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Top Fishing Charters in Pamlico Sound

Fishing in Pamlico Sound

Protected from the Atlantic’s choppy waters by North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the Pamlico Sound is an intriguing body of water. Attracting plenty of delicious fish, it’s also perfectly positioned for charters to take you to the deep seas. Fishing in the Pamlico Sound, therefore, can be whatever you want it to be, with a range of fishing grounds on offer.

Inshore Fishing

The most obvious place to start when discussing fishing in the Pamlico Sound is the sound itself. These rich shallow waters are home to exciting Bluefish, and delicious Redfish, Striped Bass, and Flounder. Get out on the water any time of year and you’ll have the chance of filling the freezer. 
The beauty of fishing here is that you’ll be on the water right away. Spend as little or as long as you like, and you’re sure to catch something. Beginners can learn how to cast, while avid anglers can test their skills time and time again against some prized fish. 

Nearshore Fishing

Along the surf or atop the wrecks, monster Mackerel, Cobia, and False Albacore offer thrilling fishing opportunities. Try trolling or bottom fishing as you find out the most effective method and you’re sure to end up with plenty of fish to take home.
Depending on where your boat leaves from, your fishing trip could take as little as four hours or as long as you want. Hatteras or Wanchese are closest to the inlets, so hop aboard there and maximize your time fishing

Offshore Fishing

Big game fishing awaits in the depths. Hit the Gulf Stream less than 20 miles out of Hatteras and you’ll be on some of the ocean’s biggest fish. Troll the open waters for the bite of delicious Tuna and Mahi Mahi, as well as tough-fighting Wahoo and Marlin, who’ll even leap out of the water to get off the end of your line!
These trips are not for the faint-hearted, as the choppy waters combine with monster fish to give you the feeling of going overboard! Make sure you have your sea legs ready before hopping aboard.

When to Go

There’s excellent fishing year-round out of the Pamlico Sound, especially when it comes to  inshore fishing. Bluefish, Striped Bass, and Redfish are available 365 days a year. Peak season hits mid-summer, when Tarpon populate the waters and Mackerel creep towards the inlet. 
Nearshore and offshore fishing hit their stride in mid-summer too, when better weather conditions give you the chance to get out there. Target Mackerel, Cobia, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin, and you’ll be in for a real treat. 

How to Prepare

All the necessary equipment to get you filling the boat awaits on board your Pamlico Sound fishing charter, with the added bonus of a fishing license thrown in! All you’ll need to do is bring some drinks and snacks aboard and make yourself at home. 
Other than that, you’re good to go. From Nag’s Head all the way down to Ocracoke, there’s  something for everyone when fishing the Pamlico Sound. Book your next trip and discover some of the East Coast’s best fishing! 
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Pamlico Sound Fishing Seasons

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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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What People Are Saying About Pamlico Sound

"Inshore Fishing with Captain Ben"

Paul E. fished with Aqua Therapy Fishing Charters on September 10, 2019

My experience with the half day charter was excellent and exceeded my expectations. We tied a three day stay in Beaufort with the charter, which worked out well.

"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.

"Half day shark fishing"

Jack T. fished with Stolat Fishing Charters on September 1, 2019

I fish out of the outer bank about three times a year and leave from Wanchese 90% of the time.

"Half day with Reelax"

Troy T. fished with Reelax Fishing Charters on August 19, 2019

Keep in mind it’s August. Hard fishing month with heat. Enjoy the experience

Top Targeted Species in Pamlico Sound

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)





King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)





Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

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