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Inshore & Nearshore Fishing Charters

Round up the friends & family and get ready for an experience that you can’t get any other way!

Don’t buy a boat, incur all the expenses, storage costs, fuel costs, fishing gear, fishing licenses, etc…!!

Simply give us a call & schedule your adventure. Reserve one of our fishing charters, and spend a half-day or full-day fishing for the local species, or take advantage of our COMBO-Day package, which gives you a half-day of fishing, combined with a half day personalized Island Hopping tour of the entire Cape Lookout area.

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Why charter with Lookout Adventures?

The Lookout Adventures vessel is a large and roomy pilothouse version that can easily handle 6 guests in addition to her crew. The cockpit is very well protected from sea & spray, and much of the boat is shaded. There is ample seating for every single member of your party, and up front is a fully enclosed cuddy cabin where all your belongings, towels, cell phones, etc… can be safely stored with no chance of getting wet.  And, for your comfort, there is a private bathroom facility in case you have the need while on your trip. It’s not the Ritz Carlton, but it’s private, clean and functional.

Most of the other charter fishing boats in our ‘class’ are open air, center console skiffs, often with a flat bottom and very little room for seating, etc… These boats are really only capable of carrying 2 or 3 guests comfortably, and any more than that will certainly stretch the limits of seating capacity, dry storage & guest comfort. Additionally, on this type of boat, you’ll most likely get wet as any spray from the boat will be carried by the wind across the boat, soaking the occupants and their gear. A trip on this type of boat will very likely leave you sunburned, sea-sprayed, tired, wet & worn out.

You’ll definitely appreciate the many advantages of our vessel from the minute you step on board for your charter, and as the day winds on, you’ll realize how nice it is to not be sunburned, sea-sprayed, tired, wet or worn out.

In addition, when you charter with Lookout Adventures, you’ll have both a captain and a mate.

The captain’s job is to concentrate solely on the safe navigation of the boat, and to put you in the best places to find and catch the most possible fish. And, the mate’s job is to concentrate on your group to help maximize the fishing experience by ensuring that rods are set up, bait is ready to go, and everything is properly rigged for a productive day of fishing.

$425.00 >> Half Day Fishing Charter | 3 TIME SLOTS

  • AM SLOT :: 7:00am – 11:00am
  • PM SLOT :: 11:30am – 3:30pm
  • TWILIGHT :: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • We’ll be focusing on catching the most fish possible during this 4 hour trip. 
  • The captain will draw on vast experience to be sure that you’re in the prime position to get in a fight!
  • You do not need a fishing license as you will be covered under the boat’s blanket license!
  • Easily see availability and BOOK ONLINE | BOOK AM | BOOK PM | BOOK TWILIGHT

$750.00 >> Full Day Fishing Charter | 7:00am – 3:00pm ~~ OR ~~ 11:30am – 7:30pm

  • We’ll be focusing on catching the most fish possible during this 8 hour trip.
  • You can bring a lunch, or we can dock the boat at one of our many waterfront restaurants for a dine-in or take-out lunch.
  • The captain will draw on vast experience to be sure that you’re in the prime position to get in a fight!
  • You do not need a fishing license as you will be covered under the boat’s blanket license!
  • Easily see availability and BOOK ONLINE | BOOK “EARLY” FULL DAY | BOOK “LATER” FULL DAY
$750.00 >> COMBO-Day Package | 7:00am – 3:00pm ~~ OR ~~ 11:30am – 7:30pm
  • The best of all worlds! Get fishing, island hopping, private boat, etc… The WORKS!
  • Spend part of the day fishing, and then part of the day on a completely customized adventure
  • We can drop part of your party on a pristine, private beach, and then go fishing with the others, then return to pick up the beachcombers for a nice ride to the Lighthouse.
  • The possibilities are endless, so call us to brainstorm your unique Cape Lookout Adventure.
  • COMPARE the cost of owning a boat with the cost of chartering with us, along with the pros & cons of each, and we think you’ll see that chartering with us is a great bargain.
  • Easily see availability and BOOK ONLINE | BOOK “EARLY” COMBO DAY | BOOK “LATER” COMBO DAY
$495.00 >> Extreme Shark Fishing | 3 TIME SLOTS
  • AM SLOT :: 7:00am – 11:00am
  • PM SLOT :: 11:30am – 3:30pm
  • TWILIGHT :: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Are you ready for a wild afternoon of fighting with the ocean’s top predator? Come with Lookout Adventures to the best spots to get in fight after fight with hard charging sharks.
  • Sharks feed at dusk, and we hit ’em when they’re hot. Bring your group, and head out on a true adventure!
  • COMPARE the cost of owning a boat with the cost of chartering with us, along with the pros & cons of each, and we think you’ll see that chartering with us is a great bargain.
  • Easily see availability and BOOK ONLINE!
>> Pricing | Per trip | 6 passenger maximum
Prices above are for the entire boat, regardless of the number of passengers. We do not combine groups. The price will be the same regardless of how many are in your group, and you will have a completely private charter.
Tips are appreciated | Your Captain & Crew work hard to provide each group an excellent experience

What’s Provided
  • Rods and reels.
  • Your welcome to bring your own rod, reels and favorite lures or you can use ours
  • Bait and tackle 
  • Ice for your catch 
  • Your fishing license 
  • Photos of your catch e-mailed to you for free

What Anglers Should Bring

  • Light jacket – spring and fall
  • Rain Gear – Ask the Captain before the Trip
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Food and drinks for the day
  • Alcohol is fine in moderation 
  • Excitement and a little extra good luck never hurt.
Frequently Asked Questions

What type of boat will we use?

  • We’ll be using the Cape Lookout Adventures 23′ Maycraft Pilothouse, which offers you the most room, most protection from the elements, most room for fishing & relaxing, and much more. It’s possible that a better inshore boat for these types of trips has never been made. The boat is powered by a 2012 Suzuki 175hp Four Stroke for a powerful, quiet & reliable experience.

What happens if the weather is bad for the day of the charter?

  • We will be the judges of the weather since we are extremely familiar and experienced with the local weather patterns. Cancellations will not be permitted because your group “thinks” they “heard” it “might” rain on TV. Weather people on TV have absolutely no clue about the weather on the coast, and we have seen many cases where people will miss an incredible day on the water because they trusted the “experts” on TV.
  • If it looks as if the weather will be either “miserable or dangerous”, then we will inform your group, and make the proper decision about your charter
  • The Lookout Adventures vessel is a pilothouse version with enclosure curtains so even if there is a short spat of rain/wind, your group will be fully protected and can happily continue enjoying your day after the weather has passed.

What if I need to cancel the charter? 

  • If you cancel 7 days or more before your charter, you are entitled to a full refund of the deposit.
  • Cancellations that are less than 7 days before the charter will receive 75% of the deposit.
  • Cancellations that are less than 3 days before the charter will receive 50% of the deposit.
  • Cancellations that are less than 24 hours before the charter will receive 0% of the deposit.
  • Groups that do not cancel, and do not show for a charter will be charged the full amount of the charter.

Do you supply tackle for your use? 

  • We provide top quality tackle for your use. All baits and lures are included for your use. Live bait is supplied when needed. You may also bring your favorite tackle. Please indicate this before your trip.

Do you fish with children?

  • Yes, of course. We love to see children catch fish and help them. Seeing the excitement in their eyes is what makes the family trips such a pleasure for our captain & crew.

Do we need a fishing license?

  • No, a NC Saltwater Fishing license is provided. The boat has a blanket license for all passengers, so you DO NOT need to have a fishing license.

What do we need to bring?

  • We suggest you dress for the conditions. A hat, sunglasses, loose and light colored clothing in summer. Warm clothing is appropriate for the spring and fall. You need to bring food, water, drinks, snacks, a camera and a cooler for you fish. See below for a more specific list.

Your level of experience?

  • You do not need to be an expert. We have fun and provide instruction for you, if you need it. It is your day and we do all that we can to make it enjoyable! We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of that.

Where is departure?

  • We will depart from the Lookout Adventures docking facility at the Morehead City Yacht Basin. Parking is free, and you will have very close by access to a well provisioned convenience store for all your last minute needs before your charter.  Click HERE for more specific directions.

Do you clean our catch?

  • Yes, if time permits, we will clean your fish. Tips are appreciated for this service.

What’s in Season?

April: The fishing season starts with great action on bonito. You can catch these members of the tuna family, on light spinning and fly gear. Sight casting with small spoons or jigging near the bottom produces vicious strikes and then all you can do is hold on until the bonito stops its run…and they don’t give up until they are in the net. Also during April you can catch good size blues and gray trout.

May: As bonito season winds down and the waters heat up the Spanish mackerel show up in good numbers. Trolling along the beach with light tackle and sight casting to schools of fish is sure to catch you a nice bunch of fish. Also in later May, the flounder show up inshore, along with puppy drum.

June: One of the best months of the year, June is a prime mixed bag month. You can catch nice flounder and red drum inshore, using live bait and light tackle. Right off the beach, plenty of Spanish mackerel are waiting. A little further out, summer kings wait to test your angling skills. Usually we slow troll, waiting for the exciting sing of the reel as the fish pulls the line out.

July: Doormat flounder and large red drum inshore will keep you busy. More Spanish mackerel just off the beach and kings, mahi mahi, sailfish and more from 10 to 25 miles out.

August: Pretty much the same as July, inshore and near shore, plenty of fish.

September: The beginning of fall and fishing just gets better and better. Great flounder fishing, with red drum and trout plentiful inshore. While the mahi are headed for deeper water the kings are now bigger and closer to the beach. Spanish mackerel, the large size, can be caught slow trolling near the many Artificial Reefs in our area.

October: Often the best fishing month of the year! Best month for big flounder inshore. Plenty of red drum, speckled trout and gray trout to be had. The Spanish mackerel are leaving the area, but the false albacore and bonito make a nice appearance again. The king mackerel are bigger and just about everywhere.

November: This is speckled trout month inshore. Early in the month you can still catch nice flounder and red drum are around all month long. Near shore, you can catch albacore, bonito, and big kings.

December: Don’t overlook this month. The crowds have gone home, but the fish are here and hungry. Plenty of trout, red drum and black drum, tripletail and sheepshead abound inshore. Near shore, again you can catch albacore, bonito and big kings.

January, February and March: Granted these are slower fishing months, but when we can catch some nice weather, this is the best time to catch some really nice seabass and other bottom fish. You can find these tasty fish just off the beach at one of the many Artificial Reefs. Tackle is light spinning or bait casting gear, with bottom rigs and squid for bait.