Tar-Pam Guide Service offers trophy Red Drum charters on the Pamlico Sound from mid-August through the end of September: If catching big, powerful fish on heavier tackle turns you on, then you have to experience North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound “Old Drum” fishing. We are lucky to have the largest and oldest red drum (redfish, spottail) within their geographic range (Southeastern U.S.) enter our waters in August and September for their annual spawning ritual. These are trophy class fish ranging mostly from 30-60 pounds. If you enjoy fishing in North Carolina and especially catching big fish, this fishery is a MUST SEE!
3/4 Day Early Morning or Late Afternoon: $550
Our drum trips are 6 hours, and they are offered both in the mornings and afternoons beginning at 7 a.m. and/or 2 p.m. We launch from Paradise Cove Marina on Broad Creek near Oriental (see the interactive Google Map below). The rate is $550 for the boat for the day. This is not a per person rate. (Max 3 anglers). If you feel the captain has worked hard for you and exhibited professionalism and a good attitude, it is customary to tip your captain 15-20% of the cost of the trip.
Deposit Policy: To confirm bookings, a $250 deposit is required within 7 days of booking the trip. Deposits are non-refundable but can be used as a credit for a rescheduled trip if canceled greater than 21 days before the trip. In case of cancellations due to inclement weather, your deposit will be returned or the trip will be rescheduled to a later date.
A Paypal link is available on the homepage for you to make an online reservation and deposit. You may also mail a check to:
Tar-Pam Guide Service 107 Riley Place Washington, NC 27889
What We Provide for Your Trip: All tackle, equipment, and baits for fishing are provided. We have ample cooler space with ice for your drinks and snacks as well as separate cooler space with ice for your fish.
Fishing License: When fishing with Tar-Pam Guide Service, you will not need to purchase a license because you are fully covered under Tar-Pam Guide Service’s Blanket Coastal Fishing License for charter operators.
What You Need To Bring: All that you need to bring is your food and drink for the day, sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen), and appropriate clothing. A light rain jacket is recommended as well as a camera for some great fishing pictures. All tackle, bait, and ice are provided.
Launch Location/Where to Meet: Paradise Cove Marina 1242 Paradise Shores Rd. Merritt, NC 28556
Suggested Lodging: The closest place to stay with quality accommodations is Oriental, which is about 20 minutes away and has a variety of quality accommodations. Click on the links below for more info:
Oriental Marina Motel 252-249-1818
River Neuse Suites 252-249-1404
The Inn at Oriental 800-485-7174
The Captain’s Quarters 252-249-0002
Bayboro House Hotel 201 Main Street Bayboro, NC 28515 252-745-7270 (cheap)
*Tar-Pam Guide Service is fully insured and licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.