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Whether you want the lifetime experience of landing a Blue Marlin, catching a citation Puppy Drum or reeling in a false Albacore, the Crystal Coast has it all!

Because of the Crystal Coast’s proximity to the Gulf Stream, you won’t find a better place to catch fish inshore or offshore. And, there are many ways to enjoy your fishing experience while visiting the Crystal Coast.

Head boats take out large groups of people and offer bottom fishing for snapper or black sea bass at well-known fishing locations. If you want to catch game fish like Marlin or Dolphin, our Offshore Captains and crew are more than willing to show you a thrill of a lifetime while you reel in a Big Blue! And, if you prefer hunting the inshore waters of the Crystal Coast for a drum or want to fly fish for False Albacore, we have an experienced team of Guides that will help you find your species and hook it!

Fishing from one of the Crystal Coast’s wooden piers is another great way to cast out for King Mackerel, trout, flounder, blues and the like. Both the Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach and the Bogue Inlet pier are sporting new lookout and fishing decks. They are excellent platforms for those anglers just waiting to catch the Big One!

Finally, remember the surf fishing is another way to enjoy fishing on the Crystal Coast. Whether you are wading in the surf with a fly rod, casting amongst baitfish in hopes of attracting a grey trout or bottom fishing for a fat flounder, surf fishing offers an exciting challenge.

Get ready to tell some fishing stories ladies and gentleman because the Crystal Coast’s middle name is “Fish On!”

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Recreational Fishing

Fishing Licenses & Permits

Fishing Tournaments

Beagle Fishing Charters

Deepsea & Shark Fishing Charters in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Emerald Isle with Captain Bill Dillon.

View Website PO Box 216
Harkers Island, NC 28531
(252) 670-1080

Bill Collector

Whether you are fishing for Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, Grouper, Snapper, or King Mackeral, our goal is to make your fishing experience the very best. Capt. Stephen Draughon has over 25 years experience fishing the waters off the North Carolina coast.

View Website 1905 Club House Dr.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 247-5617

Blue Water

The Blue water is a 54' custom Sport fisherman built by Harris Boat Works in Marshall berg, N.C. Bluewater is a big and comfortable fishing platform that has a great ride in the choppy weather conditions we often encounter in North Carolina waters. Blue water is fully equipped with tournament grade tackle by SHIMANO and PENN. We have a Murray Bros. fighting chair for blue marlin and bluefin tuna. The boat is equipped with excellent navigation and fish finding equipment. Chartered by Captain Gray Hall.

View Website P. O. Box 264
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 504-0651
or (252) 726-2476

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

Bogue Inlet Pier is newly rebuilt from Hurricane Irene and has been reconfigured to be Spanish Mackerel friendly on the end, in addition to allowing for an equal King Mackerel fishing area. We have an observation deck at the end of the pier where spectators can watch all of the action. There is no charge for spectators and we have plenty of beach parking.

View Website 100 Bogue Inlet Dr.
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-2919

Breakday Charters

Captain Justin Ragsdale. Inshore/Nearshore charter fishing the beautiful Crystal Coast waters in and around Morehead City, NC.  22' Tidewater bayboat with half tower and 23' Dusky with full tower. We do it all: casting, trolling, jigging, bottomfishing. Top notch gear and modern electronics. From beginner to expert, all are welcome. From Marsh to Ocean, we have your fishing needs covered. "It's your Breakday, Go Fish!" 

View Website (252) 732-0990

Cape Lookout Charters

We do it all, Plug, Grub, Jig, Topwater, Live Bait, Cut Bait and Fly Fishing. All the Equipment is provided Spin or Fly! Corporate trips, multiple boat trips, off shore trips (fly/spin/conventional) we can handle all your needs.

View Website 202 Panama Ter
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 240-2850

Capt. Bill Dillon

Deepsea & Shark Fishing Charters in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Emerald Isle

View Website PO Box 216
Harkers Island, NC 28531
(704) 495-4717
or (252) 728-0544

Capt. Dave Dietzler

We do it all, Plug, Grub, Jig, Topwater, Live Bait, Cut Bait and Fly Fishing. All the Equipment is provided Spin or Fly! Corporate trips, multiple boat trips, off shore trips (fly/spin/conventional) we can handle all your needs.

View Website
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 240-2744
or (252) 240-2850

Capt. Dean Lamont, Tightline Flyfishing and Crystal Coast Adventures

Crystal Coast Adventures in North Carolina specializes in fly fishing and light tackle guided fishing charters as well as sightseeing in the Cape Lookout, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, and Harkers Island areas of North Carolina. We offer a unique variety of services utilizing two boats; an 18ft Maverick used for redfish and trout on flats and a 25ft Hydra Sports Center Console used for inshore and offshore deep sea fishing.

View Website (919) 414-2452

Capt. Joe Shute's Bait & Tackle

Capt. Joe Shute's Bait and Tackle, established in 1991, is a "full service" tackle shop for all your fishing needs. We offer a wide variety of both inshore and offshore baits, tackle, supplies, and accessories along with providing custom rigging and instruction. Capt. Joe has 23 years experience and knowledge in fishing the Crystal Coast and surrounding areas as a fishing guide. He is available for individual lessons and group meetings as a speaker or an instructor.

View Website 601-H Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(800) 868-0941
or (252) 240-2744

Capt. Pete Manuel

Delta Dawn Charters

213 Raleigh Ave
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 240-1403
or (800) 844-5605

Capt. Pete Zook

Capt. Pete Zook has been in the chartering business for about 30yrs and has been a licensed Captain for over 25yrs. Capt. Zook has a Master License by the US Coast Guard and certifications which include Commercial Towing and the 200 ton Masters. Capt. Pete supports "Catch and Release" and is available to charter for all local tournaments.

View Website 3009 Tootle Rd.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-1097
or (252) 726-2944

Capt. Rob Edwards

The Atlantis IV is the most comfortable way to dive in North Carolina! "Once you go 'pink', you don't go back!"

View Website 145 Intracoastal Drive
Beaufort, NC 28516

Capt. Rob Pasfield

Last Cast Charters

View Website (252) 728-3907
or (252) 504-3823

Captain Stacy IV

We offer shark fishing trips, marlin fishing trips and a number of other sportfishing trips for you to enjoy. We have over 50 years of fishing experience and will have you well on your way to hooking a marlin on one of our half day, full day or overnight fishing excursions.

View Website P.O. Box 3013
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-4675

Carolina Lady

We offer full and half day fishing charters, as well as eco-tours and sight-seeing tours. Our excursions can be tailored for family, small groups and corporate events. We specialize in Inshore and Offshore fishing, with either live bait, trolling dead bait, or lures (which ever is working best at the time of your trip).

View Website Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(919) 219-0781
or (252) 247-7500

Carolina Princess

The Carolina Princess has been a well known name around the Carolinas from the 1960's to the present. From our first trip 47 years ago on the original Carolina Princess, to the current Carolina Princess, we have always been a premiere force in "Headboat" fishing by providing the very best in bottom and sport fishing with a flair that gives our fishing friends the utmost in service. From the time you talk to our office staff until you disembark the "Princess" you will be treated "just like family". Our primary goal is to make sure your fishing experience with us is the most memorable and enjoyable day on the ocean that can be offered. Our knowledgeable and friendly boat crew will be there to help with anything you need while you are onboard.

View Website 6th St. Waterfront P.O. Box 1663
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-5479
or (800) 682-3456

Carolina Traditions Fishing Charters

View Website 414 Orange Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 515-2876

Continental Shelf

The Continental Shelf offers a variety of charters to accommodate you. Morehead City's Largest and Fastest Party Boat!

View Website 8th Street (Waterfront)
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-7454

Critter Gitter Fishing Charters

Here on the Crystal Coast located along the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, we love fishing! If you are planning a family vacation or a weekend fishing trip, give us a call. Create your own water adventure...Cruise to Beaufort for lunch, go clamming, have a picnic on an island, or enjoy a day of deep sea fishing! We offer Clamming trips and Exploring in the sound!

View Website (252) 354-4414
or (252) 646-6743

Crystal Coast Adventures

Crystal Coast Adventures specializes in flyfishing and light tackle guided charters as well as cruising and sightseeing in the Cape Lookout, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, and Harkers Island areas of North Carolina. We offer a unique variety of services utilizing two boats (18ft Maverick Master Angler & 24ft Hydra Sports CC) for Red Drum on flats, inshore and offshore fishing.

View Website 515 Atlantic Beach Causway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28594

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

"Beaufort's Premiere cruising fleet offering daily sightseeing tours on the M/V Crystal Coast Lady.

The 75’ M/V Crystal Coast Lady is the largest, most comfortable super cruiser in Beaufort! She features the areas only large fully enclosed top deck that is able to be customized to fit every occasion.  This yacht is also equipped with state of the art electronics (GPS, Fish Finders, Sound and Lighting systems), kids steering station, and a giant bow viewing area that enables guests to walk out over the water, taking large group photos or intimate portraits.  On board amenities include: a fully stocked galley with full ABC permits and two restrooms.  From ½ day family fishing to dolphin and pony watching, Lunch Cruises and Dinner Cruises, the M/V Crystal Coast Lady will provide your group with an experience to last a lifetime.  This vessel is USCG certified for up to 149 passengers and specializes in customized private charters. www.crystalcoastlady.com   

617 Front Street 
Beaufort, NC 28516  (252) 728-8687 or (252) 728-7827"

View Website 600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-8687
or (252) 728-7827

Dancin' Outlaw

Give Capt. Thomas Wood a call for an adventure of a lifetime!

View Website 209 Lewis Street
Harkers Island, NC 28531
(252) 241-8346

Daycation Charters

Sightseeing, Cruising, Fishing.  Departs from either the Beaufort or Morehead City waterfronts- whatever is convenient for you!

View Website 1506 Scotts Landing
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 515-6878

Delta Dawn

Experience a first-class fishing expedition with Delta Dawn charters. Based out of Morehead City in North Carolina, the Delta Dawn and her award-winning crew are what you need to experience the true excitement of salt-water sport fishing off of the Outer Banks. The Delta Dawn sails year-round reeling in a the biggest game fish, including Dolphin, Wahoo, Sailfish, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin tuna, and the giant Bluefin Tuna.

213 Raleigh Ave.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 240-1403
or (800) 844-5605

Diamond Girl

The Diamond Girl is a NC deep sea fishing charter boat out of Historic Morehead City, North Carolina Waterfront. Our boat is a custom 61` Carolina Sport Fish, constructed by Paul Spencer Yachts. The Diamond Girl has a fast cruise speed and state of art electronics. The plush and extremely comfortable interior, with A/C, heat and full entertainment center will keep you well rested while you experience your North Carolina sportfishing adventure. Full restroom accommodations, spacious seating, refrigerator and even the kitchen sink. We offer full and half day fishing excursions and also sunset cruises.

View Website 674 Evans St
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 504-0651

Down East Guide Services, Inc.

Professional Guides, Great Boats and Vacation Planning info@pamlicoguide.com

View Website 1907 Paulette Rd.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 671-3474


Energizer Sportfishing is about experience. Experience that can give you the fishing adventure of a lifetime. We have fished the North Carolina waters for more than 35 years. We have fished from the Bahamas to Ocean City with lots of stories to tell. We fish for billfish, dolphin, wahoo and tuna.

View Website 3009 Tootle Rd.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-2944
or (800) 808-4235

Fish Finder

Fish Finder Tackle Inc. has some of the best quality saltwater skirts and terminal tackle that an offshore saltwater fisherman could ask for. With over 25 years of charter boat fishing experience and 22 years experience in both the retail and wholesale saltwater tackle industry, we have come up with what we believe are some of the best fish catching lures, rigs and accessories that will help you have a more successful day of fishing on the ocean. Whether you are looking for skirts to dress up your ballyhoo, or custom tied rigs, we have the tackle that can help you get the job done!

View Website 601-H Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Fish On Excursions

Fish On Excursions, providing fishing and sightseeing trips in and around Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Shackleford Banks, and Cape Lookout. No matter whether you are fishing in Beaufort Inlet for spanish mackerel or at the Big Rock searching for a blue marlin, aboard the Sea Lizard you are sure to always hear a fisherman's favorite words: Fish on!

View Website Snug Harbor Cottages
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 528-0040

Fish'n Warrior Charters

Join us for a day of fishing the beautiful water out of Atlantic Beach/Morehead City, NC. We have the best prices on the island. We encourage customer participation so you don't just "ride and reel".

View Website Triple S Marina/Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 230-5315


Homer Smith Seafood
Salter Path, NC 28512
(252) 943-8912
or (252) 946-7106

Gale Anne

Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 247-3694

Great Escape

Morehead City waterfront
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-7941

Highlander Charters, Inc.

Inshore Charter Fishing Services operated by Captain Ron McPherson.

View Website 221 Moonlight Drive
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 723-8616
or (252) 726-2762

Island Girl

Island Girl fishing charters offers visitors to Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina a wide variety of sport fishing charter adventures. Our charter boats take you to some of the best offshore gulf stream fishing all year round.

View Website 110 Morehead Ave.
Morehead City, NC 28512
(252) 728-0544

Kathi T

Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 223-5238

Lady Faye Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Captain Bobby Ballou Sr. & Captain Bobby Ballou Jr. have 75+ years combined local fishing experience!

View Website 2302 Bay Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-3060


Morehead City waterfront
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 728-3520

Nancy Lee Fishing Charters

The Nancy Lee Fishing Charters with Captain Lee Manning features the 45-foot Nancy Lee III and the 52-foot Nancy Lee V which are docked at the Nancy Lee Fishing Center located "between the bridges" in Swansboro, NC. The Nancy Lee Fishing Charters are designed to meet your group or individual needs. Headboat pricing (per person) and accessibility for larger private groups is available. Deep sea trolling, bottom fishing or perhaps its just a waterway or dolphin watch cruise, you'll be glad you chose the Nancy Lee Fishing Charters!

View Website 128 E Corbett Ave
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-3474

Oceanana Fishing Pier

View Website 700 E Fort Macon Rd.
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-0863

Reel Mistress

Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 727-5455

Second To None

Emerald Isle Charter Fishing with Captain Shane Brafford on a Custom Carolina Sportfisher About Time. Located at Island Harbor Marina in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. We offer 3/4 day and half day trips.

View Website 209 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 422-0066

Sensation Sportfishing Charters

The Sensation is a custom built 53' Carolina style Sportfisher led by Captain Dale Britt.

View Website 2012 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Sunrise II Fishing Charters

Fishing charters run by Capt. Bobby Freeman

View Website 221 Smith Street
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-9814


Morehead City waterfront
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 222-5740

T&T Custom Charters

Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 342-4386
or (252) 240-0637

Teezher Charters

View Website 8904 Dune Ridge Court
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 240-9096

Water Dog Guide Service

View Website (252) 728-7907

Yelowfin Sport Fishing

Morehead City waterfront
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 728-5339

Visitor Guides

Visitorl’s Guide