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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.

Inshore

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.

Offshore/Bluewater

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

January

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.

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

October

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.

November

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.

December

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
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
Half Day Fishing Trip
Ulysses M. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on July 24, 2020
I would recommend spending a full day fishing instead of half.
Great boat!
Daniel M. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on June 30, 2020
Be sure to book a longer 8 hour trip that goes out further to get nicer fish!
Great day chasing ribbon fish
Jeremy H. fished with Carrisma Sportfishing on June 23, 2020
If you are staying in Duck or Corolla plan on at least 55-75 minutes commute in the morning as it is a long way to Wanchese and speed limits are typically 35-45mph. The marina in Wanchese is pretty small but has a restaurant that is open early for coffee or breakfast sandwiches before you go - also has a full menu and beer when you return (or you can buy beer to bring on the boat if you have an afternoon trip). The same building has a public restroom in it. The first mate won't clean the fish for you like in other places I have been but there is a little shop on the grounds that does it for you when you return. For inshore trips cost was $0.50 of caught weight (ie. total weight of the fish, not just the fillets), this drops to $0.45 per pound for offshore trips. Everyone is super friendly and helpful.
June fishing trip
Daniel K. fished with Captain Froggy's Charter Fishing on June 9, 2020
Take a kid fishing and share make wonderful memories...
Full Day Trip with Jamie and Jeff
Mike E. fished with Phideaux Fishing on May 24, 2020
Get there early so you can find the boat the day before. Call your captain and get any last minute instructions.
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 of fishing
Jack T. fished with Outer Banks Outdoors and Fishing on September 2, 2019
I prefer to book 1/2 or 3/4 day trips. No one's gets overly tired and I get to learn from different captains.

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