Backin Up Sportfishing FAQ’s

General Info

Half Day trips leave the dock at Pirate’s Cove Marina around 6:00 AM and return around 10:30 AM.

3/4  Day trips leave the dock at Pirate’s Cove Marina around 6:00 AM and return around 12:00 noon or departing at 11:00 AM and returning at 5:00 PM.

Full day inshore/nearshore trips leave the dock at 6:00 AM and returns at 3:00 PM.

Extended day trips are usually 30 plus miles offshore for bottom fishing followed by trolling for offshore species. This trip leaves the dock at 6:00 AM and returns at 4:00 PM.

We also offer a Sunset Champagne Cruise. Times for this trip vary.

On the day of the trip, Captain Ritchie will give you your fishing options based on what’s biting and the weather.

The Backin’ Up provides all bait, tackle and includes your license your day’s catch.

Charter Size / Number of Anglers

The Backin’ Up is licensed for up to 6 people. Anglers of all ages are welcome, but please consider the weather and sea conditions when bringing along small children.

Booking Rates and Payment

You can book your trip by calling Captain Ritchie Howell directly at 252-202-6651 or by calling the Pirate’s Cove Marina at 800-367-4728.

A deposit is required to secure your trip.

Refund Policy

Trips will only be canceled by the Captain due to high winds and rough sea conditions. Refunds cannot be made in advance. Cancellations within three weeks prior to the trip will only be refunded at the Captain’s discretion.

Tipping The Mate

The mate depends on tips. Many people have asked “What is the appropriate tip for the mate?”. Generally, tip like you would in a restaurant, 15% to 20% of the charter fee. More or less depending on the service at your discretion.

What To Bring

Bring enough food and beverages to satisfy your hunger urges. Jackets (depending on the weather), sunglasses (polarized enhance your view), soft sole shoes, sunscreen, cameras and a whole bucket of smiles.

You will need to bring coolers to take your catch home.

During the summer months, fish cleaning services are readily available at the marina.