Fish the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks, NC also referred to as ‘the Billfish Capital of the World’, offers some of the world’s finest OBX sportfishing and the most preferred game fish. Treat yourself to an on the water experience by reeling in yellowfin tuna, dolphin  (mahi-mahi), wahoo, marlin, sailfish, and bluefin tuna.

The Fishin Fannatic is a 53’ Viking Sportfish. This OBX fishing machine is fully rigged for sportfishing on the outside but hosts all the comforts of home on the inside. Plus we are proud to offer an unmatchable Outer Banks fishing trip experience with Captain Mark and his seasoned crew! With over 38 years of fishing experience, Capt. Mark is a highly skilled angler and takes pride in his profession – which you will see first hand when you get out on the water with him. Capt. Mark enjoys putting customers on the fish – from the skilled angler to the new customers just trying to enjoy a day on the water. Being a family man himself, Capt. Mark enjoys having the kids onboard the Fishin Fannatic, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Here on the Fishin Fannatic, fishing is not just our job, it is our true passion.
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Our Trips


Those looking for a huge catch should book an Offshore OBX Fishing Charter. Anglers, beginner or pro, can look forward to an entire day of adventure on the Outerbanks 30 to 40 miles offshore. Whether we are trolling, kite fishing or using the “Green Stick”, the action is incredible. There is nothing like seeing a tuna come out of the water and hit the bait. Full day trips depart at 5:00 AM and return at approximately 4 PM. It takes a little over an hour to get out to the Point, where you can find the big catches like Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Billfish, and Wahoo. On the ride out to the fishing grounds, the Fishin Fannatic has a beautiful air-conditioned cabin or there is plenty of room on the bridge to hang out and take in all the sights. All of your fishing gear is provided free of charge but be sure to bring a cooler with your own food, drinks, and sunscreen!

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Nearshore fishing charters are a great way to experience high-quality sportsfishing in the Outer Banks while staying close to shore. We accommodate any skill level or fishing style while offering half and ¾ day excursions. Depending on the fishing season, you can expect to run into several tasty fish like cobia, spanish mackerel, or bluefish. One of the largest nearshore boats available, our 53’ Viking Sportfish is nothing like you have experienced before. We provide fishing licenses, bait, and tackle, so all you need to bring is a cooler with your own food and drinks!  Don’t forget your sunscreen! Great fishing trip for younger kids!

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Ready to treat yourself to a great offshore challenge? Our daytime swordfish trip may be just what you’re looking for. Swordfish, also called Gladiator of the Sea, is one the most elusive and sought after gamefish. As the sun rises, the swordfish heads deep, following their favorite prey, the squid. During the evening, the squid migrates up near the surface and then return to the deep as it gets light. In the daytime, swordfish usually are very deep, 1500 feet or more. We target these fish in the daytime with a variety of baits and a 12-16 lb “breakaway brick” weight to get to the bottom. The bite usually appears as a very subtle movement on the rod tip. The swordfish is not your ordinary billfish. He uses his powerful bill to “whack” his prey, sometimes over and over again, to kill it before eating it. Once on, it is an incredible fight that can challenge even the most experienced angler. Nighttime swordfish trips are also available, please call for availability and reservation.

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Shark Fishing

Ready, Set, Teeth!  Come join us on the Fishin Fannatic for an experience of a lifetime.  If you have never been shark fishing before, now is the time!  There is nothing like it!  Imagine watching a big shark jump out of the water and do aerial acrobatics after he has been hooked.  Sharks are truly a unique predator; they are always looking for their next meal. Picture seeing all the teeth on a Mako shark once he is at the boat – a vision like no other.  We offer both 6 and 8 hour trips.  So come on and catch one of these prehistoric giants!  Depending on the trip, you could catch a Bull Shark, Blacktip Shark, Spinner Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Mako and even a Great White in our waters.

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Tile Fishing

Looking for a tasty catch?  Tilefish is one of the best tasting fish in the ocean.  We offer two 6 hour trips daily during the months of May, June, July and August.  On this trip, we steam out about 18 miles to the fishing grounds.  We deep drop for these fish with usually 2-3 hooks on the rig.  The tilefish we catch range between 10-20 lbs, with some being larger than that.  It is not unusual to also catch some black sea bass out here too!  This trip is a blast and you come home with some great dinners.  Capt. Mark has been catching these fish for years and has had a great success rate with limiting out!

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Kids Fishing

There’s no better way to create memories with the family then going fishing! 1/2 Day Nearshore Trips are an ideal option for groups with kids or for beginners. This is a great way to quickly get out on the water and enjoy your time fishing. Family members can sit on the wrap around couches while the kid’s reel in a catch!

Our OBX charters are safe, stress-free, and perfect for all ages.

Captain's Journal

Fun Day Offshore

We had a great day offshore with a fun group on a make-up charter. We ended up with over 80 blackfin tuna – lots of meals going home with these guys. Tuna fishing has been really good lately – don’t miss out – book your trip today! Book online or call (252) 473-7092. We […]

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Fantastic Fall Fishing

The big yellowfin have finally shown back up!!  If you have tuna on your list, now is the time.  The weather has been up and down, but we are looking at some great days next week.  Book your charter today!  Book online at or call (252) 473-7092

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Tuna Time

Today we had David and they gang out with us. It was another beautiful day out on the water. We ended up with a nice catch of blackfin tuna. Back at it tomorrow. The fishing continues to pick up each day and we are looking forward to a great fall season. Don’t miss out on […]

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Great to be back at it

What a difference a day makes.  After a week on bad weather and very rough seas, we were finally able to cross the bar and head offshore.  What a great group we had today – Jeff and his kids, Max and Alex and their good friend, Sean.  As you can see by the pictures, the […]

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Fun Times – Great Fishing

The past couple of days have been a blast!! Great customers and fun fishing. We have had nice limits of tilefish everyday and the white marilin action has been so much fun. Nothing like seeing that billfish dance behind the boat once he’s hooked! It a show not to be missed. Tilefish season ends at […]

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Billfish & Tilefish

Today was a fun day offshore – we started off tile fishing and filled the box with our limit rather quickly. We then headed out in search of billfish and mahi. We had quite a few shots at some white marlin – with the guys finally getting one to the boat. If you are looking […]

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Offshore Action is HOT

What a great day offshore yesterday with Jason and the gang. The “green stick” was very effective. The guys will have a freezer full of tuna for awhile. We have a few openings left next week – don’t miss out on all the action. Book your charter today or call (252) 473-7092.

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Great Fishing All Around

The past few days have been full of activity. We have had a few nearshore trips this week with plenty of spanish mackeral and bluefish coming in the boat. The nearshore trips are a great family activity and the kids love it. On our offshore charter yesterday, we had plenty of action right from the […]

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New Deck is In

Finally got to put the new decking it – Looking Good!

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Fun Time Nearshore Today

We had some great trips yesterday nearshore. The spanish mackeral and bluefish action kept everyone busy. The offshore charters are still limiting out on yellowfin tuna and there have been some really nice bigeye tunas out there too! Don’t miss out on some great fishing – book your charter today! Book online or call […]

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“Great trip and adventure with the captain and crew on the Fishin Fannatic, from the time we contact Captain Mark about booking the trip until we return to the dock. We couldn’t have asked for a better time aboard. Captain Mark and 1st mate Alex used all of their years of knowledge to find the fish and make this trip a memorable one for all. Looking forward to come back and fishing again with these guys!!!
Thank you Captain Mark and Alex for a great time and the cooler full of fish!!!”

Ron Volkmann New Jersey

“We had been out on several head boats in the past but wanted to charter our own boat for our party of five. We chose the half day near shore trip with Captain Mark and first mate John on the Fishin Fannatic. There were many boats to choose from so I figured for the money I’d go with the biggest boat we could find because two people in our party have had issues with sea sickness in the past so the bigger the boat the less motion in the ocean.

We made a great choice because both Captain Mark and John were very friendly and very patient with our relatively inexperienced group and got us on the fish quickly. Just a quick note that it was John’s first day working on the Fishin Fannatic (but he has years of fishing experience) and you would have thought he had been there for years, everybody really liked John and he took care of us like family! We all had multiple opportunities to reel in some fish and had a blast! We reeled in 29 spanish mackerel, 1 blue and and nearly reeled in another 10 fish that were lost while reeling them in so that was a very successful day in anyone’s book!

We had such a great experience on this trip that we are planning a full day off shore trip for next year with the Fishin Finnatic to have the chance at some bigger sport fish. I would recommend Captain Mark and the Fishin Fannatic to anyone looking for a great fishing experience in the OBX!”

Bill Warner Pennsylvania

“My son and I had a great time going out with Captain Mark and Alex. They took care of everything and was very attentive and friendly. We caught lots of fish and had an amazing day.”

Debbie Gill Texas

“Had a great day with the Fishing Fanatic , Capt. Fann put us on the fish! Asked him to take us out to fish what was biting, said the yellow tail was a little slow but the Mahi Mahi were biting descent. We had nonstop action catching our limit!”

Brian Pierce New York

“Jaden was a great help!!! Crew was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. So much fun!!!”

Kim Michaels Florida