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

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

TW’s Bait and Tackle

Outer Banks Fishing
3864 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-7848
2230 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-4807

TW’s Bait and Tackle stores in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head have been anglers' landmark destinations for many years. Each location is a full-service tackle shop offering the latest and greatest selection of inshore, offshore, surf and freshwater tackle. TW’s stocks quality tackle from some of the top manufacturers such as Daiwa, Penn, Shimano, Fathom Lures, Berkley Gulp, Bluewater Lures and Yeti Coolers, to name... read more

TW’s Bait and Tackle stores in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head have been anglers' landmark... read more

Wanchese Marina

Outer Banks Fishing
4457 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese
(252) 473-3247

Big things are happening at Wanchese Marina, located in the heart of Wanchese. New owners are in the process of totally revamping and adding to the restaurant, marina, fleet and property. The on-site restaurant, The Landing, has been totally renewed with a bright dining area upfront, a new kitchen and a new steam bar that looks out over the marina in back. They serve breakfast,... read more

Big things are happening at Wanchese Marina, located in the heart of Wanchese. New owners... read more