If going to North Carolina, check out carl winner street in carolina beach (South of wilmington) this is a marina filled with charter boats. I went on the carl winner head boat a few years ago and caught a ton of sea bass, snapper, and grouper. The nice thing about the winner is it is a 12 hour trip and they take you all they way out to the gulf stream where the normal charters charge $800.00 + to go. There were guys on th back of the boat were catching mahi mahi,but i wasn't rigged to catch them. do a google search for carl winner they may have a web site by now.