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Visitors who want to spend a chunk of their vacation dropping a line will find plenty of opportunities to go fishing in Wrightsville Beach. Surrounded by water, home to numerous charter businesses, and featuring roughly four miles of beaches, fishing is easily one of this coastal town’s most popular activities.

On your next vacation, spend a day at the beach or at Johnnie Mercer's Pier, or head out to the outlying shipwrecks on an offshore charter trip to target the big catches – regardless of your angling ambitions, Wrightsville Beach has every fishing adventure covered, and then some.

Local Charter Boats

Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator

Wilmington, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Ofishal Charters L.L.C
Ofishal Charters L.L.C

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


South End Anglers
South End Anglers

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 17 ft

Capacity: 2 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Fin-Addict Fishing Charters
Fin-Addict Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Dockside Fishing Charters
Dockside Fishing Charters

Oak Island, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


ProWire Marine-Fishing & Spearfish
ProWire Marine-Fishing & Spearfish

Wilmington, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Atlantic Sportfishing
Atlantic Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Conjured Up Fishing Charters
Conjured Up Fishing Charters

Oak Island, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Topsail Fishing Company
Topsail Fishing Company

Holly Ridge, NC

Length: 27 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Gone Coastal Charters
Gone Coastal Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Party Time II
Party Time II

Calabash, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Reef Raider Charters
Reef Raider Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Southern Sportfishing
Southern Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tail Chaser Charter Fishing
Tail Chaser Charter Fishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Circle Bak Fishing
Circle Bak Fishing

Wilmington, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Cranky Charters
Reel Cranky Charters

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Dialed In Fishing Charters
Dialed In Fishing Charters

Hampstead, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc
Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc

Hampstead, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seabbatical Charters
Seabbatical Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Hook III Charters
Fish Hook III Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Brannin Charters, LLC
Brannin Charters, LLC

Kure Beach, NC

Length: 18 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Top Knot NC
Top Knot NC

Wilmington, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 48 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Let's Hook Up Charters
Let's Hook Up Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Native Son Guide Service
Native Son Guide Service

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Ol' Blue Fishing Charters
Ol' Blue Fishing Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Captain Big Fish – Light Lines
Captain Big Fish – Light Lines

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Victory Charters
Victory Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Wet N Wild Sportfishing
Wet N Wild Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 54 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


BFM Fishing Charters
BFM Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Wrightsville Fishing
Wrightsville Fishing

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seaquest Fishing Charters
Seaquest Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seabattical Charters – Inshore
Seabattical Charters – Inshore

Sunset Beach, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Southern Run Fishing Charters
Southern Run Fishing Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Caught Up Fishing Charters
Caught Up Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Tried And True Charters
Tried And True Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


High Tide Fishing Charters
High Tide Fishing Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Captain Hook Outdoors
Captain Hook Outdoors

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Reel 2 Grill Fishing Charters
Reel 2 Grill Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fillet And Release Fishing Charters
Fillet And Release Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


NC Inshore Fishing Charters – 22'
NC Inshore Fishing Charters – 22'

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Lake Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Go Fish Inshore Charters
Go Fish Inshore Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Cape Fear Shark Company
Cape Fear Shark Company

Southport, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Topsail Island Fish & Dive Adventures
Topsail Island Fish & Dive Adventures

Hampstead, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hounddog Fishing Charters
Hounddog Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fish Topsail
Fish Topsail

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seagate Charters
Seagate Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Just A Fluke Gigging Charters
Just A Fluke Gigging Charters

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 18 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing


Carolina Fishing Charters
Carolina Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Shearwater Fishing Charters
Shearwater Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Carolina Water Adventures
Carolina Water Adventures

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Sea J’s Fishing Charters
Sea J’s Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Coastline Charters
Coastline Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fired Up Charters
Fired Up Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Dos Cervezas Dos
Dos Cervezas Dos

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tiderunner Charters
Tiderunner Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Laidback Charters
Laidback Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


NC Inshore Fishing Charters
NC Inshore Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Lake Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Fish Hook I Charters
Fish Hook I Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Party Time Charters
Party Time Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 15 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Second Sport Charters
Second Sport Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 37 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Playin' Hooky Too Charters
Playin' Hooky Too Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Long Bay Fishing Company
Long Bay Fishing Company

Southport, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Calabash Fishing Fleet
Calabash Fishing Fleet

Calabash, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 16 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Musicman Charters Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Coastal Lines Fishing Charters
Coastal Lines Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Fish-On-Outfitters
Fish-On-Outfitters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Eco tours
Eco tours

Hampstead, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Flats Fishing


Family Ties Charters
Family Ties Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fellowship Charters
Fellowship Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Xcessive Risk Sportfishing
Xcessive Risk Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Rip N Lips Charters
Rip N Lips Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Southport Fishing Charters
Southport Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Whistle Chartering
Fish Whistle Chartering

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hot Ticket Sportfishing
Hot Ticket Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Grassy Sound Outdoors
Grassy Sound Outdoors

Hampstead, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fired Up Charters
Fired Up Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Trinity Fishing Charters
Trinity Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Matunahoo Sportfishing
Matunahoo Sportfishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 12 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Deal Sportfishing
Reel Deal Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


ChaseNFins Charters
ChaseNFins Charters

Holly Ridge, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Release Me Sportfishing
Release Me Sportfishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Flats Fishing



Rising Sun Fishing
Rising Sun Fishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Streamline Charters
Streamline Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Calabash Fishing Fleet – Navigator
Calabash Fishing Fleet – Navigator

Calabash, NC

Length: 65 ft

Capacity: 40 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fin Reaper
Fin Reaper

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters
Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Hot Pursuit Fishing Charters 35'
Hot Pursuit Fishing Charters 35'

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Blue Fin Fishing Charters
Blue Fin Fishing Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Flying Fish Charters SC
Flying Fish Charters SC

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fugitive Fishing Charters
Fugitive Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Reel Deal Sportfishing - 32'
Reel Deal Sportfishing - 32'

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Hook II Charters
Fish Hook II Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing
Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Don't forget your fishing buddy

What you’ll Need to Fish in Wrightsville Beach

The first thing an angler needs to land before they go on a Wrightsville Beach fishing expedition is a Coastal Recreational Fishing License – (also known as a CRFL or just a “saltwater fishing license.”) A saltwater fishing license is required in the state of NC to drop a line in any salty body of water, which in Wrightsville Beach, includes the ICW and Atlantic Ocean, as well as the smaller connecting creeks and channels like Lees Cut and Big Lollipop Bay. (Note: a saltwater fishing license may not be required for a charter fishing trip, as the captain’s license traditionally covers all anglers on board.)

Obtaining a fishing license is easy to do, and can be completed online before a Wrightsville Beach vacation begins.

Anglers can go to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-licenses-and-permits to purchase a license and to review the various options and fees. Essentially, there are two different rates for licenses – in-state and out-of-state rates – and licenses can be purchased on a 10-day, annual, or lifetime basis. The cost for either the in-state or the out-of-state option is nominal - for example, a saltwater fishing license is just $5 for NC residents for 10 days, and $10 for out-of-state visitors for 10 days.

In addition, visitors can also pick up a fishing license at a number of locations in and around Wrightsville Beach once they arrive for their vacation. Stop by local marina ship stores and / or area bait and tackle stores, or head to larger inland stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods. With little effort required, a fishing license is easy to acquire regardless, and is the first step to enjoy a Wrightsville Beach fishing vacation. 

What you’ll Catch in Wrightsville Beach

The range of catches that an angler can reel in is dependent on the season, but as a general rule of thumb, fishermen can expect to catch a wide variety of predominantly saltwater species regardless of whether they head towards the ocean or the area sounds.

Popular “inshore” species that can be caught from a vessel or fishing pier in the area sounds and / or Cape Fear River include red drum, striped bass, speckled trout, flounder, cobia, and even catfish, while anglers along the oceanfront can look forward to king and Spanish mackerel, bluefish, mullet, croaker, blowfish, drum, and sea bass.

Spring, summer, and especially fall are arguably the best times for fishing, and visitors can find out about size limits, popular species, and seasons online via the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits.

Local Fishing Piers and Boat Ramps

While veritably any spot along the oceanfront can serve as a find place to cast a line, the Wrightsville Beach and surrounding Cape Fear area is also home to a number of fishing piers and boat ramps where it’s easy to launch on a fishing adventure.

Make the most of your fishing trips, and check out these local hotspots where it’s easy to launch a kayak or vessel, or just drop a line, in the hope of landing an unforgettable catch or two.

Johnnie Mercer's Pier

Johnnie Mercer's Pier
23 E Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
This all-concrete pier extends 945’ ft. into the Atlantic Ocean and features an on-site shop for supplies, as well as a restaurant and arcade. Located in the heart of Wrightsville Beach, Johnnie Mercer's Pier is the easiest fishing pier for local visitors to access.

Carolina Beach Pier

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier
1810 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
This pier south of Wrightsville Beach Extends 700’ ft. into the Atlantic Ocean and features an on-site shop for supplies, as well as a grill, snack bar, game room, and a bar area / lounge.

Kure Beach Pier

Kure Beach Fishing Pier
Avenue K, Kure Beach, NC 28449
This pier is located on the ocean south of Wrightsville Beach, and is 712’ ft. long. Additional amenities include an on-site tackle shop, grill, and arcade with pool tables. Alcohol is NOT allowed on the premises.

Wrightsville Beach boat ramp

Wrightsville Beach Boat Ramp
Channel Walk Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
This boat ramp on the edge of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway features five launch lanes and 68 parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers. The launch site connects with the ICW and outlying ocean waters.

Trails End boat ramp

Trails End Park
621 Trails End Road, Wilmington, NC 28409
This public launch area is across from Masonboro Island, and features a launch lane, parking for roughly 40 vehicles, and an on-site fishing pier for anglers.

River Road Park ramp

River Road Park boat ramp
River Road Park, Wilmington, NC 28412
Located on the edge of the Cape Fear in Wilmington, this destination features a boat ramp, an on-site fishing pier, and public facilities which includes restrooms and picnic pavilions.

Dram Tree Park ramp

Castle Street Boat Ramp
Dram Tree Park (located on the corners of Castle Street and Surrey Street), Wilmington, NC 28401
This boat ramp is situated on the outskirts of Wilmington’s downtown area on the edge of the Cape Fear River, and features a boat ramp, a separate kayak area, and parking for 36 vehicles with trailers.

Federal Point ramp

Federal Point / Buzzard Bay
2515 South Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach, NC
This southern boat ramp is located south of Kure Beach / Fort Fisher, and features beach access as well as a boat ramp and parking for 36 vehicles with boat trailers.

Snows Cut Park and Ramp
220 Annie Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
This site is located along the ICW, and features fishing areas and public restrooms / picnic shelters, as well as five launching lanes, a separate kayak launching area, and parking for about 100 vehicles.

Inshore Fishing Charters in Wrightsville Beach

There are several dozen inshore fishing charters, or fishing guides, that are based in the Wrightsville Beach and surrounding Cape Fear areas, and these businesses are a great option for anglers who want to explore the local waters that are located inland, or close to shore.

These charters target large surrounding waters like the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway / Masonboro Sound, and secretive channels like Lee’s Cut and Bradley Creek, which allows anglers to hunt for saltwater catches that frequent calmer areas and tidal flats. Generally less expensive than offshore charters, an inshore fishing trip can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day, and can accommodate smaller parties of about 6 fishermen or less.

Though these trips stick close to land, anglers can reel in a huge array of catches including drum, bass, catfish, Spanish and king mackerel, flounder, sheapshead, and other tasty saltwater fish. As a result, these trips are perfect for anglers who want a budget-friendly expedition, and who want to uncover the best fishing grounds that are close to home.

Reservations can often be made well in advance before a vacation begins, and visitors can also contact local marinas and tackle shops for options.

Offshore Fishing Charters in Wrightsville Beach

Because Wrightsville Beach is relatively close to the Gulf Stream, as well as a number of popular wrecks and fishing spots that are within 20 miles of the coastline, (like The Dredge Wreck, the Ten-Mile Boxcars, and The Liberty Ship), offshore fishing charters are very popular – and readily available – in this corner of the NC coastline.

Offshore charter trips typically last a full day, (although ¾ or even ½ day trips may be available), and head out to the open ocean waters about 10 miles or more offshore to target larger catches that congregate around the wrecks, and in the warm Gulf Stream transatlantic current.

Offshore anglers can expect to reel in the big boys, including marlin and sailfish, red snapper, yellowfin and black fin tuna, amberjack, and Mahi, and all the supplies needed for huge catches – including rods, reels, tackle and bait – are included in the trip.

Offshore fishing trips can generally accommodate parties of 6-8 people or less, and are typically more expensive than an inshore trip due to the amount of gas and supplies required to reach and catch the big species.

Offshore fishing trips can be booked online well in advance through individually owned charter businesses, and visitors can also contact area marinas for suggestions and recommendations on fishing trip providers. Because these trips target the biggest and baddest catches in the ocean, they’re the best option for anglers who want the most rewarding fishing experience possible.

Note that many offshore fishing charters are available solely in the warmer weather months from spring until fall, to coincide with the catches available.

Tips and Tricks for Wrightsville Beach Fishing

  • Enjoy great fishing all vacation long with a Wrightsville Beach “soundfront” or waterfront vacation home. These properties often have on-site docks, launching areas, and instant access to the local waters.
  • For a family friendly outing, book a clamming or crabbing trip. Many local boat tour companies or inshore charter fishing businesses can take visitors on trips to the clam tidal creeks, where scooping up clams (or crabs) is a relatively easy venture.
  • There are tons of fishing tournaments in and around the Wrightsville Beach area, which launch from the local beaches, marinas, and / or Johnnie Mercer�s Pier. Check out local surf fishing or pier fishing tournaments, like the Wrightsville Beach Wild King Classic in August, to feed a competitive fishing spirit.
  • Bait is easy to acquire in Wrightsville Beach. Try tossing a cast net into the local creeks and calm waters for baiting mullet and minnows, or digging into the sand next to the ocean wash for “sand fleas” or small crabs that can easily be used for surf fishing.
  • Don’t forget that there are plenty of local fish markets and seafood stores where the day’s catch can be obtained for the ideal family seafood feast – and no effort is required!

Fishing is a favorite pastime in Wrightsville Beach, and anglers will find ample options to get out and explore the beaches and wide open waters that this region is known for. Grab a pole – or just rent or purchase one once you’re on the island – and spend your beach days taking advantage of the exceptional fishing scene that this coastal vacation destination is known for.

Victory Beach Vacations

Victory Beach Vacations

Visitors who are on the hunt for the postcard-perfect vacation rental in the heart of the Carolina Beach or Kure Beach area will find an enticing selection and plenty of friendly customer service when they rent through Victory Beach Vacations. Based in Carolina Beach in the coastal Cape Fear region, Victory Beach Vacations has more than 100 vacation rentals in all shapes and sizes to ensure that every vacationing family can find their dream home away from home on the beach.   When you book your Cape Fear getaway with Victory Beach Vacations, the fun doesn’t end when you leave the beach, it continues with an array of privately-owned properties outfitted with all of the amenities needed for a fabulous beach vacation.   Jenna Lanier, General Manager, explains that her family first opened the rental and property management business in 2002. At the forefront of Victory Beach operations is Lanier’s mother, Caroline Meeks. Meeks is both the Broker in Charge and co-owner with husband, Buck Meeks, who manages the Field Services team with Lanier’s husband, Scott.   For nearly 20 years, the Victory Beach team has worked tirelessly to establish a network of top-of-the-line rental properties for Cape Fear visitors to enjoy. “As far as our properties go,” explains Lanier, “they are all updated, well-furnished and appointed. “We have always performed post-cleaning inspections and since the pandemic, have put freshly laundered duvets over all of the comforters between rentals.”   Lanier emphasizes how important the guests experience is “we strive to give our guests a relaxing, stress free, memorable vacation.” This emphasis on customer service has led to Victory Beach Vacations having a 4.8 Google rating with over 300 reviews by happy owners and guests.In addition to Victory Beach’s superior sanitation practices, the company offers properties for every type of visitor. Choose from luxury oceanfront houses and condos to more reasonbly priced 2nd row properties with oceanviews. Many properties include pools and hot tubs as well, perfect for outdoor entertaining, and many are dog friendly.   Lanier also notes that all properties are within walking or driving distance to Pleasure Island’s main attractions – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The former, as described by Lanier, is the more commercialized of the two destinations and features a boardwalk, outdoor dining options and a plethora of weekly activities including fireworks, live music, amusement park pop-ups, and movies under the stars. Kure Beach offers a more residential feel with its fishing pier, intimate restaurants and family favorite, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.More water fun awaits, too. “There is a harbor and a canal that feed into the intercoastal. We have several properties on the harbor so guests can bring their boat, kayak, [or jet ski] and travel between islands,” says Lanier.   A stay with Victory Beach Vacations is an annual pilgrimage for most. “A large percentage of guests are previous guests. Some even reserve the same property for the next year as they’re checking out,” Lanier says. “It’s almost like it’s their personal vacation home.”   Even before guests arrive at their vacation destination, the Victory Beach Vacations’ website greets them with a live beach cam and exquisite aerial footage of both Carolina and Kure Beaches. See for yourself by scanning the QR code and call Victory Beach Vacations at 910.458.0868 to book your Cape Fear getaway. Start making your memories today! —Grace Silipigni

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