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. 

We offer trips for families, novice and experienced anglers. 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.

We catch a mix of fresh and saltwater fish over the coarse of the year, always targeting what's fishing best.

Check out our two starting locations.

Fishing from Oriental

A closer look at fishing from Oriental

  • March and April: These are excellent months for spotted seatrout in the area creeks. We will also catch redfish and  flounder
  • May, June and July: Great mixed bag speckled trout, redfish and flounder fishing on the main river and sound. We also catch trophy redfish from time to time.
  • mid-July through mid October is our Trophy Redfish season; please see our page Trophy Red Drum (redfish)
  • October through December: excellent speckled trout, redfish, stripers, flounder and white perch.

A little About Oriental, NC; 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.

Speckled seatrout fishing on the Neuse River.

Speckled seatrout fishing on the Neuse River.

Fishing From New Bern

New Bern highlights...

  • January, February and March: Amazing mixed bag fishing for speckled seatrout, striped bass, crappie, perch, largemouth bass, catfish, hickory and American shad
  • May though July: Catch and release top water stripers and bass with a mix of fresh and saltwater fish.
  • October, November and December: Some of our best top water fishing, in fact some of the best top water fishing anywhere for a mix of stripers, specks and reds!

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

Top water striper fishing near New Bern on the Neuse River

Top water striper fishing near New Bern on the Neuse River

An Outline of our Seasons

December through March

striped bass fishing trips, NC

Winter striped bass: Striper fishing can be excellent from December through March in and around New Bern. Stripers and often found mixed with speckled seatrout, redfish, crappie, white and yellow perch, largemouth bass, pickerel and catfish.

February and March

Hickory and American shad fishing trips

Hickory and American Shad: We offer hickory and American shad trips on the Neuse River upstream of New Bern.  The are is very scenic and has excellent fishing from February into April. We fish both fly and ultra light tackle for these great fighters! We can combine these trips with stripers and panfish.

March and April

spring speckled trout charters

Spring specks. We start speckled trout fishing in March and April and we catch some mighty fine fish!  Redfish, stripers and flounder are also in the mix. These trips are usually originate from Oriental, but can be fished from New Bern on occasion Get on the books early for this one!

May into July

redfishing guide in NC

Summer mixed bag: May, June and early July offers angler an opportunity to tangle with redfish, specks and flounder, all in the same spots.  Topwater catch and release striper fishing is also a great option. We specialize in fishing artificial baits/lures and fly fishing. join us!

July, August and September

trophy red drum fishing

The worlds biggest redfish!  Get in on a fish of a lifetime! See our page

October through December

fall speckled seatrout charters NC

Fantastic Fall! Reds, specks, stripers and flounder oh my!  It is an amazing time of the year!  You can also combine a river trip with a Cape Lookout false albacore charter. See our page

We offer both fly and artificial lure trips and specialize in top water fishing. 

Neuse River Fishing Charters Pricing

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 

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

A few different trips

Neuse River catfish charters

Neuse River Catfishing

The Neuse RIver has some great catfishing with some true giant blue and flat heads! You can combine some catfishing with stripers, shad or panfish. perfect winter and spring fishing!

Winter Panfish

We have excellent winter fishing for crappie, white and yellow perch out of New Bern. Give us a shout to try this out!

Largemouth bass fishing

We happy to target largemouth bass on the Neuse and Trent rivers during the winter and spring. The fish can be very good!