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Book your spot today and see the best of the Crystal Coast from some of the wildest and most untouched enviroments in North Carolina. 


The Finest Fishing Experience

Putting you and your guests onto world class fish in raw and scenically rich areas that others simply are not willing to take you to is what we specialize in. Custom tailoring you and your parties fishing experience is what Captain Joe strives to do. With top notch tackle and and custom flies you’ll get an unforgettable experience that’ll leave you wanting more and hopefully coming back for years to come while referring your friends to share in the memories and build in the stories.

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A Unique Adventure

Captain Joe has been fishing the waters of coastal North Carolina his entire life, with over 30 years experience he has traveled the Eastern seaboard as a professional waterman working in commercial and recreational fishing most of his life. His knowledge for the species he pursues is never quenched. Always striving for the higher mark and increasing his skill set.

Whether it be light tackle or fly, near coastal or in the marsh, from the boat, the beach or marsh stalking he’ll put you on the fish and an experience of a lifetime.  The sizzling heat of your fly reel being peeled to the backing at lighting speeds or freight train runs of Old Drum in the Pamlico Sound to blitzing False albacore around Cape Lookout on a spinning reel. Whatever your choice of quarry Capt. Joe will hook you up.


Captain Joe’s family has been in the tidewater region since the beginning of the Virginia Colony, his great Grandfather was a registered guide on the Pamlico River guiding thrill seeking anglers to their challenge of the world class Red Drum fishery in the early 1900’s . Captain Joe carries on his family heritage of vast local knowledge steeped in coastal folk lore and incorporates that into your customized fishing experience.


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We are a family-friendly inshore fishing guide/charter service located near historic Beaufort, North Carolina. We are only a few short miles from Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and other destinations along the Crystal Coast.


Reel Fishing

Joe, of Carolina Traditions Guide Co., reports that sight-fishing for red drum has been great. A phenomenal weather pattern brought conditions together for successful wade fishing and casting topwaters at roaming schools. As the bait (shrimp) continue to move out from the backs of creeks, anglers expect this bite to only improve.


Some nice-sized speckled trout are being caught on topwater plugs both early and late, and there has been a good showing of flounder being caught as simple by-catch while targeting the other inshore species.


For anglers fishing sound waters, a couple “old” red drum are popping up as a welcome surprise for topwater anglers. This bite picks up throughout the summer as the fish move inshore from off the beach.

Nearshore fishing has been solid, with spanish mackerel hanging around the nearshore wrecks as they work on the bait flushing out from the inlet. A good number of king mackerel have moved closer to shore and are feeding alongside the spanish.

Barracuda and amberjack action is heating up, as these species are pushing in over these same structures and striking at live baits.

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