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Based out of Morehead City, Salt Air Ventures is your go-to for outdoor adventures! Whether you want to hook the fish of a lifetime or are looking for the best duck hunt ever, give us a call.

Outdoor Adventures

Come aboard with Salt Air Ventures and let Captain Stewart Merritt be your guide for your adventure along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. With a lifetime of fishing and hunting experience, Captain Stewart knows what it takes to have a successful outing. Salt Air Ventures offers duck hunting guide service in the winter and Morehead City fishing charters & Atlantic Beach fishing charters in the spring, summer and fall. Anglers/hunters/outdoor enthusiasts—come enjoy a unique adventure on the beautiful Crystal Coast with the help of Captain Stewart. Call 252.725.1725 to book your trip today!

"Whether a fishing or hunting charter, I strive to provide my clients a quality, enjoyable experience."

Our Services


Offering 1/2, 3/4 and full day fishing trips on the Crystal Coast!

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Duck Hunting

Come experience some of the best duck hunting in the state of North Carolina!

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Other Trips

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Ready to go fishing?

Contact us to book your fishing trip out of Morehead City and meet us at the dock!

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October Groupers

Chuck Bush has been fishing with me for I believe going on 6 years now and still shows up pumped to go, even more than the last time.  The guys are dead set on bottom fishing, they love the stand-off pull of a nice gag grouper and I can't blame them.  Yesterday, we had a nice steady NE wind but..... there was a extra strong SW current running straight into the wind making the anchoring and fishing process a bit more difficult than it needed to be.  None the less, the guys stuck it out and we fished and moved all day, finally putting together a respectable catch consisting of gag groupers, amber jacks, grunts, black sea bass, trigger fish and a few others.  There's a pretty stout weather front coming today and tomorrow, keeping us tied to.  Fingers crossed to be back after them on Friday and Saturday.  I've still got plenty of availability for October and November fishing charters.    ..

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inshore Speckled trouts !

When the wind keeps us inshore, we've been doing pretty well on the speckled trout.  All summer and now still going strong, the speckled trout fishing has been pretty stellar.  On the days when groups have had offshore trips booked and the winds been to much, I've still got the Parker to bail out the trip.  The next 6 weeks are absolute prime dates for speckled and grey trout fishing.  The bluefish and Spanish Mackerel are still being caught in great numbers. As well has some really good numbers of false albacore.  Don't let the weather detour you from a fishing trip, we've got a number of different options to catch fish. ..

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Bottom Fish are Hungry

Anyone that ever asks about when's the best time to go fishing off the NC coast, the two months that always come up are May and October.  Well, October's here and its not looking like it will disappoint.  The last several groups that I've had out on bottom fishing trips have put together some fantastic catches made up of gag groupers, vermillion snappers, grunts, black sea bass, triggerfish and more.   The majority of our fishing lately has been in the 90-120 ft range.  I've been fishing a little deeper than in the past due to the tropical swells, that have stirred the bottom water up some.  It makes for a little longer ride, but the variety and quality of fish we've been catching definitely makes up for it.   This is without a doubt the best time to come fishing, whether it inshore or offshore, Give me a call for booking your fall fishing trip. ..

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