Family Fishing

Come to the Crystal Coast and experience some of the best fishing along the Atlantic seaboard. North Carolina has the largest complex of estuaries (brackish waters) of any state of the United States. Our state also has an extensive shoreline and numerous barrier islands, all of which provide prime habitat for a great diversity of inshore fishes.

From bluefish to black drum, or speckled trout to Spanish mackerel, the Crystal Coast offers opportunities to catch a wonderful variety of fish. Crystal Coast Ecotours has all the necessary equipment for a fun, light-tackle near shore family fishing experience.

Crystal Coast Ecotours fishes from the Lucky Dog, a 20 ft., V- hulled, center console boat and the 25 ft V-hulled CheLeiMar, both of which offer plenty of space and stability. Capt. Jess has an ample supply of rods, reels, and baits. Capt. Jess can also provide individualized surf fishing adventures for those desiring to learn more about catching fish from the shores of barrier islands. He provides all the equipment and bait.

Let us help you hook your own “catch of the day” on a fun fishing excursion with Crystal Coast Ecotours.

Personalized Experiences

Your Outer Banks adventure will depart from the Beaufort Hotel. Capt. Jess Hawkins has fished recreationally in the waters of coastal North Carolina for over 50 years. Also, he studied fish his entire career as a marine biologist and has taught fishing classes to people of all ages. He loves sharing his passion for fishing with others and specializes in having fun with individuals or families while fishing the nearshore waters and sounds. So, don’t worry about any lack of experience!

Rates are listed below:

  • Half-day Ecotour: $400 – 4 hours
  • Full-day Ecotour: $500  – 6 hours

Payment is accepted by cash or personal check.

Contact Capt. Jess directly to make your arrangements during your stay for this once in a lifetime experience.

Advance Reservations Only

  • Call Crystal Coast Ecotours directly to book at (252) 808-3354 or (252) 241-6909. Be sure to tell them you are staying at the Beaufort Hotel.
  • You can also email Capt. Jess at
  • Please note that these are individualized experiences so they are in high demand and book up very fast.
Person smiling while holding large fish

Locals Recommend

“A day on the water with Captain Jess has been the highlight of all our trips. My son caught not only his first fish, but his first three fishes ever! We can’t wait to schedule a trip (or two) when we come back next year!”

Where your Outer Banks adventure begins.

Situated on ten acres, the Beaufort Hotel is offers the privacy of a boutique hotel within minutes to some of the best experiences you’ll enjoy on the Southern Outer Banks.

During your stay, discover, experience, and explore Beaufort – named the “Best Small Town for Adventure” in America by USA Today.

The Beaufort Hotel is a private escape that’s close to every kind of adventure you can imagine. We encourage you to explore like a local, as we give you a slice of what it’s like to live here on the Crystal Coast.

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