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Carolina Beach is well-known as one of the best Cape Fear destinations to drop a line, and with good reason. With a host of charter fishing businesses, ample inshore fishing grounds, and miles of Atlantic Ocean facing beaches, there’s arguably a fishing spot everywhere you turn in this small island community.

Make the most out of the exceptional waterfront scene, and try your hand at the many ways to go fishing in Carolina Beach. From oceanfront piers to open river waters, the fishing is unforgettable and unbeatable in this corner of the North Carolina coastline.

Local Charter Boats

Fish Hook I Charters
Fish Hook I Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Playin' Hooky Too Charters
Playin' Hooky Too Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Fish Topsail
Fish Topsail

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Coastal Lines Fishing Charters
Coastal Lines Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Flying Fish Charters SC
Flying Fish Charters SC

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Fish Whistle Chartering
Fish Whistle Chartering

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


BFM Fishing Charters
BFM Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Rip N Lips Charters
Rip N Lips Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Calabash Fishing Fleet
Calabash Fishing Fleet

Calabash, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 16 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 12 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Trinity Fishing Charters
Trinity Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


ProWire Marine-Fishing & Spearfish
ProWire Marine-Fishing & Spearfish

Wilmington, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Go Fish Inshore Charters
Go Fish Inshore Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Let's Hook Up Charters
Let's Hook Up Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


High Tide Fishing Charters
High Tide Fishing Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Grassy Sound Outdoors
Grassy Sound Outdoors

Hampstead, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Sea J’s Fishing Charters
Sea J’s Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tail Chaser Charter Fishing
Tail Chaser Charter Fishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Flats Fishing


Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


ChaseNFins Charters
ChaseNFins Charters

Holly Ridge, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Just A Fluke Gigging Charters
Just A Fluke Gigging Charters

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 18 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing


Carolina Water Adventures
Carolina Water Adventures

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reef Raider Charters
Reef Raider Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing



Reel Deal Sportfishing - 32'
Reel Deal Sportfishing - 32'

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Circle Bak Fishing
Circle Bak Fishing

Wilmington, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fired Up Charters
Fired Up Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Party Time Charters
Party Time Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 15 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel 2 Grill Fishing Charters
Reel 2 Grill Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 17 ft

Capacity: 2 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Southern Sportfishing
Southern Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Dialed In Fishing Charters
Dialed In Fishing Charters

Hampstead, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Hot Pursuit Fishing Charters 35'
Hot Pursuit Fishing Charters 35'

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Streamline Charters
Streamline Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Eco tours
Eco tours

Hampstead, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Flats Fishing


Top Knot NC
Top Knot NC

Wilmington, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Shearwater Fishing Charters
Shearwater Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Rising Sun Fishing
Rising Sun Fishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Fish Hook II Charters
Fish Hook II Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hot Ticket Sportfishing
Hot Ticket Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish-On-Outfitters
Fish-On-Outfitters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Party Time II
Party Time II

Calabash, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Brannin Charters, LLC
Brannin Charters, LLC

Kure Beach, NC

Length: 18 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Southport Fishing Charters
Southport Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Tiderunner Charters
Tiderunner Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Musicman Charters Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Laidback Charters
Laidback Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Captain Hook Outdoors
Captain Hook Outdoors

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Family Ties Charters
Family Ties Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Blue Fin Fishing Charters
Blue Fin Fishing Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Long Bay Fishing Company
Long Bay Fishing Company

Southport, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Gone Coastal Charters
Gone Coastal Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


NC Inshore Fishing Charters – 22'
NC Inshore Fishing Charters – 22'

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Lake Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Ol' Blue Fishing Charters
Ol' Blue Fishing Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Wrightsville Fishing
Wrightsville Fishing

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


South End Anglers
South End Anglers

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing
Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Atlantic Sportfishing
Atlantic Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Carolina Fishing Charters
Carolina Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Ofishal Charters L.L.C
Ofishal Charters L.L.C

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Second Sport Charters
Second Sport Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 37 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hounddog Fishing Charters
Hounddog Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fellowship Charters
Fellowship Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Southern Run Fishing Charters
Southern Run Fishing Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Dockside Fishing Charters
Dockside Fishing Charters

Oak Island, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Dos Cervezas Dos
Dos Cervezas Dos

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Native Son Guide Service
Native Son Guide Service

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


NC Inshore Fishing Charters
NC Inshore Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Lake Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator

Wilmington, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc
Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc

Hampstead, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Coastline Charters
Coastline Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Cranky Charters
Reel Cranky Charters

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Xcessive Risk Sportfishing
Xcessive Risk Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Hook III Charters
Fish Hook III Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fillet And Release Fishing Charters
Fillet And Release Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seaquest Fishing Charters
Seaquest Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Topsail Fishing Company
Topsail Fishing Company

Holly Ridge, NC

Length: 27 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Fugitive Fishing Charters
Fugitive Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Seabbatical Charters
Seabbatical Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters
Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Matunahoo Sportfishing
Matunahoo Sportfishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seagate Charters
Seagate Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Wet N Wild Sportfishing
Wet N Wild Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 54 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Conjured Up Fishing Charters
Conjured Up Fishing Charters

Oak Island, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Seabattical Charters – Inshore
Seabattical Charters – Inshore

Sunset Beach, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fin Reaper
Fin Reaper

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fired Up Charters
Fired Up Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Caught Up Fishing Charters
Caught Up Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Cape Fear Shark Company
Cape Fear Shark Company

Southport, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Fin-Addict Fishing Charters
Fin-Addict Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Captain Big Fish – Light Lines
Captain Big Fish – Light Lines

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Calabash Fishing Fleet – Navigator
Calabash Fishing Fleet – Navigator

Calabash, NC

Length: 65 ft

Capacity: 40 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Victory Charters
Victory Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Topsail Island Fish & Dive Adventures
Topsail Island Fish & Dive Adventures

Hampstead, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Deal Sportfishing
Reel Deal Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 48 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Release Me Sportfishing
Release Me Sportfishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tried And True Charters
Tried And True Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Inshore Fishing Charters in Carolina Beach

More than 20 charter businesses in and around Carolina Beach offer inshore fishing trips, which are easy expeditions that target the Cape Fear River, the local sounds and inlets, and even the ocean waters up to a few miles offshore.

These fishing trips can accommodate anywhere from roughly 2-6 passengers, and are generally available in 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or full day excursions. Typically less expensive than an offshore outing, an inshore fishing trip is a great way to explore area fishing grounds that are both fruitful and close to home.

In addition, many inshore fishing trips can also be catered to an individual party’s taste, which makes an inshore fishing trip especially family friendly. For example, parties can spend time fishing, as well as cruising to neighboring deserted islands like Mansonboro Island for shelling, or for crabbing / clamming in shallow tidal flats. Ask ahead to see if a “special’ trip can be accommodated to cater to your fishing party’s interests.

Carolina Beach is also home to several larger head boats, or “party boats,” that can accommodate 20 passengers or more in a single fishing trip. These trips are budget-friendly and a great option for anglers who want to spend a little time fishing in the open ocean or river waters without breaking the bank.

Offshore Fishing Charters in Carolina Beach

A number of charter boats in the Carolina Beach area offer offshore expeditions, which are trips that venture far out into the Atlantic Ocean, (anywhere from 15-40 miles), to target the big catches that are found near shipwrecks, the Gulf Stream, and other noteworthy sites

While a Gulf Stream trip can be arranged, these charter trips often concentrate on famed fishing spots that are situated roughly 20 miles or so off the coastline, (like The Dredge Wreck, the Ten-Mile Boxcars, and The Liberty Ship), where the big species are found. Regardless of where you go, expect to reel in trophy worthy catches like mahi, yellowfin or blackfin tuna, sailfish, snapper, and more while enjoying a full-day fishing expedition.

Offshore fishing trips can generally accommodate parties of 6 to 8 people at most, and are usually more expensive than their inshore counterparts due to the amount of gas, tackle, and supplies involved. All rods, reels, bait and supplies are provided on an offshore fishing trip, and the captain usually has a first mate on board to help anglers reel in and gaffe the super large catches.

Both offshore and inshore fishing charters should be booked as far in advance as possible, and there are multiple options for reserving a charter trip online through individual fishing providers and / or through local marinas. Scout out your options well in advance, and enjoy a Carolina Beach fishing adventure that you’ll never forget.

Kure Beach Pier

What you’ll Need to Fish in Carolina Beach

The first thing an angler will need to go fishing in Carolina Beach, and particularly along the ocean beaches, is a Coastal Recreational Fishing License, which is commonly referred to as a saltwater fishing license. Required by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and easy to obtain, a saltwater fishing license is an inexpensive necessity that must be in hand before dropping a line.

There are several ways to get a saltwater fishing license. Anglers can purchase one online before or during their vacation at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-licenses-and-permits, or can pick one up at virtually any bait or tackle store, or at several larger sporting goods stores that offer fishing supplies in and around nearby Wilmington.

The rate for a saltwater fishing license depends on the length of the license (i.e., 10 day, 1 year, or for a lifetime), as well as whether an angler is an in-state North Carolina resident or an out-of-state visitor. For example, a fishing license for 10 days is approximately $5 for an NC resident, and $10 for a visitor coming to Carolina Beach from another state.

It should be noted that a fishing license is not required for anglers under the age of 16, and is also typically not required for charter fishing trips, as the captain’s license traditionally covers everyone on board.

What you’ll Catch in Carolina Beach

What an angler catches in Carolina Beach depends on two factors – the location and the season.

Fishing is typically at its best during the fall and spring months, although the summertime is also a popular season for surf fishing, pier fishing, and offshore charter fishing for the big species (like dolphin, sailfish, and marlin.)

Depending on the time of year, anglers can expect to reel in the following catches in the various regions that are close to Carolina Beach:

Inshore / Cape Fear River fishing: Anglers targeting the inshore or nearshore waters of the Cape Fear River / Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) will want to look for drum (including red drum, black drum, and puppy drum), striped bass, speckled trout, flounder, cobia, Spanish mackerel, sheapshead, and even catfish. The tidal flats can also be good hunting grounds for crabs and clams.

Surf / Oceanfront fishing: Anglers along the beaches and on the oceanfront Carolina Beach Fishing Pier can expect to reel in King mackerel and Spanish mackerel, drum, mullet, bluefish, croaker, blowfish, sea bass, pompano, perch, cobia and the very occasional tarpon or false albacore.

Offshore / Gulf Stream fishing: Visitors who take a charter boat way out into the ocean waters to the Gulf Stream can expect to land a wide array of big sport fish, including blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish, as well as a number of tasty game fish such as yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna, mahi, wahoo, red snapper, albacore, amberjack, and much more. 

Local Fishing Piers and Boat Ramps

While virtually any stretch of shoreline can serve as a fine launching point for a day of fishing, anglers who want to increase their odds of reeling in a big catch will want to check out these local fishing piers and / or boat ramps that are found in and around Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier
1810 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
This fishing pier in the heart of Carolina Beach extends 700’ ft. into the ocean waters and features an on-site bait and tackle shop for supplies, as well as a grill and snack bar, a game room, a restaurant, and a full ABC permit for refreshments.

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Kure Beach Fishing Pier
Avenue K, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Located just south of Carolina Beach, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier is 712’ ft. long and features a number of on-site amenities including a tackle shop, grill, and an arcade with pool tables. Alcohol is NOT served or allowed on the premises.

Johnny Mercers Pier

Johnnie Mercer's Pier
23 E Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
The Johnnie Mercer's Pier is the longest fishing pier in the area at roughly 1,200’ ft. long, and is located in the neighboring town of Wrightsville Beach. The pier features an on-site tackle shop, an arcade, and a restaurant.

Snow's Cut Ramp

Snows Cut Park & Ramp
220 Annie Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Situated on the edge of Snow’s Cut, which connects to the Cape Fear River and the ICW, this boat ramp features five launching lanes, a separate hand launching site for kayaks and canoes, fishing areas and public restrooms, and parking for roughly 100 vehicles.

Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach State Park Boat Ramp
B Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
34° 02'59.05" N    77° 55'08.71" W
Located in the heart of Carolina Beach State Park, this launch site that borders the Cape Fear River has two launching lanes, a separate kayak launching area, and 40 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers. Seasonal boat and kayak rentals are also available at the site.

Federal Point

Federal Point / Buzzard Bay
2515 South Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach, NC
33° 57' 34'' N    77° 56' 30'' W
Located south of Carolina Beach in the town of Kure Beach, this launch site features instant access to the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean, and features 36 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers, and multiple launching areas for kayaks, canoes, and larger vessels.

River Road Park pier

River Road Park boat ramp
River Road Park, Wilmington, NC 28412
Located on the edge of the Cape Fear River in nearby Wilmington, this public park features an on-site fishing pier that’s close to picnic areas and public restrooms, as well as a boat ramp for various sized vessels.

Trails End Park pier

Trails End Park
621 Trails End Road, Wilmington, NC 28409
Located close to Mansonboro Island in the nearby town of Wilmington, this park and boat ramp features parking for 40 vehicles, a launch lane, and an on-site fishing pier for anglers.

Wrightsville Beach ramp and fishing area

Wrightsville Beach Ramp

Wrightsville Beach Boat Ramp
Channel Walk Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Located on the edge of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway, this boat ramp is just a few miles away from the Wrightsville Inlet, and features parking for 68 vehicles with trailers as well as five launch lanes.

Dram Tree Park in Wilmington

Castle Street Boat Ramp
Dram Tree Park (Corner of Castle Street and Surrey Street), Wilmington, NC 28401
Situated on the edge of the downtown area in nearby Wilmington, this boat ramp on the Cape Fear River features a separate kayak launching area, a launching lane, and parking for 36 vehicles with trailers.

Smith Creek Park
633 Shenandoah Street, Wilmington, NC 28411
This larger freshwater lake in nearby Wilmington has an on-site fishing pier, a floating dock for smaller vessels, picnic facilities, and public restrooms.

Tips and Tricks for Carolina Beach Fishing

  • Want an easy way to bring all your fishing gear to the beach? Head to Freeman Park. This park is open to 4WD vehicles, which means that anglers can load up their truck with everything they need, and go. A permit is required to drive on the beach, and is available on a daily or annual basis.
  • Carolina Beach is home to variety of fishing tournaments that lures in anglers from all across the state and beyond. Check out popular tournaments that are held throughout the year, like the East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament in July, the Carolina Fall Flatfish Tournament, and the three-day Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge to enjoy a little competition.
  • Don’t have any bait handy? Head to the beach. In the summer, anglers can scratch around in the wet sand close to where the waves are washing up to collect sand fleas, or “sand diggers,” which double as exceptional bait for surf fishing.
  • Anglers can also enjoy instant access to great fishing by renting an oceanfront vacation home. These properties often have direct boardwalks or pathways to the beach, as well as a suite of on-site extras for fishermen, such as fish cleaning tables, hoses and outdoor showers, and grills to prepare the day’s fresh catch.
  • The local Carolina Beach State Park is also an enticing vacation option for anglers, as it’s a shell’s throw from the Cape Fear River, has an on-site boat ramp / marina, and is within walking distance of the local beaches.
  • Can’t decide when to plan a fishing vacation? Try fall. Fall is an exceptional time for anglers in Carolina Beach, as the fishing is hot, and the prices at local hotels and vacation rentals are generally less expensive than in the prime summer months.

Fishing is arguably Carolina Beach’s favorite sport, and for good reason. With a landscape that’s surrounded by water, and with ample opportunities to head to the Atlantic Ocean or to the local rivers, inlets and sounds, there’s great fishing to be found in every direction.

Plan an inshore exploration, a kayak fishing adventure, or just a day at the beach to make the most out of the fantastic fishing conditions that this town has to offer. After a couple days on the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, or onboard a boat that’s launched from the Carolina Beach State Park or a local marina, you’re sure to be hooked.

Victory Beach Vacations

Victory Beach Vacations

Visitors who are on the hunt for the postcard-perfect vacation rental in the heart of the Carolina Beach or Kure Beach area will find an enticing selection and plenty of friendly customer service when they rent through Victory Beach Vacations. Based in Carolina Beach in the coastal Cape Fear region, Victory Beach Vacations has more than 100 vacation rentals in all shapes and sizes to ensure that every vacationing family can find their dream home away from home on the beach.   When you book your Cape Fear getaway with Victory Beach Vacations, the fun doesn’t end when you leave the beach, it continues with an array of privately-owned properties outfitted with all of the amenities needed for a fabulous beach vacation.   Jenna Lanier, General Manager, explains that her family first opened the rental and property management business in 2002. At the forefront of Victory Beach operations is Lanier’s mother, Caroline Meeks. Meeks is both the Broker in Charge and co-owner with husband, Buck Meeks, who manages the Field Services team with Lanier’s husband, Scott.   For nearly 20 years, the Victory Beach team has worked tirelessly to establish a network of top-of-the-line rental properties for Cape Fear visitors to enjoy. “As far as our properties go,” explains Lanier, “they are all updated, well-furnished and appointed. “We have always performed post-cleaning inspections and since the pandemic, have put freshly laundered duvets over all of the comforters between rentals.”   Lanier emphasizes how important the guests experience is “we strive to give our guests a relaxing, stress free, memorable vacation.” This emphasis on customer service has led to Victory Beach Vacations having a 4.8 Google rating with over 300 reviews by happy owners and guests.In addition to Victory Beach’s superior sanitation practices, the company offers properties for every type of visitor. Choose from luxury oceanfront houses and condos to more reasonbly priced 2nd row properties with oceanviews. Many properties include pools and hot tubs as well, perfect for outdoor entertaining, and many are dog friendly.   Lanier also notes that all properties are within walking or driving distance to Pleasure Island’s main attractions – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The former, as described by Lanier, is the more commercialized of the two destinations and features a boardwalk, outdoor dining options and a plethora of weekly activities including fireworks, live music, amusement park pop-ups, and movies under the stars. Kure Beach offers a more residential feel with its fishing pier, intimate restaurants and family favorite, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.More water fun awaits, too. “There is a harbor and a canal that feed into the intercoastal. We have several properties on the harbor so guests can bring their boat, kayak, [or jet ski] and travel between islands,” says Lanier.   A stay with Victory Beach Vacations is an annual pilgrimage for most. “A large percentage of guests are previous guests. Some even reserve the same property for the next year as they’re checking out,” Lanier says. “It’s almost like it’s their personal vacation home.”   Even before guests arrive at their vacation destination, the Victory Beach Vacations’ website greets them with a live beach cam and exquisite aerial footage of both Carolina and Kure Beaches. See for yourself by scanning the QR code and call Victory Beach Vacations at 910.458.0868 to book your Cape Fear getaway. Start making your memories today! —Grace Silipigni

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