Neuse River Fishing Charters

Spec Fever Guide Service offers Neuse River fishing charters originating from both Oriental and New Bern, NC. We fish year round on this remote and beautiful estuary carrying both fly fishing and light tackle anglers. Striped bass, redfish and spotted seatrout are our mainstays, but we also target crappie, white and yellow perch, largemouth bass, flounder, bluefish, gray trout, catfish, pickerel, hickory and American shad and it is rare to catch just one or two species. These trips are great for families, novice and experienced alnglers

The river is unique: no lunar tide, the widest American river, a mix of fresh and saltwater fish. Check out our two starting locations.

Join us for a great day of fishing!

Booking your Neuse River Light Tackle or Fly Fishing Charter

You can contact us by email or phone for open dates, trip questions or to learn about our fishing.  We are happy to chat with you about your trip. You also have the option of booking online with the link below. We will follow up with an email after we are notified of your booking. There is more information on our Neuse River trips below!

Go to our online calendar, look for open dates and book directly. (Be sure to scroll down the page!) 

  The  Neuse is the widest river in the USA.  This amazing estuary has countless miles of shorelines to fish.  Typically this area of the river fishes well from March through December.  Spotted seatrout, redfish, flounder and striped bass are the primary game fish that we target from this location, although we do find a few odd balls. We also fish for trophy redfish from here. Be sure to check out those trips of Trophy Red Drum page. 

 The Neuse and Trent Rivers at New Bern offers a unique mix of fresh and saltwater species of fish to target.  The winter fishing has the peak of the blend as specks, reds, stripers we be in the same areas as crappie, white & yellow perch, bass and pickerel. February and March are the prime of our hickory and American shad fishing and coincides with our pre-spawn striper fishing.  Top water striper fishing is at its peak here in May, October and November.  The December fishing is outstanding for specks and stripers.  Fresh water fishing for bass, panfish and catfish can be excellent, so let us know if you'd like to give that a try. Take a look at our photos and drop us a line to join us on a fishing adventure here. 

Neuse River Fishing Charters Pricing

Both our full and long half day charters can fish up to 3 anglers. We provide all your tackle and gear, your NC salt water fishing license, a cooler, ice and bottled water, We can arrange for addtional boats for large parties and cooperate trips.

A little more about our fishing locations


Nestled within the inner banks, Oriental sits along the beautiful Neuse River 28 miles east of New Bern. This small hamlet of around 900 offers lodging, restaurants and shops.

New Bern

Located  at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern gives us access to a wide variety of fresh and saltwater species. The winter and spring fishing can be diverse and outstanding! The are a number of lodging and dinning locations.  For more information on New Bern visit New Bern Now


Book your trip today!

Email or call us to arrange your trip. Once we agree on a date, you can pay deposits over the phone or online. We'll be in touch prior to our trip, then meet at the dock and start your fishing adventure.

Neuse River Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Charter Deposits


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 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 refundable if cancelled greater than 30 days from the date of the trip. 100% refunds for weather cancellations.  Weather cancellations are determined by the captain. Rescheduled trips need to be taken with 12 months of original date to avoid loss of deposit. We accept VISA, Master Card, American Express & PayPal 

Fishing Charter Deposits (2 days)


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Contact Us

Please email or call us for open dates and questions about our trips.

Feel free to give us a shout!

We are always happy to talk with our customers about their fishing charter. Feel  free to call us between 8 AM and 8 PM daily. If we can't pick up the phone, please leave a message and we will get right back to you! 

Spec Fever Guide Service

PO BOX 1029, Oriental, NC 28571, us

(252) 249-1520

Your stay in Oriental, NC

A look at our friends at Neuse River Suites in Oriental, NC

Places to stay on your trip:

Neuse River Suites, Oriental

We recommend the Neuse River Suites for our clients' lodging contact then 252-249-1404.  Let them know you are fishing with Spec Fever and receive a room discount.

Courtyard by Marriot, New Bern

 We recommend Court Yard New Bern for your lodging. You can enter code 1ys on the web site for a room discount. Or give them a call;  (888) 236-2427 or 252-636-0022 

Beth Frazer & Associates, Oriental

 When looking for vacation rentals and riverfront real estate in Oriental NC, choose a firm that specializes in just that. , Beth Frazer & Associates

Oriental Marina, Oriental

 We also recommend the Oriental Marina & Inn for our clients' lodging contact then 252-249-1818.  Let them know you are fishing with Spec Fever and receive a room discount. 

Sail Loft Realty, Oriental

 CENTURY 21 /SailL oft Realty is the Oriental waterfront real estate specialist, including surrounding Pamlico County 

Cottage Rental, Oriental

Cottage rental near boat ramp.  3-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation rental cottage in Oriental! The property accommodates up to 6 guests, making it ideal for a family or group of friends.  See rental details here