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Fishing in Wanchese

Wanchese is the business end of Roanoke Island, and that business is catching fish. Wanchese fishing charters are run by experienced captains from generations-long fishing families. The village is surrounded by shallow sounds and has easy access to the open ocean. In short, it’s the perfect place for a fishing trip.
Inshore charters are great for families. Reel in tasty Flounder and Red Drum in the sheltered sounds and be back in time for lunch. Skilled anglers can stay out longer to take on big Bull Reds, Tarpon, and more. Most species are best in spring and fall, except for Tarpon, which are summertime visitors.
Head out into the ocean and things really heat up. Speed offshore to troll the Gulf Stream for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, and Marlin, which are around all summer long. Up for a real challenge? Brave the winter weather to take on giant Bluefin Tuna. You need the whole day at sea to get the most out of these deep sea trips.
If fighting huge fish isn’t tough enough, take on other anglers in a local tournament! The biggest event is the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament in nearby Manteo, but there are lots of smaller ones, too. Otherwise, just head down to Wanchese Marina, jump aboard your charter boat, and get ready for an awesome day on the water.

Rules & Regulations

Important species such as Flounder, Cobia, and Seabass have strict closed seasons which may change annually. Your captain will have up to date info on every species, and will make sure you stick to the rules during your trip. Wanchese fishing charters also include licenses for everybody on board.

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Wanchese Fishing Seasons

Inshore fishing reigns supreme during the winter, so head out to the sounds and bottom fish for some delicious Redfish and Striped Bass, just make sure to wrap up warm. 
While the Stripers and Flounder make their way out, the Tuna season is heating up. Hit the inshore waters for the last of the cold water season or head offshore to land a delicious Bluefin.
Spring really does bring with it new arrivals. The Bluefin Tuna season is in full swing and Yellowfin start to show up toward the end of the month. Inshore, Drum, Trout, and Bluefish will keep you busy.
There are no April showers to worry about in the Outer Banks. As the weather starts heating up, so does the fishing. Expect a range of exciting big game fish in the deeper waters offshore.

Expect to find plenty of Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna offshore, along Cobia closer to land. You might even spot the first few Billfish, signaling the start of big game season.

School’s out just in time for the season to hit its stride. White and Blue Marlin arrive to the party, giving you the chance to land a real prized monster fish. 
Stunning Sailfish is the latest addition to the Gulf Stream. Deep sea fishing is the name of the game, and expect to be mesmerized by these stunning creatures as you fight one to the boat.
There’s no sign of things cooling off, so get offshore throughout August and make the most of the summer. Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Sailfish will all have you in for the fight of your life.


Change is a-coming as the pelagics start to leave the Gulf Stream. But fear not, monstrous Kingfish are on their way and the inshore season is just around the corner.
Trout are well and truly back, as are Red Drum! Explore the shallow waters of the Roanoke and Croatan Sounds, or head offshore to go after Kingfish and the last of the Sailfish.
Wrap up warm – winter is on its way. Your best bet is to stay close to shore during November, as you try to fill the boat with Drum, Trout, and Bass for a warming meal.

The sounds are at their best when the weather gets cold, so get ready to roast some delicious inshore fish on that Christmas open fire. Otherwise, you could always take on Bluefin offshore.

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Reviews of Fishing in Wanchese

October fishing trip
Paul H. fished with Reel Thang OBX on October 17, 2020
Bring a long sleeve shirt or light jacket.
09/30/2020 Half Day Trip with Hitman Sportfishing
Chris H. fished with Hitman Sportfishing on September 30, 2020
Research what you want to fish for, and try to talk to the Boat Captain before going out. Captain Byrd of Hitman Sportfishing took time to listen to the kids, and after finding out my son dreamed of catching a shark, Hitman Sportfishing made it happen.
6hr trip
Johanna F. fished with Hitman Sportfishing on September 30, 2020
I would recommend it but know that the fish that most are wanting to catch may be difficult
Half day trip with Capt. Barry Sweitzer and First Mate on Hallie M. Charter
Joseph C. fished with Hallie M Charters on September 23, 2020
Recommend to be ready for a great day and catch!!!!!
Fishing with Kenny
Jonathan E. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on September 3, 2020
We caught several spanish mackerel. We fished near shore , be ready for the heat.
Half day trip
Garland M. fished with Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure on August 28, 2020
Ask for knowledge and know how I had a great experience
Above and Beyond Expectations!!!!!!
Susan H. fished with Cutawhiskie Charters - OBX, NC on August 25, 2020
It was beautiful and extremely enjoyable!
Half day
Adam N. fished with Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure on August 6, 2020
Could rain or storm at any time be ready for that. However good times with good people out of watches pier

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