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Fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach, NC

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

These waters will yield anything from Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel to Bluefish and Mahi Mahi.

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Inshore fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is popular with anglers, who come to explore the calm inshore waters. From the exciting Tarpon fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

You can 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 accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

The most affordable 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Wrightsville Beach costs $200 for 2 anglers.

You can find about 41 fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach and nearby cities. You will have plenty of choices to find your next fishing outing.

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Best time for inshore fishing

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

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Offshore fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach

Whether you're a novice angler or an experienced fisherman, offshore fishing in Wrightsville Beach is a must-do activity. With miles of coastline to explore, you're sure to have a great outing.

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

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. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Wrightsville Beach.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Wrightsville Beach and nearby cities. 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 will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Wrightsville Beach.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach family-friendly fishing trips are great for beginners, kids, and families. 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.

Usually, family-friendly fishing trips take place in calm waters like creeks and small bays. Since the waters are calm, your family can focus on relaxing fishing.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

The perfect choice for a family with kids will be an inshore fishing trip. Your children will learn more about fish and won’t feel exhausted after a quick adventure.

On average, the price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip is $436 for 2 guests. Add $50 for an extra angler. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach waters have one of the most productive shark fisheries in the US. If you want to target these famous ocean predators, then hire a Wrightsville Beach shark fishing charter.

There are plenty of options for your next shark fishing trip near Wrightsville 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. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit offshore and inshore waters, from mangrove swamps to reef dropoffs. Depending on the size, sharks could be found from the shallow grounds to the offshore waters.

Bait is an essential component of any shark fishing adventure. Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner would be the ideal bait for shark fishing. Fishing charters prepare the best bait depending on the targeted shark species.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. 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 Wrightsville Beach 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 Wrightsville Beach

You can catch sharks all year round. March-October can be an optimal time for shark fishing in Wrightsville Beach.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Wrightsville Beach

Tarpon are known as one of the world’s best fighting fish. You should have a very good chance at catching Tarpon by hiring one of the local guides. They will show you all the productive spots and efficient methods.

Tarpon can be found in inshore waters, sallows, and bays. Top fishing bait would be mullet, carb, pinfish, and shrimp.

Note: Tarpon are a protected catch-and-release-only species. By law, Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with your catch, take a quick photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

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

In Wrightsville Beach and nearby cities, there are around 15 fishing charters specialized in Tarpon fishing.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Wrightsville Beach

Tarpon fishing season in Wrightsville Beach is late spring through summer. The peak 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 with no additional payments.

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

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 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 Wrightsville Beach?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Wrightsville Beach are:

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