North Carolina has some of the largest redfish on the planet! Although you can catch a trophy fish over 40 inches during much of the year our peak season is July 15 to October 15. It is not uncommon to land reds of 50 inches! Spec Fever fishing from Oriental and New Bern, NC on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. Our trophy redfish charters are available for both light tackle and fly trips. We highly recommend full day trips for these beasts!
Trophy red drum charters for the world's largest redfish with the pioneer of North Carolina's daytime popping cork fishery, guide, Captain Gary Dubiel. 30 to 50 pound plus redfish all on artificial lures. In additional to popping corks, we fish top water hard baits and soft plastic swim baits. We do not offer cut bait bottom fishing trips.
Fly fishing for trophy redfish in North Carolina with Capt. Gary Dubiel means big fish, yes 30 to 50 pounds redfish! Get some Pop N Fly magic and catch your redfish of a lifetime on the fly. Peak season for trophy redfish charters Mid- July, August, September and early October. We recommend you book these trips well in advance.
We offer full day trophy red drum charters specializing in light tackle artificial lures and fly fishing. We highly recommend 1 or 2 anglers on these trips, but we can fish up to 3 anglers.
A $300 per boat/day deposit must be paid to secure reservation.
We supply all your fishing tackle, lures or flies needed for the trip. Our fishing tackle is some of the finest made and we pride ourselves on what you will be fishing with. You are welcome to bring you own tackle but please let us know what you are planning on bringing. Spec Fever is USCG, NCDMF and NC Wildlife licensed and insured. Everyone fishing on our boat is covered by our blanket saltwater fishing license. A jacket and/or rain gear, sunscreen, hat and polarized sunglasses are always a good idea. Bottled water, ice and a cooler will be on the boat for your use. Please bring along any other beverage you’d like for the day. North Carolina requires anyone younger than 13 to wear an appropriate life vest when on a recreational vessel that is underway.
Come catch a redfish of a lifetime!
Nestled within the inner banks, Oriental sits along the beautiful Neuse River 28 miles east of New Bern. This small hamlet of around 900 residents offers lodging, restaurants and shops. New Bern is the closest regional airport offering regional flights with American.
Here are a few places to stay when fishing our trophy redfish charters
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.
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.
Have you seen us on George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing, Curtis Fleming's Fly Rod Chronicles or Carolina Outdoor Journal? Magazines or books?
Trophy Redfishing in NC on TV– Capt. Gary has filmed 3 shows with George Poveromo trophy redfishing on the Neuse River and an episode of Carolina Outdoor Journal. Capt. Gary, host Curtis Fleming and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing recently completed a shoot for Curtis's Fly Rod Chronicles that will air in 2020.
Magazine Articles – There have been numerous articles about this amazing fishery. Check out one of the more recent pieces in Saltwater Sportsman August 2019; Fly Fishing for North Carolina’s Giant Red Drum by George Beckwith
Host Curtis Fleming, Project Healing Water Coordinator, Tom Carpenter, US Veterans Vincent Taylor and Ed Bradway and the Fly Rod Chronicles crew join me for trophy redfishing on the fly. Filmed Sept. 22-24, 2019 from Oriental.
Check out this great video from Drift Media featuring Blane Chocklett fishing for trophy redfish in September with me on the Neuse River near Oriental, NC. Blane used my Pop-N-Fly to help land a trophy redfish. Give us a shout and get into the action yourself!
Before I invented the Pop N Fly catching trophy redfish on the fly in NC was difficult at best. Now, we catch 100's of fish over 40 inches a year. Interested in one; go to the Flymen Fishing Companies web site and order a few. They are also excellent for small reds, specks, stripers and even fresh water fish!