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Top Fishing Charters in Oregon Inlet

Fishing in Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet is, without a doubt, one of the top fishing destinations that the Outer Banks can provide, some would say the best. A large number of both inshore and bluewater charters operate from here on a daily basis. Oregon Inlet fishing charters are among the best in the state, and they can easily prove that to you on the blue seas themselves.

Oregon Inlet Fishing Spots

The reason why this fishery is so popular with anglers is twofold. Firstly, it has some legendary inshore fishing. And by legendary, we mean legendary-size Redfish. When you’re done fishing here, it won’t be hard to see how North Carolina got all those world records for Red Drum.

Secondly, this part of the Outer Banks is among the closest to the really deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You can reach some real depths as quickly as 40-miles in, which you can’t beat almost anywhere on the East Coast.


The main thing you’re bound to be doing when fishing the inlet itself, along with a number of other spots such as Croatan and Albemarle Sound, is going after the mighty Redfish. Anglers are just crazy about big Reds ‘round these parts, and for good reason. It’s best to go after them in the spring and fall, which is when the lauded Drum run happens.

Most anglers do prefer to stick to the Oregon Inlet rather than going elsewhere, because the deepest waters around are found right there. The most popular location is probably the co-called ‘pond’, which can be found near the ocean side of the Herbert C Bonner Bridge. For all the surfers out there, you’ll find nice catwalks along the bridge that you can use to great effect.


While the inshore fishery is great on its own, the offshore one is what really gets people going. Oregon Inlet deep sea fishing helped many a captain make a name for himself thanks to its exquisite offer. Tournaments, such as the nearby Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament serve to show off the best and brightest among them, as well as the up and coming stars of big game fishing.

The best thing about fishing in the Gulf Stream at this range is that you can pretty much go at any time of the year and have a blast. The year starts you off with some amazing Bluefin Tuna fishing, with Yellofins holding the line from March onwards after their cousins have moved out. Come summertime, you’ll be knee deep in Billfish. Species such as Blue and White Marlin, and Sailfish will be ready and willing to give you a run for your money.

And to top it all off, you can indulge in some world-class trolling for Wahoo and Mahi Mahi while you’re getting to the deepest bluewater spots. No wonder Oregon inlet is one of the top deep sea fishing heartlands around.

Fishing Techniques

If you plan on fishing for Flounder in the Oregon Inlet, drifting on an an incoming tide can be a very productive endeavor. Make sure to use live Minnows, and you’ll have a bunch ready to go on the frying pan. Spotted Seatrout also love live bait, but you can have success with lures as well.

When it comes to deep sea fishing, however, this requires some heavy-duty fishing gear. Tackle in the 80-130 range will be optimal, along with heavy monofilament line and wide reels. You need equipment that can handle hours of struggle when a big Tuna decides to take the bait. Sea Witches are you best friend in this regard, along with skirted Ballyhoo.

Need to Know

It’s always a good idea to go out with a licensed charter captain when you’re exploring a fishery that’s new to you. This way you can only focus on the fishing while the captain is there to inform you about any particular size and bagging rules for the fish you catch. If you do decide to go at it all by yourself, make sure to get a North Carolina Fishing license.

Whether you’re a tournament-grade angler, or someone who’s looking to do a bit of leisure fishing, you can be sure Oregon Inlet will have something in store for you too.

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Oregon Inlet Fishing Seasons

After welcoming the new year, things get a bit quiet around the inlet. This means you can peacefully fish inshore, or head out to go after some big Tuna.

This time of the year is Tuna time! It’s your best chance to go deep sea fishing after huge Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna. Be ready for a longer trip, though.

As winter finally draws to a close, you can see the inshore action picking up. If you’re late for the Tuna party, don’t worry, there are still Yellowfins out there.

Red Drum fishing is where the action is right now. You’ll also have a good time if you decide on tackling Black Drum and Trout.

As we’re getting ready for summer, you’ll notice that the offshore bite is improving quite a lot. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin Tuna are all great fishing options.

Summertime has brought some excellent fishing with it. Anything from Mahi Mahi and Ambejack to Tarpon, Yellowfin Tuna, and many, many more.

Offshore fishing is still on fire, but you can also have a memorable time inshore if that’s your preference. In that case, Spotted Seatrout and Bluefish are the way to go.

If you’re up for a longer trip, you’ll have a blast in the deep sea waters. Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, along with different kinds of Tuna will make sure you’re not bored.

The fact that the weather’s cooling a bit won’t impact your fishing experience at all! Billfishing is as great as ever, while you’ve got plenty of Reds inshore.

Spotted Seatrout are the first to make a grand entry inshore now that it’s a bit colder. The Bluefish and Black Drum bite is also up to the task.

There’s hardly a better time to go fishing if you’re after really big Redfish. Otherwise, you can also go offshore for a chance at Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna.

As the year draws to a close, you’ll see the Black Drum and Bluefish bite staying strong inshore, while it’s still a good time to go after some Yellowfins.

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What People Are Saying About Oregon Inlet

"Half Day Trip with Captain Bobby Smith"

Tad B. fished with Fish-N-Fool Charters on October 19, 2018

Great experience - great weather to be out fishing in

"3/4 day"

Stephen S. fished with X-Spearmint Sportfishing on October 11, 2018

Be prepared ocean can be rough at times but that should be expected

"Half day trip with Captain Jamie"

Melissa P. fished with Risky Business Sportfishing on September 6, 2018

It's still hot in the afternoon so be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. When booking be sure you know if you're going out just a mile, 9 miles or further ortherwise I found September a great time to go

"3/4 day trip with Capt Frank"

Mcbride M. fished with Fishy Bizness OBX on September 6, 2018

Do at least a 3/4 day it is worth the little extra money

Top Targeted Species in Oregon Inlet

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)


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