What Type of Charter is Best for You?

Many of our charter booking clients have never been on an ocean fishing charter! They know that they want to try it but they have no idea what type of saltwater charter trip fits their particular situation. Hopefully we can answer some of the more asked questions with this article.

The very first consideration must be who exactly is going to be fishing on your charter?

Vacationing Family Groups (With Children)

Let's start out with a typical Outer Banks vacationing family or group of friends that have young children along with them. Staying within sight of land on our typical half day near shore or inshore charter is going to be the wise choice in this case. The Outer Banks has great fishing both inshore and near shore during the height of the summer tourism season so all anglers including the youngsters will have plenty of things to see and lots of fishing action to keep them occupied.

Charter boats charge by the trip and not by the person. That means that a family of four can charter for the same price as a group of six. The fewer the number of people along on the trip, the more time each young angler gets to reel in the fish and the more attention each child gets from the captain, crew and their parents. Start them out right with a half day experience. In future years you will be rewarded because they will want to keep the tradition going and growing into a more adventurous fishing excursion.

inshore or near shore fishing carter catch on dock

Vacationing Couples

If you are vacationing as a couple or a group of adult couples, an afternoon of inshore or near shore half day chartering might be what you are looking for. You can complete your casual morning activities and then a nice lunch before jumping on the boat for a leisurely near shore or inshore charter fishing adventure. You can bring along some refreshments and relax in the salon or socialize on the deck while our captain and mate find the fish for you. After a fun afternoon of low pressure fishing we will return to the dock where you can have your catch filleted and then your group can take it to a local restaurant (try the Landing Grill) where they will prepare it for your dinner. You can even top off the day with a casual evening cruise after dinner if you like.

A Sharky's booked charter trip can be more than just a fishing trip. It can be an Outer Banks entertainment experience designed just for you. An affordable near shore or inshore fishing charter is a great way to create the best Outer Banks memories that will last forever.

Vacationing With One or More Serious Anglers

One of the biggest hurdles that single anglers face is that offshore fishing charters are expensive enough that they usually want to split the expense among a full group of six anglers. It's not always easy to find the additional anglers you need for a trip.

Sharky's offers a Makeup Charter service where we will do everything within our grasp to find additional anglers for your charter or even locate a boat that is willing to accept one or more anglers at a reduced price. Use our booking form to tell us what your situation is and we'll work with you so that you won't miss out on that exciting offshore fishing charter that you have always dreamed of.

Offshore catch Of Tuna on Dock

Full Groups of Six Vacationing Serious Anglers

This is the perfect situation the full day offshore fishing charters are designed for. Offshore charters are for the salty folks that want to take a two hour boat ride to fish for the awesome pelagic predators that abound in the waters off the Outer Banks! There is no question that an offshore charter is the Super Bowl of fishing and an experience meant for the serious anglers among us. However they can be strenuous and exhausting so consider that if you have senior or handicapped anglers.


We have charters for all different situations and experience levels. We suggest that you choose your charter type to accommodate the less experienced members of your group. Even though you are probably thinking that the reason for your fishing charter is catching fish you really should be thinking of your fishing charter as an Outer Banks experience. Sharky's also offers Surf Fishing Clinics for anyone that wants to try fishing on The Outer Banks without going on a fishing charter.

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