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Fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Top 3 fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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Ocean Isle Beach fishing charters have easy access to backwater and deep sea fishing grounds.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Ocean Isle Beach. These waters are filled with Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, Mahi Mahi, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach

If you’re wondering where to cast a line near Ocean Isle Beach to make the most of the inshore fishing, you’ll find there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. From grassy shallows to numerous bays, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.

You can 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

$465 is the average price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip and 2 people. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Ocean Isle Beach found on our platform.

You can find about 41 fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach and nearby cities. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

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Best time for inshore fishing

July, June and September are the best months for inshore fishing near Ocean Isle Beach.

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Offshore fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach

If you're looking for a unique offshore fishing experience, Ocean Isle Beach is the place to be. With world-class fishing charters available, you're sure to reel in a big catch.

There are a lot of options for your next fishing trip near Ocean Isle Beach. 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

$770 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

The cheapest 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Ocean Isle Beach found on our platform costs $595 for 2 anglers.

In Ocean Isle Beach and nearby cities, there are about 29 offshore fishing charters. So you'll have a variety of options for your next fishing adventure.

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.

The average tips are 15-20% of the total fishing charter price.

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Best time for offshore fishing

July, June and September are the best months for offshore fishing near Ocean Isle Beach.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach family-friendly fishing charters offer short trips for a quick outing — perfect for families with kids. The fishing charter Captain will teach you about different species of fish and show you various fishing techniques.

Inshore fishing could be your next choice if you prefer to be close to land and away from the wild seas. When you’re fishing inshore, you’ll usually be within a few miles of the coast.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. It’s a short trip for a quick outing — perfect for kids because they will learn something new and won’t get tired.

On average, the price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip is $436 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

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Shark fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach

One of the world’s most famous game fish, sharks, are plentiful in the waters near Ocean Isle Beach. Ocean Isle Beach shark fishing charters are perfect for families with young children or those who are looking to try their hands at shark fishing.

There are plenty of options for your next shark fishing trip near Ocean Isle Beach. These waters are home to Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: not all shark species can be caught or landed in North Carolina. Some species are considered prohibited. These sharks have to be released. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks prefer to live in shallow coastal waters, nearshore, and even deep sea waters. Shallows are a playground for juveniles, while deep waters are home to adult sharks.

Using dead bait is the most consistent way to catch sharks. Live or dead bait may include Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner. Usually, fishing charters prepare it in advance.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour shark fishing trip is $522 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional guest. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

There are more than 13 fishing companies in Ocean Isle Beach and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Ocean Isle Beach.

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Best time for shark fishing in Ocean Isle Beach

You can target sharks all year round. March-October tends to be the best time to catch sharks in Ocean Isle Beach.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Ocean Isle Beach

Tarpon is one of the most desired trophy fish in Ocean Isle Beach. You should have a very good chance at catching Tarpon by hiring one of the local guides. They will show you the best spots and fishing methods.

Tarpon live in bays, lagoons, and even rivers. Top fishing bait would be mullet, carb, pinfish, and shrimp.

Note: Tarpon is exclusively a catch-and-release fishery. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. An extra guest fee is $50.

You can find 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Ocean Isle Beach and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Ocean Isle Beach

Late spring and summer are the best seasons to go after Tarpon in Ocean Isle Beach waters. The best months are September, August, and July.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. You will have everything you need for a fishing trip: rods, reels, tackle, lures, and cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean the catch with no additional payments.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the people on the vessel.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning 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 make a reservation 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. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Ocean Isle Beach?

There are several boat ramps and marinas near Ocean Isle Beach. Most of the fishing charters launch from:

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