Follow Me Charters has served the Ocean Isle Beach area since 1992. You always get exclusively Capt Fred or Capt Forest on every Follow Me trip. The rates below are for chartering the entire BIG 42 ft. Prowler boat, with captain and first mate (the rate is not a per person charge). We have perhaps the biggest, like-new boat and the most hard-working crew at Ocean Isle Beach. The rate on the BIG SPACIOUS 42 ft. boat for all fishing trips is $200 per hour for up to six customers per trip + normally 20% tip. THAT RATE INCLUDES: 1) NO credit card processing fees to customers, 2) NO fuel surcharges, 3) Free Follow Me t-shirt on every trip to whoever catches the BIGGEST fish, 4) Free Follow Me t-shirt on every trip for whoever catches the MOST fish; these are onboard fun contests on every trip, 5) Free bottled waters, soft drinks, ice, rods, reels, bait, tackle, licenses, and 6) Free fish cleaning and packing.
Experience the BIG 42 ft. Prowler Experience on every offshore Follow Me trip.
*We pick up on the docks behind Sheffield’s Sonoco station on Ocean Isle Beach*
All trips include: bait, tackle, ice for fish and drinks, NC saltwater fishing licenses for all onboard, free fish cleaning and packing, special giveaway t-shirts, and free bottled waters and soft drinks for all. Be sure to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and what you wish to eat or drink (other than water and soft drinks). Mate works for tips. Common in the industry but NEVER on the Follow Me are the following: Credit card processing fees, Fuel surcharges, and Extra person charges. Follow Me offshore trips include free big fish and most fish free t-shirt contests, free ice, free waters and soft drinks, free fish cleaning/packing/delivering, and yes you get to keep all the legal size fish you catch, after we clean and pack filets in ziplocks for free for you.
Pay with check or cash at end of trip or charge on a credit card or PayPal no problem.
We only run private trips meaning that you and whoever you invite will be the only persons on your trip other than the Captain (Fred or Forest) and a First Mate (Charlie Sanders who is also an experienced USCG captain and fisherman). Max allowed is 6 passengers (not counting Captain and First Mate).
We generally leave the dock with 15+ rods pre rigged for the style of trip you book.
1 nautical mile = 1.15 highway miles. OFFSHORE FISHING TRIPS OFFERED ON THE BIG 42 ft. ‘FOLLOW ME’ ARE DESCRIBED BELOW
4-Hour Half Day Trip – The 4-hour trip ranges out to 10 nautical miles. On this trip we will fish for black sea bass, red snapper (closed season), trout, octopus, and sharks, with the possibility of a cobia or king mackerel on a drift line, and maybe Spanish mackerel and Atlantic bonita trolling. We drift squid and cut bait as we fish on the bottom. Most of the sea bass we catch on this trip are not legal size to keep, but sometimes we catch up to 10 legal sea bass, out of the normal 100+ we catch. Catching 250 on a 4 hr. trip is our record with 15 keepers so the trip is about catching rather than keeping fish. There are always plenty of bass to be caught year-round on this trip and we take off all fish quickly so you can catch, catch, and catch oftentimes two fish at a time. Sharks are generally 3 to 4 feet long caught April through October and are good eating. Although we encourage catch and release on sharks we are happy to clean a couple for you to try. Total fishing time is generally 3 hours. This is a great trip, where you can still see land, where 100 fish are almost always caught per trip. Price $800 for up to 6 people on the BIG 42 ft. Prowler that offers immense stability and comfort. (See video about the 42 Prowler under Videos on this website).
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5-Hour Half Day Trip (NEW) – Same really fun trip as above PLUS and hour extra of trolling for king mackerel or barracuda, or an extra hour for jigging, or an extra hour of catching Black Sea Bass and snapper – PLUS we’ll have time if desired to go out to a special 12 mile spot in deeper water that might hold king mackerel or grouper outside sight of land. Price $1,000 for up to 6 people on the big, spacious 42 ft. Prowler with large clean bathroom. (See video about the 42 Prowler under Videos on this website).
Due to High Demand For the Above Two Trips, the Following Trips Are Not Run Often, But Are Available By Phone Request, Rather Than Through Our Online Reservation System (Our 4-hr and 5-hr trips are most popular and we oftentimes run two of those per day in the summer). Call Fred or Forest.
8-Hour Full Day Trip – On the 8-hour trip we fish up to 30 nautical miles offshore. The 8-hour trip provides a much better opportunity to catch king mackerel, barracuda, little tunny, big red snapper (season closed) and amberjack and the trip is a significant upgrade (on what you can catch) over the 4 hr and 5 hr trip and the boat is rigged 50 percent differently than on the 4 and 5 hour trip to reflect the potential fish we may encounter. Bottom fishing on the 8 hour trip is much better also. Big sea bass are likely along with possible vermillion snapper, gray snapper, and grouper. On this trip a good portion of what we catch is of legal size. We will be fishing water from 55 to 90 feet instead of a max of 55 feet on the 4 hour trips. Total fishing time is around 5 to 6 hours. If you are having such a great time, you could while out there, extend this trip to 9, 10, or 11 hours. All trips are $200 per hour dock to dock. Price $1,600 for up to 6 people, plus tip.
11-Hour Near Gulf Stream Trip – This 11-hour fishing trip is a significant upgrade over the 8-hour trip on quality and quantity of fish caught. The 11-hour trip features fishing 40 to 55 miles offshore in water 90 to 135 feet. This is a 40 to 55 mile range trip where we target dolphin (mahi mahi), king mackerel, amberjack, barracuda, little tunny, cobia, African pompano, grouper, vermillion snapper, red snapper (season closed), gray snapper, pink snapper, triggerfish, tilefish, scorpion fish, jumbo sea bass and maybe 10 other species. It is possible to catch over 100 pounds of legal eating fish on this trip (we provide free fish cleaning but we may need to use the fish market (Island Seafood) to clean your fish since this job could be 4 hours if we catch a big load. The 11-hour trip offers an excellent chance to catch big gamefish over 30 pounds, and plenty of excellent eating bottom fish. Total fishing time is 8+ hours depending on sea condition and how far we travel offshore. Price $2,200 for up to 6 people, plus tip.