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Wilmington NC Fishing Charters

Fishing in Wilmington NC give you many options of fisheries to choose from:

Wilmington, NC Fishing Charters

Our charter boat fishing in Wilmington is one of our best year around fishing opportunities due to the tidally influenced brackish water fishery, the Cape Fear River.  The Cape Fear River headwaters begin in the Piedmont of NC and flow out to the Atlantic Ocean between Baldhead Island and Southport. A favorite fishery among many of the Wilmington locals, the Cape Fear River routinely gives up limits of Red Drum, Flounder, Speckled Trout and Striped Bass (aka Stripers). As is the case for our inshore and offshore fishing charters, Capt. Trev has fished the Cape Fear River for over 20 years including completing a two year study with the North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries on the quality our fish stocks in the Cape Fear River.

A message from Capt. Trev:  “The Biodiversity of the resident fish species in the Cape Fear River is unbelievable.   There are very few estuaries in North Carolina where can you fish for & CATCH Striped Bass, Catfish, Drum, Flounder, Sturgeon, Sharks, Skates, Bream, Bass, Crappie, Spot, Croaker, Alligator Gar and EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN within one mile of each other.   The reason for this Incredible Fishery is the Cape Fear Rivers Ecosystem and the convergence of the Tidal Saltwater combining with the Inland flowing Freshwater creating a Mixed Salinity of Brackish Water. Geographically, the Cape Fear River contains numerous wetlands, sandbars, river cliffs, scarps, oxbows, flats, marshes, creeks, inlets, channels and backwaters.  I remember back in my Fisheries Research Days pulling trawl nets during my time with NC Dep. of Marine Fisheries and sampling 3000 + juvenile fish larva that included 80 different species (both Saltwater & Freshwater Species) within a 100 yard sampling area in the Middle Cape Fear River.  All in All:  The Cape Fear River is a First Class Fishery and a Breeding Ground for many Saltwater and Freshwater Fish in North Carolina!”

Explore the Cape Fear River on a Wilmington NC Fishing Charter

There are MANY options when you fish with Capt. Trev on the Cape Fear River! Capt. Trev fishes from the Mouth of the Cape Fear around Baldhead Island and Southport in search of BIG Flounder and Red Drum all the way up past Down Town Wilmington in search of Big Striped Bass. The backwater bays of Fort Fisher at times offer schools of Red Drum by the hundreds which are easily caught by sight casting artificial baits and can really provide some non-stop fishing action. Capt. Trev will take you to his rarely fished backwater creeks and old shipping docks lining the Cape Fear in search of Monster Flounder and Black Drum as this estuary as a whole is teaming with life and Fishing Action!

After you fish the Cape Fear River with Capt. Trev., you too will have a new favorite fishery!! The unique complexity of the water in the Cape Fear River (turbidity, salinity and differing levels of clarity) allow for an endless quest for what YOU want to catch next!

Year Around Fishing Charters:   Our Wilmington, NC Fishing Charters are Year Around!  Wintertime fishing the Cape Fear River is excellent with many days catching limits of fish.   On our typical wintertime Wilmington Fishing Charter we fish for and catch Striped Bass, Red Drum, Speckled Trout and Flounder.   Call Captain Trev for details on your wintertime Fishing Charter Options.

Big Red Drum Fishing is On Fire!

Hey Y’all,

A quick report for the week of September 6th for our recent fishing charters.

We have had an excellent week targeting Trophy Red Drum on the nearshore reefs for some “once in a lifetime opportunities” to land a fish older than you. ūüôā

Our Kiddo Trips are in full swing as well so feel free to reach out to discuss our unique 2hr ($250) kiddo and family quick trips.

I hope to see all my repeat clients again this fall and remember to be safe at the beach and on the water; and remember, “Life is Short Go Fishing!”.

Capt Trevor Smith

ProFishNC Charters

Kids Fishing Charters have been HOT

We are well into our 2021 season and the fishing has been great! We have taken more Family and Kids fishing charters this season than a typical year and its great too see. There is nothing like spending quality time on the water with your family on a fully guided fishing trip.

Flounder season is only two weeks this year, feel free to give me a call anytime to book your special flounder fishing trip. We have a reef that is very productive very close to the Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach.

As we approach our Fall Fishing Season (my personal favorite time of year to fish) be sure to call early to book your trip, if you miss your chance this season, think about purchasing a Christmas Gift Certificate for next season.

Looking forward to the rest of the 2021 fishing season, see y’all on the water!

Capt Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters

Sea Vee Charter Boat

2020 Fishing Season is in Full Swing

2020 Fishing season is here and we are excited to offer two fishing charter boats for you to choose from this season. We have a brand new 28′ Sea Vee CC equipped with a new Cummins 370 Diesel and have our trusty inshore/ nearshore McKee Craft CC.

We look forward to fishing with many of you again this season and meeting new clients and friends as we always do.

Call me directly to book your fishing charter at (910) 547-0000


Capt Trev

ProFishNC Fishing Charters Booking Spring Fishing 2018

Happy New Year everyone and hope y’all had a great Christmas Season!

We have been busy at ProFishNC Charters wrapping up the late fall fishing season, booking charters for spring and prepping for March 2018 Fishing Kickoff.

Spring Fishing is almost here; however, in the mean time and in the inevitable instance of “cabin fever”, give us a call and we can go winter fishing

Early Spring Action



Note: The best bottom fishing for Black Seabass in NC is January through April.    We typically find limits within 5 miles of the beach in the winter with a mix of tautog (black fish) and porgies.

Once April arrives we have the monster bluefish and Atlantic bonito show up in our local waters.  Both Atlantic bonito and bluefish in April are respectable in their fight and is great fun on light tackle (these fish are hungry and actively feeding on the migratory baitfish).

We offer hourly trips for families fishing with small children (typically around 2hrs) that would like to introduce fishing to their family in small doses.  This was very successful in 2017 as many families with kids under 5 years old found this charter option the best for their family.

Thanks and Tight Lines,

Capt. Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters


Wrightsville Beach Fishing Charters Report- ProFishNC Charters

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Report 3/3/2017 *We now have a GPS Electric Anchor*

Im starting this report with a side note:   Those that know me know that I love taking people that have never fished or haven’t in so long that they needed to know how to cast a reel, then teaching them and seeing the smile when they feel the excitement of fishing.   That was my charter group today and makes me reflect on my younger years as a kid feeling that same joy that makes me remember that my job is not fishing, its to bring people happiness through fishing.

Ians biggest fish EVER! Nice 22 inch inshore Black Drum

Fishing Trip Details:  I had the pleasure of taking an awesome family from Ohio out for an early march fishing adventure.  We decided early to bottom-fish first then fall back to inshore as the winds were predicted to increase throughout the day (which it did).   The greatest feature of charter fishing out of Wrightsville Beach is the ease and comfort of navigating into the open ocean via Masonboro Inlet.  Masonboro Inlet is not only deep (35-40 ft), but also is a great habitat for fish as the rock jetties are a sanctuary for fish to feed.

Today we decided to fish for Black Seabass and Tautog; therefore, we made a bearing for what I’ve found to be an active “live bottom” with small ledges and rocks.  After a short 15 – 20 minute ride we arrived at our first fishing spot (as we captains call “first drop”).   I use shrimp and shrimp heads exclusively when targeting fish this time of year as the chances of landing a Tautog are now in the cards.  *Note:  We have UPGRADED to the newest and most advanced electric anchoring system (Minnkota Terrova).  We had four rods in the water with nonstop action.  After having our fill of constant action landing around 70-100 black seabass (2 were big) and decided to head inshore to fish for drum.

Once in the inlet we made our bearing north and fished the waters in and around Figure Eight

Red Drum “17 1/2 inch Schooie” Tally’s First Ever Red Drum

Island.   I personally love running Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters because the waters are pristine clear with many schools of wintering black and red drum this time of year.   We located the schools after checking a dock or two and had some fun.  We landed  5 drum (3 reds & 2 blacks) with the reds being 17 1/2 inch “cookie cutter” schoolies.

*WE UPGRADED TO A GPS “Spotlock” ELECTRIC ANCHOR (When we find fish offshore in 65ft of water we STAY ON THE FISH).  In all honesty, the non stop rod bending on all four rods today for two hours straight was EPIC.

Fishing Charter Details:  6 hr 3/4 Day Fishing Trip | Air Temp: 39-55  |  Water Temp:  57-58 Degrees Offshore/ 61-63 Degrees Inshore

Tight-Lines and remember to Take A Kid Fishing!

-Captain Trevor Smith | ProFishNC Charters |

Winter Fishing Charters / Fishing Gift Certificates

ProFishNC Charters Fishing Update : Fishing Gift Certificates

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall and had a great Thanksgiving!  Hopefully you are getting out and wetting a

Fishing Charter Gift Certificate Time is here again and we have them fresh out of the print shop just in time for Christmas.

Our fishing charter options include 1/2 day (4h), 3/4 day (6h) or full day trip (8h).

Give me a call or email for further details.

Fishing Report:  Topsail Beach and Wrightsville Beach inshore waters still have good numbers of trout that are feeding on shrimp and glass minnows.  Find the fast moving tidal water and trow your favorite green or white grub.  The flounder are still inshore in catchable numbers (more toward the back of the creeks and estuaries).With our water temperature still at 60 there are plenty of both nearshore bottom fishing and inshore trout fishing through January.

Nearshore Bottom fishing has been excellent with huge numbers of large black seabass, grunts and porgies.  We are also targeting nearshore Grouper in the 7-12 mile range.


We charter fish year-around, so if you cabin fever this winter give us a call!

Capt Trevor Smith: ProFishNC Charters

ProFishNC Charters: Wilmington Fishing Charters Report

ProFishNC Charters: Wilmington Fishing Charters (and surrounding beaches) report through mid July:

The sun is HOT and the water temps are UP providing opportunities to “Buffalo Hunt” for big fish.  The current inshore water temps are between 83 at high tide and 87 at low tide.  For our offshore waters I am seeing temps steady around 84 degrees.

Up to the minute fishing report:   (Water temps above observed 7/7/15)‚Ķ Fishing out of the Wrightsville Beach Inlets the small glass minnows are there in the billions pressed up in so close there were “red clouds” of barely bigger than plankton flowing like a well orchestrated dance as the the spanish mackerel crashed through.   Out to three miles there were albies and spanish jumping in what seemed to be a constant feeding frenzy (in reality we saw a topwater “washing machine” about every quarter mile which provided fun topwater action.  Cobia are still around as Captain Shawn’s charter boat caught a 40 pounder today inshore!   Its “go big or go home” time right now as there are too many big creatures lurking not to put out a BIG LINE anywhere you fish, especially with all the bait and the water temps up in the 80’s.

**Shark Fishing is Awesome Right Now!

Capt Trev / ProFishNC Charters

Speckled Trout Fishing Charters available in Topsail Beach

ProFishNC Charters (NC Fishing Charter Update, We are now providing our Winter Fishing Charter Rates).  Kid Fishing Charters Winter Black Seabass

Just a quick update for our Topsail Beach Fishing Charters, we are catching lots of trout right now and do have availability this upcoming week.  We are still providing Christmas Fishing Charter Gift Certificates, call Captain Trevor for details. Feel Free to give us a call anytime at (910) 547-0000 or e-mail us at

*Note: We are providing Year Around Wilmington Fishing Charters in the Cape Fear River for Striped Bass, Red Drum, Black Drum and Speckled Trout.

We also provide Year Around Wrightsville Beach offshore fishing charters for Black Seabass (throughout the colder months they move very close to the beach) and fish Wrightsville Beach inshore fishing charters for Red Drum (although the drum are lethargic in the winter, they school up in the hundreds under the deep water docks). Topsail Beach Fishing Charters Speckled Trout Fishing

*Providing complementary Dock Pickup on our Wrightsville Beach Fishing Trips and our Figure Eight Island Fishing Charters


Captain Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters

Winter Fishing Charters with ProFishNC Charters

Winter Fishing is here with great low rates and lots of options!Winter Fishing Charters

12/7/15 ProFishNC Charters: Capt Trev

Winter fishing charters provides dynamic fishing opportunities for bottom fishing nearshore.

We are kicking off our Winter Fishing Charters this month with a Fishing Charter rate of $275 for a 1/2 day UP TO 4 People on Fishing Vessel No Banannaz (December 15th through March 1st)!   You may also use this rate in fishing charter gift cards that do not expire.

We fish three different areas in the winter time fishery and each is a unique fishing charter experience.

Winter Fishing Charter Options

Topsail Beach Fishing ChartersThe first option is offshore fishing Topsail Beach, offshore fishing Wrightsville Beach, offshore fishing Carolina Beach and offshore fishing Wilmington, NC.   On our 1/2 day Offshore winter fishing charters we go in the 3 Р5 mile range bottom fishing Black Seabass, Tautog, green-eye sharks and Porgies.  Its is a little cold on the water but with the right clothing this is a winter-time fishing charter favorite!

The second option is inshore fishing Topsail Beach, Inshore Fishing Carolina Beach, Inshore Fishing Wrightsville Beach, inshore fishing Surf City and inshore fishing Wilmington, NC.  On our inshore fishing charters in the winter we use a slower approach and mainly cast dead and live shrimp, cut menhaden and cut mullet near oyster beds and under deep water docks.   We target big red drum, black drum, sheepshead and speckled trout.   We also sight-fish red drum on the flats at low tide as the red drum pull up on the mudflats to warm up and feed in the winter on the low water.

The third option is Cape Fear River Striped Bass and Red Drum Fishing in our beautiful Wilmington Striped Bass Fishing Charters downtown Wilmington stretch of the Cape Fear River.  Our Striped Bass Fishing Charters are by far the wintertime favorite as we have a unique Striped Bass Fishery with river run stripers that do not reach the ocean.   They are catch and release only; however, are a fishing experience everyone should enjoy at least once.

We also offer Year Around Corporate Fishing Charters that cater to workplace “team building” and just plain fun fishing. ¬†We fish¬†the corporate fishing charters in a “tournament style” where we have points for Largest Fish, First Fish, Ugliest Fish, Smallest Fish, Last Fish and Most Fish. ¬†We are affiliated with many charter fishing companies and charter fishing captains that allow us to fish a¬†very large¬†number of clients¬†at the same time.

Give us a Call Anytime to Book A Fishing Charter or just to discuss your fishing charter options.

We are still offering Christmas Fishing Charter Gift Certificates at our Winter Time Rates that we honor year around.   Call for Details!


Captain Trevor Smith/ ProFishNC Charters/ (910) 547-0000