Outer Banks Fishing is known
around the world for great surf and
whether you are new to the sport or a "seasoned" angler. With a
rod and reel, fresh bait, and a four wheel drive vehicle, you have
access to over 100 miles of shoreline
along the Outer Banks of North
you experience the thrill of the first "tug" on your line, and the
excitement of reeling in a Blue or a Drum, you will be "hooked"!
With patience and persistence, you will be victorious in your Outer
Banks Fishing adventure.
But remember, the sport is called"fishing", not "catching". Just hang
in there and enjoy the day!
Before long, you will have your own
to tell! If you are new to fishing, there are tackle shops that
will help you with your gear, and tell you the tips you will need to
know about Outer Banks Fishing.
Surf fishing on Hatteras Island is the most popular of all the Outer Banks Fishing
Due to the fact that Cape Hatteras is located between two main fishing
zones, the Mid-Atlantic Bright and the South Atlantic Bright, the fishing season is longer
than any other place along the East Coast.
of Fish Will You Catch?
Any type of fish can
be hooked on your line, but the inlet and sound waters attract King
Mackerel, Bluefish, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, and Spanish
Mackerel. While surf fishing on the ocean side attracts Sea
Mullet, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Flounder, Pompano, and Spanish
Serious anglers consider Cape Hatteras the "Fishing Capitol of North Carolina".
North Carolina holds
four would records for saltwater catches! You can view a list of the
state of North Carolina saltwater fishing records here at North
Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.
The Outer Banks has some of the best big-game fishing in the world.
The geographical layout of the islands attract huge schools of fish
that travel along the Outer Banks, making it a fishermen's paradise! You have
the opportunity to land the "big ones",
because the islands jut out into the Atlantic Ocean.
always biting anytime of the year, but you will find more activity
during the month of November. And, there are two things to remember about Outer Banks
Fishing in the great Atlantic Ocean. You never know what
may end up on end of your line, and whatever it is, it WILL have teeth!
Importance of Tide Charts
Tide change plays a
significant role and will affect your fishing efforts
tremendously. After all, being
in the right place at the right time is what it's all about.
Studying the tides and fish habits will help you catch more fish.
One of the best tide
charts I have found
you click on this link you will choose the state you want first and
then a particular city. This site has amazing tide
information you will find very useful.
For an incredible Outer Banks Fishing adventure you will never forget,
try your hand at offshore fishing.
You can book one of the many offshore fishing
charters at the local marinas for anglers of every skill
level. Check out the Outer Banks famous Frank & Fran's Tackle
for the latest fishing reports.
You will enjoy a short trip out to
the Gulf Stream where you can catch the giants such as, Blue
Marlin, White Marlin, Tuna, and many others.
From commercial to recreational fishing, the islands boast of some of
the best fishing in the world!
In fact, the Outer Banks is known as the "Billfish Capitol of the World", due
to the abundance of Blue Marlin and White Marlin
that occupy these waters!
Most charters offers half-day and full-day trips,
lasting around eight to ten hours. Captains on the charters
choose the fishing spots. When they detect a school of fish, they
stop the boat so anglers can cast out their line. If the fishing
is not so great in a particular spot, they move the boat to a better
Once you are back with your catch of the day, most
marinas offer fish cleaning services for
a fee. They will clean and pack your fish ready for you to take
home! Now, it just doesn't get any better than that!
Would you rather stay "grounded" on the beach with the sand
feet? Then, another popular Outer Banks Fishing adventure to try
is surf fishing. Surf fishing
season begins in March,
but hits the highest point in May and November. For one of these
wild surf fishing expeditions in the sand, you will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access
some of the many miles of beaches. One of the most popular hot
spots on the East Coast for Outer
Banks Fishing is Hatteras Island.
The "Point", just past Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, attracts many surf fishermen in
the fall, but you will need a 4-wheel
drive vehicle to get there. Fish are drawn to the area
because of the wave activity and cross currents at the tip of the
Point, making fish feeding in the area
You can expect to catch Bluefish, Red Drum, Striped
Bass and Sea Bass, or maybe even the "big
one"! With your rod and reel in hand, and miles of
beaches, you will find great surf
fishing all along the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore.
Surf Fishing at "The Point"
Another great Outer Banks Fishing spot for the surf fishing enthusiast
is a body of water called Oregon Inlet,
located between the northern Outer Banks and
It is a large
body of water that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pamlico
Sound. The Oregon Inlet was formed
in 1846, when a large hurricane tore through the Outer
Herbert C. Bonner Bridge crosses
the inlet that connects Pea Island on the south to Bodie Island on the
north. The Bonner Bridge, part of Highway 12, is the only highway
that connects Hatteras Island to the
North Carolina mainland.
Oregon Inlet is a very popular surf
because the current tends to move the bait fish closer to the
beaches. Striped Bass, also known as Rockfish, are extremely
plentiful in the Outer Banks Fishing waters for the surf
fisherman. Want to join in the fun? If you have never tried
your hand at surf fishing, it's about time!
Boating and Fishing Directory
One of the web's largest boating and fishing link directories. Whether
your sport is canoeing, kayaking, bass fishing or fly fishing, you'll find
plenty of sites here. Looking for a lodge, guide or charter? Look no further.
Pier fishing is another great Outer Banks Fishing
adventure! The Outer Banks has many piers to choose from, and are
open 24 hours a day during
the fishing season. They even have lights if you prefer to
fish at night! Don't have fishing
tackle? No problem.
You can rent fishing equipment,
and find out what is biting that day, what bait to use, and other
fishing tips! Also, you do not
need a license for pier fishing.
For a list piers and detailed information,
check out our
For Outer Banks Fishing, you will need to be
familiar with the rules and regulations.
All salt water anglers
are required to purchase the North
Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License. You have
choices of purchasing a 10-day,
annual, or lifetime license. Outer Banks Fishing license purchases are available
online, at the local marina and tackle shops, or via phone at (888) 248.6824.
Recreational fishermen are allowed to harvest fish for personal use
only. The State of North Carolina regulates the type of fish, how many,
and the length of the fish you are allowed to keep.
what your experience level, you will thoroughly enjoy Outer Banks Fishing along the beautiful
North Carolina Coast! So, put out your Gone Fishin' sign,
and let's go!
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