North Carolina Inshore Fishing: Light Tackle and Fly Spring-Summer-Fall. Traditional Rail Bird/Marsh Hen Hunting charters Sept-Oct-Nov seasons.
We are a saltwater inshore- fishing & wing shooting outfitter- for North Carolina’s coastal back country.
I specialize in Marsh Hen (Rail Bird Hunting) during the Fall Months, and Inshore fishing for Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, and Flounder during the seasons of the year.
We are quite different from other guides as I offer individuals a unique opportunity to get into the back country- behind the barrier sea islands!
Experience skinny water flats fishing with spinning tackle or fly fishing for many different inshore species- throughout the various seasons of the year!
80% of my clients enjoy light tackle Sight fishing….and approximately 20% of my clients are flyfishing affectionado’s! You can stalk tailing Redfish through flooding spartina grass flats, amid crabs, and skipping shrimp during the warmer seasons of the year. Spring-Summer-Fall months during big flood tide days you can access areas where we can wade fish, or be poled by your guide through wilderness regions and shallow flats; or you could fish secluded bays, back-country areas, or saltwater duck ponds if its too windy to get out on bigger waters. You can cast from one of my forward casting platforms where the redfish hide from bottle-nose dolphin that love to gobble up reds.
Winter months provide opportunities to pursue Speckled Sea Trout, Flounder, or Redfish inshore, via our skiff. Winter weather, and early spring provides for clearer water conditions, and we focus on the back bays and creeks.
You will see just how beautiful our Carolina wilderness areas that lay nestled behind a string of barrier sea islands. It is here you will find 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, and battles were won, or lost throughout history. Throughout time, our native American Indians use to travel to the coast from far inland, just to get their salt, and of course- feast upon fish and fowl, and oysters and clams!
Some of you historians at heart will like to know that “Ancient Indian Shells Rings” still exist in a few areas along our coastal back country, however only Joe Guide Outfitter’s can show you exactly where those areas located. I also book birding expeditions on four hour charters in March and early April during those months to do bird counts and photography of unique marsh birds that breed deep in the salt marshes behind our barrier islands.
Wing shooters you should once in your lifetime experience the excitement of a traditional Rail Bird Flood Tide HUNT. The Carolina low country has some beautiful back country to hunt the four species of rail birds here in North Carolina. During the months of September- November rail bird hunting is available along the Coastal Carolina inshore, and there are thousands of acres of wilderness salt-marsh behind our barrier sea islands in a land not too far from the port city of Wilmington, N.C.
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 communities you will find along the Carolina Coast!
Are you planning an Holiday in Wilmington, N.C. or one of our beach communities?
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 (Redfish) 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 (Joe Guide) 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: “Joe Guide”.
He once was the Captain whose team won the prestigious Intercollegiate Sports fishing National Championship (1984). USC Coastal Carolina (now called: Coastal Carolina University) continues to host such illustrious fishing teams from Universities such as: Harvard, Yale, Clemson, Georgia, USC, Florida, as well as the University of Tokyo, and Canada’s University of Toronto- in the oldest ongoing- US College Sports fishing Contest that is held every fall, near 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. 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!
CAPT Walter Dinkins is sponsored by a lot of nice people: Wulff Flyfishing Products, Powerpole, YETTI, and Creative Feather Fly Fishing Shop;. I use many different rods and reels like TFO, Billy Pate/TIBOR Reels, H2o Inshore Spinning and Casting Rods, and Okumia Rods and Reels.
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“Joe Guide” and “Joe Guide Outfitters” ™ is a “ Inshore Light Tackle, 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 for the month of January in North Carolina, which is the last month of our season. This usually has the nastiest weather, and when we see the largest numbers of diving ducks migrating along Southeastern North Carolina.
In North Carolina or down around Charleston, S.C. I can be found on my skinny water skiff. I have a 20 foot D3 Marsh Master Flats boat with a 50 HP Outboard, or my 16.4 foot GO DEVIL Surface Drive Mud Boat and a 35 HP Surface Drive Outboard for getting in the back country for Redfish – I 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 or 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 back country specializing in sight fishing for inshore species!
I normally do not fish on Sunday mornings, as I am usually preaching at a PCUSA Church; 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. You decide if you want to go wade fishing from late May – September, or I’d pole you during the flood tide to chase some tailing reds.
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.