4/23/2017 Topsail Fishing Charters is on Facebook!!

April 23rd, 2017

Come visit Topsail Fishing Charters on Facebook! I have been posting happenings and fishing reports there for a few months now and am able to update faster and easier. Come friend us!

Tight lines,

Captain Jim Sabella

Bonito here!

April 21st, 2013

Well the bonito have begun to show up! They were about 15 miles offshore this week and with the warming water they should be closer to shore this week. Book now for a chance at these tasty speedsters, they are not here for long.

Also the fishing inshore has taken off with some big blues to 10+ lbs as well as trout and drum still biting.

Book now for summer with great rates and new boats!

Tight lines,

Captain Jim

March NEWS!!! Speaking engagement

March 14th, 2013

Just a quick note! See the new Fisherman’s Post which has an article about Captain Jim and crews big win in the Cape Fear Riverwatch Striper Tournament. Also Captain Jim will be giving a seminar on Atlantic Bonito fishing at the Cape Fear Anglers meeting on March 19th at Inlet Watch Yacht Club in Wilmington NC at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is available for $7.
Book now for choice dates this year!

Captain Jim wins Cape Fear Riverwatch Striper Tournament

February 20th, 2013

The fishing this year on the Cape Fear River has been very good. We are still catching stripers, drum and trout on the river and in the inshore waters. In mid January we had the Cape Fear Riverwatch Striped Bass Tournament. Captain Jim and his anglers Ben Bowditch and Dean Lamont won the Grand Prize of the  tournament catching 11. This year we had 23 anglers fishing on 11 boats and we caught and tagged 39 stripers.


Here is the picture of me and the anglers accepting our prize!

Fishing is still going on and we are getting geared up for the upcoming season! Get in touch with me and book now for the best dates for some great fishing this year, I look forward to hearing from you!

Tight lines,

Captain Jim





Fishing is on fire!

June 24th, 2012

We had a really great stretch of weather and the fish responded! The spanish mackerel and sharks have been biting good on the 5 hour trips, sharks have been up to 150lbs! The spanish mackerel have been decent fish averaging 14″-18″ and better, good eating size. We have also had an excellent bottom fish bite, we are limiting out on gag grouper and black sea bass with a few snapper thrown in for good measure, fine eating there! Also in the same area as the groupers we have had some king mackerel and mahi mahi action, nice to see, Saturday we had a nice mix of gaffer size mahi, king mackerel, and a 6lb spanish mackerel!

Book now for the best dates!

Tight lines,

Captain Jim

Mack attack! Groupers!

May 13th, 2012

 We have been catching steady since the last report, the water has been clearing up, and good things are on the horizon. We have been picking at the kings the last 2 weeks in 60-70 ft of water, drone spoons have been working best, a few fish on the light line and on dead bait. The spanish bite has been real good, a lot of pretty fish in the 15″ – 18″ range with a few 2-4 lbers in the mix. The bottom fishing has been picking up coming off the full moon, the groupers have been biting a little better further offshore, but we are getting some fish in the 10-15 mile range, just bunches of black bass in there (they open soon!). The flounders have been biting on the reefs, nice fish, mostly keepers.

It looks to be lining up to be a good season with the variety of species available. Hope to see you soon!

Tight lines,

Captain Jim


Fishing is GREAT!

April 23rd, 2012

Well we all know that fishing IS great, but right now we have been catching a great variety of fish and a lot of them! We have been catching bonito, spanish mackerel, bluefish, grey trout, and a bunch of other species! The last few trips have been a lot of fun. The kings have been showing up offshore and we cannot wait to see them move in closer. We are looking forward to a great season showing our clients fun and exciting days on the water. Book now for choice dates.


Fishing has started!

March 24th, 2012

During the last week we have caught drum, bluefish, and trout. The drum were up to 33′ long! We have been anxiously awaiting for the bonito to show, we have been seeing the bait, the water temperature is right hopefully next week! Once they show up the good fishing is here, and all the rest of our species start to show up, stay tuned!

Book now for choice dates!

Tight lines,

Captain Jim

Happy New Year!

January 4th, 2012

  I want to thank all of our clients this year for making 2011 a great year! We had some great fishing and great clients who had a lot of fun with us in 2011. I look forward to 2012 and hope all who visit with us and fish with us a safe and wonderful year!

  We are still fishing! The trout and drum are still biting in the saltwater, and the striped bass are biting in the river! John is still going to the gulfstream and catching tuna, wahoo, and jigging amberjacks, and the bluefins are starting to show up also. Give us a call and enjoy some fun winter fishing!

Tight lines,

Capt Jim 

Fall fishing has arrived!

October 1st, 2011

  Sorry to not do a report in a while, but had computer issues and then issues getting back on here, thank you Wade you rock!

  We have been really doing well on the fish! Big spanish mackerel, a lot of sharks, the grouper bite has been excellent, with many sea bass, snapper, and triggerfish in the bag also. We have been picking at the kings on the light line while grouper fishing and am hoping to see a little run here in the fall.

  We have also been doing well on the drum and flounder inshore, and have picked up a few trout also, with the cool weather arriving they should be showing well soon.

  The gulfstream fishing has also been good and gets better as the fall progresses with a strong wahoo run as well as tuna and some billfish mixed in.

  Book now for fall and experience some of the best weather and hottest fishing of the year!

  Now I have to learn how to get pictures onto the new computer……..

Tight lines,

Captain Jim