore waters. Capt. Bob is well-known local boatbuilder and fisherman, and Capt. Doug grew up fishing alongside his dad. They... read more

Experience is the hallmark of the Fishing Taxi team. Father and son team Bob and... read more

Village Marina

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