Inshore waters waters can roughly be defined as those being within sight of our beaches.
The local waters near and around the Cape Lookout National Seashore have become well known for light tackle and fly fishing opportunities. False Albacore, Red Drum, Speckled trout and Bluefish are all highly sought light tackle prizes. Join Captain Billy Brewer aboard his 24′ Sea Hunt boat as he guides you to an enjoyable day fishing the inshore waters of North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks.
North Carolina’s state fish, the Red Drum provides exciting year round fishing opportunities in local marshes, creeks and sounds. They may be caught with topwater plugs, jigs, live bait or flies, sight fishing in water less than 3 feet deep is a popular approach for these fish. State law allows taking one fish per day, 18″ to 27″ in length making this mostly catch and release fishing. Book your trip in August or September if you’re looking for the big 30, 40, 50 pound fish!
These popular fish can be caught year round, but Spring and Fall present the best trout fishing opportunities. The rock jetties at Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks and Radio Island as well as bridge pilings may provide excellent trout fishing. Spinning reel tactics include jigs, mirror lures and live bait such as shrimp. Fly fishermen may find a clouser or deceiver to be excellent choices.
Flounder are a popular target for N.C. fishermen, Spring through Fall. It isn’t unheard of for a “flat fish” to surprise a fly fishermam while casting shallow waters, though they are best caught using live bait. Drift fishing the inlet or behind Shackleford banks can result in a boat load of these yummy fish. Bluefish Spring and Fall brings the best action for these feisty little fish, with the fall likely producing the hottest fishery. Sight fishing with poppers for blues in the inlet is popular with both Spinning and fly fishermen.
In the late Fall and early Winter thousands of fly and light tackle fishermen flock to the Crystal coast in search of “Fat Alberts.” Notorious for stripping hundreds of yards of lines on a single run, these are an exciting fish to hook up.
During the early and mid-Winter months striped bass can be found only a short distance out the inlet. These big hearty fish can provide a great deal of excitement for light tackle anglers.
The Sudden Impact is 46 foot custom Carolina Sport Fisherman. The twin 400 H.P. cummins. Cat engines provide 22 knot cruise for a fast, comfortable and safe ride. Equipped with full electronics, 48 mile Furuno radar, VHF radio, Loran color fish finder, tackle supplied includes Penn International 50 to 130 W and light tackle Shimano TLD’s and custom built rods. Boat has air conditioning and heat. U.S. Coast Guard licensed for up to 6 passengers. Captain Jerry Elliott provides experienced and caring service to make your trip enjoyable.
Island Girl Charters – A 50′ Sportfisher, she carries up to six passengers. Tackle & bait are provided, and live bait fishing is available. In-shore, offshore, Gulf Stream, trolling or bottom fishing is available. Offering full day, half day and 3/4 day trips. Half day & 3/4 day – Spanish & Kings, full day – Wahoo, King Mackerel, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin and Dolphin.
The Long Break is 38 foot 2014 Custom Built Down East Carolina Sport Fisherman. Loaded with the latest electronics by Garmin and outfitted with quality tackle by Penn, Daiwa, and Shimano she is ready to carry your crew of six on your next fishing adventure. We are rigged and ready to take you fishing for sea mullet or sailfish and everything in between. With a spacious cabin she can comfortably accommodate your party from the elements offering AC, Heat, and Toilet. Need to heat up your meals? She is also rigged with microwave. Sporting a single screw 510 HP Caterpillar we can get you safely and quickly to the fishing grounds with a 16 to 22 knot cruise depending upon sea conditions.