Outer Banks Charter Fishing Trips


Great Charters Begin With Great Captains and Lots of Options!

Our diverse fleet provides us with the opportunity to find you and your family the perfect Outer Banks fun excursions. Whether you crave the finest sportfishing charters on the Outer Banks, a memorable family dolphin sightseeing tour or a shrimping/crabbing experience, Wanchese Marina is the place you'll want to spend your entire vacation! Our knowledgeable captains will provide you and your family many memories that will last a lifetime.

How's the Fishing!

Of course we have been providing these hassle free charters for many years. We have trips from half day near shore family outings to full day offshore sportfishing adventures. All licenses, bait, and tackle are included with your charters and we can arrange all-inclusive packages for your group. Don't forget that after your adventure you can top off the adventure by bringing your cleaned catch to our Landing Grill and let us cook it for you – a wonderful way to end your day!

Every day our charter boats are continually running in and out from our marina. The best way to know how they are doing on our charter trips is to check out our Wanchese Marina fishing reports on Facebook page where we show pictures and information about what is biting.

Our Outer Banks Fishing Reports

Charter group after a good catch of cobia



Outer Banks dolphin jumping

Dolphin Tours

No Outer Banks family vacation is ever complete without a Harbor Star dolphin tour. What could possibly be more exciting than watching the wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphin jump and frolic right in front of you? This trip is guaranteed to be a great time for the entire family. This 2 hour cruise includes an entertaining tour and an opportunity to spot wild dolphins aboard the 50-foot Harbor Star cruise boat and leave the Wanchese Marina multiple times per day. Tickets must be purchased 30 minutes or further in advance of your cruise departure time either online or at the Marina desk. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your cruise and proceed to the staging area near The Landing Grill Steam Bar.

Note, Dolphin Tours do not begin until Memorial Day Weekend.

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Families of all ages really enjoy an OBX near shore fishing charter.

Near Shore Fishing Charters

Our near shore charter fishing trips will take you outside Oregon Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean for either a half day (4 hours), extend half day (6 hours) or full day (8 hours) charter. Plenty of action awaits you just outside of Oregon Inlet. Our experienced captains will troll just off the beach for bluefish and spanish mackerel. Depending on the season other species are sometimes available like cobia, red drum, striped bass and ribbonfish. This is a great trip for young families which create memories lasting a lifetime! Book It!

Happy youngster posing with speckled trout he caught on an inshore trip.

Inshore Fishing Charters

Our Inshore Charter captains typically closely watch where the fish have been biting and may suggest fishing in the sounds, inlets or near shore waters for any one of a multitude of species. They also offer light-tackle trips for ultimate fun for the youngsters. They’ll take you out for a half-day (4 hour), extended half-day (6 hour) or a full day. These trips are based on 4 people and we also have some larger inshore boats available that can take larger groups up to six people for an additional charge. As with all of our charters this includes your license and fishing gear but fish cleaning is additional. If you’re new to Outer Banks fishing charters, let us know and the booking agent can recommend a captain that will put you on the fish and keep you coming back. Book It!

Happy offshore charter group showing off catch of big tuna.

Full Day Offshore Fishing Charters

The Outer Banks is famous for its offshore sportfishing excursions. Whether its tuna, dolphin, wahoo or marlin - we have it on the OBX! Our fully-rigged sportfishing boats travel about 40 miles offshore. Once there, the mate sets out a variety of trolling baits and teaser rigs to attract the big pelagic species. Offshore species include yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo, mahi, mako sharks, sailfish, white marlin and our apex predatory species blue marlin. Imagine the thrill of a yellowfin tuna bulldogging in circles while you strain to get some line back on the reel. Also imagine the great meal or two you are about to catch! Book It!

Group displaying catch after successfel makeup fishing charter.

Makeup Charters

Over the past few years as charter fishing gets more expensive, the popularity of makeup charters has increased tremendously. These trips are called many things along the East Coast including makeup, group sharing, walk on and open boat charters. We put individual anglers together with other groups (usually a total of six anglers) so that they can share expenses. Makeup trips include near shore half day, near shore 6 hour and offshore charters. Unlike other services where you are put on a waiting list to find a full group, we will make every effort within our means to find the additional anglers you require for your trip. Let us know what type of trip your are looking for and we will work our magic to get you on your next charter Please contact the booking desk directly by phone at (252) 423-3157 or email. Contact Us

Huge catch of tasty shrimp by this group.

Shrimping-Crabbing Charters

We are a full-time recreational and commercial fishing operation here at Wanchese Marina and we would like to give your family a taste of the real Outer Banks experience. Our shrimp and crabbing trips are very hands on, lots of fun, and even a bit educational. We often see osprey, pelicans, and all types of marine life, along with catching some fresh North Carolina seafood that you get to keep and take home for dinner! We run three of these shrimping-crabbing charters par day and they are three hours in length on the Hallie M a 40' custom diesel powered fishing boat operated by Captain Barry. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an authentic Outer Banks seafood experience with the entire family. Contact Us