Pungo River Speckled Trout

Pungo River Speckled Trout One of eastern North Carolina's greatest fall phenomenon happens when both the air and the water get chilly, and giant speckled trout begin to haunt the Pungo River.

As the Pamlico River system becomes the Pamlico Sound, one of its primary feeders from the north is the Pungo, and the river's breathtaking, wildlife-filled expanses of water and golden marsh grass become the stage for thrilling speck fishing.

Fishing for the biggest of the species, often called 'gator trout' by fishermen, is at its hottest in October and November, and trips generally leave out of Belhaven in Beaufort County. This trip offers anglers a wide range of ways to target trout, from throwing top water lures for explosive strikes on the surface to casting flies for an even bigger fight on what is one of the best speckled trout fisheries on the Carolina coast.

Days on the Pungo are a chance to be in the company of wildlife in its natural ecosystem, including large birds of prey like bald eagles, ospreys and other hawks which build giant nests atop the tallest of the coastal trees.

Both wood and mallard ducks also frequent the river, as do herons and cranes. Deer, beavers and otters also call the Pungo home.

For a chance to experience the rush of coastal trout fishing on either spinning or fly-casting gear, and do so with a lifelong expert in both disciplines, contact Carolina Backcountry Guide Service at (907) 575-6428, email fishingwithcbgs@gmail.com or visit carolinabackcountryguide.com.

License Info:

All guests are required to have a valid North Carolina Coastal and Freshwater Fishing License. When fishing the coastal areas, we are constantly traveling between Inland and Coast water searching for the best bite thus requiring both licenses. Click on the link below to purchase licenses.


  • Speckled Trout: Guests are welcome to keep 4 trout per angler, all fish must meet the minimum length requirement of 14 inches.
  • Red Drum: Guests are welcome to keep 1 Red Drum per angler, between the lengths of 18-27 inches.
  • Striped Bass: The retention of Striped Bass is closed in all waters fished.
  • Flounder: All Flounder are subject to catch and release only except during the September season from the 1st thru the 14th, all fish must meet the minimum length requirement of 15 inches and the limit is 4 fish per day.

When wanting to keep the fish please make sure that you bring a cooler suitable for whole fish transportation. The guide WILL NOT clean the fish due to regulations. So please only keep what you want to clean.

Trip Rates:

We offer both full and half day fishing trips. Half day trips are available with both AM and PM start times. AM trips will meet at 6:30 AM and all PM will meet at 1PM. Half day trips are approximately 5hr and Full day trips are 8hr.

Half Day Fishing: $500.00
Full Day Fishing: $700.00
(Pricing is for the boat not a per person rate)
(Fly Fishing Max 2 Anglers)
(Conventional Fishing Max 3 Anglers)

Deposits & Cancelation:

All trips require a $150 dollar deposit to reserve your date the remaining balance must be paid within 7 days of the trip. Due to Covid and the ever-changing regulations all deposits are refundable up to 7 days prior to the trip, no questions asked. All cancelations within 7 days of your trip the deposit will be forfeited or may be applied to a future trip. All weather cancelations will be left solely to the discretion of the Capt.

What To Bring on Your Trip:

Each client will be responsible for their sunscreen, food, snacks, and non-water beverages during the day. There is plenty of room in the boat and clients are welcome to bring a small cooler with them. Same goes with spare clothes, the morning can be a bit chill especially on a longer run light jackets or wind breakers are advised.

What We Provide:

We provide all our clients with quality rods and reels along with all lures and tackle. We also provide each client with a high-end low-profile self-inflating PFD. Each boat will have bottled water available to every client.

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