This is the ultimate inshore angling experience for big fish! Tar-Pam Guide Service offers trophy Red Drum charters on the Pamlico Sound from late-August through mid to late September. If catching big, powerful fish at or near the water’s surface turns you on, then you have to experience our popping cork and topwater fishing for North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound “Old Drum”. 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! We fish Med-Heavy Action Temple Fork Outfitters Tactical Series Spinning rods spooled coupled with a 4000 series reel spooled with 30 pound braid. You will be casting big popping corks and topwater baits to these large, aggressive fish. This is truly world class light tackle fishing! We offer morning and afternoon trips, but I highly recommend coming in the morning so you will have calmer conditions for popping cork fishing.
Giant Drum Only (late Aug – Sept): $600
Our giant drum trips are 6 hours, and they are offered in the mornings beginning at sunrise and stretching until lunchtime. We fish in the mornings to take advantage of the calmer conditions for fishing and to avoid afternoon winds and thunderstorms. This is not a per person rate. (Max 3 anglers).
Giant Drum Corking/Light Tackle Combo (late Aug – Sept): 3/4 Day $600 Full Day $700
Our combo trips are either a 3/4 Day (6 Hour) Trip starting at sunrise or a Full Day (8 Hour) Trips starting at sunrise. These trips are for those wanting the best of both worlds…..big fish and light tackle action. This is not a per person rate. (Max 3 anglers).
Deposit Policy: To confirm bookings, a $250 deposit is required within 7 days of booking the trip. Deposits are non-refundable (except weather cancellations left solely to the discretion of the Capt. NOT THE CLIENT) but can be used as a credit for a rescheduled trip if canceled greater than 21 days before the trip. If the trip is cancelled less than 21 days before the trip, the deposit will be forfeited) In case of cancellations due to inclement weather, all efforts will be made to reschedule the trip and if that’s not a possibility, the deposit will be refunded.
A Paypal link is available on the homepage for you to make an online reservation and deposit. You may also mail a check made payable to Tar-Pam Guide Service to 105 Glebe Creek Landing Rd. Bath, NC 27808.
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.
Suggested Lodging: The Washington/Bath/Belhaven area has a variety of accommodations within 15-30 minutes of where we will be fishing. Click on the links below for more info:
Hampton Inn (Washington) (252)940-4556
Bath Harbor Marina (Waterfront in Bath) 252-943-4650
Flower’s Landing (Waterfront on the Pungo River) 252-531-9855
*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.