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Good Afternoon All,

I've been patiently waiting for months for my first trip to the coast of North Carolina and as the trip nears I have found myself daydreaming about the opportunity to do some serious off shore fishing. I'm hoping some of you would be willing to share some of your local knowledge to help steer me to a great off shore fishing trip while I'm your neck of the woods. I was born and raised in the Minnesota and have always enjoyed fishing but have never had a chance to charter a boat and get off shore in saltwater. I've booked a house in the Pine Knoll Shores area for the week of Sept 19th-26th and would love to charter a boat and see if I can't pick a couple fights with some of the sport fish that I know you all are famous for. The problem is that I have no idea what's in season, biting, worth fishing for that time of year. I'm looking for a fight, while my wife is always up for a great meal. Any suggestions as to where to go, what to fish, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much in advance for any and all thoughts. Make it a great day!
 

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There are many great guides down here! I'm sure others will chime in with their suggestions, but here are mine:

Offshore (tuna, mahi, wahoo, grouper etc.) Captain Mike Webb on the Pelagic.

http://www.pelagicsportfishing.com

Inshore (red drum, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead etc.) Captains Rob Hall, Jeff Cronk, Rob Koraly, and Tom Roller.

http://www.hallemincharters.com

http://www.nccharterfishing.com

http://www.sandbarsafari.com

http://www.waterdogguideservice.com

Most of these captains have Facebook pages which they update pretty frequently. Check'em out and good luck!

Scott
 

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I'm not familiar with the guides around Morehead but there's plenty of em. And lots of fish at that time. I usually go to Oregon Inlet or Hatteras for charters and my experience says ask the Captain what's hitting and that's what you go for. There's nothing like being out in the blue water strapped in to the chair and fighting a 500lb + Marlin. But hey catchin a tub full of dolphin ain't bad either! Good Luck and welcome to Gods Country!
 

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Thanks for the feedback all. I did a bit of research over the past few days and have settled on the full day gulfstream trip. I not only recognize some of the charters that were suggested above but have talked to them as well. Sounds like that time of year we are likely to catch wahoo, dolphin, and kings for meat and then can switch it up to billfish for fun once we have filled the freezer so to speak. If I can pack a couple hundred pounds of meat on the boat, my wife would be in heaven and although the odds don't sound great, hooking up with a Blue Marlin would be the icing on the cake for me. I was very impressed with the presentations on most of the websites that I saw and it appears that y'all have a thriving charter business in and around the area.

You have provided me with some great information and I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of what to expect but I'm gonna throw it out to you guys one more time. If you had one DO or DON"T to offer as advice for someone booking a charter like this what would it be? Thanks much and make it a great holiday weekend!
 

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Do remember to tell the captain exactly what you're looking for in your trip. Be upfront, and be reasonable with your expectations. Remember that it is fishing; nothing is guaranteed. The majority of these captains are professionals who do this everyday as their livelihood, so they will do everything they can to put you on fish. That said, fishing can be tough some days. I've had days where we couldn't keep them off the lines, and days where we had to work very hard for very few fish.

Do remember to tip the mate! Generally 15-20% of the total charter amount. The mate is the heart of the boat, and a good one earns every cent of the tip. Keep a thick skin. Sometimes the mate can get salty, but most work very hard to keep you happy and fishing.

Hope this helps. Have fun!
 

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Amen Rollcast.

I'm sure all the captains/crews in the area appreciate your thoughts. I know that sometimes people who have to invest this kind money in a vacation experience can become pretentious and overbearing and that a slow day of fishing becomes the fault of the crew. That doesn't make a fun day for anyone involved. I am sure that they will work hard and they will be treated accordingly. Thanks much for your input on this thread.
 
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