Outer Banks Fishing is known around the world for great surf and offshore fishing, 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 Carolina.
Once 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 "fish stories" 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 locations. 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.
What Types 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 Mackerel.
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.
Something is 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 is atPROTIDES. When 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 location.
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!
Spectacular Surf Fishing!
Would you rather stay "grounded" on the beach with the sand under your 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 extremely active.
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 Hatteras Island. 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 Banks.
The 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 fishing spot 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!
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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.
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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.
No matter 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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