Outer Banks inshore fishing is diverse, everywhere, and is worth your while. Trust not just us, but numerous fishermen who head there throughout the year. If you have a limited time, or are bringing along your little ones, OBX still have a lot to offer near the coast line. This web of interconnected sounds, spared of swelled waters, winds and fogs, lets you use various techniques in hope of landing a juicy table fare.

And what a table fare it is

Inshore, sometimes even a half day trip is enough to reach the limits. Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Striped Bass, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Tarpon, Cobia... There are no choppy seas around here, and the landscape is beautiful. It is not uncommon to hit the inshore slam, and get Redfish, Specks, Flounder, and Black Drum on a single trip. Just because they’re inshore, these fish are no less feisty. You will need to present the lure right or the fish will quickly crush your hopes of landing them.

How to go about it


If you’re a novice fisherman, there are many things to bear in mind. The safest option to land a ‘slam’ is to hire a charter and let a local captain show you around. You can use the fly to entice Tarpon, choose live bait (mullet and co.), or go trolling with spoons. Another exciting thing is the Red Drum run that takes place in spring and fall.

Artificial lures work well with Speckled Trout. You will want to check out the Pamlico Sound and the Albemarle Sound to get the biggest specimens of these inshore waters. Although some months are hit and miss, the action takes place year round.

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"Half day trip with Captain Mark"

J. McCoy fished with Fishin Fannatic Sportfishing on June 7, 2017

We took the half day inshore charter on June 1st. The captain and crew were great. We had a great time! The kids LOVED their time on the boat! Couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were thrilled with the bluefish and Spanish mackerel that we caught

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