C-Legs Sportfishing in Wanchese, North Carolina

Guided by John Abel

Deep Sea Nearshore

About Your Guide

Captain John Abel is USCG licensed with over 29 years charter experience and has adventurously fished from the African Coast to the various Alaskan seas, and just about every lake, river and ocean in between. He started deck-handing out on Lakes Erie and Ontario at the age of 9 with his father, learning to charter everything from walleye and yellow perch on Lake Erie to Kings, Steelhead and Coho on Lake Ontario. Joining the Coast Guard out of high school and expanding his knowledge, he began fishing commercially on the Chesapeake Bay and deck-handing out of Virginia Beach. During this time, he also took the opportunity to spend 5 months off the coast of Africa catching Marlin, Tuna and everything else the sea is home to. This experience fishing various places and learning techniques, tips and tricks put him on the fast track to being one of the best. He ventured out on his own in 2013, building a reputation as one of the best captains on Kodiak Island, AK. After 7 solid seasons chasing massive halibut, salmon and lingcod, the opportunity came to move back to the East Coast and to fulfill a burning desire to run with the best, chasing the monsters of the deep blue. Captain John eats, sleeps, and breathes fishing and has a knack for finding fish when no one else can. A day on the water with him is sure to be safe, fun, and exciting—no matter where you are on the open sea.

C-Legs Sportfishing Trips

These trips are 7-8 hours and will find us venturing anywhere from 3-20 miles out of the inlet. We will be doing everything from live baiting and jigging the towers to trolling for faster game species. These trips target numerous species, Amberjack, Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Mahi and some possible Sailfish encounters. These are fun trips with lots of action and hard pulling fish on light tackle, some of my favorite trips. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Manteo

Nearshore Adventure

100% (5)
28 ft 1 - 4 People From $300 / person

This is a 8-9-hour trip that will have us anywhere from 20-30 miles offshore working depths from 180-350 foot. The primary targets will change depending on the season and your desires, but Tilefish, Seabass, Kingfish, Amberjack are the main targets with some suprises always lurking down there. This will have you doing the fishing, we will be fishing dead bait, live bait as well as jigging. This is a fun trip, you get to sleep in a little later and be back home in time for an afternoon siesta before frying up those tasty bottom fish you just caught. On the day of the trip, you'll go aboard the Mornin' Glory, Captain John's 28' Carolina Classic sportfisher. Captain John says it best himself: "She is known for 2 things, a serious offshore sportfishing vessel with one HELLOVA ride, and a little something to keep mama happy. Weighing in at over twice most boats here size (16,000lb), coupled with a 24-degree deadrise means she keeps that sexy bottom in the water, not bouncing off of it. How do we push that, with the most reliable name in the diesel market…CUMMINS. With twin 330hp Cummins diesels she sports a cruising speed of 27kts, making a short ride to even the offshore grounds. 2nd…Mac Privott didn’t forget to add a few comforts when he designed this boat. Heating/AC, fully electric head, fridge and microwave, as well as a little space down below to recuperate after fighting that monster. Mornin’ Glory is decked out with the latest in electronics, a full SIMRAD suite from 4G Radar down to Chirp sounders for finding those monsters that lurk in the deep. When it comes to gear, she is decked with the latest from Okuma, Penn and Shimano to handle anything from flounder and croaker to the offshore big boys that haunt your dreams and will test your metal. But most importantly, the Mornin' Glory is loaded with good times." To make the most of the day, make sure to bring the essentials: Polarized Sunglasses, Hat, Weather-Appropriate Clothing, Sunscreen, and a Camera! Don't forget your Fishing License either—you can't get on the water without one. Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Manteo

Full Day Bottomfishing Slam

100% (5)
28 ft 1 - 4 People From $350 / person

These trips are more adventure than fishing trip, adventures are what keep anglers up at all hours of the night, these monsters will haunt you. This adventure tests your C-Legs, leaving the dock before sunrise and usually returns 10-12hrs later running to grounds that are 35-60miles from the inlet. The life, scenery and remoteness will mesmerize you, until that rod doubles over and has you wondering if you’re “Tough Enough”. Depending on the time of year the species will change, Yellowfin, Bigeye, Blackfin and Giant Bluefin Tuna, White and Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Mahi. We can include bottom fishing on this trip as well if desired, just let us know beforehand. On the day of the trip, you'll go aboard the Mornin' Glory, Captain John's 28' Carolina Classic sportfisher. Captain John says it best himself: "She is known for 2 things, a serious offshore sportfishing vessel with one HELLOVA ride, and a little something to keep mama happy. Weighing in at over twice most boats here size (16,000lb), coupled with a 24-degree deadrise means she keeps that sexy bottom in the water, not bouncing off of it. How do we push that, with the most reliable name in the diesel market…CUMMINS. With twin 330hp Cummins diesels she sports a cruising speed of 27kts, making a short ride to even the offshore grounds. 2nd…Mac Privott didn’t forget to add a few comforts when he designed this boat. Heating/AC, fully electric head, fridge and microwave, as well as a little space down below to recuperate after fighting that monster. Mornin’ Glory is decked out with the latest in electronics, a full SIMRAD suite from 4G Radar down to Chirp sounders for finding those monsters that lurk in the deep. When it comes to gear, she is decked with the latest from Okuma, Penn and Shimano to handle anything from flounder and croaker to the offshore big boys that haunt your dreams and will test your metal. But most importantly, the Mornin' Glory is loaded with good times." To make the most of the day, make sure to bring the essentials: Polarized Sunglasses, Hat, Weather-Appropriate Clothing, Sunscreen, and a Camera! Don't forget your Fishing License either—you can't get on the water without one. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Manteo

Offshore Fishing Trip

100% (5)
28 ft 1 - 4 People From $450 / person

Recent Reviews of C-Legs Sportfishing

Paul W.

Fishing

Went above and beyond just taking us fishing . Told our group a good place to stay , a few places to enjoy dinner and then took us out to catch some big fish .

DAMIEN B.

Fishing

Recently took us out and overall a great experience! Really cool guy and goes above and beyond to catch fish for you! Thanks for the kindness towards WWP!

Austin C.

Fishing

Captain John does an amazing job of puting you on the fish. He is motivated and loves what he does. Trolling was slow on our trip so he took us where we could get some action and meat. It was an awesome day on the water and he and his mate made it a great trip. We all left with sore arms and full coolers. Thanks John, can’t wait to get down to fish with you guys again!

Jeff M.

Fishing

I took my son on the all day trip. We stopped and fished for tile fish on the way out, and then headed further out forMarlin. We had 2 Marlin hits but were not able to land them. Both my son and I had a great day, and I recommend this trip if you are considering it. Due to the length of the trip and the run out and back, I would not recommend this for smaller kids.

Nicholas B.

Fishing

Overall awesome day with captain John and Eddy fishing for amberjack! We caught our live bait before heading about 20 miles offshore to where the magic happened. I had never experienced anything like it being from PA fishing streams. The amberjack bit often and fought hard. After blowing through live bait we troll fished and caught some barracuda albacore and kingfish. John and Eddy are great guys who love what they do. Their level of excitement made it all the more exciting for us.

Species

Amberjack, Barracuda, Bigeye Tuna, Black Seabass, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Cobia, False Albacore, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Swordfish, Tilefish, Wahoo, White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Deep Dropping, Drift Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Jigging, Live Bait Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea, Nearshore

Start Location

1100 South Bay Club Drive, Manteo, NC, USA | Bodies of water fished: Outer Banks

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