Outer Banks Fishing

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.

For all the details you need to know about Outer Banks fishing, including fishing licenses, piers, offshore charters and more, go here.

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

Corolla Bait and Tackle

Outer Banks Fishing
1070 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-9500
603 Currituck Drive, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-9690

Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to sharing his fishing knowledge. Everyone who comes through the door of this Outer Banks shop gets fishing instruction. This full-service tackle store sells every major brand of tackle for fresh and salt water plus gear, fresh bait, crabbing supplies, ice and more. The advice is free. Corolla... read more

Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, goes beyond the call of duty when... 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

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. Call for rates and schedules. These Outer Banks charter fishing trips usually yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also offers head boat-style wreck fishing. The 57-foot sportfisher can accommodate up to 27 passengers and... read more

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six... 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, Crystal Dawn is conveniently accessible for anyone based on the northern Outer Banks. The comfortable 65-foot double-decker boat offers head boat fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On a head boat fishing trip you'll catch fish... read more

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

Hatteras Harbor Marina

Outer Banks Fishing
58058 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2166
(800) 676-4939

This full-service marina books offshore and inshore fishing trips year round with a 24-boat charter fleet. They offer deepwater slip rentals with water and electric hookups and sell diesel fuel. Shower and laundry facilities, apartment rentals, a gift shop and the Harbor Deli are on site.

Jennette's Pier

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

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classrooms and banquet hall. It's one of the Outer Banks' star attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The pier features wide, clean public beaches, free parking and a bath house with outdoor showers. With its motto of Fishing, Family and Fun, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. There’s world-class fishing,... read more

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop,... read more

Miss Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Outer Banks Fishing
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, just off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301
Reservations
(800) 272-5199

Miss Oregon Inlet is the resident head boat at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, the closest marina to the renowned fishing grounds of Oregon Inlet for the northern beaches. The head boat takes up to 49 people for half-day inshore fishing trips every day except Sunday. From Memorial Day through Labor Day they run two trips, with the morning trip leaving at 7 a.m. and... read more

Miss Oregon Inlet is the resident head boat at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, the... 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 Marina

Outer Banks Fishing
708 Harbor Drive, Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, Wanchese
(252) 473-9991

One of the most popular things to do on the Outer Banks is to go fishing. OBX Marina offers centralized booking for offshore and inshore charter fishing equipped with a fleet of 15 charter boats. Their booking service provides hassle-free, book-where-you-board convenience. OBX Marina offers many varieties of fishing charters, from full-day excursions to the Gulf Stream to half-day, light-tackle trips in the sound. They also... read more

One of the most popular things to do on the Outer Banks is to go fishing.... read more

Oden’s Dock

Outer Banks Fishing
57878 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2555

Oden’s Dock books inshore and offshore fishing charters year round. Two head boats operate from here, Miss Hatteras and Cap’N Clam. Slip rentals with electric and water hookups are available. Oden’s sells gas and diesel fuel, and the Ship’s Store sells tackle, oil, food and drinks and gift items. Risky Business Seafood Market, Breakwater Inn, Breakwater Restaurant, parasailing tours, Jet Ski rentals and kayak tours are... read more

Oden’s Dock books inshore and offshore fishing charters year round. Two head boats operate from... read more

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Outer Banks Fishing
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

Charter a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting). Nearshore, inshore vessels offer half-day or full-day trips, while the headboat offers a choice of morning or afternoon inlet/sound fishing. Offshore vessels travel to the Gulf Stream, where anglers enjoy a full day on the water. Anglers go for a variety of species, depending on the season, including billfish, tuna,... read more

Charter a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting).... read more

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

Outer Banks Fishing
2000 Sailfish Drive, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Manteo
(252) 473-3906
(800) 367-4728

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing boats return from the Gulf Stream to the Pirate’s Cove Marina to unload their catches of tuna, dolphin, wahoo and other deep-sea fish. If you’re interested in seeing the fish before they’re cleaned, head down to the docks and watch the mates hurl the whopping creatures onto the docks. Kids... read more

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing... read more

Teach's Lair Marina

Outer Banks Fishing
58646 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2460

Teach’s Lair is a full-service marina offering both inshore and offshore fishing charters year round as well as fish-cleaning services. Slip rentals with hookups are available by the day, week, month or year. A ramp for launching boats can be used for a $10 fee. A convenience store, ship’s store and tackle shop are onsite, and you can self-purchase an N.C. Recreational Fishing License on... read more

Teach’s Lair is a full-service marina offering both inshore and offshore fishing charters year round... read more