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Fishing in Currituck Sound

Separating the northern Outer Banks from mainland America, the Currituck Sound is one of the first stops for holiday-makers in North Carolina. This expanse of shallow water stretches from Virginia Beach to Kitty Hawk, and is home to some incredible wildlife and marine species. That’s why you should take advantage of a Currituck Sound fishing trip! Come and discover monster fish in stunning settings, as you make the most of the OBX.

With plenty of rivers streaming towards the Atlantic, the waters of the Currituck Sound are considered “brackish.” This means that you can get your hands on some freshwater and saltwater species just minutes from each other. Target exciting Largemouth Bass,Carp, and delicious Perch, along with beauties such as Striped Bass, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder – you’re almost guaranteed to land exactly what you want. 
Most trips run out of the southern portion of the sound, with Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills being your best bet for a fishing charter. Professional captains are waiting to take you away for whatever you want! Choose from trips as short as two or three hours to get some delicious Oysters, to a full day on the water going after your favorite fish. You can even come aboard at night and target Flounder and Trout by bowfishing or gigging. 
With so much on offer, a Currituck Sound fishing trip promises fun for everyone. Whether you’re an experienced angler or want to teach the kids about fishing, this corner of North Carolina has it all!

Rules & Regulations

Fishing aboard a licensed saltwater charter in North Carolina means you’ll have your license covered, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Your professional guide will also know everything there is about bag limits and fishing seasons, so you can just sit back and focus on fishing. 
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Currituck Sound Fishing Seasons

There aren’t many boats willing to take you offshore in the winter, but you may be lucky enough to find a trip to fill up on Oysters. Head to Duck and harvest some of the world’s most-famous Oysters and Clams.
If you’re lucky enough to find a charter to take you to sea, then there’s plenty of action to keep you warm, despite the cold weather. Striped Bass fishing can be particularly fruitful, so come and test your skills.
More and more captains start making their way to the sound come spring, with their vessels restored and ready to hit the water. Come and join them for exciting Trout and Drum fishing to fill the boat.
Spring has truly sprung in the Outer Banks come April, and the season of new life is reflected in the renewed fishing. Target Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout, and Bluefish inshore and get ready for peak season.
You won’t know where to go with the arrival of Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna offshore. Don’t miss out on the Drum run, though, as the sound is overflowing with these beauties. 
The short run to the Gulf Stream may tempt you to land that trophy catch, as Blue Marlin and Sailfish arrive. Meanwhile, Tarpon makes its way to the sound, giving you some thrilling inshore fishing too.
Holiday-makers from all over the country flock to these coastal spots, and you should come and see why. The fishing has never been better, so book early to avoid missing out on the summer fun in the OBX. 
With the kids off school, now’s the time to get them hooked on fishing. Come on a family vacation to any of the Currituck Sound’s stunning resort towns and head inshore, nearshore, or offshore. 
There’s no sign of anything changing in the water, with the fishing still red-hot. Head to the Gulf Stream and battle it out with Marlin and Sailfish, hit the reefs for Mackerel, or fish inshore for the usual favorites.
Attention shifts back to the Currituck Sound itself as the offshore season comes to a close. Bluefish, Redfish, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, and Tarpon are just some of the beauties you’ll come across.
As the weather starts to make a fishing trip less predictable, many captains will look to keep their boats in the harbor. The calm waters of the North River, however, are a great place to land Bass and Perch.
Celebrate the holidays with Duck’s annual Yuletide Festival, as you’ll be hard-pressed to find a charter to take you to sea. If you are successful, then there’s still plenty of inshore action for you to land a tasty treat. 

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What People Are Saying About Currituck Sound

"September fishing trip"

Gregory P. fished with Backwater Adventures on September 10, 2019

Not the best time for bass but Captain did a great job finding bass that where on the bite and helping with gear. We came in after the Hurricane and he had no chance to get out and find them before trip. But found bass and put us on them. The captain stayed in contact with me all through the week leading up to my vacation even though the hurricane was bearing down on the obx. This was much appreciated and answerd any of my concerns. Had a great day and caught fish thank you.

"Half day trip with captain David"

Tennyson K. fished with Backwater Adventures on August 13, 2019

Listen to the tips that the captain gives

"June fishing trip"

Christopher D. fished with Uptick Charters – Duck on June 30, 2019

You have to drive to nags 1 head hour to get on the boat. I'm in Corolla. I picked this boat because it said duck.

Top Targeted Species in Currituck Sound



Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)



Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

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