Nearshore Fishing

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Private trip guided by Capt. Cam

BlackBird Guide Services 10-19 years of experience


Nearshore fishing refers to the water from the beach to a handful of miles off the coast. The nearshore fishing in North Carolina is something to behold for many reasons. Enjoy catching a vast number of species without the long ride offshore. This is a great trip option for novice and experienced anglers alike. Seasons dictate what fish we target on fishing charters, but there is no shortage of options. Some client favorites include Bull Redfish, False Albacore aka little tunnies, Atlantic Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Gray Trout, Tarpon, Flounder, Cobia and Tautog.

Spring provides some of the best opportunity to catch Atlantic Bonito, one of the best eating fish nearshore that you can catch, especially if like sushi. These torpedo-like fish put up a great fight.

Summer is a great time for Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, big sharks and the elusive North Carolina Tarpon. Early Summer will provide the best chances for Cobia and big Bull Red Fish. Late summer through the fall is one of my absolute favorite times of year as this is when we get big pushes of False Albacore right off the beach. These fish are so fun to catch on light tackle or a fly rod and are some of the best nearshore sight fishing North Carolina has to offer.

Targeted species

  • Flounder
  • Sheepshead
  • Cobia
  • Shark
  • False Albacore
  • Grey Trout
  • Amberjack
  • Tarpon
  • Black Drum
  • Redfish

What to bring

  • Bring your own lunch / snacks
  • Polarized Sunglasses


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  • Carolina Beach, NC
  • Surf City, NC

Exact meeting location will be discussed after booking.

Guided by BlackBird Guide Services

Wilmington, NC, USA10-19 years of experience

Hey Folks! My name is Cameron Pappas most people call me “Cam”. I was born and raised right here on the coast of Wilmington NC and grew up being on the water and operating boats from a young age. I have always had an affinity with fishing and it continues to be something that I can’t ever seem to get enough of, so much so that I made it my career. I started guiding in my late 20’s after working in the corporate world for close to 8 years. I began as a part time guide working my 9-5 on weekdays and guiding on the weekends until I was eventually able to leave my office job to pursue guiding full time. While guiding is my main profession I am also a part time outdoor photographer, fly tyer and podcast host.

I am dedicated to providing a professional and enjoyable experience for all skill levels of anglers and hope to share my passion for fishing with all my anglers.

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