Morehead City Fishing Charters

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What are the best fishing charters in Morehead City?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 37 trips in Morehead City, and the most popular trips in the area are NC Classic Inshore Fishing Trip guided by Joe, Disabled Vet Fishing Project guided by Joseph, and Harker's Island Charter guided by Jason.

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Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Atlantic Beach, Beaufort and Sealevel.

What types of fishing charters are common in Morehead City?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Morehead City as well as inshore fishing and deep sea fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Morehead City are: 1. kingfish, 2. spanish mackerel, 3. blacktip shark, and 4. cobia.

The most common fishing techniques in Morehead City are light tackle fishing, trolling, and drift fishing but bottom fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much do Morehead City fishing charters cost?

in Morehead City prices can range anywhere from $250 to $3,000, but the average price for a half day trip in Morehead City is $544. The average price for a full day trip in Morehead City is $1,112.

What month is best for fishing in Morehead City?

The most popular season for fishing in Morehead City is summer, and most anglers book their trips 20 days in advance.

Do I need a Morehead City fishing license and what are the bag limits in Morehead City?

You’re in luck! Our fishing tours in Morehead City don’t require you to purchase a fishing license – your group is covered by your boat’s captain. See here for more information on bag limits and fishing season regulations in Morehead City.

Morehead City Fishing Overview

Morehead City, North Carolina is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts, with a charter fleet consisting of top-notch vessels that are highly successful in catching trophy gamefish. The city's reputation for exceptional fishing draws anglers from all over the world, particularly those eager to participate in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

While trophy Marlin is a popular target in these waters, the Newport Marshes are also a favorite spot for Redfish, Trout, and Flounder, while Radio Island is rich with a variety of fish species, including Sheepshead and Sharks. Nearshore reefs offer exciting battles with Cobia, Barracuda, and Amberjack, while the Gulf Stream is home to Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, as well as Blue and White Marlin.

Radio Island is easily accessible from Highway 70 and is ideal for anglers seeking a quick taste of the inshore fishery. Extended half-day trips to the nearshore reefs and wrecks are perfect for filling your cooler and experiencing thrilling battles, while full-day packages are best spent in the Gulf Stream, where you're most likely to hook a ""Grander.""

The pier on the northmost side of Radio Island is the primary departure point for most boats and offers ample parking space and other amenities for anglers planning to stay for extended periods.

Traveling with a licensed charter captain eliminates the need for a fishing license and is strongly recommended for Billfishing trips from Morehead City. It's important to adhere to all rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable fishing experience.

Morehead City Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing lets you explore the inlets, miles of shoreline, and sounds that Morehead City has to offer. The major bodies of water commonly fished are the Beaufort, Barden, and Drum inlets, and the Bogue, Back, and Core sounds as well as the Newport River. This provides plenty of inshore fishing opportunities and spots to target the species you are after. The inshore species you can expect to catch are redfish, black drum, spotted sea trout (speckled trout), and sheepshead. There are so many options, it is easy for our guides to tailor a trip based on your needs.

Morehead City Nearshore Fishing

There are endless reefs, shipwrecks, and underwater structures off the coast holding tons of exhilarating fish. Various snapper and grouper species along with tilefish hang out around these deep structures and dropping baited lines is the best way to catch them. Trolling around the reefs and other nearshore structures will produce sea bass, amberjack, kingfish, and albacore all of which will put up an incredible fight. Nearshore fishing out of Morehead City is an ideal fishing trip with short travel times and plenty of formidable fish.

Offshore Fishing in Morehead City

Located in the corner of North Carolina, the area gets some incredible offshore fishing. Heading out to the vast offshore fishing grounds your options include sought-after sportfish like tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi, and wahoo. If you are feeling adventurous, head here for the giant bluefin tuna run from December through February. For anglers that can’t get enough, take an overnight trip out to Ocracoke or Hatteras to hit remote waters that hold giant fish.

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Popular Types of Fishing In Morehead City

Morehead City fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of fishing charters include inshore, offshore, and deep-sea fishing. Inshore fishing charters are perfect for those who want to stay close to shore and catch species such as flounder, red drum, and speckled trout. Offshore fishing charters take you further out to sea and target species such as tuna, mahi-mahi, and wahoo. Deep-sea fishing charters are for the most adventurous anglers and target species such as marlin, sailfish, and swordfish.

Some of the most common fish to catch in Morehead City include bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and king mackerel. Other popular species include black sea bass, grouper, and snapper. Depending on the type of fishing charter you choose, you may also have the opportunity to catch sharks, amberjack, and cobia.

When booking a Morehead City fishing charter, be sure to ask about landmarks such as the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the Beaufort Inlet. These are popular spots for fishing charters to visit and offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the area. So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, there's a Morehead City fishing charter that's perfect for you.

The Best Places To Fish In Morehead City

Morehead City, North Carolina is a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its abundance of waterways and diverse marine life, there are plenty of great spots to cast a line. Here are some of the best places to fish in Morehead City, whether you're looking to go on a fishing charter or just fish from the shore:

1. Atlantic Beach Fishing Pier - This pier is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, offering a chance to catch a variety of fish including flounder, Spanish mackerel, and bluefish.

2. Beaufort Inlet - The inlet is a great place to fish for red drum, flounder, and speckled trout. Fishing charters are available for those who want to venture out into deeper waters.

3. Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier - This pier is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, with catches including king mackerel, cobia, and tarpon.

4. Cape Lookout National Seashore - This area offers a unique fishing experience, with opportunities to catch a variety of fish including bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and even sharks. Fishing charters are available for those who want to explore the deeper waters.

5. Morehead City Waterfront - Fishing from the waterfront is a popular pastime in Morehead City, with catches including flounder, red drum, and striped bass. Fishing charters are also available for those who want to venture out into the Atlantic.

Other Things To Do In Morehead City

While Morehead City fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this North Carolina city. Take a stroll through the beautiful waterfront Jaycee Park or visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum to learn about the area's rich maritime history. For a fun family outing, head to the nearby Atlantic Beach for a day of swimming, sunbathing, and beach games. If you're looking for a bit of adventure, try your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding in the calm waters of Bogue Sound. And don't forget to indulge in some delicious seafood at one of the many local restaurants, like Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant or Ruddy Duck Tavern.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Daneil is an amazing captain. He made sure that we got a large variety of fishing experiences, we caught so many that we loss count of how many fishes were caught...we just had such an amazing day. My 17 yr old grandson slept nearly the whole way home. Highly recommend him

    Susan T. with Daniel G. of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip. Very knowledgeable guide and lots of fish caught!

    Jim B. with Joseph D. of Morehead City, North Carolina

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