Albemarle Sound

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Fishing in Albemarle Sound

The Albemarle Sound is overflowing with exciting fish. The brackish waters at the confluence of several rivers are protected from the sea by the Outer Banks, creating a wealth of fishing opportunities. Come fishing in the Albemarle Sound and you’ll discover stunning nature, calm waters, and thrilling action!
 

Types of Fishing

With the Atlantic waters just on the other side of the OBX, there’s no end to what you can target when fishing in and around the Albemarle Sound. Whether on the Sound itself, fishing the surf, or heading offshore, you’re in for a treat

Inshore Fishing

The Sound itself boasts plenty of fish for a productive day out. The still waters are a great place to get to grips with a rod and reel, while avid anglers can also get their fix of fishing by filling the boat. 
 
Hit the backcountry’s shallows and you’ll come across some tough-fighting Largemouth Bass and delicious Crappie, or fish the main basin for Flounder, Redfish, Weakfish, and many more. Follow the prized Striped Bass all over the place, with winter being a particularly fruitful season. 

Nearshore Fishing

Head south from the sound and, after navigating Roanoke Island, you’ll come to Oregon Inlet. Fish here or along the Outer Banks’ famous beaches and you’ll take advantage of the Gulf Stream’s incredible effect on local marine life. Some true monsters inhabit these waters, so try bottom fishing the reefs or troll the open waters and you could find yourself battling it out with Cobia, False Albacore, Mackerel, and more.

Offshore Fishing

If you’ve got some experience with a rod and reel in your hand, then the chance to go offshore is irresistible. With the Gulf Stream just over 30 miles out from the inlet, you’ll get to test your skills and strength against some of the ocean’s most prized creatures on an 8-hour trip! 
 
Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi all call these waters home at some point during the year. Troll the open waters for the bite of these beasts and get ready for the fight of a lifetime.
 

When to Go

With excellent fishing year-round, there’s never a bad time to go fishing in the Albemarle Sound. While the offshore waters may be a little choppy in winter, the calm inshore waters will cater to your fishing needs.
 
Peak season hits in summer when the pelagics make their way along the Gulf Stream and the inshore fish fill up the sound. Find a charter that suits you and get on the Albemarle Sound for a true summer getaway! 
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Albemarle Sound Fishing Seasons

Escape the January blues with a trip on the productive waters of the Albemarle Sound. Delicious Flounder and Striped Bass will be the order of the day, ensuring a warming meal to look forward to. 
Make the most of the quiet seas, if you can, and take a trip offshore to battle it out with Bluefin Tuna. Don’t worry if the weather’s bad, though, as Bluefish join the Flounder and Stripers inshore, too. 
Spring has sprung and the fishing is starting to warm up too. Tuna season really takes off and a trip out to the deep waters of the Gulf Stream and beyond will see you filling the boat with some tasty treats.
You can feel the season start to kick in as April dawns. Get your practice in for high season as you bottom fish the surf or sound, or troll the offshore waters to land anything from a Flounder to a Wahoo.
Mahi Mahi joins the offshore party, giving you an even better chance of landing something delicious to take home from the deep, while the Drum run kicks off inshore, leaving you with a dilemma of where to fish. 
There’s no doubt that peak season is upon the Sound, as the bay is crowded with boats. With plenty of fish to go round, there’s no need to worry, and you can even catch a glimpse of a Marlin offshore. 
Push yourself to the limit in July as you go after White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish offshore. These tough-fighting Billfish will do anything to get off the end of your line, so get ready for the fight of your life. 
There’s a reason why Manteo’s Pirate’s Cove Billfish Fishing Tournament is held in August. Head out to the deep and join in the serious fishing as you try to land a trophy-sized catch for big rewards.
Go after the last of the pelagics offshore as the season reaches its climax. Monster Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel will offer great angling options just beyond the surf, so come and extend your summer.
It’s not over yet! In fact, the inshore fishing is better than ever before. Join the annual Manteo Rotary Inshore Slam and go after Stripers, Flounder, Drum, and Trout as you test your bottom fishing skills.
While the weather may be getting colder, the fishing is still red-hot. Hit the shallows of the Albemarle Sound in November and you’ll find plenty of delicious fish to take home for the holiday season.
Just because it’s the end of the year, there’s no need to give up on fishing. Fishing the sounds in December is as good as ever, so don’t miss out on the chance to see out the year with a boatful of tasty fish. 

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Top Targeted Species in Albemarle Sound

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Cobia

Cobia

Bluefish

Bluefish

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Redfish

Redfish

Amberjack

Amberjack

Wahoo

Wahoo

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)