Fishing on the Crystal Coast

Your North Carolina beach vacation bucket list might include scoring a trophy fish from a privately chartered fishing boat or simply casting a line from one of our piers stretching into the Atlantic. You might be a local who has found a new coastal hobby or “farm fresh” or “ocean to table” might be more your lifestyle and you would prefer to know exactly where your dinner comes from. Whatever your interest might be – there is always something to catch when you have rivers, the sound, inlets and the ocean at your fingertips or should we say “reel.”

If you consider yourself to be a junior fisherman – seek out the public fishing spots for the best first hand knowledge of our waters. Piers and public docks can be full of fisherman – all trying to reel in a big catch. These folks are the ones that know our waters like the back of their hand, giving you the inside scoop on what was caught, when it was caught, where it was caught and with what. If a quiet spot is more your scene,  you can find small piers and docks that are open to the public and closer to shore. Better yet – you might be one of the lucky ones who has a private dock or pier at their home or community.

Before you head out or even put bait on your hook – make sure you have a North Carolina issues fishing license. You can purchase one online here!

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Surf and Pier Fishing

You don’t have to be a skilled angler to find remarkable fishing along our coastline. Our sound, surf and piers offer every fisherman or woman an opportunity to reel in a prize fish!

To get an incredible view of our coastline while waiting for the fish to bite – these rare wooden fishing piers are the place to be. The Bogue Inlet Pier in the heart of Emerald Isle as well as the Oceana Pier in Atlantic Beach offer unique fishing experiences. To fish from our 1000 foot piers you don’t even need a fishing license or even a fishing pole! These one-stop fishing spots have rods available for rent and bait waiting for your big catch.

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Deep Sea Fishing

For the Crystal Coast, charter fishing is not just a leisure sport – it’s a lifestyle. With a bevy of tournaments held here, our sparkling waters are a playground to many sport fishers around the world.  With the Gulf Stream currents less than 40 miles from many parts of our coast, underwater beauties such as Yellowfin tuna, Mahi Mahi, Giant Blue Fin Tuna, King Mackerel, Marlin, Sailfish and Wahoo are popular trophies.  Smaller fish that are caught in deeper waters include Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish and Sea Bass.  There are many charter services that offer half day, full day and specialty fishing adventures. “Head boats” offer larger excursions that can take up to 50 anglers out to sea while smaller vessels accommodate private parties both offering unique fishing experiences. Specialty charters can include Sportsfishing, Shark Fishing and even Mahi-Mahi. Spending the day miles away from shore, just waiting for that “big one” to take a bite… is an escape you won’t soon forget!  Try a charter fishing expedition while you’re here for an exhilarating unmatched experience.

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