The barrier islands of the Outer Banks are a destination surrounded by waters teeming with fish. Planning an angler’s journey to the Outer Banks is as simple as knowing where and how to hit all the top angler spots and charters in the area. Be sure to add some of these stops to your Outer Banks fishing trips!
Surf & Pier Fishing
If you prefer a casual day of DIY fishing, consider casting from the shore or from one of the fishing piers found in the Outer Banks. With a surf rod and some bait, you can take your pick from nearly 100 miles of shoreline, and non-fishing members of the family can enjoy the day at the beach while you catch up dinner. Numerous nearby bait and tackle shops can get you the gear you need and provide tips on what’s biting.
To get out into deep water without needing a boat, cast from a pier instead. There are several great piers to choose from in the Outer Banks. One such spot is the Avon Fishing Pier, the only fishing pier that remains in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Serious anglers may already know that this pier is world-famous for its fishing records, especially with giant red drum which school just offshore here. For another unique experience, cast a line at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, which is managed by the North Carolina Aquariums. With a focus on conservation and ethical angling, Jennette’s Pier is a great spot for the whole family, and even has a small aquarium so you can learn more about the local marine life.
Book a Fishing Charter
More serious anglers will want to consider getting offshore with a fishing charter. Numerous charter companies throughout the Outer Banks offer excursions that will give you an enjoyable day on the water and help you land some amazing catches. Corolla Bait & Tackle offers charter options that include offshore, inshore, backcountry, and Currituck Sound excursions, and other Outer Banks fishing trips. Generally, the type of fish you want to catch and the number of hours you want to spend aboard a boat will dictate which charter will be best for you. From fully equipped boats designed for deep-sea fishing to pontoons great for families to enjoy a leisurely crabbing excursion, Corolla Bait & Tackle is well-versed in a variety of angling experiences.
Corolla Water Sports is another top charter company that offers shorter trips into the Sound, nearshore and offshore excursions, and spearfishing opportunities. They also offer a ton of other fun family water activities, including paddle boats, jet skis, tubing, and a lot more. Go ahead and make a day of it!
There are a few important things to remember when you head out on a fishing charter. Bring sunscreen, as the reflection off the water will burn you twice as fast as on the beach. Bring Dramamine too, as you wouldn’t want to spend your day seasick. And always tip the first mate, just as you would your server at a restaurant. Speaking of edibles: it’s always a good idea to call ahead before your charter trip, to see what options are available for taking your catch home at the end of the day. Many charters will clean and pack your fish for you, so it’s ready to grill when you get home!
Get the Kids into It
While you can always entice children to cast a line at a fishing pier, or in the surf, why not make it extra-special for them so they’ll grow to have a lifetime love of fishing? You can have an amazing boat trip for the entire family (fishing included) when you book a customized trip with Family Water Adventures on Hatteras. Captain Tami will take you on whatever type of tour your family would like, since every trip is personalized to suit your group. You can hunt for seashells (she knows all the best places), go clamming, and teach the kids to fish. You can even learn what it’s like to be a commercial fisherman and set nets to catch fish and crabs. Your family will love fishing forever, after their trip with Family Water Adventures!
The fish you’ll catch in the Outer Banks depends greatly on your location and the time of year. Surf and pier fishing will land Spanish mackerel, bluefish, flounder, and croaker, while offshore anglers will likely catch marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and mahi-mahi. Don’t forget about shellfish! In winter there are bay scallops and oysters, in summer, shrimp and soft crabs, and in late fall, clams. So many delicious things to catch!
Outer Banks Fishing Guide
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