Fishing & Crabbing in Holden Beach, North Carolina

Fishing & Crabbing in Holden Beach, North Carolina
Holden Beach is a small community along the southwest corner of the state's Atlantic coast. The beaches and area are prime for blue crabbing, fishing for snook, bass and striper and strolling the sandy lengths of shoreline. There are many charter operations out of the area and many places to spear and nab blue crab for a backyard barbecue. Blue crabbing is allowed and does not require a permit, but for fishing the waters of North Carolina, be sure to have a valid sport fishing license.

Feedin' Frenzy Charters

Different months and seasons see the captain and crew of Feedin' Frenzy Charters taking you out for a myriad of sport species. The Feedin' Frenzy crew offer charters for wahoo, mackerel, sea bass, grouper and the mythic tuna. The charter operates year-round, and your charter fee includes captain, boat, crew and guides, use of fishing gear and tackle, and assistance with landing and cleaning fish. Charters range in length from 1/4-day to full-day trips. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt and soft-soled shoes. Bring your own snacks, drinks and lunch.

Feedin' Frenzy Charters

2602 Lancaster Drive S.W.

Supply, NC 28462


Twister Fishing Charters

Charter trips between three to nine hours are available at Twister Fishing Charters out of Holden Beach. Head out onto the blue waters offshore for wahoo, mackerel, Mahi Mahi, shark, amberjack or tuna. Fishing tackle and gear, captain and crew, iced coolers for fish storage, and assistance landing fish into the boat are included in the charter fees. Due to the hot sun, be prepared with a long-sleeved shirt, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Trips go onto the deep waters where ocean swells are regular. Bring motion sickness meds if you're prone to sea-sickness.

Twister Fishing Charters


Blue Crabbing

There is no license required to go out and collect blue crabs. Regulations permit up to 50 blue crabs per day, per person. The crabs must be at least 5 inches in length, measuring across the shell from point to opposite point. No females with eggs may be taken. Look for soft, spongy-like formations under and around the shell which indicate the presence of eggs.

Grab a long stick, a long piece of string, some weights such as beach rocks and some chicken necks available at grocery stores. Put a chicken neck into a mesh bag, tie it to the end of the string with a weight, and attach the other end of the string to the end of the pole. Drop the weighted bait bag into the water and wait until the crab grabs the chicken neck, then scoop it up. Put the collected blue crabs into a bucket with water to preserve them until you are ready for a cookout.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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