Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /homepages/2/d180405319/htdocs/wsb4163108502/wp-content/themes/woodnfolio/functions/admin-hooks.php on line 157

Wilmington, North Carolina Inshore Saltwater Fishing: (Light Tackle and Fly Fishing) year around; Traditional Rail Bird Flood Tide Hunts Sept-Nov, and South Carolina Inshore Back Country Fishing, sight fishing wade fishing the flats & Marsh Hen Hunts

North Carolina Inshore Fishing: Light Tackle and Fly; Traditional Rail Bird Hunting,  and Waterfowl Hunts. South Carolina Inshore Fishing & Marsh Hen Hunts.

Greetings from  Joe Guide Outfitters. A saltwater inshore fishing and hunting guide and outfitter for North Carolina’s back country. We offer individuals a unique opportunity to get into the back country off the barrier sea islands and experience seeing what God has to offer you visually. We do skinny water flats fishing and sight fishing and fly fishing for inshore species throughout the seasons of the year!

Only Joe Guide Outfitters offers you a unique opportunity to catch the fish of your dreams amid the back country wilderness areas most guides cannot take you to. Stalk the tailing Redfish through flooding spartina grass flats, amid crabs, and skipping shrimp during the seasons of the year. Be poled by your guide throughout wilderness regions and shallow flats, bays and saltwater duck ponds, where the redfish hide from bottle-nose dolphin that love to gobble up reds.  You will see just how beautiful our Carolina wilderness areas that lay nestled behind a string of  barrier sea islands, where 85% of low-country residents  never see. Here you will see a ecosystem that is rich in diversity and nutrients- food for the soul as well as fish and fowl. Pirates partied on these same sea islands, battles were won and lost throughout history and throughout time, native American Indians used to travel down from far inland, to get their salt, and feast upon fish and fowl, and oysters and clams. Some Ancient Shells Rings still exist, however only Joe Guide Outfitter’s can show you where those area located. I also book birding expeditions on four hour charters in March and April months to do bird counts of marsh birds deep in the back country.

Experience a Traditional Rail Bird FLOOD TIDE HUNT.  Flood Tide Rail bird hunting is available along the Coastal Carolina inshore, and the thousands of acres of wilderness creeks and salt-marsh that lay just  behind our barrier sea islands, and delta estuaries.

Joe guide Outfitters is based out of  Wilmington, North Carolina- where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean- at one of the sweetest vacation spots you will find along the Carolina Coast!

Inshore Fishermen as well as  Saltwater Fly fishing affectionados will easily see more redfish  than the stars in the sky.Dinkins-Redfish

After a day of chasing redfish, you can take your loved one to one of Wilmington’s nice restaurants, and then take her dancing under a beautiful Carolina Moon.

Wilmington’s historic Port City is downtown- off the Cape Fear River, and located just off N.C. Hwy 17.  Here you will find one of the most popular beach and retirement communities in all of the Carolina’s.

We have a number of wonderful beaches for your family to visit during your time here, and you will also find two massive shopping malls for your loved ones to go shopping, if they are not outdoorsy!

Wilmington, North Carolina is the home base of NC author: Walter (Joe Guide)  Dinkins, the author of The Rail Bird Hunter’s Bible (2014), and a fishing book on the state fish of N.C. (Red Drum. AKA Reds, Red fish, Spot tailed bass, redfish).

According to YALE educated Professor of English Literature: Dr. Donald Millus PhD; (RED FISH ON A FLY) is the “most scholarly fly fishing book- ever written on the Red Drum (RED FISH) in America“.

The Redfish is one of the most sought after- inshore saltwater inshore species, that tails like  a bonefish, and feeds inshore primarily upon three species of crabs: (mud, fiddler and baby blue), as well as  mud minnows, silver-sides, menhaden, and brown and white shrimp that call our estuary system behind our barrier sea islands and our lower Cape Fear River delta home.

You will find a great many hotels and rental homes for you and your family to stay when visiting beautiful Wilmington, N.C. during  your next vacation.

How the guide got his nickname: “Joe Guide”…


Walter (Sonny) Dinkins is a Presbyterian (USA) Minster, US Navy Chaplain and OEF Veteran. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Outdoor Writer and N.C. author: “Joe Guide”.

Former Captain whose team won  (1984) the prestigious Intercollegiate Sports fishing National Championship. USC Coastal Carolina (now called: Coastal Carolina University)  continues to host such illustriousness  Universities as: Harvard, Yale, Clemson, Georgia, USC, University of Tokyo, University of Toronto- in the oldest ongoing- US College Sports fishing Contest that is  held every fall, outside of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Joe Guide started guiding sports- hunting and fishing at the young age of 9 while living in the low country of South Carolina, a hop, skip and a jump from Charleston, S.C.

In 1964 the famous outdoor writer and quail hunter from South Carolina- Mr. Havilah Babcock  nicknamed him “Joe Guide” during a quail hunt, and that nickname- stuck throughout the years.

He has become well known around the United States through his scholarly saltwater fly fishing and wildfowl hunting articles about his real life outdoor adventures throughout coastal  cities and towns throughout our nation and the world written by JOE GUIDE.

His aunt was Peggy Parish, the creator of the Amelia Bedelia children’s book series. He was the inspiration for two of her books- Granny and the Big Grey Thing, and Play Ball Amelia Bedelia.

Lefty Kreh, who is one of the most exciting fly fisherman our nation has ever seen,  has said of Joe Guide- “I have never been with a guide who was a Presbyterian Minister and a U.S. Navy Chaplain, but I’d sure like to!” He doesn’t guarantee a miracle out there on the big water, but he will do his best to put you on your target, and the client will have to make the shot, or cast; what he will ensure is that, you or your family will have the “best of times” in the great outdoors!

Mission trip Africa

CAPT Walter Dinkins is sponsored by a lot of nice people: Wulff Flyfishing Products, Powerpole, YETTI, Go-Devil Manufacturing of LA, Rivers West Outdoor Clothing, and Creative Feather Fly Fishing Shop.  He uses many different rods and reels like TFO, SAGE, Tibor Reels, H2o Inshore Spinning and Casting Rods, and Okumia Rods and Reels
Would you please take the time to look at all of my sponsor’s websites on the WWW, and you will be happy, happy, happy that you did! They are all quite excellent, or I wouldn’t be using them.


“Joe Guide” and “Joe Guide Outfitters” ™ is a “Fly Fishing and Wildfowl Hunting Outfitter” during the various seasons of the year.  Fishing for Redfish is done through poling my skiff, or by wading the saltwater flats during the seasons of the year- while sight fishing for redfish. We also target Speckled Sea Trout, and Flounder and offer Rail Bird Flood tide Hunts and Hunt Diving ducks in the big water duck boat blinds during the seasons of the year.

Friend, you seize your dream! You can’t catch a fish unless your hook is in the H2O, and you got to remember to practice some casting- Prior to booking a light tackle adventure.

Book a Inshore Fishing Charter where you use either Light Tackle or Fly Fishing and we will travel the back country flats fishing.   You decide on booking one or two half day (4 hr) charters. Let me know what days best fit your schedule, and I will let you know- what dates/tides are like during those particular days so inquired. Ask me and I will give you my opinion based on over forty years of experience.

We take advantage of good tides, and good people, and help you get to where you need to be in order to make those special casts necessary to catch speckled sea trout, redfish, or flounder throughout the seasons of the year.

NOTE: 90% of my Clients are return customers, and many book charters – three or six months in advance- in order to obtain one or two (half day charters) during the highest of flood tides as many love to fish the back country flats searching for tailing reds, or those pushing throughout those creeks and flats.

For those interested in Wildfowl hunting, please note that I will be  booking only  half day (4 hr) Big Water Diver duck hunting charters in the month of  January in North Carolina, which is the last month of our season.  This usually has the nastiest weather of our waterfowl season, and best time period when  we see the largest numbers of waterfowl migrating along Southeastern North Carolina.

At various time of the year I enjoy traveling all over the USA and the World- to some of the most wonderful fly fishing and waterfowl hunting locations!

In North Carolina or down around Charleston, S.C.  I can be found on my skinny water Skiffs- my 20 foot D3 Marsh Master Flats boat, or my 16.4 foot GO DEVIL Surface Drive Mud Boat fishing for for Redfish, Specks and Flounder- whenever the tide is moving, and especially enjoy wade fishing or poling my clients when the redfish are in the spartina grass! Many of these same areas along the coast is where I also hunt rail birds and waterfowl at other seasons of the year.

In North Carolina, my local saltwater trailering range: is from the lower Bogue Sound- to the Lower Cape Fear Delta back country specializing in sight fishing for inshore species!

I normally do not fish on  Sunday mornings,  as I am preaching at a PCUSA Church; however if it’s a King Tide (super tide), I might be off guiding that particular morning down to Charleston, S.C. on a rail bird hunt, or a N.C. Inshore fishing trip that special flood tide day, so inquire as to what day’s you are interested in are available throughout the various seasons of the year.  I’m a Presbyterian (USA) Minister, and retired US Navy Reserve Chaplain. I also worked at nine U.S. Embassies around the world, with DoD/STATE special projects/programs, and therefore traveled around the world a great deal throughout my life.

I’ve had my own Cable TV Show, and write articles on fishing and hunting and Wounded Warrior, and Environmental fisheries issues that impact our Inshore community and estuary system along the Carolina Coast. I also work with wounded warriors, and retirees, around our nation, and have met some mighty nice clients from all over the USA.

FLY FISHERMAN. Approximately 20% of my fishing clients annually are Saltwater Fly Fishermen. I’ve been fly fishing for well over forty years, and am blessed to have lived and fished throughout the world and the USA.

What better person to guide you throughout the Inshore wilderness back country than a USCG,  NC and SC registered guide. If you prefer light tackle, I have a number of light tackle rods for you to use on your charter. If you want to wade fish,  you will need to bring your own wade boots! If you desire to fly fish, you can choose to bring your own rod (which you are responsible for it’s care and storage), or you can use one of my fly rods which I make available to my clients.

You can choose to hunt or fish with many different organizations, I appreciate you taking the time to read my information, and consider booking JOE GUIDE OUTFITTERS for your next inshore fishing or hunting adventure! God bless you and your family.