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Fishing in Cape Lookout

The Cape Lookout fishing scene is one of the best you can find, not only in NC, but on the entire Atlantic Coast. This barrier island is only accessible by boat, and ferry tickets usually sell out during high season. So, why not skip all of that?! Book a trip on the mainland with a local fishing guide, and beat the crowds on your way to the island – and beyond – for a catch!
 
A local favorite is Little Tunny (False Albacore). These fish aren’t targeted for their taste, but for the amazing action they provide. They’re very fast and challenging to target on a fly. You can also go after Redfish, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Shark, and Flounder. For those eager to land a huge trophy, offshore trips could bring Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, or Yellowfin Tuna.
 
Fishing at Cape Lookout is a year-round activity but two periods stand out – spring season (April and May) and fall season (from late September–November). The fall season is particularly popular for big schools of Redfish, Little Tunny, and Shark. You can reach their spots even on a half day trip, but lots of fishing guides are ready to dedicate a full eight hours to nearshore fishing, as it’s so rewarding. Gulf Stream trips require more dedication, so they vary from 8–14 hours.
 
Cape Lookout is mostly uninhabited, so fishing guides depart from Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and Beaufort. Pick one, find a guide, and earn your prize!
 
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Cape Lookout Fishing Seasons

There’s lots of Bluefin Tuna to catch if you’re an offshore fishing enthusiast! Check the weather report and take an extended trip and catch your trophy!
 
Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum fishing is great for inshore trips. You’ll also find schools of Striped Bass in shallow water.
 
Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna are waiting for offshore anglers and trolling is the way to go if you’re after these fish. You can also have a great time sight casting for Redfish. 
 
Have a great day nearshore targeting Bluefish. To catch a big specimen, go get some topwater action with poppers.
 
Explore the wrecks and target Amberjack and Cobia! You can also head offshore for Mahi Mahi and Barracuda.
 
Feeling competitive? Sign up for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, one of the best fishing tournaments on the East Coast. 
 
The tournament season isn’t over yet! Join the Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament and earn your prize!
 
Marlin, Sailfish, Barracuda, and Mahi Mahi – summer is great for offshore adventures, so keep on trolling!
 
September is arguably the best month for fishing around Cape Lookout. No matter what trip you choose, it’s going to be a memorable one.
 
Test your skills on the Swansboro Five-0 King Mackerel Tournament! Join a local guide and work as a team towards the main prize!
 
Redfish, Black Drum, and Little Tunny are moving in schools around Cape Lookout, so it’s just a matter of time until you find them and hit the jackpot.
 
Spotted Seatrout, Black Drum, and Redfish are the best targets on an inshore trip. A few miles further out, you’ll find Kingfish and Little Tunny.
 

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Top Targeted Species in Cape Lookout

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Redfish

Redfish

Sailfish

Sailfish

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Wahoo

Wahoo