Impulsive Charters, est. 1995,  is a family owned and operated business since.  Capt. Paul Thompson has always loved sports and the outdoors. His passion for salt water fishing started at a young age when his parents took Paul and his siblings on a vacation to the North Carolina coast... Bald Head Island.

After graduating from Baylor High School, Chattanooga, TN and college at University of Tampa and University Tennessee Chattanooga, Capt. Paul ventured to the mountains of western North Carolina in the early 70's.  A hippie with a dream...he had a calling to raise rainbow trout in a very secluded area of the Great Smoky Mountains.  When he arrived, there was no house nor electricity.  A school bus became his shelter and it wasn't an easy task getting it to his house seat at 3000 ft. next to a roaring creek.  (He'll gladly tell you many more stories.) Next job was building raceways, several ponds and a hatchery to raise the rainbow trout fingerlings. Eventually he built a log cabin from the timber he cleared.  Buffalo Mountain Trout Farm prospered for many years.  The original cabin has been refurbished, but many of the original elements can still be seen and admired.  The ponds remain stocked with rainbow trout and in the last few years Capt. Paul has started a small vineyard of Norton Cynthiana red grapes overlooking one of his ponds. 

Finding his next fish related adventure was a natural transition due to Paul's parents.

Dr. Paul, Sr. and Frances Thompson loved their summer beach vacations. Bald Head Island was their choice vacation location for several years.  In 1985 they purchased a beachfront home on Bald Head Island. Fishing, crabbing and golf filled their days.  The Thompson family still enjoys the original, memorable summer vacation home, the "Thompson House" on South Bald Head Wynd.  Once Capt. Paul visited Bald Head Island, he knew he had to figure out a way to return there, permanently.  After marrying his wife, Jeanne in 1995, they purchased his beloved vessel Impulsive. He immediately began the next journey of his outdoor adventures.  Together Capt. Paul & Jeanne created Impulsive Charters, a private fishing charter, tours and commercial fishing business from their new home in Southport, North Carolina. 


What We Provide

About Us

Things To Bring

  • Plenty of beverages to hydrate, especially during the warm summer months.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hats, Rain Gear, Camera
  • Closed shoes.  Non-marking sneakers are the best.
  • Snacks, pre-made sandwiches in a small cooler.  We carry plenty of ice and can add more to your cooler as needed. 
  1. Call or email us to check availability. 910.457.5331
  2. A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  4. We accept payment by personal check or cash. Credit card soon!

The Impulsive has a six pack license. We can carry a maximum of 6 people in your group.  This is a US Coast Guard regulation, although our boat would comfortably hold more people.

You do not need to purchase a fishing license.  We hold a blanket fishing license that covers all anglers on our boat. 

All the tackle and equipment is provided.  We use Penn International and Tiagra rods and reels 30's to 130's.

US Coast Guard regulations require children under the age of 13 to wear a life vest.  You are welcome to bring your own however, we carry a variety of different size life vests.

The Impulsive weighs 30,000 lbs. We fish safely when other, lightweight center console boats have to stay at the dock.  

How To Make A Reservaton



50% deposit by check or cash is required upon making a reservation. Credit card payment coming soon.

Captain Paul Thompson

Impulsive Charters

4318 Loblolly Circle SE

Southport, NC  28461

Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation via email.

The balance is due on the day of the charter by check or cash.  

If you have to cancel, please do so within 7 days, and your deposit is fully  refundable.

If Captain Paul cancels due to weather, we will try to reschedule you for the next best available day.  If we are unable to reschedule, your deposit is fully refundable.