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Fishing charters in Oak Island, NC

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Whether you are planning a family-friendly fishing charter or a deep sea fishing adventure Oak Island fishing charters will show you the best fishing spots.

Local fishing charters will do whatever it takes to reel in Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, Mahi Mahi, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Oak Island

Oak Island is famous for its inshore fishing grounds. From grassy shallows to numerous bays, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Cobia, Redfish, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter is $436 for 2 anglers. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

The most affordable rates start at $200 for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip near Oak Island.

You can find more than 41 fishing companies in Oak Island and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for inshore fishing

July, June and September will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Oak Island.

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Offshore fishing charters in Oak Island

Are you looking for an offshore adventure? Oak Island offshore fishing charters have quick access to the open water. They can put you in the best fishing spots

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Oak Island. These waters a home to King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Black Sea Bass, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter is $682 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

The cheapest rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Oak Island.

You can find more than 29 fishing companies in Oak Island and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

The best time to go offshore fishing in Oak Island are considered to be July, June and September.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Oak Island

Oak Island family-friendly fishing charters provide trips for anglers of all ages. Your Captain will show you how to use the tackle and catch different species of fish.

Your party will enjoy fun fishing in waters like creeks, flats, and small bays. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip. Your family won’t get tired during a short outing.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Oak Island

Sharks are one of the most famous game fish in the waters of Oak Island. Oak Island shark fishing charters are committed to providing you with an exciting fishing experience.

Oak Island shark fishing charters will put you on Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: you can keep certain North Carolina shark species, but most sharks are off-limits for harvesting. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Coastal, shelf, and island waters are home to various species of sharks. Pups and juveniles occur in shallow waters, while larger sharks can be found in offshore waters.

Live or dead baits are great for shark fishing. Live or dead bait may include Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

You can find 13 fishing charters in Oak Island and nearby cities. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

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Best time for shark fishing in Oak Island

Sharks are active all year round in Oak Island, though they are more plentiful from March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Oak Island

Tarpon fishing is the most exciting fishing trip you can have in Oak Island. Oak Island guides specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will show you various fishing methods and productive spots.

Tarpon live in bays, lagoons, and even rivers. Shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs would be the ideal fishing bait.

Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. And keep in mind that Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with your trophy, take a photo of a lifetime, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the base price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter is $580 for 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50.

15 fishing companies can help you with Tarpon fishing in Oak Island and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Oak Island

Tarpon season starts in late spring and lasts until the end of summer. The best months are September, August, and July.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch for free.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. This license covers all the anglers on the vessel.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can reserve a trip with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

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