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4 Dec 2020
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Perhaps fishing is one of your favorite Holden Beach activities, or maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to try. Regardless if you’re an avid fisherman or just looking for a new vacation adventure, there are a variety of fishing charter options waiting for you on Holden Beach.

Trips offered by local charter boat captains include full-day deep-sea adventures that travel up to 60 miles offshore, nearshore excursions up to 15 or so miles offshore, and inshore excursions that explore the shallow waters surrounding the island. Depending on your preference, we’re certain you can find the perfect trip for you and your friends or family.

ocean charter fishing

Offshore (Deep-Sea) Fishing Charters

The waters of the Gulf Stream are approximately 60 miles from Holden Beach, though the exact distance varies slightly throughout different times of the year. Though catches are never guaranteed, species fished on an offshore trip include mahi, sailfish, marlin, tuna, and wahoo. Because of the distance and time involved in taking a trip like this, these trips are often enjoyed by serious sportsmen during their Holden Beach vacation.

If you want to go offshore but not the full 60 miles out, there are offshore options offered by charter captains that will take you 10-25 miles offshore instead. Species often caught in these waters include king mackerel, mahi, cobia, sailfish, amberjack, black sea bass, and grouper.

Some of the more casual anglers who just want to enjoy some time on the water and catch a few fish might prefer an inshore or nearshore fishing trip instead.

deep sea fishing rod

Nearshore Fishing Charters

There is a lot of saltwater between the beaches of our island and the Gulf Stream, so those who don’t want to travel 60 miles from shore will enjoy a nearshore fishing excursion. Depending on how long you want to be out on the water, you can choose how far from shore you want to go.

Species that may be caught on a nearshore fishing trip include king mackerel, cobia, and mahi. It’s more common to find Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, spadefish, flounder, and bluefish on these trips, which usually range from 0-15 miles offshore.

Shark trips are also offered by some captains, which are usually half-day or so trips that travel up to 5 miles offshore in search of one of the ocean’s most notorious predator fish.

Inshore Fishing Charters

Inshore trips are perfect for anglers who prefer staying closer to land in more shallow waters or have more time constraints. These trips are also great options for families with young children. Inshore trips focus on fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding inlets and creeks. Fish often found on these adventures include trout, red drum, and flounder. Some charter captains may also offer flounder gigging trips.

Because you don’t travel offshore for these trips, many boat captains will let you customize these trips, depending on how long you want to be on the boat.

fishing boat at sunset

Scenic Cruises

Depending on the charter, some captains also offer scenic cruises. These are often offered at sunset so you can enjoy the beautiful water and other views around Holden Beach with the painted colors of the sky as your backdrop.

Boat Rentals

If you are interested in a fishing trip but want to drive your own boat, there are also boat rentals available from Holden Beach Watersports. Boats available for rental in Holden Beach are suited for inshore fishing.

What to Bring on Your Fishing Trip

Though the captain will monitor the weather and should keep you informed of what to expect before your trip, there are some things you’ll want to be sure to pack for your day on the water.

It’s a great idea to ask your captain what you should bring in addition to what we recommend packing:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with extra batteries or a portable charging bank
  • Motion sickness medication (just in case!)
  • A rain jacket
  • A sweatshirt, toboggan, and pants (in non-summer months)
  • Practical shoes with rubber soles
  • If not provided by your captain: water, snacks, lunch
  • Cash (for tips)
  • A cooler in your car for transporting your catch after the trip

All passengers on a charter boat are covered by its commercial fishing license, so you don’t need to purchase a fishing license before your trip. But, if you’re renting a boat or fishing from the beach, make sure you purchase your Coastal Recreation Fishing License from the Rod & Reel Shop or another local fishing shop.

Holden Beach Fishing Charters

Here is a list of local Holden Beach fishing charters. Boat sizes and trip options may vary depending on the captain.

Tour H2O
Inshore & Scenic Trips
Phone: (919) 524-1138
Website: TourH2O.com

Catch 22 Charters
Offshore, Nearshore, Shark & Inshore Trips
Phone: (910) 263-3097
Website: HoldenBeachFishing.com

Fin-Fisher Charter Services
Nearshore, Inshore & Flounder Gigging Trips
Phone: (910) 274-5458
Website: HoldenBeachInshoreCharters.com

Holden Beach Charters
Offshore, Nearshore & Inshore Trips
Phone: (336) 736-7387
Website: HoldenBeachCharters.com

Olli Raja Charters
Offshore, Nearshore & Inshore Trips
Phone: (910) 367-2998
Website: HoldenBeachFishingCharters.com

Rigged & Ready
Offshore, Nearshore & Inshore Trips
Phone: (910) 448-3474
Website: HoldenBeachCharter.com

Shallotte Outdoors
Offshore, Nearshore, Inshore & Scenic Trips
Phone: (910) 840-3235
Website: ShallotteOutdoors.com

Trinity Fishing Charters
Offshore, Nearshore, Shark & Inshore Trips
Phone: (910) 664-7175
Website: TrinityFishingCharters.com

Triple 2 Charters
Offshore, Nearshore, Inshore & Scenic Trips
Phone: (704) 661-4924
Website: Triple2Charters.com

We Hope to See You Soon!

Though you can catch fish year-round in Holden Beach, the fall and winter seasons are especially great times to catch fish. Hobbs Realty guests who stay with us during the off-season (aka bonus season) also enjoy the slower pace and lower prices on vacation rentals.

We’d love to help you plan your next vacation. You can call us anytime at 1-800-655-3367. We look forward to seeing you soon… at the beach!

Darcy Geho is a contributing author to this Hobbs Realty blog. She spent 11 years working in the vacation rental industry while she lived on and traveled the North Carolina coast. Like most of our visitors, when Darcy isn’t on Holden Beach, she looks forward to her next visit. In her spare time, Darcy enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog.