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1 Sep 2015

Go Fishin’ on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

If there’s one thing the Outer Banks of North Carolina is known for — okay, sure, there’s definitely more than one thing — it’s sport fishing. The angling opportunities in and around the waters of the crystal coast are innumerable, and best of all, they last and last and last…

That’s right, summer may be drawing to a close, but fishing season isn’t.

Gone fishin’, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Whatever kind of fishing you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here.

Brackish Fishing

The brackish waters of the Currituck, Croatan, Roanoke, and Pamlico Sounds are great for fishing bass through spring and summer; the season peaks mid-April to early June, and then again in September and October.

In these hazy dog days of summer, you might even get lucky with a perch or two.

Offshore and Inshore Charter Fishing

Maybe you’ve heard the Outer Banks referred to as the Billfish Capital of the World, and it’s for good reason. Several hundred blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish are caught in the waters off the coast of North Carolina every year. Though blue marlin season peaked a few months back, white marlin and sailfish are plentiful through September, and into early fall.

Oh, and don’t forget the yellowfin tuna; you’ll find him all year-round.

Surf and Pier Fishing

To that, we’ve got two words: Jennette’s Pier. This historic landmark is located in Nags Head, and offers prime pier fishing, as well as educational opportunities through the NC Aquarium. There are a total of seven fishing piers along the Outer Banks from Kitty Hawk to Avon.

More of a surfcaster? North Carolina’s Outer Banks boast more than 100 miles of fisherman-accessible beach. The season begins in March, and will soon peak in November.

Sound and Headboat Fishing

If the wild waters of the Atlantic aren’t your style, consider chartering a small boat on one of our four gorgeous sounds. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including spot, flounder, Spanish mackerel and cobia.

Commune with nature as you fish alone, or party it up on a headboat; these boats carry 40–50 people on half-day trips, and provide experienced and helpful crews, bait, equipment and tackle and restrooms; what could be better than…

A fishing vacation on the Outer Banks?

There’s nothing better.

So, the next time you want to go fishin’, come to the Outer Banks.


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