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Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Wilmington

What are the best fishing charters in Wilmington?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 trips in Wilmington, and the most popular trips in the area are 4-8 Hour Fishing Trip - 26’ C-Hawk guided by Jordan, 4-8 Hours Fishing Trip - 23’ Regulator guided by Dave, and Wilmington Inshore Fishing Special guided by Jamie.

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Other popular fishing spots nearby for booking a charter include Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach.

What types of fishing charters are common in Wilmington?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular in Wilmington as well as inshore fishing and offshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Wilmington are: 1. spanish mackerel, 2. cobia, 3. redfish, 4. king mackerel / kingfish, and 5. mahi mahi / dorado.

The most common fishing techniques in Wilmington are light tackle fishing, trolling, and heavy tackle fishing but bottom fishing and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do Wilmington fishing charters cost?

in Wilmington prices can range anywhere from $425 to $950, but the average price for a half day in Wilmington is $446. The average price for a full day in Wilmington is $771.

When is the best time to go fishing in Wilmington?

The most popular season for fishing in Wilmington is summer, and most anglers book their trips 42 days in advance.

Where can I get a Wilmington fishing license and what are the bag limits in Wilmington?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Wilmington, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Wilmington. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Wilmington.

Fishing Wilmington, North Carolina

With an abundance of fish to target and spots to hit Wilmington has enough opportunities to keep you coming back for years. There is quality fishing in all directions with prime inshore fishing on the coast, shallow structures in the nearshore waters, and the Gulf Stream is just a short boat ride away. It is also worth noting that the Carolina Coast is gorgeous and the perfect vacation spot for any group, anglers or not.

Wilmington Inshore Fishing

Stay close to shore and target well-known species in the backwater inlets, channels, canals, or even the pier. The inshore species are well-known favorites across the U.S. including redfish, black drum, striped bass, flounder, speckled trout, and sheepshead. Their popularity is well warranted because they are a joy to catch and make for tasty meals. The calmer inshore waters and variety of target species make Wilmington the perfect place for any group to take a fishing trip.

Wilmington Nearshore Fishing

Heading away from shore to the wrecks and reefs will put you in the perfect spot to troll for spanish mackerel, kingfish, albacore tuna, bluefish, and sea bass. Fishing deeper near the structure is the perfect way to target various species of snapper, grouper, and triggerfish. Any of these fish species will provide all the rod bending action you can handle with the bonus of being exceptionally good to eat.

Wilmington Offshore Fishing

A true offshore trip to the Gulf Stream can land you snapper, amberjack, cobia, mahi-mahi, wahoo, and for the lucky anglers among us blue marlin or blackfin tuna. Trolling is going to be the most effective for targeting these explosive predators but bait can also be utilized for amberjack and snapper. All of these fish are a blast to catch because they will crush your bait and take line. If you hook into one of the larger species you might be in the fighting chair for a while.

Things to do in Wilmington

Wilmington is an amazing vacation destination and will not let you down when you get off the water. This city is home to plenty of oceanside restaurants and even craft beer. For a beach day head over to Wrightsville beach to get all the relaxation you need with amazing ocean views. Need a day indoors? No problem, Wilmington is home to both the Railroad and Children's Museum which is sure to please any group. There is truly something for everyone here and would make a great place for your next trip.

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Wilmington Tides and Weather

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How are fishing conditions in Wilmington?

Wilmington Fishing Reports from Our Damn Good Guides. See more reports for Wilmington.

    The last couple weeks the wind has kept some from getting out and fishing but when the weather has cooperated fishing had been producing some nice fish. Trolling for Pelagic's has been spotty and when you do find them numbers have been down compared to previous seasons. Bottom fishing when you find your spot has been extremely good producing keeper gag grouper and for some reason lots of cobia. Almost every bottom trip produces keeper size cobia. Many of us agree that our cooler than usual spring that went straight to intense summer heat may have derailed some of the usual migration of certain species. That being said last few days those missing fishing are starting to show.
    The last couple weeks the wind has kept some from getting out and fishing but when the weather has cooperated fishing had been producing some nice fish. Trolling for Pelagic's has been spotty and when you do find them numbers have been down compared to previous seasons. Bottom fishing when you find your spot has been extremely good producing keeper gag grouper and for some reason lots of cobia. Almost every bottom trip produces keeper size cobia. Many of us agree that our cooler than usual spring that went straight to intense summer heat may have derailed some of the usual migration of certain species. That being said last few days those missing fishing are starting to show.
    The last couple weeks the wind has kept some from getting out and fishing but when the weather has cooperated fishing had been producing some nice fish. Trolling for Pelagic's has been spotty and when you do find them numbers have been down compared to previous seasons. Bottom fishing when you find your spot has been extremely good producing keeper gag grouper and for some reason lots of cobia. Almost every bottom trip produces keeper size cobia. Many of us agree that our cooler than usual spring that went straight to intense summer heat may have derailed some of the usual migration of certain species. That being said last few days those missing fishing are starting to show.