FREE AGENT SPORT FISHING

Capt. Rick Caton Hatteras, NC Incorporated Licensed
FREE AGENT SPORT FISHING-Person
(12Reviews)
5 out of 5 stars

If you’re interested in fishing the beautiful waters of Hatteras, North Carolina then you’ve come to the right place! Free Agent Sportfishing is a Hatteras fishing charter that offers a variety of trips for both families and seasoned anglers alike!

Lead by Captain Rick Canton, Rick was born in 1960 and has been a full-time fisherman since the age of 15—fishing both commercially and charter. He has fished the Bahamas, Florida, and up and down the coast of North Carolina. Captain Rick will guide you along the shores of Hatteras, Buxton, Ocracoke, Portsmouth, and many other locations in the Pamlico Sound and Eastern North Carolina

Your fishing journey takes place on the “Free Agent”. The “Free Agent” was built in 1954 in Harkers Island, NC by the Gutheries. It’s perfectly equipped for inshore and offshore fishing in Hatteras, NC. She has three bottom machines/fish finders, four GPS’s, two VHF radios, radar and Sirius XM radio so that you can listen to your favorite genre of music while fishing. We also have a shade top to keep you out of the sun and a bathroom down stairs.

Your trip will include Live bait, lures, rods, reels, tackle, and a fishing license. After the trip, will clean and vacuum pack your catches at the dock for you to take home and enjoy as a meal.

Our inlet trips like to target the likes of Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Cobia, Red Drum, and Flounder. Our farther offshore trips love to target Almaco, Amberjacks, Seabass, Triggerfish, Snappers, Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Sharks.

Free Agent Sportfishing Charters offer inshore and offshore fishing trips depending on your level of experience and what kind of fish you’re interested in catching. Our #1 priority is for you to have a fun, safe, memorable trip that you will come back as a repeat customer again and again!! Book a trip today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure you and your loved ones will cherish forever!

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  Launch Location

Hatteras, NC, USA, Hatteras

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Trips start at $625

4 Trips

1-6 guests

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1954 42' Bay Boat

375 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radar
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch

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INLET ADVENTURE 1/2 DAYS MORNING/EVENINGS

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 11:00am (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

The "Inlet Adventures" trip is designed for a crew that prefers to stay in sight of land. We will be trolling for Spanaish Mackeral & Bluefish while looking for Cobia and Big Red Drum or drifting the calm backwaters for Flounder

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HAPPY CRABBER 1/2 DAYS MORNING/EVENING

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 11:00am (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

The “Happy Crabber” trip is a calm water, education and family-friendly fishing trip. We start off the trip fishing by either trolling for Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish or Bottom fishing for Flounder, Sea Mullets, Croakers, Spots, and Trout. OUR MISSION is to make sure everyone has a fun, memorable trip and no one gets sea sick. If we start out at the edge of the Ocean and it is choppy we will be going back in Pamlico Sound where it will be calm.

During the last half of the trip, we go crabbing! This is a very interactive part of the trip. We will have a load of Blue Crab Traps set and baited from the day before so that the crabs can have time to find their way into the traps. YOU will get to pull the trap, shake out the crabs and fish, re-bait the traps and reset them and then sort through the catch! The whole catch is yours to keep and eat. This is a great trip for all ages....particularly kids. 

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BLUE WATER COMBO TRIP FULL DAY TRIP

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 4:00pm (10 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This is an offshore fishing trip for those who want to catch bigger fish! We start out fast trolling once we get off the beach in about 100 feet of water—fishing for Mahi Mahi & Wahoo. Then we troll out to the bottom-fishing grounds and switch over and start fishing for Almaco, Amberjacks, Seabass, Triggerfish, Snappers and Sharks. We are also rigged to fish for the Mahi on light spinning tackle as well as butterfly jigging with larger spinning tackle for Amberjacks and Blackfin Tuna.

Fish Cleaning & vacum packing & freezing provided at the dock by the dock
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COBIA SIGHT CASTING

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 8:00am to 6:00pm (10 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Hatteras offers some great Cobia fishing. Generally on a trip, we are sight casting for them with bucktails from the 40 foot high tuna tower. There are a lot of conditions that have to happen for this trip to work—you need clear water, warm water and sunshine. This type of fishing is kind of like deer hunting from a tree stand—you're not going to get one every time you go and just because you see them, that doesn't always mean you're going to get lucky. On a typical day, we ride around trolling catching Spanish Mackerel & Bluefish while we are looking for the Cobia. At times, we also encounter huge schools of Big Red & Black Drum which can also be caught sight casting on the bucktails. On days when sight casting conditions are not right, we either drift with bait or anchor up and bait fish which can also work well. May and June are the best months for this type of trip and the limit is 4 Cobia to the boat with a 36" fork length.

 

Fish cleaning ,vacum packing & freezing provided at the dock by the dock
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Latest Fishing Report

    Fish Species

    Amberjack
    Black Seabass
    Blackfin Tuna
    Bluefish
    Bonito
    Cobia
    Flounder
    Grouper
    King Mackerel
    Lesser Amberjack
    Little Tunny (False Albacore)
    Mahi Mahi
    Redfish
    Sailfish
    Sea Bass
    Sharks
    Spanish Mackerel
    Triggerfish
    Wahoo

    Additional Details

    Safety Features

    • Life Jackets
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • First-Aid Equipment
    • CPR-Trained Crew
    • Flares
    • VHF Radio

    Navigation

    • GPS
    • Fishfinder
    • Radar

    Facilities

    • Toilet

    Boat Gear

    • Fighting Chair
    • First Mate
    • Livewell
    • Outriggers

    Fishing Techniques

    • Bottom Fishing
    • Deep Sea Fishing
    • Drift Fishing
    • Jigging
    • Light Tackle
    • Spinning
    • Trolling

    Fishing Policies

    • Children Welcome
    • Clients Keep Catch

    Price Includes

    • Fishing License
    • Fresh or Live Bait
    • Lures
    • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle
    • Fish Cleaning and vacuum packing and freezing are available at the dock

    Minimum Age

    • All ages welcome

    Fishing Location

    • Backcountry
    • Inshore
    • Nearshore
    • Offshore
    • Reef
    • Wreck

    About the Vessel

    Captain

    Capt. Rick Caton

    Boat Type

    Bay Boat

    Boat Length

    42 ft

    Year Built

    1954

    Engine Manufacturer

    Caterpillar

    Number of Engines

    1

    Engine Horsepower

    375 HP

    Customer Reviews

    FREE AGENT SPORT FISHING-Person
    (12Reviews)
    5 out of 5 stars
    • 4 hour trip!

      Created Scott Brenneck

      We caught 54 fish in a four hour trip!!! Hard to beat that.... Captain Rick got us on the fish and First Mate Josh helped us get them in the boat... Sometimes three lines at a time. Hands down one of the best charters we have ever had!! Captain Rick and his Crew were great with ours kids taking the time and going the extra mile to make sure the trip was great. Can't say enough about Free Agent Sport Fishing!! If your on the Outer Banks and want to catch some fish these are the guys to hire.

    • Best fishing trip!

      Created Matt McMahon

      These guys took me out and I had the best time fishing. I caught two yellow tail and four amberjack, and a couple red drum when we were coming back. Very professional gentlemen. After my fish were cleaned they even gave me a free pound of shrimp! Great guys.

    • 1st time

      Created jay s

      Right from the call I made to Rick I knew this was going to be good, Rick explain all the charters that was available and cost, explained how to book it on website( SAVE ABOUT $50 BOOKING ON HIS SITE). We caught about 40lb of fish on the inlet charter, mostly Spanish mackerel So much fun we book A deepsea charter for the next day.

    • Happy Crabber Trip

      Created Nate M

      I would recommend Captain Rick and the Free Agent boat to anyone looking to get a quality fishing trip on the books. Rick had us on fish within a few minutes of leaving Oden's Dock. Even with the rougher water that morning he did a great job of keeping us on the fish. After a few hours of fishing we headed off pulled the crab pots. We ended up with 55 pounds of fish and a basket of crabs. Again I would recommend Captain Rick to anyone looking for a great fishing trip.

    • Highly Recommended, Customizeable charter

      Created Roger B

      took 2 adults and 4 teens on an extended offshore trip. Rick will get you on just about any type of fish you want. Came back with several jacks, trigger fish, king mackerel, sea bass, and a rare rainbow runner. Time flew by. Check with Rick to see what's biting and book your trip. We will be back.

    • Spectacular fishing experience

      Created Josh A

      Captain Rick Caton and first mate Tater gave our group of 4 the best fishing experience we have ever had. They got to the fishing ground extremely quickly and literally the moment our lines hit the water we were catching blue fish and mackerel faster than we could keep up with and it did not stop throughout the entire trip. These guys seriously know what they are doing and truly go out of their way to make sure their guests get a great experience. Do not deprive yourself of a great time and a cooler full of fish, I guarantee it is worth every penny and then some. Thank you to Captain Rick and the Free Agent crew for an experience we will never forget!!

    • Highly Recommend!

      Created Michele Johnson

      highly recommended. ! knowledgeable, experienced, old school and professional! way better than a newbie capt who has no idea what he is doing. we will book again!!

    • Amazing Crew!

      Created Christie-Lee Brenneck-Delanoy

      Captain Rick & his crew were amazing. They were so great with our kids, and they caught 54 fish! the boys loved the trip! A memory that that will last a lifetime!

    • Great TIme!

      Created Linda Creech

      on June 6,20 the Payne family had the best time on the boat Free Agent. Captain Rick & Josh made the trip fun. We caught lots of fish and Josh made one of the boys day spectacular by teaching him some of the tricks of fishing. We highly recommend going out with Captain Rick & Josh. We’ll be back next year!!’ Thanks you guys!!!

    • 4 hour trip

      Created Scott A. Brenneck

      We caught 54 fish in a four hour trip!!! Hard to beat that.... Captain Rick got us on the fish and First Mate Josh helped us get them in the boat... Sometimes three lines at a time. Hands down one of the best charters we have ever had!! Captain Rick and his Crew were great with ours kids taking the time and going the extra mile to make sure the trip was great. Can't say enough about Free Agent Sport Fishing!! If your on the Outer Banks and want to catch some fish these are the guys to hire.

    • Half Day Trip!

      Created Adam Jack

      We had a great time with Captain Rick and First Mate, Josh!! Both were very welcoming to our family of novice(literally, first time on a chartered boat) anglers which ranged in ages from 8 to 70. We did a half day trip on the Sound side. Captain Rick told us we would be trolling for Spanish Mackerel. Captain Rick did a great job finding the fish and Josh was very patient with us as he educated us on what we needed to do. Wasn’t long and we were pulling in fish on the regular. Josh showed us how to unhook the caught fish and reset the lines in the water. We were allowed to go up in the Captain’s perch and check out the view as well. It was a very relaxed trip, but successful from the fishing standpoint too!! Josh was a lot of fun to talk to and we heard a few good fish stories to boot!! We hope to return and book a deep water trip with them next time we are in OBX. We would recommend Free Agent to anyone!!

    • Genuine Guide!

      Created Ralph Mccrery

      rick will do all he can to meet his customers expectations. he is known by all that fish hatteras waters to be as good as it gets when it comes to cobia . most knowledgeable fishermen consider him the best cobia fisherman ,period.