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

Anchorage Marina

Outer Banks Fishing
205 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-1101

Anchorage Marina is located in Silver Lake Harbor across the street from The Anchorage Inn. The marina offers transient dockage, a boat ramp, fuel, ice, bait and a small ships store. Gas and diesel fuel are available for vehicles as well as boats. Charter fishing trips for the Gulf Stream and inshore are available here. The onsite dockside cafe, SmacNally's, is a popular hangout with fishermen, charter fishing customers and... read more

Anchorage Marina is located in Silver Lake Harbor across the street from The Anchorage Inn. The... read more

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

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

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait and tackle, crabbing supplies and a crabbing pier. You can cruise the waterways on one of the 23-foot or 26-foot pontoon boats and skiffs that are rented here at their Causeway location. If you are in the mood to wet a line, you can crab or fish from Fishing Unlimited's... read more

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait... 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 in Nags Head is a star attraction on the Outer Banks, drawing anglers with its 1,000-foot-long pier or visitors who simply want to walk out and watch surfers riding the waves, passing boats, sea turtles and dolphins swimming, pelicans flying overhead and much more. From world-class fishing to educational programs and fun summer camps and programs, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. The space... read more

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head is a star attraction on the Outer Banks, drawing anglers... read more

Jill Louise Headboat

Outer Banks Marina
Outer Banks Fishing
708 Harbor Road, Outer Banks Marina, Wanchese
(252) 453-9501

An offering from Corolla Bait and Tackle is the Jill Louise, a 50-foot, stable headboat that can take up to 30 passengers out for inshore and offshore fishing. She cruises at 20 knots, so you reach the fishing grounds quickly and have more time to have your line in the water. She's the only headboat out of Wanchese certified to go up to 100 miles offshore.... read more

An offering from Corolla Bait and Tackle is the Jill Louise, a 50-foot, stable headboat that... read more

Miss Oregon Inlet Head Boat

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 the... read more

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

Oden’s Dock

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

Dock, fish, dine and unwind at Oden's Dock in Hatteras village. This full-service marina books half-day inshore and nearshore charters and full-day offshore fishing charters year round. Two head boats, Miss Hatteras and Cap’N Clam, also offer trips from here. Fish-cleaning services are available on site. Check out the Oden's Dock Facebook page or website for a daily fishing report. Nightly and monthly slip rentals with electric... read more

Dock, fish, dine and unwind at Oden's Dock in Hatteras village. This full-service marina books... read more