Carolina Traditions Guide Co in Beaufort, North Carolina

Guided by Joe Tunstall

Flats Inshore Jetty Nearshore River

About Your Guide

33 Years of Experience
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Captain Joe has been fishing the waters of coastal North Carolina his entire life, with over 30 years experience. He has traveled the Eastern seaboard as a professional waterman, working in commercial and recreational fishing most of his life. His knowledge for the species he pursues is never quenched, and he's always striving to increase and refine his skill set.

Captain Joe strives to give you the experience of a lifetime. Whether it be light tackle or fly, near coastal or in the marsh, from the boat or the beach, he’ll put you on the fish. The sizzling heat of your fly reel being peeled to the backing at lighting speeds or freight train runs of old in the Pamlico Sound on a spinning reel; Whatever your choice of quarry Captain Joe will hook you up!

Captain Joe’s family has been in the tidewater region since the beginning of the Virginia Colony. His great Grandfather was a registered guide on the Pamlico River guiding thrill seeking anglers to their challenge of the world class Red Drum fishery in the early 1900’s. Captain Joe carries on his family heritage of vast local knowledge steeped in coastal folk lore and incorporates that into your customized fishing experience.

If you're looking for a passionate fisherman who can tell you generation-old tips, fun facts and stories about the waters you're fishing, this is the guide for you!

Carolina Traditions Guide Co Trips

Head out with Captain Joe and get ready for an exciting day of fly fishing in the fish-rich North Carolina nearshores! Nearshore fishing trips in the waters just off the coast of Beaufort are a great way for anglers to chase after some exceptional game catches without going too far from the dock. These inshore and nearshore waters are home to a nice selection of popular Mid-Atlantic varieties. On this 4 to 10-hour trip, Captain Joe will take you from Beaufort to neashore areas just off the North Carolina coast. In these waters you'll be going after Bonito, Cobia, King Mackerel, Little Tunny, Redfish, and Spanish Mackerel. You can go after these fish using either light tackle or bottom fishing. Whatever fish you want to go after, Captain Joe will get you set up with the best method and bait! You'll be fishing aboard a 23’ Sea Ox center console with a capacity for 5 people. Equipped with a 150 HP Honda engine, this boat will get you where the fish are biting! It comes with a bimini top, a fish finder, and live well to let you cruise in comfort. Captain Joe will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring are sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Come on out with Captain Joe! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Harkers Island

Nearshore Fishing Trip

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $138 / person

Head out with Captain Joe and get ready for an exciting day of fly fishing in the fish-rich North Carolina inshores! Inshore fishing trips in the waters throughout Beaufort are a great way for anglers to chase after some exceptional game catches without going too far from the dock. These inshore and nearshore waters are home to a nice selection of popular Mid-Atlantic varieties. On this 3/4 or full-day trip, Captain Joe will take you from Beaufort to the inshore areas like the Beaufort Inlet, the Bogue Sound, the Core Sound, the Newport River, or the North River. In these waters you'll be going after Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Speckled Trout. To go after these fish you can use a few different methods such as light tackle, bottom fishing and trolling. Whatever fish you want to go after, Captain Joe will get you set up with the best method and bait! You'll be fishing aboard a 23’ Sea Ox center console with a capacity for 5 people. Equipped with a 150 HP Honda engine, this boat will get you where the fish are biting! It comes with a bimini top, a fish finder, and live well to let you cruise in comfort. Captain Joe will provide all rods, reels, tackle and live bait. All you need to bring are sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Book your trip today and let Captain Joe take care of the rest! Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Beaufort

NC Classic Inshore Fishing Trip

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23 ft 1 - 3 People From $150 / person

Head out with Captain Joe and get ready for an exciting day of fly fishing in the fish-rich North Carolina inshores! Inshore fishing trips in the waters throughout Beaufort are a great way for anglers to chase after some exceptional game catches without going too far from the dock. These inshore and nearshore waters are home to a nice selection of popular Mid-Atlantic varieties. On this 3/4 or full-day trip, Captain Joe will take you from Beaufort to neashore areas just off the coast, or inshore areas like the Beaufort Inlet, the Bogue Sound, the Core Sound, the Newport River, or the North River. In these waters you'll be going after Bluefish, Little Tunny, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Speckled Trout. All you'll need is a fly rod to target these colorful species of fish. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced fly fisher, Captain Joe will give you some helpful guidance to get you ready to cast away! You'll be fishing aboard a 23’ Sea Ox center console with a capacity for 5 people. Equipped with a 150 HP Honda engine, this boat will get you where the fish are biting! It comes with a bimini top, a fish finder, and live well to let you cruise in comfort. Captain Joe will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring are sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Book your trip and let Captain Joe take care of the rest! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Beaufort

Nearshore Fly Fishing

100% (8)
23 ft 1 - 4 People From $125 / person

Experience the thrill of sightfishing in the pristine waters of Harker's Island, NC, with Captain Joe as your guide. Whether you're an advanced angler, a beginner looking to hone your skills, or somewhere in between, our fishing trip offers something for everyone. Using light tackle and fly fishing techniques, we'll target a variety of species in the backwaters, nearshore areas, jetties, rivers, and flats. Captain Joe's expertise and passion for sightfishing will ensure an incredible adventure on the water. With his guidance, you'll have the opportunity to spot elusive fish, make precise casts, and witness the exhilarating moment when your bait or fly is taken. Whether you're a seasoned angler looking for a new challenge or a beginner eager to learn, Captain Joe will tailor the trip to suit your skill level and provide valuable insights and techniques to enhance your fishing experience. As you explore the diverse fishing grounds of Harker's Island, you'll be immersed in the natural beauty of the surroundings. From tranquil backwaters teeming with life to the expansive flats where fish stealthily patrol, every location offers a unique sightfishing opportunity. Don't miss your chance to join Captain Joe on this unforgettable journey, where you'll sightfish a variety of species using light tackle and fly fishing techniques, all while surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Harker's Island, NC. Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River Fishing Charter in Harkers Island

Backwater Sightfishing, Fly/Spin

100% (8)
17 ft 1 - 2 People From $250 / person

Recent Reviews of Carolina Traditions Guide Co

Jackie

Verified Review Fishing

We had an awesome time with capt. Joe. He worked extremely hard to put us on the fish. Water conditions weren't to our favor, But we will be back next year. Can't wait to fish with our new found friend again. And have another great day on the water. ☆☆☆☆☆

Wesley A

Fishing

Joe was a phenomenal guide. Very knowledgeable and trustworthy. Put us on fish and could not be a nicer guy. Highly recommend

Brittany W.

Fishing

Had the best time! Went out not expecting to boat an old red, as that's just the way it goes sometimes when after these fish. My boyfriend had never experienced hooking up to one. Joe was amazing, took care of everything, and dang if he didn't deliver! Not even an hour out and we had one in the boat.

Bo P.

Fishing

Capt. Joe did a phenomenal job putting us on fish during a tough bite. He’s one of the hardest working guides I’ve ever fished when it comes to getting his clients opportunities. We had spoken several times before the trip and Capt. Joe was extremely knowledgeable and clearly communicated the different options we’d have available to us when it came to target species and techniques during the time of our trip. He was also very accommodating as we had more people than normal. In addition to the fishing, Capt. Joe is also an encyclopedia when it comes to local history. We’ll definitely book again for our vacation next year.

Barrett D.

Fishing

If you are looking for a guide for redfish look no further. Capt. Joe not only knows how to find the fish he is just a super nice guy. Some people just have fishing in their blood and he is definitely one of those people. I highly recommend you giving him a call!!

Amanda N.

Fishing

My husband and I spent the day with it with Captain Joe yesterday and have been talking about it ever since! We were blown away by Joe’s ability to find fish.. it seemed as though he could literally spot them from a mile away! He continuously put us on fish, over and over again, all day long. To top it off, he was incredibly kind, personable, and fun which made our trip even better. We were lucky enough to have perfect conditions, but truly feel that Joe can make a trip worthwhile in any situation given his willingness to try new techniques and locations, and his vast knowledge of the local area. We are already thinking about when we can book again, who we could take with us, and who we could recommend Joe to. There is a reason that Joe has so many 5 star reviews.. he is an exceptional fishing guide. We will definitely book with him again in the future and would recommend him to anyone else looking for a truly memorable experience!

Nate M.

Fishing

Had the best day with Joe. Took me out to a beautiful area to chase red drum. Local guy that can catch anything on top water plugs or crazy charlie flies. Has all the knowledge, technique and gear you could ever need. Can’t wait to come back for another round.

Phyllis N.

Fishing

We had a great time! Caught fish, saw dolphins and wild horses.

Joseph W.

Fishing

One of the best guides around. Truly great guy, and he will put you on the fish!

Species

Black Drum, Bluefish, Bonito, Cobia, False Albacore, Flounder, Kingfish, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Weakfish

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Drift Fishing, Fly Fishing, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Topwater Fishing, Trolling, Wading

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore, River

Start Location

Cape Pointe Marina, Island Road, Harkers Island, NC, USA | Bodies of water fished: North River, Newport River, Beaufort Inlet, Bogue Sound, Core Sound, Cape Lookout, Back Sound, The Straits

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