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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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

Offshore Time

Have been so busy lately, I have fallen behind on my updates, my apologies. Offshore actions (with the exception of the weather this weekend) had been great. Lots a really big yellowfin tuna, bigeyes and some mahi. The tilefish trips have been very productive as well, with us limiting out on every trip. Our nearshore […]

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What A Beautiful Day

Our weather has finally warmed up and looks to stay that way all week. Yesterday we had Bird and the gang out with us. The weather forecast called for some rough seas, however, it luckily ended up being swells. The bite was a little later in the morning and the guys ended up with a […]

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Offshore Heating Up

Today we had the pleasure of having Members of Jarhead MC – Southshore Chapter out with us. What a great group of guys and we want to thank each of them for their service to our Country. The offshore action was great again today. We ended with a great catch of yellowfin tuna, with a […]

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Looks Like Spring Is Here

The winds have finally backed off some and the temps are on the rise – finally. We never thought Spring would show up. Yesterday, we had an amazing group out with us. Wanted to thank Audrey and her family for spending the day with us. The fishing has finally picked up and we had a […]

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Inshore & Nearshore Action

This week the wind has not been our friend for offshore. Our nearshore and inshore trips have rocked it though! Our nearshore charters had a blast catching some nice big black drum. They are a fun fish with lots of fight for their size. Our inshore guys definitely had the spotlight this week. Lots of […]

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Great Inshore Fishing

Wind was blowing a little too much for offshore today, but our inshore boats had a great afternoon. We had the Thompson family from DC and our captains caught quite a few red drum, some keepers for dinner and some that did not meet the slot and went back in the water for another day. […]

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Interesting Week of Fishing

In the past few days we have gone from our warm Spring weather to cold and windy. With the temps dipping, it pushed in the cooler water and made fishing offshore a bit tougher than it has been for the fleet. We did manage to have some nice yellowfin and blackfin tuna and a mahi […]

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Season is Here

It has been an interesting week of fishing! The week started off slow, we had some cold water move it and luckily it moved right on out and we ended the week with some great offshore tuna fishing. On Thursday, we had Mac and the gang out with us and it was still a little […]

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Great Springtime Fishing

Perfect end to a great day offshore. Yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, wahoos and bonitos! Ryan and his son had a work out today. We would like to welcome the newest addition to the “Fishin Fannatic” family, Chandler. We are looking forward to another great year with our old and new friends. Book your Outer Banks […]

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Spring Time is Near

Spring is just around the corner! Time is flying by. Offshore is seeing lots of action these days. Bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna and a few wahoo around. Don’t miss out on the Spring bite – book your charter today. Days are filling up quick! Book online at or call (252) 473-7092.

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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