Outer Banks Kayak Fishing
Do I need a fishing license?
Yes. Each person 16 years of age and older will need one. A license can be purchased at any local tackle shop or online at http://www.ncwildlife.org/
What do you supply on the trip?
I will supply everything that you will need for the kayaking and fishing aspect of this adventure, i.e. kayaks, paddles, PFD, rods, terminal tackle, and bait.
What do I need to bring?
Suggested items to bring with you would include: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, light snacks, and fast drying clothes. You should bring your own cooler if you desire to take home any fish that you catch on your kayak fishing adventure.
Where do you launch from?
I cover the entire Outer Banks from Corolla to Hatteras Inlet and I try hard to launch closest to my clients.
However, my launch site for your trip would depend on weather, your particular adventure, and what site would put us closest to the best fishing.
Because of the dynamics of the Outer Banks, the weather can have negative effects on one launch site and not another.
Do you clean my fish?
No, but I can recommend local places that will clean your catch for you.
Can we keep the fish that we catch?
Some of my clients prefer to catch and release, while others prefer to catch and filet.
Any fish meeting North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Regulations for Size and Bag limits you may leave with.
How far will we be paddling?
The average 4 and ½ hour trip would not exceed more than 4 miles of paddling round trip. I work directly with my clients to understand their skill level and physical limitations so that I can tailor an adventure that would be comfortable for them.
What is the maximum number of people that you can accommodate on a kayak fishing adventure?
The maximum number of people that can be accommodated on a kayak fishing adventure is 8.
Can I bring my own gear?
You may bring your own kayaks and/or favorite fishing rods understanding that all terminal tackle and baits will be provided for you. If you are bringing your own rods, discuss this with me so that we can ensure that your rods are best suited to the fishing that we will be doing.
I do discount the cost for bringing some or all of your own equipment. You will need to further discuss with me exactly what you will be bringing to determine the final cost for you.
Should I bring a camera on this adventure?
I do not recommend bringing along any camera or camcorder that is not waterproof. I will be taking pictures throughout this adventure and will gladly share them with you.
Can we get out of the kayaks?
There are some areas on certain adventures that allow for this. Getting out of the kayaks will be at my discretion based on your particular adventure, location, and safety.
Can I book a specific date and time for my adventure?
Possibly…Booking a specific date and time is difficult to do based on highly unpredictable weather and ever changing fish feeding patterns. I will do my best to accommodate specific dates and times. I recommend having 1 to 2 days available to adjust as needed for your adventure.
Can I bring alcohol?
No… Unlike a charter boat, your kayak is powered by you… You are the captain. For your own safety, I do not allow alcohol on any of my adventures.
There will be 1 to 2 coolers per group provided, depending on the size of your group.
How soon should I book my adventure?
You should plan to book your adventure as soon as possible. I am very fortunate that my business has grown with each passing season. The highly unpredictable weather on the Outer Banks can sometimes cause me to lose a couple of days of kayak fishing per week. Those that book first are the ones that I work with first to modify dates and times due to weather.
Are there restrooms?
No…but you can use your own imagination
A few tips for your trip.
- You should bring water and/or sports drinks. I do not recommend sodas or energy drinks. Caffeine is bad in high sun situations.
- Short sleeved shirts, long sleeved shirts, or performance outdoor shirts are highly recommended. The average trip will last for ½ day and you will, at times, be in direct sunlight for the duration of the trip. Tank tops or bare backs are not recommended on any of my adventures.
- Keep snacks light, i.e. packaged beef jerky, sleeves of nuts, granola bars, or fruit. Heavy sandwiches or other foods will only slow you down, especially on a HOT day. Prepackaged snacks are the easiest to keep dry on the water.