A whole other world opens up when you wet a fishing line. 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. And because Outer Banks fishing is so good, getting to the fish is remarkably easy and convenient. Tackle shops are found in great abundance on these islands, and 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 Outer Banks fishing spots, 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. Hundreds of offshore fishing boats leave Outer Banks marinas every day in the summer, and when the fish are biting in the off-season, to go after billfish, tuna, wahoo, maui-maui and more. These offshore boats usually carry up to six anglers plus the captain and a mate. Inshore charters that stay in the sounds and go after flounder, spot, croaker, trout and other tasty treats are also popular. 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. Plus, Outer Banks fishing reports will keep you up to speed every day on what's biting and where.
Remember, there’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching. You won’t catch something every time you go out – a law that anglers call “paying your dues.” But if you’re persistent, you’ll have something to show for it.
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