Do you only offer fly fishing?
We offer both light tackle and fly. Both methods can even be used at the same time.
How do I book a trip?
All summer trips are booked through Oregon Inlet Fishing Center’s booking service. Their number is 252.441.6301. Summer trips can be booked on line or over the phone with a credit card. A deposit is required to secure your trip. If you have questions about the trips you can call between 6 pm and 8:30 pm at these numbers 252.449.0562 or 252.982.6330.
Our guide service relocates to the Harkers Island Fishing Center in the early Spring and Fall. These are full day trips only. Please call 252.449.0562 or 252.982.6330, or email for Harkers reservations.
Can I bring my kids?
We love fishing with kids! We don’t recommend trips for people under age 8. If you have a fishing fanatic under the age of 8, with a good attention span, don’t hesitate to call us for advice. Remember, fishing with kids is about accommodating their comfort and attention span.
Can you accommodate people with mobility issues?
People with mobility issues can fish comfortably. Wheelchairs are problematic, because of boat size, but there are other boats in our marina who happily accommodate wheelchairs
What about bad weather?
The captain will call to discuss the weather options with you when bad weather is predicted. We will make contact the night before or the morning of the trip to discuss options when the weather is bad, so please leave a contact phone number when booking a trip. Safety first - the captain makes the final weather call. When trips are weathered out and can not be rescheduled, a full refund of the deposit is given.
If a trip is cancelled for weather and can not be rescheduled, your deposit is refunded. All other cancellation situations and deposits refunds are the captain’s decision.
Do you have bathrooms?
Our small center console boats do not have official bathrooms, but we easily accommodate bathroom needs.
What do we need to bring?
Bring appropriate clothing, sunglasses, raincoats and warm layers. Also bring food, snacks, drinks, or sunscreen. We have room for small coolers. There is also room for your tackle if you choose to bring your own.
What do you provide?
All tackle (fly and spin) is provided as are flies, lures and bait. Each boat has a big cooler filled with bottled water for you and ice for additional drinks you bring. A cooler with ice is provided for fish you wish to keep. We also have dry, safe storage for cell phones and camera equipment.
How many passengers can you take?
We take a maximum of four passengers — no more. Please do not show up for your trip with more than four people. We can take four on fly fishing trips, but fewer people is better for fly trips.
Do you clean fish?
We do not clean fish, but OIFC has a fast and inexpensive cleaning service.
What time do trips start?
Half day trips start at 7:00 am and return by 11:30 am. Afternoon half day trips start at 12:00 pm and return by 4:30 pm. Full day trips start at 7:00 am and return to the dock at 3:30 pm. If you are fishing a half day, we recommend booking a morning trip as they are cooler and less wind. Afternoons can be hotter/windier and there is always a chance of thunderstorms. Afternoon fishing is still excellent, just with more weather challenges.
Where do we fish?
Your captain will discuss best options before you leave the dock. If you have a preference or issues with seasickness, please let us know.
What is the difference between backcountry and nearshore fishing?
Backcountry is a glamorous description for fishing in the sound for shallow water species like speckled trout, bluefish, puppy drum, stripers and assorted bottom fish. Nearshore trips are in the ocean, usually along the beaches up to 8 miles off shore. When fishing the ocean, we target sharks, bluefish, spanish mackerel, cobia and other seasonal species. Nearshore fishing is dependent upon ocean and weather conditions. If ocean conditions are not favorable or safe, we will stay in the sound.