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Head out with Captain Judson and get ready for an exciting day of fishing for Speckled Trout without going too far from the dock!...Read More
While the southern coast of North Carolina is known for having great offshore fishing, the nearshore fishing is just as exciting. These inshores and nearshores are flush with shipwrecks and artificial reefs that are harder to find in the Northern areas of the coast. These areas are known to have plenty of Speckled Trout year-round. Wilmington is the most popular spot in this area and is home to various fishing tournaments throughout the year. It's safe to say the fishing here will make for a great trip!
On this 4, 6, or 8-hour trip, Captain Judson will take you from Ogden to the shallow water flats, backwaters, and creeks of the Cape Fear River off the coast of North Carolina where you'll be going after Bluefish and Speckled Trout. You'll be using a couple of different methods to catch these eye-catching fish including light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Captain Judson knows these waters like the back of his hand and is sure to get you where the fish are biting!
You'll be fishing aboard a 17’ Maverick skiff boat with a capacity for 6 people. Equipped with a 125 HP Yamaha engine, this boat is maneuverable and will get you to even hard to reach spots in the inshore and nearshore areas. This vessel comes with a trolling motor, elevated casting platforms, a push-pole and a power-pole to let you get those perfect casts!
Captain Judson will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and live bait. Cold waters and a cooler full of ice will be on board with enough room to store your own food and drinks. All you need to bring are sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Even if the weather does not show rain, a rain jacket is recommended. Come aboard and Captain Judson will make sure you get some picture-worthy fish!
A fisherman since he was just a few years old, Captain Judson developed his love for being on the water with his dad at Topsail Beach, North Carolina....Read More
In his early days, Captain Judson began fly fishing the streams and rivers of the North Carolina Mountains as well as the inshore and nearshore waters of Topsail Beach.
In middle school when his grandfather gifted Judson his first fly tying vice, he started tying his own flies and building his own lures. After college, Captain Judson decided to follow his passion and pursued a full-time career in guiding fishing trips.
Captain Judson’s love for fishing has taken him around the world and he has had the opportunity to guide in incredible places including Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee, and the Florida Keys. Now he focuses his time on his three favorite fisheries: North Carolina, Louisiana, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Although his passion for fishing runs strong, Captain Judson says his favorite part about being a guide is the relationships he has built on the water with his clients of all walks of life.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only catch fish, but show you a great time on the water, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR code (like a mobile boarding pass). Just show your guide your QR code on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to go fishing. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a full refund. Your safety is our top concern.
We're always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No cleaning service provided.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No meal provided.
RODS, REELS & TACKLE
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
WE WILL HAVE A COOLER FULL OF ICE AND BOTTLED WATER. WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF EXTRA COOLER. ROOM FOR ANY SNACKS, LUNCHES, OR DRINKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BRING. SUNSCREEN (NO SPRAY SUNSCREEN) RAIN GEAR. EVEN IF THERE IS NO RAIN IN THE FORECAST, A RAIN JACKET AND RAIN PAINTS ARE ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE WITH YOU. ESPECIALLY IN THE COLDER MONTHS. ADEQUATE CLOTHING. IN THE SUMMER MONTHS BE SURE TO WEAR SUN RATED CLOTHING THAT BREATHES WELL AND IN THE COOLER MONTHS BE SURE TO BRING PLENTY OF LAYERS. POLARIZED SUNGLASSES. THESE WILL HELP YOU SEE FISH IN THE WATER AND PROTECT YOUR EYES. NON MARKING SHOES. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BRING BLACK SOLED SHOES ON THE BOAT, THEY LEAVE MARKS ON THE BOAT THAT ARE VERY HARD TO GET OFF.
Nothing additional needed.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 10 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
Ogden, North Carolina, USA