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Welcome to Carolina Explorer Fishing Charters. Capt Robert specializes in inshore and coastal fishing trips. The Carolina Explorer is a 24ft Mako bay boat with a 225hp Mercury 4-stroke engine, Minn-Kota trolling motor, and all USCG safety gear. The boat has lots of room for fishing and a top for shade.

The goal of every fishing charter is to have a great time and put tasty fish in your cooler. If you prefer to catch and release, that is o.k. too! Captain Robert can accomodate everyone from the serious angler looking for that special trophy fish to a family looking for a great charter fishing experience.

A custom fishing charter on the Carolina Explorer is a great way to have fun on the NC beaches with friends, family, and children. We serve Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, Topsail Beach, Bald Head Island, and Southport. Call 910-264-1807 and book your fishing charter today.

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Fishing Report

Carolina Explorer Inshore Fishing Report

CarolinaExplorer 12-4 fishing report: Winter fishing continues to be good, Lots of red drum, black drum, and trout. Call 910-264-1807 and book your holiday trip today!!

Inshore we have been catching red and black drum along with speckled trout. For the reds and trout, we have been casting swim baits, jerk baits and Gulp shrimp. We have also landed them on live mud minnows and shrimp. The black drum have been hitting shrimp and cut bait. We just fish the tides [...]


11-4 CarolinaExplorer fishing report: Red drum, black drum, False Albacore, Blues, Trout, Whiting, and Various others are biting. Fall fishing is Awesome.

Hello Here is the report, short and sweet. The fish are biting. Now is the best time of year to go fishing. The ocean is alive. Inshore we are catching Red drum, black drum, trout, a few flounder, and whiting. Just off the beach lots of action with trout, blues, false albacore, spanish, and various [...]


What People Are Saying About Carolina Explorer:

  • "Had an awesome time with Captain Schoonmaker. Great guide. Has the ability to tailor the trip to your needs whether it be fly fishing or targeting bigger fish like this one. Going to be back!"

    "Best in the area! Never been disappointed !"
  • Captain Robert,
    Thanks again for the great fishing trip you took us on July 6th on our vacation. The morning was so beautiful and we had so much fun catching the red drums and other fishes. Last weekend we had some friends and family over and we cooked all the fish. Needless to say it was a huge success, now everybody wants to come to fish in NC after seeing our photos and eating the tasty meal.

    Hope we see you again soon, take care and our regards to Charlie as well!

    -Nina & Mike
  • Robert,
    "Just wanted to say thanks again for the enjoyable trip we had on 8/20. We look forward to seeing you again next year."

    Butch and Brenda Roberts

Captain Robert Schoonmaker

Captain Robert Schoonmaker is a full time charter captain and fishing guide. He takes pride in making his clients comfortable and putting them on fish. Captain Robert operates the longest running light tackle fishing guide service on Carolina Beach. Having charter fished for 15yrs, he knows what it takes to give you and your family a fun and professional fishing charter. Turn your fishing dreams into reality and call Capt. Robert at 910 264 1807.

Captain Charlie 'Lost Boy' Schoonmaker
Captain Charlie "Lost Boy" Schoonmaker has been a lifelong resident of North Carolina. Growing up on the rivers, lakes, and shores of North Carolina has given Charlie experience in all water sports from freshwater canoeing to deep "bluewater" fishing. Having commercially fished as well as sport fished, the "Lost Boy" has seen all aspects of the ocean world and he can appreciate each complete & varied area of the fishing and water community. Charlie has over 45 years of local knowledge and experience fishing the Beautiful Southeastern Coast of North Carolina (SENCland). He is your perfect Native South Eastern North Carolina Fishing Guide and Charter Captain.

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