Tarpon, Red Drum and Mixed Bag Fishing

red drum or redfish in Neuse River and Pamlico Sound

The Seasons:
A Mixed Bag of speckled trout, puppy drum, and flounder can happen at anytime with peak fishing in spring and fall. The Tarpon arrive in late June and depart by mid-September. The peak for the Giant Red Drum is August/September.

Cost: Cost vary depending on guide, trip style and size of boat. Full days: $600-800 • Long half days: $500-600 • 4 hour Skiff Trips on 17-19’ bay boats for 2 people: $400

Boats:Our boats fall into two categories: Large center consoles 22' - 26' (Ideally 3 with max 4 of anglers) and bay boats 19' - 22' equipped with trolling motors and powerpoles (Ideally 2 with max of 3 angers).

License: All of our boats have saltwater “blanket licenses”. You are not required to purchase an individual fishing license. For mixed bag trips, fishing the upper tributaries of the Neuse, a freshwater fishing license is required. 1-888-2HUNTFISH (888-248-6834).

Fly Fishing trout and puppy drum or red fish in North Carolina

Tackle: Mixed Bag: Spinning 8-12 pound test. The Tarpon: Spinning 25-30 pound test. The Giant Red Drum: Spinning with 15-25 pound test.

What to bring: Plenty of sunscreen, raingear, cooler with drinks, lots of water, sandwiches, etc.

tarpon fishing in North Carolina





Deposit Policy: To confirm reservations a $200 per boat/day deposit is due within 7 days. Deposits for reservations within 14 days must be secured immediately. Reservations not secured by deposits are subject to cancellation without notice. Deposits are not refundable, but are transferable if cancelled greater than 30 days from the date of the trip. 100% refunds for weather cancellations.


Fuel Surcharge: With the wild unpredictability of gas/fuel prices, fuel surcharges MAY apply. In North Carolina our prices are fixed on fuel costs of $3.50/gallon. The fuel surcharge is the difference between current fuel price and $3.50/gallon times the number of gallons used. Fuel surcharges will be applied in the fairest possible manner. The Down East Guides will go wherever necessary to give you the best chance of success and we will strive to give you the best experience possible.