Outer Banks Fishing

Outer Banks Charter Fishing

Outer Banks Offshore Charter Fishing

Outer Banks offshore charter fishing is the big-time fishing this area is known for. Offshore fishing means heading out to sea to the Gulf Stream, where giant species of fish like billfish, tuna and dolphin lurk. Outer Banks offshore charter 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). 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 charter fishing boats there either. Fish-cleaning services are offered at each marina.

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.

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 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.

Albatross Fleet Marina

57976 NC Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 986-2515

Albatross Fleet

  • Docked at Albatross Fleet Marina

Established in 1937 by the late Ernal Foster, the Albatross Fleet is by far the longest running charter fleet on the Outer Banks. The three boats in the fleet were built to Captain Ernal’s specifications, specifically for fishing off Hatteras, and are equally at home in the Gulf Stream and the shallows of the inlet or Cape Point. Second-generation guide Ernie Foster now operates the fleet of three classic charter fishing vessels, ranging from 42’ to 45’, offering full-day offshore adventures as well as half-day nearshore trips. The Albatross Fleet has its own private docks and fish cleaning facilities. Captain Ernie on the Albatross III has been charter fishing Hatteras since 1958, longer than anyone else. Captain Bryan Mattingly runs the Albatross II, while Captain Mike Scott specializes in nearshore trips on the original Albatross. All three captains have extensive experience fishing off Hatteras.

Anchorage Marina

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

Dream Girl Sport Fishing

  • Docked at Anchorage Marina
  • (252) 588-0450

Enjoy a day on the water with Captain Steve Wilson on his 26-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 somthing for everyone on board the Dream Girl. Enjoy catching cobia, red drum, Spanish mackerel, blues, sea bass and many more. All bait, tackle and fish cleaning are included. Call to book your fishing charter.

Drum Stick Sportfishing

  • Docked at Anchorage Marina
  • (252) 928-1421
  • (252) 291-0011

Come fishing aboard the Drum Stick! The Drum Stick is a 35’ 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

  • Docked at Anchorage Marina
  • (252) 928-5561

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 16 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 NC Highway 12,
(252) 986-2166

Bite Me Sportfishing Charters

  • Docked at Hatteras Harbor Marina
  • Captain: (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

  • Docked at Hatteras Harbor Marina

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>/i>, 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

  • Docked at Hatteras Harbor Marina
  • Captain: (252) 216-6160

Captain Dan Rooks and mate take the 50’ custom-built The 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.

Hatteras Landing Marina

58848 Marina Way, Hatteras
(252) 986-2077

OBX Marina

708 Harbor Road, Wanchese
(252) 473-5344

Phideaux Sportfishing

  • Docked at 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 NC Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 986-2555

Miss Hatteras and Cap ‘N Clam

  • Docked at Oden’s Dock
  • (252) 986-2365

This 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 12 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, Thursday 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. Cap’N Clam will also offer the Eco Tour Experience Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. The Experience includes learning about local sea life by pulling crab pots and towing a small trawl net then putting the contents in a live well to view and identify. The trip also includes birdwatching and identification, all guided by their expert mates. And of course they’ll always be on the lookout for some dolphin friends. Eco Tours are fun for all ages. 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, Bodie Island, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

Risky Business Sportfishing Charters

  • Docked at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
  • Captain: (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

  • Docked at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

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.

Pirates Cove Marina

2000 Sailfish Dr, Manteo
(252) 473-3906, (800) 367-4728

A-Salt Weapon

  • Docked at Pirates Cove Marina

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).

Carly A Sportfishing Charters

  • Docked at Pirates Cove Marina

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 ton of fish.

Country Girl

  • Docked at Pirates Cove Marina

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 $110 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.

Obsession Sportfishing Charters

  • Docked at Pirates Cove Marina
  • Captain: (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

  • Docked at Pirates Cove Marina

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 Keith Baer 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. 

Shallowbag Bay Marina

1100-B South Bay Club Drive, Manteo
(252) 305-8726

Teach’s Lair

58646 NC Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 986-2460

Thicket Lump Marina

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

Outer Banks Charter Fishing / Corolla Bait & Tackle

  • Docked at Thicket Lump Marina
  • (252) 453-9500

Outer Banks Charter Fishing offers excursions on any of their fleet of boats—center consoles, custom off-shore boats or their pontoons. In-shore, off-shore and back-country trips are available, or if you just want to take a leisurely cruise around on the pontoon and maybe wet a line or crab, you can do that too. If you do not have a full party, they can arrange a make-up charter. Or, if you prefer keeping your feet on land, they conduct surf fishing classes. They sell fresh quality bait and crabbing supplies and offer free fishing/crabbing instruction.

Village Marina

57980 NC Highway 12, Hatteras
(252) 986-2522

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