If you are new to fishing or are fishing with children in your family, Outer Banks headboats are a great way to fish and spend some family time on the water. Headboats—named as such because you pay “per head” and also sometimes called “party boats” —offer an economical, although less specialized fishing. Outer Banks headboats generally take out 40-50 people at a time on half-day trips. They fish in the calmer waters of the sounds and inlets and provide all your bait, tackle and rods. You do not need a fishing license to fish on a headboat.
There is someone on board to show you what to do if you need help, plus they have snacks and restrooms. Some are available for private parties and events such as sunset cruises. Some offer commentary to teach you about the area.
Because of their large size and the number of people they carry, Outer Banks headboats are less specialized than other types of charter boats. Most of them target only inshore and bottom fish eg smaller fish and due to their large size they are limited in where they can go. In addition, they require a minimum number of people to sign up before they will sail.
If you have a group of 6 people, you may want to compare the cost of headboat fishing to the cost of a near shore/inshore fishing charter from a smaller boat.
There are headboats out of Oregon Inlet and Pirate’s Cove on the northern Outer Banks and out of Hatteras and Ocracoke on the southern Outer Banks.
Find an Outer Banks headboat near you and go fishing!