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It’s no surprise that the largest lagoon on the US east coast is a hotspot for angling. Fishing the Pamlico Sound is a joy to behold. Protected from the choppy waters of the Atlantic by the Outer Banks (OBX), these calmer fishing grounds offer fun for everyone. Use it as a base for an offshore adventure or come and wet your line in the sound itself, the options are endless!
 
If Inshore fishing is what springs to mind when you hear the word “sound,” you’d be right. These shallow waters are home to exciting Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Black Drum, as well as delicious Redfish and Flounder. Tough-fighting Tarpon even make their way through in summer, so there’s no end to what you can catch without even leaving the sound.
 
Many captains here do offer the chance to go into the Atlantic, however, and the temptation of Kingfish, Cobia, Snappers, and Groupers is hard to deny. Add Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Billfish, and Tilefish, and you’ll surely want to come. Trips beyond the inlets last from eight hours to a few days so if you only have a few hours to spare, then an inshore trip is for you.
 
One of the beauties of fishing the Pamlico Sound, though, is that you can’t go wrong. Take a charter out of anywhere from Wanchesee down to Hatteras and you’ll get what you want. This area was built on fishing, and locals are only too proud to keep that tradition going strong.
 

Rules & Regulations

In some other good news, you won’t need a license when fishing with a professional guide in saltwater. Beware of strict seasons and limits, especially for Flounder and Grouper, but rest assured your captain will make sure you're fishing within the law.
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January
With the disruptive weather, a trip offshore could be too dangerous. Despite the disappointment of missing out on the Tuna, you’ll have plenty of Striped Bass to target on the sound, so come fill the boat.
February
Bluefin Tuna is the aim if you find a day with clear weather to go out to the deep waters. Head offshore on a productive trip as you hunt these delicious beasts along with Yellowfins and Bigeyes, too!
March
While the Tuna remain a prized target offshore, you’ll also get to take advantage of the inshore coming into its own in March. Black Drum, Redfish, Flounder, and Bluefish join Striped Bass for a thrilling day out.
April
Both inshore and offshore fishing really start to hit their stride in April and you can sense that the peak season is on its way. Go after Yellowfins along the Gulf Stream or take advantage of the “Drum run” inshore.
May
Head south to Ocracoke for the famous fishing tournament that’s been running since 1983, as the Drum run continues on the sound, and Mahi Mahi and Wahoo join the offshore party. 
June
The beaches of the Outer Banks start filling up with tourists, and captains prepare to be fully booked throughout the summer. Book early to make the most of the fishing on the sound and beyond in June.
July
Nearshore fishing gets going in July and you’ll see why this is the peak season, with incredible fishing everywhere. Go after monster Cobia and Mackerel on the surf, target Tarpon inshore, or hunt Marlin offshore. 
August
It’s full steam ahead in August as tourists flock to the Atlantic coast and charter boats fill the sound. Whether it’s inshore, nearshore, or offshore action you want – this is the time to try all three.
September
As the crowds die down, the fishing heats up! Hit up the Hatteras Village Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament for some nearshore action and show off your skills for the chance to win a great reward.
October
Nags Head is the place to be in October. While it may seem that the fishing is quietening down, it’s far from it. Discover your senses at the Surf and Seafood Festival that is sure to make it feel like peak season.
November
Despite the waters getting choppier and the weather turning, fishing is still thrilling. The Cape Hatteras surf fishing competition has been running every November since 1957, so come and join in the fun.
December
See out the year in style with plenty of fishing trips. Head offshore when conditions are good and land a hearty Tuna, or fish the sounds throughout the winter for Stripers, Trout, Drum, and many more.

Pamlico Sound Fishing Calendar

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Jamie D. fished with Godspeed Charters on May 13, 2021
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Pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly! Relax, have a good attitude, and enjoy.
Half day with Captain Randy
Charles T. fished with Riptide Charters on May 11, 2021
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We had a great time with Captain Randy and caught 50- 60 fish in three hours time. I would recommend fishing in Wanchese.
1/2 day trip with Hunter and Louis
Glen N. fished with Duck Hunter – 28' on May 7, 2021
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Just be prepared for all types of weather
4 hour AM trip with Captain Randy
Seth B. fished with Riptide Charters on May 4, 2021
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Easy and quick to get to plenty different spots for lots of different kinds of fishing.
3/4 day trip with Captain Ernie
Thomas S. fished with Gecko Sportfishing on May 3, 2021
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During this time of year the fish are moving. Catch is harder to predict. Expect lots of cruising attempting to find the fish. Weather is unpredictable so be flexible. We did a 3/4 day and would have probably been better served with a full day.
Half day trip, limit hit on blue fish and scored a Spanish Mackerel in about 3 hours. Captain David puts you on fish and knows his stuff! Great time for beginner saltwater fisherman!
Nathaniel V. fished with Hawk Charters on April 27, 2021
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Bring and open mind and an open heart, you will have a great time!
Fantastic beat, spot on Captain!
Dustin T. fished with Colton's Toy Fishing Charters LLC on April 18, 2021
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Yes, but still a little cold for blue fish.
Three quarter day trip with captain David
Roger R. fished with Hawk Charters on April 18, 2021
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Know what is in season and what you would like to fish for and know that it takes time to catch some species of fish.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Pamlico Sound

According to customer reviews, Hawk Charters, Riptide Charters, and Vicarious Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Pamlico Sound. Full list of top fishing charters in Pamlico Sound.

Hawk Charters, Riptide Charters, and Vicarious Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Pamlico Sound.

The best way to experience fishing in Pamlico Sound is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Pamlico Sound.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Pamlico Sound are:

Head south to Ocracoke for the famous fishing tournament that’s been running since 1983, as the Drum run continues on the sound, and Mahi Mahi and Wahoo join the offshore party.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Pamlico Sound.