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Fishing in Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach has access to some of the best fishing on the East Coast! With the variety of species that call these waters home, you’ll be able to find action year-round. From easy-going, family charters, to adrenaline-filled offshore adventures – local captains have it all. Just get in touch with a charter of your liking and you’ll be exploring the area’s hotspots in no time!

Inshore fanatics will be in paradise at Ocean Isle Beach. Depending on the target, your captain may take you to the island’s marshes and creeks, the Intracoastal Waterway, or the Shallotte and Tubbs Inlets where the bite can get scorching hot! Go after the “Inshore Big Three” of Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder or land some tasty Black Drum and Sheepshead.

However, the fun certainly doesn’t stop beyond the inlets. Nearshore trips will allow you to test your skills against some hard-fighting fish such as Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Sharks. Local wrecks and artificial reefs will allow you the chance to bottom fish for species like Gag Grouper and Snapper, while the nearby Gulf Stream brings by pelagics like Mahi Mahi and Amberjack.

Once you get here, finding the right charter is no hard task. The local marina is full of experienced captains that fish year-round. Depending on your preference, you’ll be able to find charters that specialize in following the inshore bite or you can opt for a Gulf Stream excursion. Either way, you won’t miss out on the action.

Rules & Regulations

Before going fishing, you’ll need to make sure that you have all the necessary licenses covered. All anglers over the age of 16 need to have a valid license to go fishing. However, you don’t need to worry about this on charters, here the captain’s license has got you covered.

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Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Seasons


Start the year off with some great inshore fishing. Go casting for Redfish, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout among others. Alternatively, take a trip to the nearshore bottom fishing spots and land a tasty catch.


The bulk of the action remains inshore in February with Black Seabass, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and Redfish being the prime targets. However, if you’re feeling lucky, you might be able to get a chance to test it offshore.


March marks the beginning of the offshore action heating up. Large bottom fish are getting more active and prized pelagic species are coming by in larger numbers. The inshore bite is on the upswing as well.


With the first warmer month comes your chance of hooking prized species such as Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, Wahoo, and Tuna. Inshore, your chances of a highly productive trip are quickly increasing as well.


Whatever you’re looking to target is likely to be available in May. From Trout and Redfish in the island’s creeks and marshes to the trophy fish waiting for those venturing out to the deep waters offshore.


The water’s heating up and so is the action! Depending on the fishing grounds you chose to visit, the fish you’ll be hooking can range from Spanish Mackerel to Tuna. If you’re looking to catch a Shark, this is the prime month for it.


In the middle of summer it’s all about getting out to the Gulf stream in search of Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin. If you still prefer to stick to the inshore waters, you’ll be able to have your pick from all the local species.


It’s still great fishing all around the island. Deep sea species are still available in solid numbers and the backwater bite is as good as it gets. August is hurricane season, so just keep an eye out for that.


The beginning of fall means that inshore fishing is becoming the main attraction again with large Redfish starting to move to the backwaters. This doesn’t mean the end of offshore action, however, since Wahoo, Tuna, and others are still around.


Stripers, Speckled Trout, Redfish and other inshore species are all waiting to be challenged in the fall months. Offshore, there are still battles to be fought as well, just take your pick.


With the offshore season nearing its end this month, the island belongs entirely to the inshore anglers. The inshore bite is still strong and the prizes are everywhere.


If the winter weather doesn’t pose a challenge for you, the island’s inshore waters will reward you with prizes like Speckled Trout, Bluefish, and Redfish.

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Reviews of Fishing in Ocean Isle Beach

4hr afternoon trip with Captain George
Melvin L. fished with Hey Now Charters on July 31, 2019
Book with Hey now charter . Very family friendly and knowledgeable.
Half day trip with Capt.s William and George
Barry N. fished with Hey Now Charters on July 26, 2019
The half day trip is perfect for first timers. The morning trip will avoid the hot July sun and sea breezes that arrive in the pm.
12 hour Gulf Stream Trip... Money well spent
Tony H. fished with Hey Now Charters on June 24, 2019
It's called fishing, not catching. Can't always know what's gonna be biting, but it's the memories you make along the way that makes it worth while.
8 hour trip with Capt Will of Hey Now Charters.
Brian M. fished with Hey Now Charters on June 17, 2019
The weather is beautiful and not too hot in mid June. We used to come here in late July, not any more. Book your charter early, the good ones go fast.
Anniversary fishing trip
Brooke L. fished with Hey Now Charters on June 8, 2019
Book the trip. It is worth it and something you will always remember.
Half day Morning trip with Captain William and Captain George
Elizabeth M. fished with Hey Now Charters on June 6, 2019
Awesome Times HEY NOW!!
Holly J. fished with Hey Now Charters on May 4, 2019
Go with HEY NOW CHARTERS!! You will NOT be disappointed!
Half day trip with Capitain William and Capitan George.
Justin W. fished with Hey Now Charters on June 28, 2018
Book with Hey Now! Great guys!! They will not let you down! Fishing was great even with out live bait!

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