Thank you for remembering the old days. The Outer Banks Charter Fishing world 10 years ago was extremely different. That type of trip is long gone. It is gone both Financially and Fish wise. The cost of Fuel would not permit doing what you experienced, at least not significantly less than an Offshore Trip. As you said, you could see the Offshore Boats in the distance. Tilefishing is generally done a minimum of 30 miles up to 35 miles from the Inlet. Actually right before the Gulfstream. A few years ago with Diesel Fuel $6 Gallon at the Docks, going 35 Miles on a Full Sized Twin Diesel Boat could cost $900. Next the Amberjack are basically gone due to heavy Commercial Fishing pressure, but even the small Blues used for bait are scarce. That Trip, if you were to bait Tower Jacks, Deep Drop for Tiles and then Troll for Offshore Gamefish would cost you an Offshore (Gulfstream) upwards of $2400 Today, if you could find a boat to do all three types of fishing. Nearshore in todays world is Trolling Outside the Inlet for Spanish Mackerel, Ribbonfish, small King Mackerel, False Albacore and Bluefish. Maybe Cobia in Season. These are 4 or 6 Hour trips and some boats will do a Full Day (8 Hours). If you get agreement from the Captain on an 8 Hour trip you might get a chance for Jacks, if there are any. The Towers are between 15 miles and 35 Miles. We used to do our TnT Combo Trip, where you catch Tuna first and then go off and catch Tiles. However due to the everchanging location of Tuna, you might be 15 miles or more from Good Tilefishing. You can't afford to run 15 miles, then find yourself way North and longer ride home. Things have changed.