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Welcome to Captain Bates Guide Service – your ultimate destination for thrilling fishing charters and duck hunting expeditions along the stunning waters of Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Cape Lookout, Oriental, New Bern, Harkers Island, Beaufort, and the Neuse River in North Carolina. With a wealth of expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and personalized teaching techniques, Captain Bates ensures unforgettable experiences tailored to your skill level. Unleash your inner angler or ace hunter – while learning new techniques and having some laughs and memories that last a lifetime.

Captain Andy Bates, a seasoned outdoorsman, leads Captain Bates Guide Service with 20 years of experience in fishing and waterfowl hunting in the North Carolina waters. His adventures started at an early age, cultivating his expertise as a dedicated North Carolina waterman since 2003. Captain Andy’s adaptability, instructional skill, and commitment to creating memorable experiences enrich each expedition for all skill levels. Embark with Captain Bates for a day filled with learning, laughter, and cherished memories as he expertly navigates nature’s bounty.

Captain Bates Guide Service specializes in various angling techniques, including sight fishing, fly fishing, and light tackle casting. Captain Andy uses his vast experience to utilize many diverse methods, such as trolling, jigging, and live bait, to maximize your chances of a successful catch. Employing techniques like popping corks, artificial lures, and flies, you can master topwater throwing, slow fishing light jigs and unlock the secrets of prolific angling. With Captain Andy, you can expect a memorable fishing adventure full of different techniques and impressive catches.

Captain Bates Guide Service targets a diverse range of impressive fish species, including prized Trophy Red Drum, elusive Speckled Trout, and tasty Flounder. Expect adrenaline-filled encounters with ferocious False Albacore, King and Spanish Mackerel, aggressive Chopper Bluefish, and a trio of formidable sharks – Blacktips, Sharpnose, and Spinner Sharks.

Captain Bates Guide Service offers a variety of exciting charter options, perfect for adventure-seekers and anglers of all experience levels. Choose between Morning or Afternoon Half Day Inshore trips, or explore vibrant Nearshore waters with Half Day (Morning, Mid-Day or Evening) or 3/4 Day excursions. For a thrilling challenge, embark on a Trophy Drum adventure with Half Day or Full Day options. Complete your nautical expedition with a heart-pumping Shark Evening trip guided by the experienced Captain Bates.

For the duck hunter Captain Bates Guide Service offers exhilarating sea duck hunting on North Carolina’s breathtaking Pamlico Sound and Neuse River. Acquire prized Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, and Blue Bills amidst enchanting sunrises. Opt for the spacious float blind or heart-pounding Core Sound Layout boats, and navigate Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Oriental, New Bern, and Beaufort. Whether seeking a wall adornment or the thrill of open water hunting, indulge in the perfect adventure with Captain Bates.

Experience the ultimate Captain Bates Guide Service, where exceptional fishing and duck hunting excursions await on North Carolina’s pristine waters. Our skilled guides, state-of-the-art equipment and unmatched local knowledge, make it an unparalleled adventure for avid anglers and first-timers alike. Uncover hidden fishing hotspots, and master innovative techniques, as you soak in the captivating scenery. Create unforgettable memories and catch the finest fish that Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and beyond have to offer.



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  • john honeycutt
    john honeycutt
    2 years ago

    I came across Capt. Andy last year because the guide we choose was book the following day. Capt. Andy filled in for the captain. Capt. Andy was the first boat to the dock. He’s boat was clean, rods were rigged and ready. This guy was ready. No waiting or watching someone tie up rigs. We are out before anyone to get to the area the fish were at for the last few weeks. About 20 minutes of fishing we had already landed 1 45” drum. It wasn’t long and we had at least 5 boats fishing the same flat. Our Young Capt. stopped what he was doing and said, “guys my gut is saying move. But I know the fish are here. I think these boats will scare them off.” We all agreed to trust your gut! We literally drove for 30 minutes clear across the river. We knew that we only had about 2 hours left to fish. To say it was risky would be an understatement. When we got to the next spot without a boat in sight. We could smell the bait and the fish everywhere. Within 20 minutes and someone wanting to catch the pesky bluefish- which he refers to as “Squirrel hunting” we had landed 4 fish all ranging between 44”-47”. His mid play audible worked out to be the move that made us realize The amount of confidence he has ,and the amount of knowledge he has for this fish and the waters. Since that trip, we have book 6 more trips with him. We duck hunted with him in the winter and we limited out quickly. Not just sea ducks, but a full limit of lesser and blue bills. We were literally looking for one bird at 8:00 to fill our limit. So I’ll tell anyone who is thinking about booking him. Take his advice, "Trust your gut!” He’s that guide your looking for. -Cut bait

  • Bryan R.
    Bryan R.
    2 years ago

    All the reviews are accurate!! My son and I went out with Capt Andy a few days ago and had a wonderful day on the water. It was obvious from the beginning that he was in to win it and wanted us to have a trip that would leave lasting memories!! His knowledge of the fishery and ability to explain and teach what he was seeing/looking for is worth its weight in gold!! He was easy to talk to and a lot of fun to be around. I would 100% go out with him again! Thanks for a terrific trip!!

  • Steve Cornelius
    Steve Cornelius
    3 years ago

    Full day trip with Andy was absolutely amazing...we created some great family memories. Andy did a great job of getting us on fish early and often! Boat was very clean and well suited for the trip...the shaded awning was an extra bonus during the heat of the day. Best of all, Andy is great with kids and did an excellent job working with my 10 year old daughter. Great trip and will definitely book again.


    Captain Andy is a fantastic guide. Patient friendly and extremely good at his job. His attention to detail was amazing. I had an unexperienced angler with me and Andy was outstanding with them. He made our first trip comfortable and we caught fish all day. Bull reds! Second trip we had bad weather and he still kept us in fish all day while keeping us safe and dry. Then I found out he is a Marine! I love to support our veteran business owners. Do yourself a favor, stop looking and give this expert guide a call. Thanks Andy.

  • Lyle Stonestreet
    Lyle Stonestreet
    2 years ago

    Spent the day on the water with Andy in pretty rough conditions and had a great day fishing for reds. Andy's ability to communicate honestly with me on what the day might hold was excellent. Wind was blowing to hard to fish where he wanted so he told us this up front and that he had another spot that he hadn't been to in awhile and it turned out to be wonderful. Andy is a great guide and guy. He will tailor the trip to your desire and make the best of a the rough conditions on the water.

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