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In shore charters for 1/2 day?

In shore charters for 1/2 day?




Hi,
Heading down to Nags Head mid July. The group wants to go fishing, and we're trying to decide on a full day or 1/2 day. We'd like to try for cobia, mahi, etc and take some 9 and 11 year olds. A full day can be pretty tiring for the kids, so just curious what the general thought is on the 1/2 day in/near shore charters. Is that in range of some of those fish? Or will 1/2 days basically get you bottom feeders/rock?

Oh, and what's the difference between 'near shore' and in shore trips?

Appreciate the feedback.


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Most of the 1/2 day nearshore charters are going to target spainish or kings (if around) or trigger fish on a wreck, you may find a mahi hanging around a bouy or some weeds but you would need to go off shore to target them. The off shore sport fisher boats are so nice with a/c, couches, kitchens, toilets etc. I think kids would be fine and have a memory of a lifetime. I was going offshore at the age of 5 and have been out with many kids in the past.


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Very good question, but you're comments and choices require a very detailed answer. I own a charter boat and have been posting on this site for quite a few years. I will send you a PM about my own boat, but I would like to give you and other readers some professional info. I'm sure you will get lots of recommendations, both on types of fishing and specific charter boats. The Outer Banks has probably 100 charter boats most of whom are very professional and operate boats ranging from 18 feet to mega sportfishermen over 60 feet. Your species and methods of fishing add another factor into the equation. Let's answer your thoughts and comments specifically. Okay first item; you will be in Nags Head so you will most likely charter a boat out of one of the three major marinas that use Oregon Inlet to access the Ocean, if you choose an Ocean Trip (as opposed to Sound fishing). There is really no reason to drive an hour or more to Hatteras. The Marinas are in alpha order OBX Marina, OIFC, and Pirates Cove. There is lesser marinas such as Thicket Lump and Wanchese along with quite a few small "Trailer Launched" Outboards. I'm not going to bring price into this discussion, because it can be a big Budget Decision when choosing between trip types. Let's talk Inshore/Nearshore. Inshore was always the word to distinguish a Non-Gulfstream Trip. The word Nearshore was started as an advertising campaign a few years back to try and be different and especially attract those wanting to be "Near" Shore, within sight of land.. They can really be interchanged, but some boats might argue differently. It comes down more to your choice of trip (Hours and Species). Generally it means fishing no more than a few miles out in the Ocean within sight of land and mostly a 4 or 6 hour trip. However some Inshore trips might even be done in the Sound. Nearshore is really the same and the term is more used to indicate that you are not going out very far and for OIFC means generally not Sound Fishing. However, if you were to do a Full Day Inshore or Nearshore I would say you might wind up out 20 miles, hardly considered Inshore or Nearshore. The Children's ages. My experience is any trip would be okay HOWEVER they have to CATCH FISH. A full day out in the Gulfstream leave 5 AM and come back at 5 PM can be very tiring and VERY BORING on a slow day. Do we have slow days, ABSOLUTELY! Children have to catch fish. You mention species, this is prime in deciding a trip. You mention some Gamefish = Cobia and Dolphin (Mahi). First comment is July is past Cobia Season. We have pretty good runs INSHORE in very late May and June. By July most Cobia move North to Summer in and off Chesapeake Bay. Fishing for them in July could be more of a hunt and cast expedition. Some boats may Chum for them but it can be slow. Definitely not recommended for the children. Dolphin are an Offshore fish. You can not catch them on a 4 hour Half Day trip. It's either Offshore (Gulfstream) or possibly a Full Day Inshore (8 hour) if you can get the Captain to agree (?). So what do you do Inshore in July? First I would recommend a 6 hour Half Day Trip. It will be TROLLING for Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, False Albacore, possibly King Mackerel and possibly some Ribbonfish. The 6 Hour trip gives you more time to hit better, further locations. Full Day Inshore (8 Hours) is even better. Although most boats don't specifically suggest certain other trips you might want to consider a Deepwater Wreck Trip or Shark Fishing. Okay I'm talking too much. I will PM you with some more info. Hope this helps.


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Great info! Thanks Pickle! I'll look forward to your PM. I've done the sound fishing a few times over the years and my only experience on a charter was on the Country Girl for gulf stream wreck fishing, where hauled in trigger and rock bass. Great time, but yes, it was a long long day (we did this late August).
We normally go down late August for our Nags Head trips, so first year heading down in mid July, so not sure what to expect.
I agree with your assessment that the kids will need to be catching fish to have fun.


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Has anyone mentioned that there is a limit of the number of ppl on a charter? Generally 6-8, although there may be a VERY few that can take 10.
There are also boats that do more family oriented type cruises, ie catching shrimp, clamming, if the kids would lose interest fishing.


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Yes, thanks for that reminder of the max number of people on the charters. Out of the 3 Dad's, we have 6 kids to choose from...hmmm. Choices!


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99% of Outer Banks Charter Boats are licensed by the Coast Guard for 6 passengers (Fishing or not, Children and Adults). The CG does spot check and the reasons for that Maximum comes with a long story. I Don't know of any specific 8 passenger boats. If the boat is licensed for over 6 people it gets a specific passenger rating based on a very extensive Coast Guard inspection. Plus the Captain for over 6 passengers needs a different type of Captains License. Other than Headboats, I only know of two Charterboats that are licensed for over 6 people. If you have more than 6 (say 7 or 8), it's always a tough call to leave people out. With all the large houses and large family groups coming here, most people with 9, 10 people will strive to get a few more people and charter two boats.


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