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Top North Carolina Offshore Fishing Destinations

Top Offshore Fishing Charters in North Carolina

Offshore Fishing in North Carolina

With over 12,000 miles of estuarine shoreline, North Carolina is an angler’s heaven. It boasts quick access to bays, sounds, and the deep waters, as the Gulf Stream passes by. Come offshore fishing in North Carolina and discover some of the East Coast’s best deep water fishing grounds, with some of the world’s most prized creatures passing by throughout the year. 

Where to Go

The Outer Banks

There’s no better place to begin your offshore excursion than the OBX. From Duck in the north to Hatteras in the south, via Roanoke Island and the Oregon Inlet, you’re never far from deep waters. Not only are you just a stone’s throw from the Gulf Stream, but fishing is also a way of life along the barrier islands, meaning you’ll have the help of a captain who’s been on the water their whole life. 

The Crystal Coast

Further south,  the Crystal Coast also boasts plenty of opportunities to go offshore fishing in North Carolina. Head beyond the bays and sounds to the rich waters offshore, and you’ll be in for a treat. Plenty of charters attempt the long run out of Morehead City, Beaufort, and Atlantic Beach, with the islands just out of Wilmington offering the quickest dash to the offshore fishing grounds. 

When to Go

In summer, the calmer waters provide for a smoother ride to sea. Not only that, but Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Marlin will also offer plenty of entertainment out in the Gulf Stream. A trip in winter may provide the best rewards, though, as Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna make their way past, giving you the chance to land a trophy catch and a delicious treat at the same time.

What to Expect

In order to cut across the choppy waters of the Atlantic, you’ll need a powerful offshore sportfishing boat. These machines come fitted with everything you need for a smooth ride to sea, as well as enough to keep you comfortable for a long day on the water. 
You’ll usually need at least 10 hours on the water to give yourself enough time to reach the offshore fishing grounds and fish, with many captains preferring a 12-hour trip to maximize your fishing time. Avid anglers will love the multi-day trips on offer, giving you the chance to focus on fishing away from all of life’s distractions for as long as you want.
One thing’s for sure, offshore fishing in North Carolina is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Not only will you need at least a full day on the water, but you’ll also go up against some of the ocean’s biggest creatures. You should have some experience with a rod and reel before coming aboard, ready to test your strength to fill the boat. 

How to Prepare

Your fishing license is covered by your offshore fishing charter, so that’s one thing less to worry about. In fact, you won’t have much to do before coming aboard at all, with charter captains ensuring everything you need for a productive day. Just bring some drinks and snacks, dress appropriately, and away you go. 
“The Tar Heel State” offers some of the best offshore fishing in the country, so why not make it your next destination for a fishing trip? Come and put your skills to the test in true style!

North Carolina

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What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in North Carolina

"5 hour inshore trip"

John Tester fished with Clearlyhooked Fishing Charters on August 3, 2018

We had originally planned to go Offshore but due to high seas and wind, we couldn’t go out (story of my life). But the captian was able to work around that by doing some inshore fishing and getting us on some flounder and sea trout. We had a really good time and would suggest anyone to go out with these guys.

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in North Carolina

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)



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