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Fishing charters in Surf City, NC

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Whether you are looking for a calm inshore fishing or a deep sea fishing adventure, Surf City fishing options are only a click away.

You can land Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Bluefish, Mahi Mahi, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Surf City

Surf City is famous for its inshore fishing grounds. From backcountry fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

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

Inshore fishing trips are good for families with kids, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

$436 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.

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

In Surf City and nearby cities, there are more than 41 inshore fishing charters. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best time to go inshore fishing in Surf City are considered to be July, June and September.

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Offshore fishing charters in Surf City

Surf City offers some of the best offshore fishing in the country. With knowledgeable guides, you'll be sure to have a great time.

King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Black Sea Bass, and King Mackerel can be your next catch.

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

$682 is the average price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip and 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Surf City.

In Surf City and nearby cities, there are more than 29 offshore fishing charters. So you'll have a lot of options to book your next fishing trip.

Keep in mind that it takes time to get to the best offshore fishing spots. It’s better to take a 6-hour offshore fishing trip if you want more fishing action.

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 months for offshore fishing near Surf City are July, June and September.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Surf City

Surf City family-friendly fishing charters offer unique fishing options for novice anglers of all ages. Help your children catch their first fish, a memory that will last a lifetime. Your Captain will show you how to bait a hook and catch different species of fish.

Inshore fishing could be your next choice if you prefer to be close to land and away from the wild seas. Inshore waters offer consistent year-round fishing through seasonal changes.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

A family-friendly 4-hour fishing trip could be a perfect choice for a group with kids. This short trip is 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. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

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Shark fishing charters in Surf City

Surf City waters have one of the most productive shark fisheries in the US. Surf City shark fishing charters are committed to providing you with an exciting fishing experience.

Local shark fishing charters target a variety of sharks including species like Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in North Carolina and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit tropical to subtropical coastal, shelf, and inland waters. Depending on the size, sharks could be found from the shallow grounds to the offshore waters.

Fresh bait is used for shark fishing. The perfect live or dead bait for targeting sharks could be Mullet, Little Tunny, Landyfish, or Blue Runner. Usually, fishing charters prepare the bait before they take off on the water.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 persons depending on the length of the craft.

There are about 13 fishing guides in Surf City and nearby cities. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for shark fishing in Surf City

Most of the non-prohibited shark species can be caught any time of the year. The best months for shark fishing in Surf City are March through October.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Surf City

Surf City attracts ambitious anglers looking to target Tarpon. Local fishing guides can help you to target Tarpon. They will show you all the spots, techniques, and provide you with the best bait.

Tarpon can be found in inlets, shallows, and bays. The perfect bait for targeting the silver king could be crabs, shrimps, mullet, or pinfish.

Note: The best practice is never to bring your catch in the boat because Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So take a photo of a lifetime, measure your trophy, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

On average, the price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip is $580 for 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person.

15 fishing companies can help you with Tarpon fishing in Surf City and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Surf City

Tarpon season starts in late spring and lasts until the end of summer. The best months for Tarpon fishing 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 anything that you catch.

A Saltwater fishing license is included in the price. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

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 deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. The average 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 Surf City?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Surf City are:

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