Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort NC have the highest number of citation size red drum. NC is a strictly catch and release fishery. We take extreme care fighting, handling, and releasing these beautiful fish! NC holds the best Trophy Drum fishing of anywhere in the world!
Trophy Drum have a very limited window to Fish due to the short time they spawn. Captain Bates Trophy Drum Charters are limited to the months of August and September. Every year adult red drum invade the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound to spawn. These behemoths have to feed almost constantly to keep up with the energy they are exerting, making them an excellent species to target on light tackle and fly rods!
Book your 2021 Trophy Red Drum Fishing Charter Today! Our guided fishing charters will search the Neuse River, leaving from Beaufort, Morehead City, Oriental, or Atlantic Beach NC.
Scientific Name: Sciaenops ocellatus
Also known as: Red Drum, Redfish, Channel Bass, Puppy Drum, Spottail Bass, Red, Trophy Drum
Check out some of our awesome trips you might be interested in!
Half Day Trip - Trophy Drum (Morning)
North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound and Neuse River boast the largest class size of trophy adult red drum in the world. We target them using popping corks, artificial lures, as well as on the fly!
Full Day Trip - Trophy Drum
Spend the day fishing The Pamlico Sound and surrounding rivers targeting citation size adult red drum. North Carolina boasts the largest trophy adult red drum in the world! NC holds the world record for red drum. Fishing techniques include Popping cork, artificial lures, and fly fishing.
Half Day Trip - Trophy Drum (Afternoon)
Come enjoy an afternoon targeting citation sized Red Drum in, arguably the best Adult Redfish fishery, in the world.
Big fish or fishing big, either way, the best way to spend a day