Outer Banks Fishing

A whole other world opens up when you wet a fishing line on the Outer Banks. Time stands still as you wait and wait, hoping for a little tug on the end of your line. With a lot of patience and a little luck, you’ll encounter creatures that are both fascinating to look at and tasty to eat. Outer Banks fishing is some of the best in the world. Due to the islands’ location where the Labrador Current and Gulf Stream interplay, there’s a wide variety of fish to be caught here. Hundreds of offshore fishing boats leave the Outer Banks every day in the summer, and when the fish are biting in the off-season, to go after billfish, tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi and more. And because Outer Banks fishing is so good, getting to the fish is remarkably easy and convenient. Tackle shops are found in great abundance here and necessary stops before any Outer Banks fishing venture. The people who work in them are very cooperative and helpful. They'll get the novice angler outfitted, share where the fish are biting that day and happily share a finny tale or two.

Outer Banks Fishing Charters

If you don't have a boat or want to be guided by someone who knows the best spots on the Outer Banks to cast your line, check out the popular charter fishing trips. Offshore fishing to hunt for big game fish was born here, and the tradition continues in full today. Head boats, large fishing vessels that can hold lots of people and charge by the head, are great ways to experience Outer Banks fishing, especially if you're inexperienced or have a large group that wants to have a day or half-day on the water together. Head boats have mates that help you bait your hook and pull the fish in if you need such assistance. 

Additionally, Outer Banks fishing reports will keep you up to speed every day on what's biting and where. 

Outer Banks Fishing by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Fishing by Category

Cap'n B Fishing Charters

Anchorage Marina
Outer Banks Fishing
205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Anchorage Marina, Ocracoke
(252) 928-1421

Enjoy a day of world-class sportfishing from Ocracoke Island on the Cap'n B. An expansive and comfortable 48' Jarvis Newman fishing vessel, Cap’n B is the largest charter boat on Ocracoke. Their highly experienced and fun-loving captains, Marty and Farris, and mate Nick keep customers coming back year after year, which is a testament to their amazing fishing abilities. They have a reputation for putting...read more

Enjoy a day of world-class sportfishing from Ocracoke Island on the Cap'n B. An expansive...read more

Country Girl Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Outer Banks Fishing
1 Sailfish Drive, Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

As one of the few boats in the Oregon Inlet fishing fleet that is licensed to carry more than six anglers, the 57-foot Country Girl can be chartered for Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. These full-day offshore charter fishing trips can yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also...read more

As one of the few boats in the Oregon Inlet fishing fleet that is licensed...read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Outer Banks Fishing
2000 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, this comfortable, 65-foot, double-decker party boat /head boat offers fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On one of their head boat fishing trips you'll catch fish such as flounder, croaker, spot, trout, sea mullet, sea bass...read more

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags...read more

Dillon’s Corner

Outer Banks Fishing
46792 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-5083

This is really two stores in one. Downstairs it’s a tackle shop with bait, tackle, rods and reels, gas, gear, waders, boots, snacks, rod and reel repair, custom-rod building, tide charts, t-shirts (including Salt Life and Guy Harvey) and everything else for fishermen and women. Upstairs it’s a gift shop and gallery with artwork, prints, ceramics, candles, local interest books, novelties, lighthouse figurines and many...read more

This is really two stores in one. Downstairs it’s a tackle shop with bait, tackle,...read more

Fishing Unlimited

Outer Banks Fishing
7665 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5028

Fishing Unlimited has everything you need for a great fishing trip on the sound – boat rentals, rods and reel rentals, bait and tackle and ice. If you're looking to catch fresh crabs, come try it here; they have the gear to rent or buy, plus a crabbing pier. The boats they rent are 23-foot or 26-foot pontoon boats, and they'll tell you everything you...read more

Fishing Unlimited has everything you need for a great fishing trip on the sound –...read more

Frank and Fran’s Fisherman's Friend

Outer Banks Fishing
40210 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-4171

This tackle shop calls itself the “Fisherman’s Friend” because it offers everything an angler could need, including a humidor with fine cigars for those times when the bite is slow. Frank and Fran’s sells bait and tackle, fishing supplies and gear, ice, beverages and much more. Stop by for fishing advice, the N.C. Recreational Fishing License, information on Cape Hatteras Anglers Club tournaments and a...read more

This tackle shop calls itself the “Fisherman’s Friend” because it offers everything an angler could...read more

Gecko Sportfishing

Anchorage Marina
Outer Banks Fishing
205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 921-0095

For a great, affordable day on the water for up to six anglers of any experience, including families with kids, a trip on the Gecko with Captain Ernie Doshier is a top choice on Ocracoke Island. The 46-foot Carolina sportfisher offers a swift trip to the Gulf Stream for all-day adventures that include not only catching fish like tuna, mahi mahi and billfish, but also...read more

For a great, affordable day on the water for up to six anglers of any...read more

Jennette's Pier

Outer Banks Fishing
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1501

In 2021 Jennette’s Pier celebrates its 10-year anniversary since reopening in 2011 as part of the North Carolina Aquariums division. Known as “the place to be” in Nags Head during the summer season, anglers catch a wide variety of fish while sightseers can watch brown pelicans overhead and bottlenose dolphins swimming in the sea.

The pier is surrounded by wide, clean public beaches, free parking...read more

In 2021 Jennette’s Pier celebrates its 10-year anniversary since reopening in 2011 as part of...read more

Miss Oregon Inlet Head Boat

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Outer Banks Fishing
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, just off N.C. Highway 12, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Nags Head
(252) 251-4314
Reservations
(877) 359-8447

Looking to get out of the house and on the water? Take a fishing trip on the Miss Oregon Inlet head boat. With the shortest drive time to fishing grounds around Oregon Inlet, they catch many different species of fish, such as spot, croaker, trout, bluefish, puppy drum, sea mullet and more, and they’re known as the “flounder pounder.” They have everything you need to fish, and...read more

Looking to get out of the house and on the water? Take a fishing trip...read more

OBX Bait and Tackle

Outer Banks Fishing
815 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3339

OBX Bait and Tackle is an angler’s paradise. Conveniently located in Corolla’s Monteray Plaza to serve the northern beaches and beyond, OBX Bait and Tackle is a full-service tackle shop that specializes in freshwater and surf-fishing equipment along with rods and reels at all price levels, a wide variety of fresh and frozen bait, crabbing supplies and other necessities such as coolers, ice, soft drinks,...read more

OBX Bait and Tackle is an angler’s paradise. Conveniently located in Corolla’s Monteray Plaza to...read more

OBX On The Fly

Outer Banks Fishing
107 Sir Walter Street, Suite 107, Manteo
(252) 473-1300

The Outer Banks' only fly-fishing shop is in downtown Manteo. OBX On The Fly is the fly-fishing hub of the Outer Banks, where you can purchase rods, reels, flies, fly-tying materials, apparel and all the other equipment and merchandise that fly anglers need, from the novice to the pro. They offer fly-tying classes and casting lessons with video analysis. They also offer guide services, including...read more

The Outer Banks' only fly-fishing shop is in downtown Manteo. OBX On The Fly is...read more

Oceans East Bait & Tackle

Outer Banks Fishing
7405 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-7413

Oceans East Bait & Tackle on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway has been in business for more than 40 years. With three locations along the East Coast, they are known for their customer service, huge selection of the best quality tackle, fresh bait, apparel and much more. They offer an excellent selection of inshore, offshore, surf and freshwater tackle from top manufacturers such as Daiwa, Penn,...read more

Oceans East Bait & Tackle on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway has been in business for...read more