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

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, 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 such...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. If you're looking to catch fresh crabs or fish for dinner, come try it here. 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. This is an...read more

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait...read more

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

OBX 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, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Nags Head
(252) 251-4314
Reservations
(877) 359-8447

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 two half-day inshore fishing trips and a two-hour twilight fishing cruise most days. These short trips are perfect all ages, and they offer more than fishing because on any of the trips you'll...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

OBX Marina

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

Located in the fishing village of Wanchese, OBX Marina is at the heart of Outer Banks fishing. Home of the famous National Geographic show Wicked Tuna North vs. South, OBX Marina has a ship's store, dry stack storage, inshore and offshore charter fleets, in-slip fueling and a tiki bar with weekly music and specials. The marina offers centralized booking for offshore and inshore charter fishing equipped with a...read more

Located in the fishing village of Wanchese, OBX Marina is at the heart of Outer...read more

Oceans East Bait & Tackle

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

Conveniently located on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Oceans East Bait & Tackle offers everything you need for successful saltwater and freshwater fishing trips. You'll find custom and name-brand rods, reels and rigs and all the bait, lures, lines, leaders and accessories you could possibly need. Ask about their tackle packages, and check out their marine parts and accessories. Oceans East also sells sunglasses, sun protection,...read more

Conveniently located on the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway, Oceans East Bait & Tackle offers everything you...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. The head boat Miss Hatteras 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 and water hookups are...read more

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

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

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

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of 48 boats offers 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...read more

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of...read more