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North Carolina, specifically the Outer Banks, ranks among the highest in the United States for number of fishing trips and number of fish caught. 

OFFSHORE SPORT FISHING CHARTERS (Offering day and overnight trips)

Yellowfin Tuna - Caught trolling - NC anglers catch more pounds of yellowfin tuna than in any other US state - citations are given for 70+ pounds - they are here all year.

Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) - Caught trolling or bailing - citations given for 35+ pounds - most plentiful in the spring and summer months

Wahoo - Caught trolling - citations given for 40+ pounds - most plentiful in the spring and summer months

Sailfish - Caught trolling - No citations given for weight, but citations are given for a live release - most plentiful from spring to fall

White Marlin - Caught trolling - Citations are given for live release - Best times - May thru October

Blue Marlin  - The largest billfish - Citations are given for live relase or for a 400+ pounder - Best time to catch - May thru October

General Info

Offshore trips leave the dock at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center at 5:00 AM and return around 4:30 PM. On the morning of the trip, Captain Charles will give you your fishing options based on what's biting and the weather. The Rigged Up provides all bait, tackle and ice for your day's catch.

Charter Size / Number of Anglers

The Rigged Up is licensed for up to 6 people. Anglers of all ages are welcome, but please consider the weather and sea conditions when bringing along small children.

Booking Rates and Payment

You can book your trip by calling Captain Charles Haywood directly at 252.473.1514 or by calling the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center at 1.800.272.5199.

  • A deposit of $600 is required to secure your trip.
    Payments are accepted by cash, travelers checks, Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards.

    Refund Policy

    Trips will only be cancelled by the Captain due to high winds and rough sea conditions. Refunds cannot be made in advance. Cancellations within three weeks prior to the trip will only be refunded at the Captain's discretion.

    Tipping The Mate

    The mate depends on tips. Many people have asked "What is the appropriate tip for the mate?". Generally, tip like you would in a restaurant, 15% to 20% of the charter fee. More or less depending on the service at your discretion.

    What To Bring

    Bring enough food and beverages to satisfy your hunger urges. Jackets (depending on the weather), sunglasses (polarized enhance your view), soft sole shoes, sunscreen, cameras and a whole bucket of smiles. Your catch will be kept in the insulated fish box aboard the boat. But you will need to bring coolers to take your catch home.

    During the summer months, fish cleaning services are readily available at the Fishing Center. Fish cleaning services during the winter striper season is not always guaranteed.

    Oregon Inlet Marina Ships Store

    The Ships Store opens at 5:00 AM and has most everything you forgot to bring for your day of fishing. North Carolina Law prohibits the sale of alcohol before 7:00 AM Daily and 12:00 noon on Sundays.

    In addition to Fish Cleaning Services, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center also offers Taxidermy and Photographic services.

    If you don't have enough people to justify booking the whole boat, call the Fishing Center and put together a "Make Up" trip.

    INSHORE SPORTFISHING CHARTERS (Offering half and full day trips)

    Rockfish (Striped Bass) - Caught jigging or trolling - Citations are given for 35+ pounds - The big ones are plentiful in the winter months - however, they can be caught all year

    Drum - Caught on bottom rigs  - Here all year

    Red Drum - The Outer Banks offers some of the best red drum fishing in the world - Citations given for a live release measuring 40"+ - Here all year

    Speckled Trout - Caught on light tackle -  Most plentiful - Spring, Summer and Fall

    Croaker - Caught on light tackle -  They're here all year

    Spot - Most plentiful fish in OBX waters -  They're here all year

    Flounder - Caught on light tackle or gigging - They're here all year

    King Mackrel - Caught slow trolling - Citations are given for 30+ pounds - Here all year

    Clamming charters are also available
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