Different Types of Outer Banks Fishing Charters

The most common question we get about charter booking is requests for charter rates. We book for several different charter boats of all sizes and specialties so rates vary depending on the charter you want. Publishing all the many rates isn't possible. We prefer to talk with you first to help you decide what charter trips will fit your desires and budget.

With all the different types of fishing charters available on the Outer Banks it can be hard to decide which charter trip to choose. One of the best aspects of consulting Sharky's before scheduling your charter is that we can discuss a custom OBX charter centered around your personal needs. Whether you are looking for an inshore or near shore charter, offshore charter, Pamlico Sound charter, or even a group share makeup charter just for yourself, we'll work hard to accommodate your individual needs. We know what questions to ask and how to custom design your best charter trip based on your answers. Here are just a few of the charter types we can arrange.

Please be sure to discuss the charter you have selected with the captain before leaving the dock to eliminate any possibility of a discrepency or confusion. With so many options available it can sometimes be easy for there to be a miscommunication. We want to be very sure that our charter guests are getting the trip they signed up for and have paid to receive.


Inshore / Near Shore Charter (Summer) - Since inshore and near shore charters are usually done within sight of the beach they are normally going to be affordable less expensive half day (4 hour) charter trips (either am or pm). These charters are perfect for families with young anglers as well as groups that just want to catch a bunch of fish without making those long four hour plus commutes to offshore. Most near shore trips are done trolling small spoons or similar lures around schools of bluefish and spanish mackerel. Sometimes during near shore and inshore trips larger species such as cobia or false albacore are also spotted and targeted but these bigger fish are usually seasonal and not guaranteed. Please discuss this with the captain before leaving the dock so that you will know the odds.

We also now offer 3/4 day (6 hour) and even full day (8 hour) near shore trips that can go a bit further off the beach or down the beach where we might have the opportunity to find species like king mackerel, sharks and amberjack. Again these species are often seasonal and not a guarantee to be within our range on a near shore charter.


Inshore / near shore Striped Bass

Inshore and Near Shore Charter (Winter) - Occasionally during the winter months certain large species like chopper bluefish or migrating striped bass will show up around Oregon Inlet in large schools. This does not happen every year on a regular basis but when it does our boats are ready to take advantage of the opportunity. Feel free to call us anytime at our booking desk and we will fill you in on any inshore / near shore fishing activity that might be worth making a quick trip to the coast.


Intermediate Charters (Summer/Fall) - We now offer 3/4 day (6 hour) and full day (8 hour) intermediate charters.These charters are designed to venture between 3 and 20 miles outside the inlet. The species often available on these trips include king mackerel, spanish mackerel, bluefish and on occasion some mahi. Since these species are seasonal please always discuss what species you might expect to target on your intermediate charter before leaving the dock.


Deep Sea Offshore Trolling (All Seasons 8 to 10 hours)- This is the big game sportfishing adventure the Outer Banks has become famous for providing. Custom designed and rigged sportfishing yachts running 30 to 40 miles offshore and trolling several lines and teasers for the aggressive pelagic species living in and around the Gulf Stream. Anglers can sit back and watch a professional crew do their magic setting out the lines while waiting to haul in the fish that dreams are made from. OBX offshore species might include yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo, mahi, mako sharks, sailfish, white marlin and our apex predatory species blue marlin. A deep sea offshore fishing trip is the ultimate sport fishing excursion! All species are seasonal so please discuss with your captain what might be available on your trip.


Fish on dock caught on an Outer Banks Makeup Charter.

Group Share Makeup Charters - As charter fishing has gotten more expensive over the past few years, the popularity of group share makeup charters has increased. These trips are called many things along the Outer Banks including makeup, group share, walk-on and open boat charters. At Sharky's we have become the authority in putting individual anglers together with groups (usually a total of six anglers) so that they can share expenses and enjoy an exciting offshore sportfishing experience. We make every effort within our means to find the additional anglers you require to fill your trip including maintaining a list of available anglers and dates. We even maintain a "short notice" list of anglers that, if available, are willing to help fill out a charter. Give us a call and let us get you on your next charter. We put people together!


Back Country/Pamlico Sound Inshore Charters - We have slightly smaller boats available for either one or two anglers to try our Back Country or Pamlico Sound charters. These trips are guided by USCG licensed professional captains so your fishing gear and even your fishing licenses are covered by the boat. Perfect for the visiting tourist. Depending on what is biting these trips can be arranged for striped bass, speckled trout, red drum, grey trout, flounder, etc. We have found that these are also great last minute "fall-back" trips when your offshore or near shore trip is being canceled due to weather or sea conditions. They can save your Outer Banks fishing vacation!

Serving Outer Banks vacationers in Duck, Corolla, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Wanchese, Manteo, Buxton, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk.