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Fishing in Outer Banks

Fishing is a way of life in the Outer Banks. These remote barrier islands are home to many of the country’s top sport fish, with guides to match. Explore sheltered sounds with the family or test your skills in deep sea currents. Either way, you’re in experienced hands aboard Outer Banks fishing charters.
 
Red Drum dominate the shallows in OBX. Huge “Bulls” give anglers a great fight while smaller “Puppy Drum” make for a delicious meal. Drum are around all year but they’re best in spring and fall. Visit in summer to take on the mighty Tarpon, too. Half day inshore trips are perfect for beginners, while full days let you chase some real trophies.
 
Up for more of a challenge? Head offshore on a full day adventure and battle Blue and White Marlin, Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more. Most deep sea fish are around in summer, except for the area’s signature species: Bluefin Tuna. Bluefin show up in winter, when many boats aren’t running, so book early if you want a shot at one.
 
Trips depart from marinas all over the Outer Banks. Hatteras Harbor, Oregon Inlet, and Pirate’s Cove are some of the most iconic ones, home to famous fishing tournaments like the Hatteras Blue Marlin Tournament and Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament. Wherever your trip starts, you’ll end it with a ton of fish and some incredible memories. That’s what OBX charters are all about.

Rules & Regulations

Licenses are included on all Outer Banks fishing charters. Bear in mind that species like Flounder and Seabass have strict closed seasons which may change annually. It’s always best to talk to your captain to get the most up to date info.

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Outer Banks Fishing Seasons

January in the Outer Banks can be hit and miss, with unpredictable winter weather. However, if you make it out it will be well worth it: Bluefin Tuna are around offshore and Striped Bass winter in the shallows.

February is prime Tuna season in OBX, with giant Bluefin showing up offshore. Striped Bass are holed up in the sounds, and Kingfish may be around nearshore. This is also Seabass season north of Cape Hatteras.

March is an excellent time to fish for Tuna, as Yellowfin join the giant Bluefin. Inshore, Red and Black Drum, Bluefish, and Speckled Trout will keep you warm in the chilly weather.

April is prime season for big Bull Red Drum in the Outer Banks. You can also expect to find Black Drum, Trout, and much more inshore, and a chance of Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna offshore.

Deep sea fishing begins to pick up pace in May, with Mahi Mahi and the occasional Wahoo joining in the fun offshore. The Drum run continues early in the month inshore - ask an inshore guide to show you how much fun this is.

As the tourist season heats up, so does the fishing. Most captains are going out every day on the trail of Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin. Don't miss the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament!

July is the peak of the Outer Banks fishing season. Everything is biting, from Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi offshore to Tarpon, Cobia, and Spanish Mackerel inshore. Just be sure to book ahead!

Put your fishing skills to the test in August, as the peak fishing season combines with tournament time. Look out for the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament and the Alice Kelly Ladies Billfish Tournament.

Once Labor Day is over, the crowds die down. But the fishing is heating up more than ever. Despite the cooler weather, the Gulf Stream remains hot offshore. And don't miss the Hatteras Village Invitational surf fishing tournament.

The second Drum run of the year is in full swing inshore. Look for Striped Bass in the Pamlico Sound, with fun fishing nearshore for King Mackerel and Albacore Tuna. Offshore, look for Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.

Most years, the Gulf Stream will still be accessible. This means exciting fishing offshore for the likes of Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna. As the weather cools, some huge Bluefin Tuna may add to the mix.

As winter draws in, your best chance of a steady bite is in the inshore waters. Look for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Speckled Trout, and Black Drum in the sounds and inlets or search for monster Tuna offshore when conditions allow.

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Top Types of Fishing in Outer Banks

  1. Inshore Fishing
  2. Offshore Fishing
  3. Wreck Fishing

Top Fishing Techniques in Outer Banks

  1. Deep Sea Fishing
  2. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Outer Banks

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Cobia

Cobia

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Wahoo

Wahoo

Bluefish

Bluefish

Redfish

Redfish

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Amberjack

Amberjack